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GES126 - Barbican Triplet Towers, Cromwell Tower

Finished in 1973 and stretching to 6'4" tall, I'm both getting on a bit and rather tall. A bit like the Cr0mwell Tower which was built in 1973 as well, but stretches to 123m.

A few explorers had already done L@uderdale tower a while ago, and GE077 had intimated he wanted to do it and had found a way some time later. After doing that, he, as well as I, were keen to finish the trio. We looked at the other two, and the signs were not great. They were much better protected. However I had a bold idea as to how to do it, and so it was that we returned with GE007 to give it a go. GE077 did the tricky bits, and then GE007 and I cleaned up so to speak. We then all ascended to the top. Here we came to the next obstacle. A locked door to the roof section proved no trouble to my co-explorers skills, however the next locked door to the very top did. I carefully slipped out and onto the roof of one of the penthouses, and looked around. Before I knew it I was showing the others a way up, and we were on the very top. Not having done this at L@uderdale, it was a satisfying feeling. Cr0mwell reflected in an office block on London Wall.

Most views of London contain previous triumphs, and this one was no different. The Shard looked close to topping out the main core.

The tower that would frustrate us with future attempts, Sh@kespeare tower. Beyond it the expanse of West London.

St. Pauls visible through the light pollution, and the Tate Modern lit up.

A somewhat scary picture from the top of the tower.

The shard utterly dominating the London skyline.

The sky starting to break up pre-dawn over the Heron tower, Canary Wharf sits under the crane.

Stepping stones, Ropemaker to Gherkin and then the top with Heron. On the far left of the picture is the concrete core of the other Heron (MP), just visible.

As those familiar with my high building explores will know, I love watching the night break into dawn. The light action is crazy on the buildings and unobstructed sky.  This shot shows that off to great effect.

GE077 and I watch dawn jimmying the darker sky open. I'm really happy with the colour capture here.

Admittedly I took a couple of shots of this, but with only a tiny window, i'm glad I managed to get the sun bang on the horizon. The colours in the sky are just awesome.

The pink light flooding the City and Canary Wharf made it a truly special experience, and why I love doing what I do. Sadly it's difficult to truly capture the experience in a few photos. So a video exists here.

Not an apocalyptic explosion over London, but merely the sun over North London.

Time to re-arrange the ariels so they only get BBC1.

The interestingly designed lift area. A quick high ISO shot, so apologies for poorer than usual image.

We found out that not long after we did this tower, the group that had done L@uderdale first, did this tower. However through a completely different access point!

Props to GE077 and GE007 for good times. Sadly this would be our last explore for some time as a trio.


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