These Climbers Will Conquer Any Obstacle, Anywhere

On buildings, sculptures and even cranes, these climbers take the sport to amazing new places.
By Marc Schwarz

Climbing doesn't just happen in the gym or on the rock. It can happen anywhere a human being is ready to get vertical. This incredible photo gallery, including many shots from the Red Bull Illume photo contest, shows off some the coolest natural and unnatural climbing locations in the world. For more incredible climbing photos, check out this gallery of 12 breathtaking climbs.

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Blocking up
Lee Payne climbs a 100 foot sculpture.
Blocking up Pro climber Lee Payne climbs solo on a 32m-high sculpture near I-95 in Denver, Colorado. © Brian Solano/Red Bull Illume
Climbing in Capo Testa
Climbing in Capo Testa © Krystle Wright
Constructive climbing
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Rainer Eder
Constructive climbing David Lama explores new boundaries. © Rainer Eder/Red Bull Illume
Cragging cars
Anna Stöhr climbing a car dump.
Cragging cars Austria’s boulder ace Anna Stöhr throws down moves in a car dump. One man's trash is a climber's treasure! © Rainer Eder/Red Bull Illume
Crane climb
Magnus Mitboe climbing a crane.
Crane climb Magnus Mitboe takes his climbing skills to a construction site in Bern, Switzerland. Shouldn't he be wearing a hard hat?! © Rainer Eder/Red Bull Illume
High wire
Stephan Siegrist climbing up the ropeway.
High wire Clint Eastwood, James Bond - they've both had their cable car scenes. But Stephan Siegrist does it for real, dry-tooling up the cables of a gondola in Gimsel, Switzerland. © Rainer Eder/Red Bull Illume
Moon Hill hangover
Emily Harrington climbing a small cave.
Moon Hill hangover Emily Harrington attempting an as of then unclimbed overhanging route in a small cave below Moon Hill Yangshou, China. © Tim Kemple/Red Bull Illume
Lend me an ear
Mads Dannesbo climmbing a statue
Lend me an ear Mads Dannesbo climbing the Carlsberg elephant in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the original Carlsberg beer brewery. It was probably the best 'buildering' climb in the world. © Martin Paldan/Red Bull Illume
Dropping the ball
Sasha DiGiulian climbs to release the game ball for the season opener of the Red Bulls in New York, USA on March 15 2014
Dropping the ball Sasha DiGiulian heads into the stadium rafters to release the game ball for the season opener of the Red Bulls soccer team in New York. © Stan Evans/Red Bull Content Pool
Climbing the Molecule Man
Bernd Zangerl climbing a statue.
Climbing the Molecule Man Bernd Zangerl makes his way up the Molecule man in Berlin, Germany. The sculpture is over 30m tall. © Ray Demski/Red Bull Content Pool
Psico deep water solo
Jesus Gonzales climbing just a few meters above the water surface.
Psico deep water solo Jesus Gonzales at Red Bull Psicobloc, at Lago General Carrera in Coyhaique, Chile. The deep water beneath lets the climbers work the routes solo. © Jean Luis de Heeckeren / Red Bull Content Pool