Climbing big things is awesome. Rocky Balboa knew it when he ascended those steps and you knew it when you climbed onto your girlfriend’s roof to tell her you bloody loved her. Yes, we know you’d drunk 10 cans of Heineken, but still awesome, right?

PHASE 01: Climb a tree.
The high street, fields, your garden – nature’s climbing frames are everywhere. But don’t be a tool and scramble up them to perv in windows. Do it for the hell of it, or, you know, to save a stricken cat. 

- Top tip 
“Climb barefoot,” advises free-tree climber Micky Mittermeier. “You’ll get a better grip on the bark and get a feel for how strong, or weak, a branch is.”

- Do it
Hit the local woods or unleash your inner Mowgli at the European Tree Climbing Championship in Strandbad, Switzerland, on September 7-8. See

PHASE 02: Climb a lamppost.

Yes, a lamppost. How else are you going to find your mate in a busy street or escape a hungry pack of zombies?

- Top tip 
“Establish a strong base that allows you to support yourself by wrapping your legs and feet around the post,” says footie trick artist Iya Toure, who often showcases his latest tricks 30ft in the air. “Then, bring your knees up to your chest and pull yourself up, with your hands interlinked for extra strength.”

- Do it
Outside now, drunk on your way home or pop to Iya’s ’hood, Montmartre, Paris.

PHASE 03: Climb Snowdon.
"Ben Nevis may be the UK’s highest mountain, but," says Brit mountaineer Kenton Cool, "Snowdon is our most technical climb." Conclusion? Bust out your crampons and head for north Wales.

- Top tip
The easiest way to climb Snowdon is via the Llanberis Path, which starts from Llanberis in Gwynedd.

- Do it
Why climb one mountain when you can climb three? The Welsh Three Peaks Challenge (Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen Y Fan) is happening on May 18 and August 31.

PHASE 04: Climb a skyscraper.
Alain Robert is nuts. Despite suffering from vertigo, the French ‘human spider’ makes a career out of conquering massive towers.

- Top tip
“Work on your grip,” says Robert. “I can do three pull-ups in a row with each finger.”

- Do it
Best to stick to the inside of buildings. Take on the National Vertical Marathon up Singapore’s Asia Square on June 9.

PHASE 05: Climb Everest.
Mount Everest is 8,848m tall – just under two Peter Crouches – but despite this, over 2,000 people scale it each year. 

- Top tip
“You need to be fit, but mental prep is everything,” says Kenton Cool, who has summited Everest nine times. “You must have the mindset that failing is not an option.”

- Do it
A full-on Everest attempt will cost you £10k, so try a 17-day trek to base camp: £625 at lumle.com.
 

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