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Not for the faint-hearted: Abseilers take on 249ft Orbit slide clean

PUBLISHED: 10:39 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:39 27 February 2017

Abseilers take on the challenge of cleaning the slide

Abseilers take on the challenge of cleaning the slide

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Going down the world’s tallest tunnel slide is scary enough for some – so imagine being suspended 249ft in the air to clean it.

The slide has a number of window sections where riders can see outThe slide has a number of window sections where riders can see out

That was the challenge a pair of daredevil abseilers faced when they cleaned the outside of the slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit - whose tallest part is the same height as a 25 storey building.

The duo, from urban aerial adventures company Wire and Sky, took on the mammoth task of cleaning the 584ft long slide a clean, ensuring visitors can see through the clear portions.

Abseiler Ross Walker said: “Cleaning the slide is definitely an unusual job.

“It’s common for tall buildings to employ abseilers to clean their windows but they usually take a straight path to the ground.

The daredevil abseilers were suspended 249ft up - the same height as a 25 storey buildingThe daredevil abseilers were suspended 249ft up - the same height as a 25 storey building

“To clean the slide we have to weave in and out of its loops at heights of more than 200ft – a challenge that I think is really exciting!”

The spring clean comes ahead of an additional 75,000 tickets going on sale for the attraction.

To book, visit arcelormittalorbit.com


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