Rotterdam buildering videos
1983 - 2003

 

H e t S t e i g e r

Climbers
Jan van der Meulen, Peter Mosch
Object
church tower
Height
45 m
Date
19.05.1983
Trivia
  • Van der Meulen congregated ('involuntarily!') in this church until age 18.
  • At age 8, Van der Meulen was caught climbing Het Steiger and taken to the police station in a Chevrolet C10 police van, the same model he was taken in in 1983, for climbing the PTT office.
  • Clip is taken from the Erasmus University news bulletin 'Euro oh Visie'
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P T T o f f i c e - B l a a k

Climbers
Jan van der Meulen, Peter Mosch
Object
PTT office on Blaak
Height / Discipline
45 m / Jumar
Date
06.08.1983
Trivia
  • First belay was fixed 3 meters over the lean-to. Unfortunately, the rope dropped to the ground, and was picked up by policemen. Halfway up, the climbers were thus forced to give up.
  • Van der Meulen disappears of the stage in the same police van as the one he was taken in for climbing Het Steiger at age 8: the Chevrolet C10
  • Filmed in super 8 mm
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E u r o m a s t

Climbers
Jan van der Meulen, Peter Mosch
Object
Euromast
Height
100 m
Date
30.04.1984
Trivia
  • For ineffable reasons, the climbers wore roller skates during the abseil
  • Filmed in super 8 mm
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W o r l d T r a d e C e n t e r

 

Climbers

Jan van der Meulen, Peter Mosch
Object
World Trade Center
Height
120 m
Date
30.11.1985
Trivia

V a n B r i e n e n o o r d /

W i l l e m s b r u g

Climbers
Jan van der Meulen, Peter Mosch
Object
two bridges
Height
20 m and 45 m
Date
07.06.1986
Trivia
  • dubbed by the participants as an 'unpractised quintalon' in the disciplines of cycling, abeseiling, diving, rollerskating, climbing (and concluded with a dual abseil)

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P Z E M

Climbers
Jan van der Meulen, Ko Hoepen
Object
chimney
Height
125 m
Date
12.04.1990
Trivia
  • New age artificial climb, for its use of a drill
  • Ko Hoepen was a client of Van der Meulen's climbing school CRACK; the PZEM chimney his first buildering object
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N e d l l o y d

Climbers
Jan van der Meulen, Joost Bomhof
Object
Office
Height
90 m
Date
30.04.1998
Trivia
  • 20 meters up, Van der Meulen dropped 4 meters before being secured by a 'CAM A LOT' (an expanding nut placed in a vertical crack).
  • the climb to the top took 6 hours
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H o g e H e r e n

Climber
Jan van der Meulen
Object
Apartment
Height / discipline
102 m / Free rope solo
Date
26.04.2001
Trivia
  • Completed in a one pitch climb of 100 meters
  • For the first time in Dutch buildering history, Van der Meulen was fined by the police. In court however, the judge decided the fine was unnecessary, thereby paving the road to future buildering actions.
  • News feature by RNW
  • Photos here
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K P N o f f i c e

Climber
Jan van der Meulen
Object
Head office
Height / discipline
110 m / Abseil
Date
22.12.2003
Trivia

link: Jan van der Meulen buildering


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