June 04, 2009

French Spiderman, Alain Robert

Maybe you´ve seen a French dude climbing skyscrapers on TV, or maybe even live. If not, let me introduce you to Alain Robert, commonly known as “the French Spider-Man.”

He is known for climbing skyscrapers and buildings with his bare hands and climbing shoes. This crazy guy has scaled approximately 85 giant structures around the globe including many of the tallest ones

Authorities normally don´t give him permission to climb the buildings, so many times he does it illegally. He has been arrested many times in various countries, and he was even exiled from China in 2007 by climbing the 88-story Jin Mao Building in Shanghai.

His “job” normally attracts thousands of people who watch him climb. His arrests and trials are normally little more than brief formalities, and he is always discharged with nothing more than a small fine. Some companies that own tall buildings hire him to climb theirs for publicity. He was even paid $18,000 to climb the Lloyd´s of London to promote the premiere of the movie Spider-Man on the British television channel Sky Movies. Alain has climbed towers and skyscrapers from almost every part of the world. He also is a strong promoter of the awareness of global warming.

He wrote an autobiography titled “With Bare Hands” and was first published in English in 2008. It shows his development into a famous urban climber from his days as a child and gives a deep insight into his philosophy and how he managed to overcome his disabilities.

Some of his famous climbs are:

The Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois in 1999.

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (200 meters tall) on February, 2003.

The Federation Tower office building in Moscow (244 meters tall) on September 4, 2007.

The Lloyd´s building during a G-20 London Summit on April 2, 2009.

His official website is: http://thesolutionissimple.org/

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