French 'Spider-Man' Climbs His Latest Skyscraper
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spider-Man," conquered his latest tall building yesterday just outside Paris. Robert scaled the 607-foot high GDF Suez Tower in La Defense, the skyscraper-filled business district just outside Paris, as onlookers gathered.
The building's communications officials say they weren't notified of Robert's plans beforehand.
The 51-year old uses his bare hands, climbing shoes, and a bag of chalk to make his way up to the top of whatever he's climbing while finding small protrusions like window ledges for leverage. So when it gets cloudy, like it did yesterday, Robert gets a little worried. "I was just afraid that it may start to rain because then I was going to get stuck," he told media after the ultimately precipitation-free climb.
Scaling the GDF Suez tower isn't his most impressive feat. Robert has a lengthy portfolio of conquered tall buildings, including the much taller Burj Khalifa (with a harness) in 2011 and the Taipei 101 tower in 2004.
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", scales the 185 metre GDF Suez Tower at La Defense business district outside Paris October 3, 2013. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)