The Real Spiderman

By Meera Dolasia on December 21, 2007

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Meet Alain Robert, the real Spiderman.  Like the other superhero, Alain likes to climb tall structures.  However, he doesn't need to cast a web in order to climb - he does it with his bare hands.

Alain's climbing career began at the age of 12, when he forgot the keys to his apartment on the eighth floor. Too impatient to wait for his his parents to return, he decided to climb the exterior of the building and get in from the patio.

At the age of 19 and 20 he suffered two major falls, breaking several bones. Doctors told him he was sixty percent handicapped and could never climb again. However, six months later Alain was climbing again.

Over the years, Alain has climbed many famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Opera House in Sydney.   He has also scaled some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world including the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia and the Sears Tower in the USA, which ended up being one of his most challenging climbs. Nearing the top of the 110-story building, he encountered thick fog that covered the glass and metal wall of the last 20 floors with moisture, making it very slippery. Slowly and steadily, he managed to overcome it and get to the top.

While Alain has a huge fan following throughout the world, he is not very popular with the police, since what he does is so dangerous. He therefore has to be very secretive about which buiding he is going to conquer next.  He simply shows up early in the morning and starts climbing. So the next time you are walking near a tall building, make sure you look around - Spiderman may be in town!

Meanwhile, enjoy the two videos of this amazing man, the first one is a recent climb he did in London, which got him arrested, and the other, a slightly older but equally amazing climb in France.

Sources: Wikipedia.org, alainrobert.com

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  • Zebra6/20/2013
    Wow!! I thought he was gonna fall!!
    • Zebra6/20/2013
      Ok.....
      • Zebra6/20/2013
        I didn't understand what schoolboy said
        • hootie
          hootie7/27/2013
          allright
          • BOOTY9/19/2013
            COOL
            • noodle7zep
              noodle7zep11/13/2013
              cool. I AM SCARED OF HIGHTS
              • kell-bell
                kell-bell11/19/2013
                oh my gosh that is dangerous and HES GONNA FALL AND DIE.
                • vasko
                  vasko1/4/2014
                  I have done it on buildings and super high rocks. I AM A ROCK CLIMBER!!! I CLIMB WITHOUT ROPE !!!
                • marcoisboss
                  marcoisboss7/14/2014
                  That is amazing!
                  • darwin78904
                    darwin789047/18/2014
                    crazy

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