The Real Spiderman

By Meera Dolasia on December 21, 2007

lain Robert with his victory pose upon successfully scaling the Singapore Flyer (Photo Credit: By Lioneldude CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

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 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 significant 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.

Alain climbing Climbing the Agbar Tower in Spain
(Photo Credit: By Mutari (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

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, Alain 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 building 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.


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  • tacklalarm233Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    Spider man, Spider-Man does whatever a spider can
    • silvermoon33
      silvermoon33Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 1:32 pm
      While I thought I was brave when I climbed the rock wall at the park.....
      • orangesplash18
        orangesplash18Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 3:49 am
        he's cool!!
        • heyitzkasscandy
          heyitzkasscandyThursday, January 5, 2017 at 9:57 am
          There was actually a guy who climbed the Trump Tower in NYC over the summer, made it to the 21st floor but police broke the windows and pulled him inside. He wanted to have a meeting with Mr. Trump but I guess he got arrested.
        • megacharizardx
          megacharizardxThursday, January 5, 2017 at 9:31 am
          That's pretty cool!
          • man man manFriday, December 16, 2016 at 5:48 pm
            omg how
            • lailacat46
              lailacat46Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 10:11 am
              • rdtoaster
                rdtoasterMonday, December 5, 2016 at 6:49 pm
                batman was here
                • smiley4
                  smiley4Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:10 pm
                  I would have fell. I didn't get the second video. Cool though
                  • niceherobrine01
                    niceherobrine01Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm
                    That guy (i think) was arrested

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