The Real Spiderman

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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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  • bray912
    bray912Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11:25 am
    • fatcaht9Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11:12 am
      wow he need to climb the empire state building
      • fatcaht9Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11:11 am
        he need to be on the empire state building!
        • mdude4242
          mdude4242Monday, November 27, 2017 at 11:53 am
          • mrbossman
            mrbossmanThursday, November 16, 2017 at 10:03 am
            The Taipei 101 is TALL
            • spider pigThursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:30 am
              he picks a building that has footing sorry to break your dreams people HE IS NOT SPIDERMAN
              • momy202
                momy202Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:18 am
                • jackWednesday, October 4, 2017 at 9:20 am
                  • angie33
                    angie33Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 10:15 am
                    • momoFriday, August 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm
                      this is so amazing! It's so dangerous. when i was little a climbed a steep ladder. I thought I was a hero to do that. Then when I tried to climb down, i started crying. Maybe I wasn't hero after all. : )

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