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article imageVideo: French 'Spiderman' scales 185-meter Paris skyscraper

By Anne Sewell     Oct 7, 2013 in Sports
Paris - Alain Robert, dubbed the "French Spiderman", has been at it again. He has just conquered 185-meter (607-foot) GDF Suez tower in the La Défense business district of Paris with only his climbing shoes and a bag of chalk.
The 51-year-old daredevil has become famous over the last three decades for climbing the world's tallest buildings and biggest landmarks. He has even scaled the Eiffel Tower and the Sydney Opera House.
In May 2012, he climbed the 231-meter (758-foot) First building, also in the La Défense commercial district of Paris. As reported on Digital Journal, In September 2012, he took on the 388-meter (1,280-foot) steel tower in central China.
The "French Spiderman" Robert performs quite a few of his feats without a police permit, and has been arrested several times. He has also broken several bones in various falls over the years, but this doesn't stop him and he always has a crowd of fascinated onlookers during his climbs.
Bear in mind while watching his amazing feat in the video above, that Robert has inner ear damage and suffers from vertigo and is considered to be 66 percent disabled.
In fact, he states on his website, "Climbing is my passion, my philosophy of life. Although I suffer from vertigo, although my accidents left me disabled up to 66%, I have become the best solo climber."
And on top of that he even puts Spiderman to shame, as he does his feats without any "spidey-sense" and no "web-shooters" to keep him tethered.
In the photo below, he has made it to the top:
Alain Robert  the  French Spiderman  scales 185-metre (607-ft) GDF Suez tower in the La Défense bus...
Alain Robert, the "French Spiderman" scales 185-metre (607-ft) GDF Suez tower in the La Défense business district of Paris
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