Scared of heights? Then you most likely won’t be following in the footsteps of Frenchman Alain Robert. Watch this video of the ” French Spiderman” climbing the outside of the 450-foot tall Hang Seng bank building in Hong Kong.
He’s climbing without any special gear, no ropes, no parachute, and the only thing on the ground floor that will break his fall is the asphalt.
Robert has climbed over 85 giant structures, including some of the tallest in the world. Authorities seldom give him permission to climb the buildings, so he shows up at dawn and starts his ascent before anyone can stop him. In most cases, police are waiting for him at the end of his climb, but short of a couple of hours in prison, he’s never been in any serious trouble.
One of his most challenging climbs was of the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) in Chicago. In his 1999 climb, fog set in towards the end of the climb, making the glass and metal wall extremely slippery. Despite this, he still managed to reach the top.
His personal web site is located at Alainrobert.com, where you’ll find a list of his accomplishments, photos and even an online gift shop with Alain Robert merchandise.