Last time ExplorersWeb spoke to Alain Robert, better know as Spiderman he had climbed the 678-foot-tall 'One Houston Center' or more accurately - security. Alain managed to climb one meter before the cops grabbed hold of his foot and pulled him down. He landed in jail for two days and got slapped with a $1,500 fine.
That was 2005. Today, Alain had better luck. In Dubai, he climbed Burj Khalifa, 828m, before hundreds of admiring onlookers. The climber reportedly even bagged the antenna at the top to the tune of kids below chanting "Spiderman"!
According to a report at emirates247.com Alain Robert says he is not done with Dubai yet as Burj Al Arab is next on his list. Find ExWeb's 2005 interview with Spider in the links section.
Alain Robert 48, is known for climbing some of the world's tallest buildings with his bare hands and without a safety net. His conquests include the Eiffel Tower, Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers, the Empire State Building, the Sidney Opera, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the world's tallest building, Taiwan's 1,667-foot Taipei 101 tower and more.
As urban climbing is generally not permitted, his activity is considered mostly illegal. Nevertheless, he has received just as many awards as fines; he has paticipated in various social programs supported by the UNESCO and UN and has become one of the best known climbers of the world.
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