‘French Spider-Man’ Celebrates 60th Anniversary With Massive Skyscraper Climb


Alain Robert, a lone free climber known as the “French Spider-Man”, celebrated his 60th birthday in style.

Robert, who has scaled several tall buildings around the world, including the Burj Khalifa and the Empire State Building, scaled the Tour TotalEnergies skyscraper in Paris on Saturday, French news site Défense 92 reported.

Robert, who turned 60 in August, scaled the 48-story building in 60 minutes, according to the news site.

Alain Robert said he wanted to draw attention to climate change when he scaled the 48-storey skyscraper in Paris.

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Saturday’s feat would be the 12th time Robert has scaled the building, which stands about 614 feet above the ground.

The mountaineer revealed to Reuters that he had promised himself several years ago to climb the building for the occasion because 60 years symbolizes the retirement age in France.

“I want to send people the message that being 60 is nothing. You can still play sports, be active, do fabulous things,” Robert told Reuters.

Robert said he made the climb to raise awareness of global warming and likened the building’s climb to “a ladder”, according to Defense 92.

The news site reported that he tended to the building’s metal window frames using “band-aids” on his fingers and “a bit of sweat-reducing material” during the climb.

He has scaled several iconic structures over the years, including the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, Taipei 101, Petronas Towers and Willis Tower.

Robert has no intention of giving up on his passion, Defense 92 reported.

“I will continue as long as I am healthy,” Robert told the outlet, according to Google Translate.


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