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Alain Robert
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Alain Robert upon successfully scaling the Singapore Flyer
Born(1962-08-07) 7 August 1962 (age 51)
NationalityFrench
Other namesRobert Alain Philippe
OccupationClimber
Known forScaling skyscrapers
Website
alainrobert.com
Alain Robert (born as Robert Alain Philippe on 7 August 1962), is a French rock climber and urban climber, from Digoin, Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne, France. Known as "the French Spider-Man" (after the comic character Spider-Man), or "the Human Spider", Robert is famous for scaling skyscrapers using no climbing equipment except for a small bag of chalk and a pair of climbing shoes.

Robert is managed by English player's agent Bryan Yeubrey.

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    Strategy

    Because authorities will not normally give him permission for such dangerous exploits, Robert usually appears at dawn on the site of whichever giant skyscraper he has chosen to climb.[citation needed] His exploits attract crowds of onlookers who stop to watch him climb. As a consequence, Robert has been arrested many times, in various countries, by law enforcement officials waiting for him at the end of his climb.

    His rock-climbing physical training and technique allow him to climb using the small protrusions of building walls and windows (such as window ledges and frames). Over the course of his climbing career, he has become so used to cramming his fingers into the cracks of ledges and hanging from balconies that he is actually unable to completely straighten his fingers.[citation needed] Many of his climbs provide him no opportunity to rest and can last several hours. He sometimes has a small bag of climbing chalk powder fastened around his waist.

    Career




    Alain Robert climbing Petronas Tower 2 in March 2007



    Alain Robert climbing the New York Times Building on June 5, 2008. Circle has been added to highlight Robert's location.
    Robert has climbed landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House and the Montparnasse Tower as well as the world's tallest skyscrapers. In 1997 he climbed the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but was arrested at the 60th floor, 28 floors below the top. In 1999 he climbed the Sears Tower, the second man to do so after Dan Goodwin. In June 1999 Robert climbed the 170-metre (558 ft) Marriott Hotel in Warsaw, and in 2000 Robert climbed the 23-metre (75 ft) high Luxor Obelisk in Paris.

    In February 2003, he legally climbed the 200-metre (656 ft) National Bank of Abu Dhabi, UAE, watched by about 100,000 spectators. It became more frequent for Robert to be paid to scale buildings as part of publicity efforts. In May 2003, he was paid approximately $18,000 to climb the 95-metre (312 ft) Lloyd's building to promote the premiere of the movie Spider-Man on the British television channel Sky Movies. On 19 October 2004, he scaled the 187-metre (614 ft) headquarters of the French oil company Total while wearing a Spider-Man costume.[citation needed]

    Robert scaled Taipei 101 on 25 December 2004, a few days before its grand opening as the tallest building in the world. The 508-metre (1,667 ft) climb was legal, part of the week's festivities. The skyscraper's outwardly slanting sides posed no apparent difficulty for him, but heavy rain resulted in a climb lasting four hours—double his estimate.

    On 11 June 2005 he climbed the Cheung Kong Centre in Hong Kong, scaling 283 metres (928 ft) to reach the top of the 62-story tower.

    On 1 September 2006, he climbed the tallest building in Lithuania and the Baltic States – Europa Tower (148 metres (486 ft)) in Vilnius. Wearing a black suit and using a safety rope, which he detached several times, he reached the observation deck of the building, 114 metres (374 ft), in 40 minutes. In 2006 he also climbed Torre Vasco da Gama in Portugal as part of an advertisement for Optimus, a national mobile operator. He finished the year climbing the Santa Fe World Plaza in Mexico City on 7 December 2006. On 23 February 2007, he legally climbed the headquarters building of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) on the coast of Abu Dhabi.

    On 20 March 2007, he again climbed the Petronas Twin Towers, marking the tenth anniversary of his previous ascent of this building. Upon reaching the 60th floor, he allowed himself to be apprehended. He flew the Malaysian flag and drew applause from waiting police, fire crew, and media representatives before handing himself in. He was handcuffed and escorted off the premises before being driven to a police station.

    On 31 May 2007, he scaled the 88-story Jin Mao Building in Shanghai—China's then tallest building, once again wearing a Spider-Man costume. He was later arrested and jailed for five days before being expelled from China. In November 2007, Robert was invited by the local government of Zhangjiajie, a scenic region in the southern province of Hunan, to climb the 1,518-metre (4,980 ft) Tianmen mountain to boost the profile of the region and bring in tourists.

    On 4 September 2007, he climbed the 244-metre (801 ft) Federation Tower office building in Moscow, (Russia's tallest skyscraper). He was detained by police afterwards.

    On 18 December 2007, he climbed the 29-story Portland House office building in London (Westminster's tallest building). It took him just over 40 minutes. Police taped off the area and later arrested him for criminal damage and wasting police time.

    On 15 April 2008, he climbed the 60-story Four Seasons Place in Hong Kong. The police and four fire engines were standing by and it took him almost 1 hour to reach the top. He stated that his climb was intended to increase awareness of global warming.

    On 5 June 2008, he climbed the New York Times Building in New York City. He unfurled a banner with a slogan about global warming and was then arrested by police on the roof. The banner read "Global warming kills more people than 9/11 every week."

    On 17 February 2009, he once again climbed the Cheung Kong Centre in Hong Kong, taking 40 minutes to reach the top of the 62-story tower. He unfurled a banner reading "onehundredmonths.org" while climbing.

    On 2 April 2009, during the 2009 G-20 London summit he climbed to the 9th floor of the Lloyd's building and unfurled a 100-foot banner declaring that there were 100 months left to save the planet.

    On 2 June 2009, he climbed to the 41st floor of the RBS Tower in Sydney Australia before returning to the ground; he was arrested as he finished his descent.

    On 1 September 2009, one day after Malaysia celebrated its 52nd Independence Day and after two arrests in 1997 and 2007, Alain Robert finally made it successfully to the top of the Petronas Twin Towers. He started at 6:00 am local time and reached the top at 7:40 am local time without attracting the attention of the public. He celebrated his climb by standing with his arms outspread on the pinnacle of one of the Twin Towers. He was later fined RM2000 in default of two months jail at the Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court after he pleaded guilty to criminal trespass for scaling the Petronas Twin Towers.

    On 28 March 2011 Robert climbed the tallest building in the world, the 828-meter Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, taking just over six hours to complete the climb. However, he used a harness in accordance with safety procedure.

    On 4 September 2011 he legally climbed the 240-meter tall central tower of Moscow State University, during 2-hour 4D show by David Atkins, in which the university was used as a projection screen.

    On 14 October 2011, he climbed the InterContinental Bucharest in Romania.

    On 12 April 2012, he set a Guinness World Record for climbing the 300m-high Aspire Tower in Doha, Qatar in the fastest time (1 hour, 33 minutes and 47 seconds)

    In November 2012, Robert was spotted inside The Shard in London. The building's owners subsequently got an injunction preventing Robert from ever returning.

    Notable climbs

    The table below contains the notable structures climbed by Alain Robert.
    LocationBuildingDateHeightNotes
    Sydney, AustraliaSydney Tower1997-00-0019970319319 metres (1,047 ft)
    Sydney, AustraliaSydney Opera House1997-00-001997006565 metres (213 ft)
    Sydney, AustraliaSydney Harbour Bridge1997-00-0019970135135 metres (443 ft)
    Sydney, AustraliaRBS Tower2009-06-022 June 20090218218 metres (715 ft)Descended to ground. Arrested and fined A$750
    Sydney, AustraliaLumiere building2010-08-3030 August 20100151151 metres (495 ft)Arrested at the top. Took about 20 minutes to climb the 57-story building
    Rio de Janeiro, BrazilHotel Vermont1996-00-0019960000
    Montreal, CanadaCrown Plaza Hotel1999-00-0019990120120 metres (390 ft)
    Montreal, CanadaPlace de la Cathédrale0000-00-000146146 metres (479 ft)
    Hong KongFour Seasons Place2008-00-0020080130130 metres (430 ft)
    Hong KongThe Far East Finance Centre1996-00-0019960200200 metres (660 ft)
    Hong KongThe Cheung Kong Centre2009-00-0020090283283 metres (928 ft)
    Hong KongThe Cheung Kong Centre2005-00-0020050283283 metres (928 ft)
    London, EnglandOne Canada Square2002-10-1818 October 20020244244 metres (801 ft)Abandoned half way due to rain
    London, EnglandOne Canada Square1995-00-0019950244244 metres (801 ft)
    London, EnglandLloyd's building2009-04-022 April 2009009595 metres (312 ft)Climbed to the 9th floor. Unfurled a 100 ft banner.
    London, EnglandPortland House2007-12-1818 December 20070101101 metres (331 ft)Arrested. 40 minute climb.
    Paris, FranceEiffel Tower1997-00-001996/970313313 metres (1,027 ft)
    Paris, FranceGrande Arche at La Défense1999-00-0019990105105 metres (344 ft)Failed due to heat, rescued by firemen
    Paris, FranceThe Luxor Obelisk in Place de la Concorde1999-00-001999003131 metres (102 ft)
    Paris, FranceTour Montparnasse1995-00-0019950209209 metres (686 ft)
    Paris, FranceTour Crystal at Front de Seine2005-00-0020050100100 metres (330 ft)
    Paris, FranceTour Crystal at Front de Seine1996-00-0019960100100 metres (330 ft)
    Paris, FranceMercurial Towers at Bagnolet1995-00-0019950125125 metres (410 ft)
    Paris, FranceHeadquarters of the French oil company Total2004-10-1919 October 20040187187 metres (614 ft)Wore a Spider-Man costume
    Paris, FranceAriane building2009-10-088 October 20090152152 metres (499 ft)no formal charges were brought against him
    Frankfurt, GermanyDresdner Bank Tower1995-00-0019950145145 metres (476 ft)
    Milan, ItalyBanca di Milano building1995-00-0019950112112 metres (367 ft)
    Tokyo, JapanShinjuku Center Building1998-00-0019980245245 metres (804 ft)
    Warsaw, PolandMarriott Hotel1999-00-0019990140140 metres (460 ft)
    Johannesburg, South AfricaIBM Tower1998-00-0019980110110 metres (360 ft)
    Abu Dhabi, UAENational Bank of Abu Dhabi2003-02-00Feb 20030173173 metres (568 ft)A legal climb. Watched by about 100,000 spectators.
    Abu Dhabi, UAEThe Etisalat building2005-00-0020050160160 metres (520 ft)
    Abu Dhabi, UAEADIA Headquarters Building2007-00-0020070185185 metres (607 ft)
    New York City, United StatesNew York Times Building2008-06-055 June 20080228228 metres (748 ft)Unfurled global warming banner. Arrested by police.
    New York City, United StatesEmpire State Building1994-00-0019940381381 metres (1,250 ft)
    Chicago, United StatesWillis Tower1999-00-0019990443443 metres (1,453 ft)Arrested on top
    San Francisco, United StatesGolden Gate Bridge1996-00-0019960227227 metres (745 ft)
    Philadelphia, United StatesBlue Cross Tower1997-00-0019970185185 metres (607 ft)
    Las Vegas, United StatesLuxor Hotel1996-00-0019960106106 metres (348 ft)
    Tampere, FinlandHotel Ilves2003-10-282003006161 metres (200 ft)
    Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaPetronas Tower 11997-03-2020 March 19970452452 metres (1,483 ft)Arrested at the 60th floor
    Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaPetronas Tower 22007-03-2020 March 20070452452 metres (1,483 ft)Arrested at the 60th floor
    Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaPetronas Towers2009-09-011 September 20090452452 metres (1,483 ft)Stood atop the highest point of the tower, fined MYR 2000
    Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, MalaysiaSabah Foundation Building1997-00-0019970150150 metres (490 ft)
    Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaMelia Hotel1997-00-001997008080 metres (260 ft)For fundraising
    SingaporeOverseas Union Bank Centre2000-00-0020000280280 metres (920 ft)Arrested at the 21st floor
    SingaporeSuntec Tower One2008-00-0020080176176 metres (577 ft)
    TaiwanTaipei 1012004-00-0020040508508 metres (1,667 ft)Climbed as part of opening event. Tallest building in the world at the time of ascent.
    Caracas, VenezuelaParque Central Torre2002-00-0020020224224 metres (735 ft)
    Barcelona, SpainTorre Agbar2007-09-1220070144144 metres (472 ft)
    Barcelona, SpainTorre Agbar2006-00-0020060144144 metres (472 ft)
    PortugalTorre Vasco da Gama2006-00-0020060145145 metres (476 ft)Optimus-sponsored legal climb to promote a phone.
    Lisbon, Portugal25 de Abril Bridge2007-08-066 August 20070190190 metres (620 ft)Arrested
    Mexico City, MexicoSanta Fé World Plaza Corporate Tower2006-00-0020060127127 metres (417 ft)
    Bratislava, SlovakiaSlovak Radio Building2007-04-1212 April 2007008080 metres (260 ft)Took less than 20 minutes
    Shanghai, ChinaJin Mao Building2007-05-3131 May 20070420420 metres (1,380 ft)Arrested, expelled from China
    Moscow, RussiaWest Federation Tower2007-09-044 September 20070244244 metres (801 ft)Detained by police.
    São Paulo, BrazilEdifício Itália2008-02-00February 20080168168 metres (551 ft)
    Beirut, LebanonPhoenicia Hotel2008-10-00October 20080239239 metres (784 ft)
    Jakarta, IndonesiaThe City Tower2008-11-1212 November 20080150150 metres (490 ft)
    Pune, IndiaThe Amanora Tower2010-02-2828 February 20100100100 metres (330 ft)Took less than 12 minutes
    Paris, FranceGDF Suez building2010-04-077 April 20100185185 metres (607 ft)Arrested at the top
    SingaporeSingapore Flyer2010-11-055 November 20100165165 metres (541 ft)First person to climb around the world's tallest observatory wheel.
    Dubai, UAEBurj Khalifa2011--032828 March 20110828828 metres (2,717 ft)Legal climb, partial use of safety harness. Tallest building in the world at the time of ascent.
    Doha, QatarAspire Tower2012-04-1212 April 20120165300 metres (980 ft)Set a Guinness World Record for climbing in the fastest time (1 hour, 33 minutes and 47 seconds)
    Paris, FranceTour First2012-05-1010 May 20120231231 metres (758 ft)
    Port Louis, MauritiusMauritius Telecom Tower2012-06-2121 June 20120110110 metres (360 ft)Legal climb, took less than 30 minutes.
    Moscow,RussiaMail.ru office Tower2013-08-2929 August 20130357109 metres (358 ft)Legal climb, took less than 30 minutes.
    Auckland, New ZealandMetropolis Residences2013-11-1212 December 20130509155 metres (509 ft)Legal climb, promotion for Samsung Galaxy Gear.

    Accidents




    Alain Robert climbing Torre Agbar in Barcelona, 2007-09-12.
    In a 2005 interview, Alain Robert said that he has fallen seven times in his life. The worst was his fall in September 1982.

    On 18 January 1982, at 19, he fell 15 metres (49 ft) when his anchor and rope gave way during training. He fractured his wrists, heels and nose and underwent three operations.

    On 29 September 1982, at 20, he fell 15 metres (49 ft) when his rope came undone while abseiling. He was in a coma for five days and fractured both forearms, his elbow, pelvis and nose. His elbow was also dislocated and a nerve was damaged, leaving him partially paralyzed. He also suffered cerebral edema and vertigo. He underwent six operations on his hands and elbow.

    In 1993, he fell 8 metres (26 ft) while showing students how to rely on their legs when climbing. He kept his hands behind his back on an easy route but lost his balance and fell headfirst, shattering both wrists. He went into another coma and spent two months in the hospital.

    In 2004, he fell 2 metres (6 ft 6.7 in) when climbing a traffic light whilst posing for a photo in an interview. He landed on his elbow and needed forty stitches; just one month later he climbed the world's tallest skyscraper at the time, Taipei 101, as part of its official opening week.

    Books and documentaries

    Alain Robert's autobiography, With Bare Hands, was first published in English in 2008. It features his development into a famous urban climber from his days as a child and gives a deep insight into his philosophy and how he managed to overcome his disabilities.

    The book was released for the Asian market in April by Blacksmith Books in Hong Kong with the subtitle “The true story of Alain Robert, the real-life Spiderman” (ISBN 9789889979928). In September it was released by Maverick House Publishers in the UK for the English language market across Europe. This edition has the subtitle “The Story of the Human Spider” (ISBN 9781905379552).

    There is an award-winning 52-minute documentary about Robert titled The Wall Crawler by Director/Producer Julie Cohen, released in 1998.

    The Channel 4 series Cutting Edge covered Robert in an episode entitled The Human Spider in April 2008.

    Awards

    • Faust Challenger of the Year (2011), Japan
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