Sunday, April 3, 2011
Climbing into the record books
Alain Robert, a climber who has been nicknamed Spiderman for his building scaling ability, has climbed the world’s tallest building. According to the BBC Roberts climbed the 828 m Burj Khalifa building in Dubai in six hours. The 48-year-old has climbed to fame having scaled more than 70 skyscrapers across the world, most without a harness. The latest gravity-defying feat was achieved with a safety rope in place but reports suggest that he did not fall back on his safety option at any point during the climb. The precautions were an unusual part of a Robert climb as the Frenchman normally turns up at dawn and begins his ascent without permission or equipment. Some sky-scraper owners consider his antics the height of rudeness rope the police in to meet him on his descent from several buildings. In spite of, or perhaps because of, his lawlessness Robert’s fan base is steadily rising.