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The real-life Spider-Man.

Alain Robert is a French rock and urban climber, known as "the French Spider-Man" or "the Human Spider" and most famous for scaling skyscrapers. Robert has scaled 85giant structures around the globe including many of the world's tallest structures, most of which he has scaled using only his bare hands and climbing shoes.

Robert's urban climbing career has been characterized by an ever-expanding list of famous landmarks which includes the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House and the Montparnasse Tower in Paris, the Sears Tower ( now called Willis Tower ) in Chicago, Illinois, Golden Gate Bridge and many more.

Burj Khalifa, formerly known as Burj Dubai, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 2,717 ft ( 160 habitable floors, plus 46 maintenance levels in the spire, and 2 parking levels in the basement ). The total cost for the Burj Khalifa project was about US$1.5 billion.
It has the world's fastest elevators at speed of 40 mph. Burj Khalifa was built primarily by workers from South Asia. Press reports indicated in 2006 that skilled carpenters at the site earned £4.34 a day, and labourers earned £2.84.

The building has been used by several experienced BASE jumpers for both authorized and unauthorized BASE jumping. And now, rumour has it that it will be Robert's next attempt. He has already been charged and jailed for his previous climbs. So, hopefully, it won't happen to him in UAE.

Here is a video of him climbing a 46 story skyscraper in Brazil:


Mary said...

If he gets thrown in jail in the UAE, it might be harder to get out.

ExtraHyperActive said...

It will not only be harder to get out, it will be horrible to be in UAE jail. I heard that UAE jails along with Turkey, Mexico, and China are the worst.