March 29, 2011
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope, it’s a 48-year old Frenchman scaling the face of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai.
That’s right, yesterday Alain Robert climbed up the 2,717-foot-tall building in just over six hours. (Click here to watch a video courtesy of BBC News.)
Mr. Roberts, who some call ‘Le Spiderman’, has climbed more than 70 buildings including the Empire State Building, Sears Tower and Taipei 101 which, before Burj Khalifa opened, was the world’s tallest building. Last September he was fined by a Malaysian court after he scrambled up the 88-storey Petrons Twin Towers in less than two hours – with his bare hands.
Though Le Spiderman usually climbs without any sort of safety gear, this time he wore a harness as per officials’ requests (didn’t want to end up in a United Arab Emirate’s jail, Mr. Roberts? – Smart thinking).
Now, we know that the CN Tower is kind of old news in the world of extremely tall structures, but if Le Spiderman is looking for a real challenge, we suggest he climb it – in January. Then we’ll see who’s brave.