'Spiderman' scales Malaysian building for charity
April 20, 1997
Web posted at: 1:29 p.m. EDT (1729 GMT)
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia (CNN) -- Without a rope and relying
only on special climbing shoes, 34-year-old Frenchman Alain
Robert scaled the outside of a Malaysian high-rise building
While thousands of incredulous onlookers watched, the man
known as "Spiderman" climbed the Sabah Foundation building in
Kota Kinabalu in eastern Malaysia.
Man climbs building to raise money
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Gripping a high-tension metal shaft on the outside wall,
Robert reached the top of the 32-story building from the 16th
floor in five minutes. He then descended to the 16th floor,
rested, and returned to the top.
Although this wasn't nearly his biggest challenge, Robert
says danger is always a factor.
"To return to the top there is a risk because I was tired,"
he said after Sunday's climb.
A native of southern France, Robert began climbing at age 13.
Since 1994, he has scaled structures around the world,
including Hong Kong's Far East Finance Center, Sydney's
Centerpoint Tower and the Empire State Building in New York.
Last month, he attempted to climb the world's tallest
building -- the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. But he was
stopped abruptly by police who pulled him in through a window
on the 60th floor. He was arrested for making the attempt
Sunday's climb was a fund-raiser for several Malaysian
charities, raising more than $150,000.
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