'French Spiderman' to scale New York, Paris towers after Makati skyscraper stunt


Posted at Feb 01 2019 10:51 AM | Updated as of Feb 01 2019 09:14 PM

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MANILA - French daredevil Alain Robert has said he would next climb skyscrapers in New York and Paris after scaling a building in Makati City earlier this week, leading to yet another detention. 

Robert, known as "French spiderman" for his daring quests scaling skyscrapers across the globe, was arrested last Tuesday for going up the GT Tower in Makati City without safety gear. He was charged with alarms and scandal and detained but has since posted bail.

In an interview on ANC's Headstart, the 56-year-old said he would next be scaling a tower in New York City for "something legal," then on March he has two scheduled "illegal ascents" in the French capital.

He currently holds the Guinness World Record for "most buildings climbed" after conquering 121 structures by 2015.

"I like the thrill. I like to live my life between life and death. I am well-trained, I kind of enjoy calculated risks. For me, living on the edge is the only way. I feel alive when I’m very close to being dead," Robert said in the interview aired on Friday.

Scaling buildings since he was 11, Robert's record includes climbing landmarks around the world such as the Sydney Opera House, Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers, New York’s Empire State Building, and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

He recalled that he once slightly slipped while climbing the Sears Tower in Chicago, when he was close to the top.

"It took me by surprise and I nearly fell. I slipped, but I managed to save my life. I felt it, and I kind of bended my muscle to avoid to fall, that would be my death. I refocused and I made it," he said. 

His stunts have landed him many times in the hands of authorities, but it's no bother for the daredevil.

"I’m a cool guy, I’m not a criminal. Although I’m judged as a small criminal, I am a nice person," he said.