Alan Robertknown by his nickname “the French Spiderman”, celebrated his 60th birthday by climbing a skyscraper of more than 40 floors in an hour and without any kind of safety tool. This is the fourth time in his life that he has climbed the TotalEnergies building, located in the La Defense business district in Paris.
“I want to send people the message that being 60 years old means nothing. That you can continue playing sports, staying active and doing wonderful things”, he commented. Alan Robert to Reuters. Throughout his life, the French climbed constructions from all over the globe, such as the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, or the Eiffel Tower. He also stated that this is very important to him since “60 years symbolizes the retirement age in France”, something that seemed to him “a nice detail”.
Source: (The Independent)
According to foreign media reports, upon reaching the top he ended up arrested by the police, something that is traditional in his appearances because it carries out these acts without any prior notification to the authorities, nor does it ask for permission to carry out the climbs.
“Before I start going up I’m scared,” he told her. the athlete to The Guardian, although he added that the moment his fingers cling to the first shot he enters “another world” where he becomes “a different person”. “In my ‘game’ there is life on one side and death on the other, so the choice is between fear or focus,” he said.
The origins of the French Spiderman
Alan Robert He began his career training on the cliffs of Valence, the city where he was born, located halfway between Montpellier and Lyon. Little by little he improved and finally ended up becoming one of the best climbers in the world.
Normally, he climbs without the use of a harness using bare hands, climbing shoes, and a bag of powdered Chalk to improve his grip and dry the sweat.