BARCELONA — Alain Robert, the free climber dubbed the “French Spiderman”, scaled one in every of Barcelona’s highest skyscrapers on Saturday with out a harness. And for the first time ever, the well-known daredevil was joined by his son.
“This time is different. My son is not a climber so I feel responsible somehow,” Mr. Robert advised Reuters whereas getting ready for the climb. “I know he’s a big boy, 34. It’s his own decision, but at the end of the day I am his dad.”
Bystanders and Spanish police watched because the 60-year-old and his son, Julien, climbed the 144-meter Torre Glories, previously the Torre Agbar, a glass-covered workplace constructing designed by architect Jean Nouvel and famed for its night-time illuminations.
“I feel very stressed. I’ve never been so scared in my life,” Julien advised Reuters simply earlier than they began.
“I’ve done scary things in life, but this is… I’ve never been so afraid for my life. Fortunately, I have my father who will talk to me, will guide me.”
The pair accomplished the climb in lower than an hour and have been met on the prime by police, who escorted them down the extra conventional means — contained in the constructing — and didn’t arrest them.
Julien, who spent eight years in the military and is a eager sportsman, ready for his first climb by watching movies of his father’s earlier ascents.
Alain Robert started climbing in 1975, coaching on the cliffs close to his hometown of Valence in southern France.
He took up solo climbing in 1977, since when he has climbed greater than 150 buildings, together with Dubai’s Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest constructing — the Eiffel Tower, and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
Mr. Robert not often will get permission and climbs with out a harness, utilizing solely his naked palms, a pair of climbing sneakers, and a bag of powdered chalk. — Reuters