“Spider-Man” Arrested in Houston
Alain Robert is a French daredevil who makes his living (and his news) by climbing tall buildings. While he isn’t faster than a speeding bullet (in fact, on-lookers often get tired of watching), and he doesn’t have happy little web-shooters (yes, the “Bob Ross” version of Spiderman), he has climbed some of the talles buildings in the world, including – recently – the Salam Tower in Doha, Qatar.
Robert was arrested, yesterday during an attempt to scale One Houston Center, in downtown. Robert was reportedly nabbed just as he was beginning his ascent, a scant “…one or two steps from getting away.” Roberts pulled up in a taxi, and dashed to the building and began climbing the 46-story building. A rather tall officer, acting on a tip from a reporter, stopped Robert by latching on to his ankles.
When asked why he wanted to attempt the climb, Robert responded, “I think that there is still that spirit of freedom in the United States.” Of course, a better motivation might have been the money paid to him by an on-line casion whose advertisements were covering Robert’s clothing. Robert bosted that he had comitted no crime, and was promptly charged with two: trespassing, and posession of a controlled substance (Xanax).
Robert is truly a phenom in the world of free-climb, with a career spanning over a quarter-century, and only two major falls – both in 1982 – in the forty-five foot range. Robert’s climb of the Salam Tower in Qatar was sanctioned. Robert was reported as saying, “I have just climbed a building with authorisation, which is not in my habits and besides I had to scale the structure with ropes and equipment.” Robert is not one for the assistance and life-line of a rope.
(Source: Denton RC)