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'Spiderman' wants to climb Shard

LONDON, March 11 (UPI) -- The French climber dubbed "Spiderman" for his tendency to climb landmarks without safety equipment said he is hoping to scale London's Shard.

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French 'Spiderman' climbs Cuban hotel

HAVANA, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A French climber nicknamed "Spiderman" for his tendency to scale buildings without safety equipment took less than a half hour to scale a 415-foot Cuban hotel.

'Spiderman' Robert scales Bucharest hotel

BUCHAREST, Romania, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Folks in Bucharest say they were pretty impressed as they watched "French Spiderman" Alain Robert scale the outside of a hotel in the Romanian capital.

Climber bags world's tallest tower

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 29 (UPI) -- French climber Alain Robert, the French Spiderman, braved high winds Tuesday during an ascent of Dubai's landmark tallest building in the world.

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'Spiderman' arrested after 57-story climb

SYDNEY, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A French man nicknamed "Spiderman" for his barehanded skyscraper climbing skills was arrested upon reaching the top of a 57-story Australian building.

Another climber arrested at Times building

NEW YORK, July 9 (UPI) -- For the third time since the New York Times building opened in Manhattan a year ago, police Wednesday arrested a climber on the 52-story structure.

French stuntman climbs N.Y. Times building

NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) -- A French stuntman known for climbing tall buildings has scaled the 52-story New York Times building clutching a green banner and was arrested on the roof.

'Spider-Man' scales London building

LONDON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- French "Spider-Man" Alain Robert has scaled the more than 20-story Portland House building in London to raise awareness about global warming.

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Outlaw climber makes 2nd Malaysia attempt

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 20 (UPI) -- A Frenchman's second effort to scale the world's tallest building barehanded Tuesday ended like his first one, in a Malaysian jail.

'Spiderman' conquers Hong Kong tower

HONG KONG, June 11 (UPI) -- The French climber known as Spiderman has added a Hong Kong skyscraper to the tall buildings he has conquered without special equipment.

French 'Spiderman' scales tallest building

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- A French climber who has scaled most of the world's landmark skyscrapers can now claim to have conquered the tallest one of all.

Alain Robert (born as Robert Alain Philippe on 7 August 1962), is a French rock and urban climber, from Digoin, Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne, France. Known as "the French Spider-Man" (after the comic character Spider-Man), or "the Human Spider", Robert is famous for scaling skyscrapers.

Robert has scaled 85 giant structures around the globe including many of the world's tallest structures, most of which he has scaled using only his bare hands and climbing shoes.

Robert began climbing as a young boy, scaling rock cliffs in the area around his home. At the age of 12 when he forgot his keys and was locked out of his parents' eighth-floor apartment, he chose to simply scale the exterior wall to his home. In 1982 he suffered two accidents, the first in January, aged 19, and the second in September, aged 20. He fell 15 metres (49 ft) on each occasion. He suffered multiple fractures and now suffers from permanent vertigo. The doctors considered him 60 percent handicapped and told him he would not be able to climb again. Within six months he was climbing again. He kept taking on more and more challenging structures and improving his skills. He polished his rock-climbing skills in the French Alps before turning to buildings.

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