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At age 55 and after 150 buildings, 'French spiderman' keeps climbing

2018-04-06 07:14
Alain Robert, the "French Spiderman" climbed the fourth-tallest building in the Paris business district.   It took Robert just over an hour to scale to the top of the 614-foot-high Tour Total building on March 14.   He had first tried to climb the Engie building, but was stopped by security guards.   Robert started his hobby at the age of 11.    He has climbed more than 150 skyscrapers around the world, including Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the Eiffel Tower, and the Sydney Opera House.    "For me, climbing is a passion, it's a way of life," he said.   He often climbs without permission and has been arrested several times.    At 55 years old, Robert sees no end in sight for his vertiginous adventures.   "As long as I have the physical strength to scale heights, I will continue to climb," he said. Credit: Reuters