'Spiderman' scales world's tallest tower
Alain "Spiderman" Robert (red-and-white speck at bottom-center) climbs Dubai's Burj Khalifa on Monday evening.
March 29th, 2011
09:10 AM ET

'Spiderman' scales world's tallest tower

It took him six hours and a lifetime to do it, but French daredevil Alain Robert climbed the world's tallest building Monday evening.

"I've climbed the second-, third– and fourth-tallest buildings. All that is missing is Burj Khalifa," Robert, known as "Spiderman," told Gulf News before beginning his ascent of the tower in Dubai.

Robert sometimes gets arrested for trespassing while conquering tall buildings, but this time he was an invited guest.

The 2,717-foot climb, which started at 6 p.m. and ended at midnight, was a highlight of the 10th Education Without Borders conference, attended by 2,000 international students, Gulf News reported.

"I'm doing this to show the students there is no edge or borders and to inspire people to break the mold and not limit themselves," Robert told Gulf News. "Part of my message is not only to follow your heart but try to innovate in all things you do."

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soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. Bob

    Well, it just seems kind of stupid to me.

    March 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Paul

    Spider-man or Daredevil, which is it. Can't be both super heroes.

    March 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Daniel

    Climbing it is about as stupid as building it.

    March 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    hero not a hero Who gives a damn?

    March 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. midogs2

    Don't worry, Cliff. Many of us suffer from the "Kings Speech" syndrone.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Big~Tuna

    what was this story about amyway?

    March 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Big~Tuna

    anyway?

    March 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Big~Tuna

    in some circles a hero is a dangerous person who does everyday things like brushing their teeth

    March 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      This new logic of yours confuses me......

      March 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. donimus

    What in The Wide Wide World of Sports is really going on? If the man wants to climb 2700 foot buildings let him, l noticed some on here making llight of this, but have yall actually seen the height of this building in comparisons with the others around it. I've seen it from above the roof this bldg is beyond your comprehension it is tall – took him 6 hours.

    Actually i'm impressed – you go boy.

    March 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
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