Thursday afternoon, the city of London was enraptured by the antics of the daredevil rock climber known as the French Spider-Man. Alain Robert, a 56-year-old man known for ascending skyscrapers without the aid of safety equipment, illegally climbed to the top of the Salesforce Tower.
'French Spiderman’ Alain Robert illegally climbs London's Heron Tower with no ropes https://t.co/h1aftJ6VdV https://t.co/I78CjalkVc— ITV News (@ITV News)1540474217.0
The climb took the better part of an hour, as onlookers below watched in anticipation. This isn't his first skyscraper ascent. Robert is known for his urban climbs. He began in the '90s climbing up buildings such as the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia and the Sears Tower in Chicago.
He often climbs without permission or permits, with no equipment outside of rock climbing shoes and chalk, and to a supportive and captivated crowd.
...made it https://t.co/CZvZbyyvDi— The Picture Editor (@The Picture Editor)1540473958.0
@itvnews Jesus's he is the real spider man to me eh— leif sloane jagr (@leif sloane jagr)1540514278.0
@lexi_rees Desmond, is that you???— Andrea Castro (@Andrea Castro)1540483953.0
@lexi_rees Amazing!!— Mx. Cyris 🎃🐍 (@Mx. Cyris 🎃🐍)1540490948.0
@lexi_rees Spider-Man powers— Ceasar (@Ceasar)1540496232.0
@johnbelo @salesforce Well, that's one way to live on the edge.— Kathy (@Kathy)1540487481.0
@CapitalMANNews This guy is a #super #spiderman #hatsoff— King's View (@King's View)1540490412.0
Not everyone is happy with his climb, however.
@itvnews This man is dumb!— Vinny (@Vinny)1540484432.0
@itvnews But why— ... (@...)1540499777.0
@itvnews Just use the lift.— Spangles (@Spangles)1540488691.0
@itvnews White people smh— Carly Hanson 🌙 VOTE 11/6 (@Carly Hanson 🌙 VOTE 11/6)1540489261.0
@itvnews https://t.co/YNCYuDLayZ— Cooking With Grief Podcast (@Cooking With Grief Podcast)1540485866.0
@itvnews Lunatic— Max ❤ (@Max ❤)1540485473.0
Upon reaching the top, Robert was arrested on suspicion of being a public nuisance. His manager, Bryan Yeubrey, was not surprised, stating, "Now he will be arrested and go to court. Hopefully they will not be too hard on him because actually he is a really good guy."