The Straits Times
Published on Sep 22, 2012

French 'Spiderman' climbs building in China


SHANGHAI (AFP) - French "Spiderman" Mr Alain Robert added another structure to his record of climbing achievements on Saturday, scaling most of a 388m tower in central China.

The climber ascended to an observation platform 268m up the Central Plains Fortaleza tower in Henan province's Zhengzhou city in about two hours, Chinese state media said.

Mr Robert has climbed more than 100 structures without ropes or other safety equipment, setting a record for "most buildings climbed unassisted" according to Guinness World Records.

In March last year he braved a strong desert wind to climb the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 828m.