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Daring 60-Year-Old 'Spiderman' Scales Skyscraper Rope-Free


Capturing the online world's attention, a 60-year-old man, Alain Robert, renowned as the "French Spiderman," has astounded viewers with his fearless ascent up a mountain sans safety equipment. The accomplished French rock climber showcased his daring solo climb in the Verdon Gorge Canyon in France through a video posted on his official Instagram page.

The footage depicts Mr. Robert standing midway up the mountain, clad in a simple red sleeveless T-shirt and black trousers, conspicuously devoid of any safety gear. The accompanying text on the clip emphasizes the theme of defying the impossible at 60, continuing to free solo in the challenging Verdon terrain.

In the video, Mr. Robert navigates the mountain by strategically placing his hands and feet into narrow holes at varying distances. The accompanying note in his Instagram post reflects his perspective on free solo climbing as more than just a sport but a life philosophy intertwined with courage.

Despite initiating his climbing journey in 1975 on the cliffs near Valence, France, Mr. Robert's feats extend beyond mountains. Notably, he has twice ascended the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and in 2015, he set a world record by climbing 121 buildings, securing a place in the Guinness World Records archives.

Beyond his climbing achievements, Mr. Robert has employed his daring acts for advocacy. In 2021, he climbed the 220-meter-high Hekla Tower in Paris, advocating for peace between Israel and Palestine. In an interview with Reuters, he emphasized the importance of dialogue and lasting peace accords for both nations to achieve their aspirations.

Alain Robert's remarkable journey, which began in 1975, continues to inspire as he defies age and challenges, making the impossible possible and advocating for meaningful causes through his awe-inspiring climbs.


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