Known as the French Spiderman, successfully scaled the world’s highest building in Dubai Monday.
Robert’s climb of the 2,717-foot-tall Burj Khalifa tower took more than six hours, AP reports.
Robert, who is 48 and has climbed more than 70 skyscrapers, usually does not use any equipment. For this climb, to comply with organizers’ rules, he used a rope and harness.
Here is a list of Robert’s notable climbs.
The climb coincided with the tenth annual Education Without Borders conference in Dubai and was intended to inspire the more than 2,000 students who attended the event, Gulf News reports.
Robert has the nickname Spiderman because when he climbs he wears an outfit similar to the fictional superhero.
Robert made the climb despite windy conditions. By the time he finished, around midnight, he was climbing in the dark.
The climber was fined by a Malaysian court after he scaled the Petronas Twin Towers, which has 88 floors, in September 2009 with his bare hands in less than two hours, AFP reports.
Two Russian climbers, Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov
Who have gained a reputation as fearless photographers after climbing some of the world’s tallest buildings are at it again–this time taking on the tallest building in China, the Shanghai Tower, which is currently under construction. The Shanghai Tower measures in at 2,073 feet (632 meters) tall, making it the second tallest building in the world behind Dubai’s Burj Khalifa:
The two risked their lives, as no harnesses or other safety precautions were taken other than planning around the weather. After spending two hours scaling the building, they were forced to camp out on top for 18 hours while they waited for better weather to begin the descent. They blogged about their harrowing experience via LiveJournal and shared the stunning images you see below:
Massive structure in Blanchard, North Dakota
Adventurer climbs 1,500feet to the top of the world’s tallest TV tower in North Dakota before dangling over the edge in a series of death-defying stunts
A man known only as Urban Endeavors has climbed to the top of the massive structure in Blanchard, North Dakota
The adventurer claimed one of the biggest obstacles to succeeding in his attempt was his previous fear of heights
He trained for the stunt by climbing up on a range of structures such as bridges, buildings and cranes
He has urged any copycats to abandon their attempts because he would feel ‘lifelong guilt’ if anything bad happened
An adrenalin junkie known only as Urban Endeavors has climbed to the top of the world’s tallest TV tower in North Dakota without the aid of any safety equipment apart from a pair of gloves.
The adventurer was buffeted by 50mph winds which caused the tower to sway as it clambered up the structure.
Normally, engineers use a central ladder to reach the top of the 1,550-foot tower, but the explorer decided to climb along the outside of the structure, without any safety harness to prevent a fatal slip.
Russian self-taught photographer who takes the most dangerous selfies ever.
Angela is always looking for new challenges and adventures, and while she’s at it – she doesn’t forget to take a selfie (or ask someone to photograph her). From standing on the edge of a skyscraper to laying down on the edge of a high-rise building’s rooftop – all of her pictures are both beautiful and cringe-worthy at the same time. You can follow her adventures on Instagram.
WARNING: Don’t try this yourself if you’re not an experienced climber, it is extremely dangerous.
Scales the Eiffel Tower with no safety ropes
James Kingston has released a video documenting another of his daring exploits, this time dodging a security team and ‘freeclimbing’ up The Eiffel Tower
James Kingston, a British ‘freerunner’, has successfully climbed the Eiffel Tower without the use of any safety ropes or harnesses.
The 25-year-old daredevil originally found fame two years ago when he dangled from a crane in Southampton and posted footage of the climb online. Since then, Kingston has scaled industrial chimneys in Germany, cranes in India and Los Angeles and the Wembley Arch.
However, The Eiffel Tower, which Kingston describes as having been “one of my goals for quite a while,” served the climber with a new set of challenges.
Free runner James Kingston: I used to be terrified of heights
James Kingston is at it again. With no protection and questionable shoes, Kingston jumps from the roof of the 155m Tower onto a crane, before holding himself off of it with one hand. James Kingston scales a crane atop the Southbank Tower
Kingston and his climbing partner say they initially planned to buy tickets to enter the tower and then climb out of a stairwell to begin their ascent. However, they soon discovered that there would be too many people circulating at any one time to achieve their goal without raising suspicion.
As a result, the pair decided to scale the entire tower from the outside. Kingston describes the first moments of the escapade: “We started the climb at 1am, narrowly avoiding the patrolling security – who seemed more like the French army as they were in full camo and had massive guns. We then wormed our way through what seemed like endless CCTV cameras.
“But once we reached about 20 metres up the side of the tower it appeared we’d made it through what would normally be the riskiest part of any climb
The courtyard of a 30-story building in Moscow’s business district. He turns and perches alertly on his heels, anxiously looking for a security guard like a bird watches for a garden cat. There are none, as far as Ivan can tell, and he continues to the entrance of the underground parking garage and down a sloping driveway. He’s searching for a way to the building’s roof — then a way to get off it.
Russian Oleg Sherstyachenko
leaps from shelf to shelf in a parkour stunt on the 43rd floor of the Sofitel Hotel in Dubai, says he feels ‘like a bird in the air’.
His name is Oleg Sherstyachenko. He’s a Russian daredevil who is certifiably crazy, based on his past videos and photos Opens a New Window. showing him doing handstands on the edges of buildings or walking and climbing things at dizzying heights.
His latest insanity involves doing parkour by leaping from ledge to ledge on a 43-story skyscraper in Dubai without a safety net.
The Q, a GQ blog Opens a New Window. , used this headline to introduce the video: “Silly Man With Death Wish Does ‘Parkour’ on a Skyscraper.” Sherstyachenko, meanwhile, introduced the video on Instagram Opens a New Window. by saying, “Clear your mind. Just relax.”
Oleg Cricket, as he goes by on Tumblr and Instagram, wrote that he rode the elevator of the Sofitel Hotel to the 37th floor and took the stairs to the roof where he snapped several photos before spontaneously doing his parkour stunt, taking five giant leaps from ledge to ledge.
The Ukrainian Who Will Climb Anything
Mustang answer some questions Could you tell me a little about yourself and what you do when you’re not climbing buildings?
I don’t like to talk about myself to strangers. It’s enough that they see me in the pictures and videos. But nonetheless I enjoy reading, climbing, shooting video and everything.
When did you start climbing? What inspired you to start?
I started a long time ago. I can not say exactly when. I was inspired by a lot of love.
How do you go about deciding which structures to climb? Has it ever gotten you in trouble with the police?
Problems with the police were there, but I will not tell you the details. It didn’t lead to anything. There are many urban explorers who do dangerous stunts — to explore the city from the top or under the ground. If I talk about how I got on any object, protection around that object becomes stronger and smarter, and the other guys there will have a more difficult time. Some of the objects I choose. Some are accidents.
When you’re hanging from the side of a skyscraper or walking across a crane, what goes through your mind? Is it peaceful? Exciting? Do you ever feel nervous or scared?
I do not get scared during stunts. Usually it is a cheerful mood. Sometimes I just think about something else. About salad, my cat, about anything.
People have been climbing buildings for fun for at least a hundred years, but the sport of urban climbing has exploded in popularity over the past few years. This whole thing closely follows the adoption curve of YouTube and increasingly small video cameras, which when combined allow someone to transform scaling a city’s infrastructure from a transitory act performed in front of an audience of hundreds into a vivid first-person simulation!
Millions of people can experience in vertigo-inducing high definition.
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