It took Alain Robert just over six hours to climb more than half a mile into the sky, clinging to the side of the tallest tower in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Known as the “French spiderman,” Robert has climbed many a skyscraper before, including, but not limited to, the Empire State Building, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Taipei 101 in Taiwan, formerly the tallest building in the world.
Unlike his previous climbs, Robert did wear a rope and harness in compliance with the event’s organizers rules to climb the building that clocks in at a height of 2,717 feet. His feats bring to mind the tightrope walking of Philippe Petit, the man that crossed between the World Trade Center towers.
Here’s Robert’s exhausting and exhilarating climb:
Here’s Robert climbing in the United Arab Emerites in 2007: