‘French Spiderman’ arrested after scaling Manila skyscraper

MANILA (AFP) – French urban freeclimber Alain Robert was arrested yesterday, police said, after he scaled one of Manila’s tallest towers in his latest high-risk ascent.

The 56-year adventurer dubbed the “French Spiderman” climbed the 47-storey GT Tower without safety equipment, leaving watchers on the ground staring in amazement.

“This is my path, this is my way of living. It is as important to me as eating, sleeping. I need that. It keeps me alive,” he told reporters after completing the climb.

Police were less enthusiastic about the stunt and took him into custody as soon as he reached the ground after the roughly two-hour climb up and down the building.

He was being held on a charge of public disturbance and was awaiting a decision from prosecutors on bail.

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

French urban free-climber Alain Robert, is pictured on the side of the 47-storey GT Tower in Manila’s financial district of Makati. – AFP