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French "Spiderman" scales world's highest steel tower

09-22-2012 10:38 BJT

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French climber Alain Robert is to climb the world’s highest steel tower in central China’s Zhengzhou City. Known as France’s spiderman, Robert is famous for scaling the world’s tallest skyscrapers with no safety equipment except for a small bag of chalk and climbing shoes.

Robert has climbed more than 70 giant structures around the globe. The Zhong-yuan-fu, known as the world’s highest steel-structured tower, is 388 meters high. Robert will be climbing to a platform 268 meters up.

Robert began his preparations for the climb with a physical examination on Wednesday. He went through a series of checkups, including those for gripping power and body flexibility.

Robert will face a series of challenges while climbing the high tower. The Tower is made out of pure steel, while its entire outer frame is covered with glass. Robert’s climb may last two or three hours. The uncertainly of weather elements will also bring an additional degree of difficulty to the challenge.

Backgrounder: French climber Alain Robert

Robert was born September 7 1962 in the town of Walesa in south France. From his early years, he dreamed of becoming a climber. But parents do not approve of his dangerous hobbies. Full story >>

 

 

 

French climber Alain Robert is to climb the world’s highest steel tower in
central China’s Zhengzhou City.

French climber Alain Robert is to climb the world’s highest steel tower in
central China’s Zhengzhou City.

French climber Alain Robert is to climb the world’s highest steel tower in
central China’s Zhengzhou City.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

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