‘French Spiderman’ to climb 500-foot Chinese hotel

MACAO, China (NBC/CCTV VIA APTN) — The man known as the “French Spiderman” is getting ready to climb a 500-foot hotel in Macao, China.

Alain Robert said he wanted to climb the hotel because no one had done it before.

“Actually, I wanted to climb the Galaxy Hotel because nobody has ever climbed a building in Macao,” said Robert. “So I did choose Galaxy, because it’s a nice building. It’s an iconic building in Macao.”

Robert is known for climbing without safety gear. He uses only his hands and feet, a little chalk, and climbing shoes. Sometimes he must use suction cups.

He said climbing the hotel is more difficult than what people imagine.

“The Galaxy Macao is quite complicated because the glasses are completely smooth, meaning that there will be nothing to hold onto, so I will be using certain cups,” said Robert.

Robert has climbed more than 70 skyscrapers around the world.

“It won’t be my last climb, you know,” said Robert. “Now, I am planning to climb maybe for another 10 years. I’m 51, nearly 52, and I wish that at least I can climb minimum until the age of 60. So after Galaxy Macao, I should climb something in Mumbai, and then maybe something in Russia, and something as well in Dubai.”

The climb’s expected to last for around 45 minutes, and Robert said he’ll climb even if it rains.

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