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French Spiderman Scales World's Tallest Steel Tower

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Published on Sep 22, 2012

French "spiderman" Alain Robert successfully climbs the world's tallest steel tower in central China.

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French daredevil climber Alain Robert scaled most of the world's tallest steel tower in China's central Henan province on Saturday (September 22).

Standing at 388 meters tall, the Central Plains Fortaleza has no hand or footholds.

Robert, who has earned the nickname of "French Spiderman," started climbing from the height of 103 meters with the help of suction gear and mechanical ascenders.

The 50-year-old took about two hours to reach the observation platform at 268 meters.

The steel structure has an outward slope of 30 degrees towards the top, making it more difficult for Robert at the end of his climb.

In 2010, Robert was fined $750 for illegally climbing the 41-story Royal Bank of Scotland building in central Sydney, Australia. But this time he had a permit for the climb.

He has since climbed more than 100 buildings around the world, including Chicago's Sears Tower and the Taipei 101 in Taiwan.

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