Alain Robert

  • French athlete
  • Born April 7, 1962

Alain Robert (born as Robert Alain Philippe on 7 August 1962) is a French rock climber and urban climber, from Digoin, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. Known as "the French Spider-Man" (after the comic character Spider-Man) or "the Human Spider," Robert is famous for his free solo climbing, scaling skyscrapers using no climbing equipment except for a small bag of chalk and a pair of climbing shoes.

Modern people are only willing to believe in their computers, while I believe in myself.

With buildering, I get to keep that element of danger. Plus, I very much like the feeling of height, and buildings have even more of a feeling of height than rock faces.

If you've climbed the first 140 meters it doesn't mean that you've succeeded; you are going to succeed by climbing the last 10 meters.

I did climb about 80 buildings around the world and I climbed even the five tallest.

I enjoy every climb - maybe it's because it's a literal dance between life and death.

We set ourselves limits, but we are all strong enough to aim higher, to achieve our goals. All we have to do is find such strength within ourselves. Know how to develop it.

To me, climbing is like eating or drinking. I have to do it; it's part of my life.

When I was 12, I forgot the keys to my parent's apartment. So I simply climbed up seven floors to get in.

There is a percentage of people who want to be a little bit outside their comfort zone and I am one of them, someone who lives on the edge.

I see myself as a climber and an activist.

Whenever I climb I have to also entertain.

Life has to be dangerous.

People need to learn to live with more risk.

Authorities arrest me, release me, and then invite me back to host public events. I think it's interesting.

I feel completely alone - it's like melting, I am the structure, and I am also Alain Robert.

Sometimes doing the forbidden can be nice.

Plus, I very much like the feeling of height, and buildings have even more of a feeling of height than rock faces.

It's a great feeling to know that 100 cops want to stop you doing something and they can't.

All these buildings are like mountains I would like to climb, but I am forbidden.

When I climb a building, I've been there already, and carefully planned how to start the climb as well as how to do it.

Fortunately, the courts discharged me every time after they understood what I had done.

I love all people, whatever race they are.

I was not willing to give up because I was born to like taking risks and that is my way of life.

In fact, it will be very easy to climb the building because of its shape and architecture.

I don't want to follow the herd.

We are living in a world where everything is based on security.

I make good money: One speech nets me more than what most people make in six months.