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‘Spidermen’ scale skyscrapers

Two famous ‘spidermen’ have scaled skyscrapers on opposite sides of the planet recently.

According to the Associated Press, veteran skyscraper climber Dan Goodwin climbed a 58-storey building in San Fransico, unfurling the US flag on top, while downunder in Sydney Australia, the world famous French climber Alain Robert scaled a 57-story building in downtown Sydney with his bare hands.

Both climbers were arrested by authorities after their ascents.

Goodwin used suction cups but no ropes to scale Millennium Tower, a 645-foot residential building overlooking San Francisco Bay. Police say he ignored orders to stop climbing.

The San Francisco Fire Department says Goodwin was too high to reach by the time firefighters got to the building.

Goodwin reached the top just before 5:30 p.m.

It took Robert about 20 minutes to scale his building, as dozens of people watched from the street below.

The 48-year-old has climbed more than 70 skyscrapers around the world, including the Empire State Building, the Sears Tower in Chicago and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Robert typically climbs buildings using his bare hands.

Source articles: Police arrest man who scaled San Francisco tower; ‘Spiderman’ held for scaling Sydney skyscraper (AP)


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