With Bare Hands: The True Story of Alain Robert, the Real-life Spiderman

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Overcoming vertigo - and countless injuries which have left him officially disabled - the 'Human Spider' has scaled nearly 100 skyscrapers worldwide: from Chicago's Sears Tower to Taipei 101, from the Petronas Towers to the Golden Gate Bridge. Reward and punishment have been received in equal measure - the flamboyant Frenchman has gained international fame and raised thousands of dollars for charity, but has also been arrested, beaten and prosecuted.

Many people ask whether it is madness to undertake such perilous ascents without the use of safety equipment. But in Alain's view, it is madness not to follow your dreams! This is the inspiring story of a man who has conquered fear and exceeded his own limits: the world's greatest urban climber.

"For Robert, tall buildings are his mountains. He eulogises the views from their summits and (police permitting) revels in the freedom." -The Guardian

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Even as a child, Alain Robert was determined to become a top climber. When he was just 12, he climbed eight floors to get into the family apartment because he had forgotten his keys.

Alain spent his teenage years training on the unforgiving cliffs of southern France, climbing free solo. This meant climbing with his bare hands, with no ropes for protection: only a bag of chalk and a pair of climbing slippers. In 1982 he fell 15 metres, head first. He suffered a five-day coma and multiple fractures: to his cranium, nose, wrists, elbows, pelvis and heels. The prognosis was that he would never climb again. But this didn't stop him. If anything, it pushed him on to greater challenges. In 1993, he set a world record for the most extreme solo ascent, in the precipitous Verdon Gorge.

The time was ripe for new horizons. In 1994, Alain climbed his very first skyscraper, in Chicago - and the 'Human Spider' was born. He realized that he enjoyed conquering the impossible, and so he began travelling the world searching for the skyscraper of his dreams. He has been to jail many times for climbing without permission. But still he carries on. To him, a city is like a range of mountains, with one important difference: there will always be new skyscrapers under construction.

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Alain Robert rises toward the clouds in nearly every city he visits. As one of the world's most amazing people, his autobiography, With Bare Hands, should be fascinating, and it is - in spades. Prepare to clutch at the pages, holding on, hardly daring to breathe, as Robert tells of clinging to giant buildings. Reading With Bare Hands may induce serious vertigo. Pulses will quicken. Hearts will thump. --Cairns Media Magazine, April 2008

Told in his own words, the story of Alain Robert's lifelong urge to do nothing but climb is an absorbing and very charming one. This is the type of hair-raising book you tend to grip tightly at the edges while reading, in much the same way Robert describes his hold on some of the world's tallest buildings while scaling them. You know it makes no sense, yet you admire the drive and resolve that the man possesses. The mystery behind his obsession, though, remains ultimately unsolved for the reader, but that's possibly the beauty of the book, since there is no comprehending the feats of human endurance that this man undertakes. He is a man who will never refuse a challenge and as a consequence is never satisfied. --Evening Herald (Ireland), September 27, 2008

Of course there have been many close calls over the years, but none more so than the Sears Tower in Chicago, which he climbed in 1999. In his autobiography -- With Bare Hands -- which was published in English last year, Robert likens the building to the alien monolith in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey; and for him, like the characters of the film, it was an object of fear and fascination. At the time, it was the tallest building in the world. Only some 20 storeys from the roof, Robert slipped. "I was on the last part of the building," he recalls, "and I lost my footing. The glass surface was wet -- the result of condensation caused by the air-conditioning system. It took me by real surprise, and I almost fell. What was worse was that I was far too high to climb down. I was stuck. Every footstep from there I was fighting for my life and I only just made it up." --The Sunday Times, 5 April 2009

In 1994, having reached the height of his sport, Robert seized on the opportunity to do something different. He flew to Chicago with a climbing film maker who wanted to swap cliffs for skyscrapers. "It would have made more sense to cycle up Mount Everest," Robert writes in his autobiography, With Bare Hands. "In the shadow of Chicago's cityscape, it occurred to me that I had probably agreed to one of the most stupid proposals that had ever been made." Nerves soon vanished as Robert inched his way up the 42-storey Citigroup Centre, using ledges, window frames and sheer strength to scale the unforgiving structure. He wrote: "The city of Chicago had just opened a door to a whole new universe, a range of mountains of steel and glass." --The Independent, 4 April 2009

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