French Spider Man climbs a tall building – level 3

21-04-2015 15:00

A French climber has scaled one of Dubai’s tallest skyscrapers. Fifty-two-year-old Alain Robert relied on just chalk and sticky tape on his fingertips to help him up the 75-storey-high Cayan Tower.
Alain completed the 307 metre-high (1,007 feet) structure in just 70 minutes. He had no harness and little space for his feet on the ledges of the tower.

“Finally, at the end of the day, I knew that once I was going to start the ascent, everything would be okay. I would be completely focused and I would be fighting like a tiger.”

The French climber, who’s also known as the French Spider Man, is no stranger to scaling tall buildings. Back in 2011, he climbed the world’s tallest tower in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa.

Difficult words: scale (to climb up high), harness (a rope to hold you up so you cannot fall), ledge (thin piece of concrete on a wall), ascent (when you climb up something), be no stranger (to have experience).



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