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'Spiderman' climb up Petronas Twin Towers !

The Frenchman known as Spider-Man has been fined the equivalent of just $350 for climbing one of Earth's most iconic landmarks without safety equipment.

In the pre-dawn gloom Alain Robert dodged security guards to start his 88-storey ascent of Malaysia's famous Petronas Towers.

As the city woke up Robert was well on his way up Tower 2 of the 1,482ft building - his third attempt, after being ordered down from the 60th floor two years ago.

Yesterday, however, there was no stopping him.

French climber Alain Robert, known as 'Spiderman', climbs Malaysia's 452m landmark Petronas Twin Towers in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After a tough vertical climb with no ropes the 47-year-old finally reached the tower's antenna, scaling a ladder for the final few metres to fearlessly stand at the top and raise his hands in jubilation.

Most visitors to the towers in Kuala Lumpar never make it past the 60th floor, where a connecting walkway joins the buildings giving tourists a dizzying view of the city below.

After a short celebration the Spider-Man, who has scaled more than 80 skyscrapers worldwide, including the Empire State Building, the Sears Tower and Taipei 101, made the journey earthward in a very different way.

Flanked by security guards and under arrest, he was whisked back to earth in a lift and promptly escorted to the police station wearing handcuffs - and a big grin.

Later in the day Robert appeared in court where he was fined 2,000 Ringit - about £350.

At 5ft 5in, he is short and light, which helps with his climbing. He also sometimes uses a bag of chalk powder to absorb sweat.

He suffered two serious accidents in 1982 - including a head-first 15 metre fall which left him in a coma for five days and with multiple fractures.

The married father-of-three rarely has permission from the authorities to attempt his dangerous exploits, so he has been arrested many times at the end of his climb.

Yesterday, Disney announced it had bought the rights to all Marvel Comic characters, for $4billion.

Alain Robert celebrates outside the court after being given just a small fine for his daring feat
The move will bring characters such as Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man into the family of Mickey Mouse and 'Toy Story.'
Alain Robert's freehand climb would have meant negotiating the globe placed near the top of the tower

Malaysia's iconic 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers soars 452m, or 1,482ft, into the sky and is one of the landmarks of Kuala Lumpur

Finally after his third attempt (1997 and 2007) and this year 2009... he finally made it to the World's Tallest Twin Tower Pinnacle the Petronas Twin Tower... congrats...!!

credited this article, pic, and video to UK Daily Mail


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