Install

Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

French 'Spider-Man' Scales 242-Meter Tower in Hour

APFrench climber Alain Roberts clinging Tuesday to the Federation Tower.
French urban climber Alain Roberts scaled the 242-meter Federation Tower on Tuesday after getting permission from city authorities.

Roberts had planned to climb the tower in the Moskva-City business district as Moscow celebrated its 860th anniversary Sunday. But he canceled the climb after failing to secure permission. Authorities granted permission Monday.

"We never banned the climb. We just never authorized it because no one contacted us about it," said Yekaterina Zolotareva, a spokeswoman for the administration of the city's central district, RIA-Novosti reported.

Despite the permission, three police officers waited for Roberts on an upper floor and briefly detained him after he reached the top, Ekho Moskvy radio reported.

Dubbed Spider-Man because he climbs without ropes or suction cups, Roberts has climbed the Empire State Building in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Abu Dhabi Bank in Dubai.

He is used to having difficulty getting permission for his climbs and has been detained several times, most notably on the 60th floor of the 88-story Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The smooth glass facade of the Federation Tower is too slippery to grip onto, so the tower's constructor, Mirax Group, mounted a temporary safety system on the surface that simultaneously served as an obstacle course for Roberts.

The climb took around an hour.