Alain Robert, the French 'Spider-Man', who has spent the past two decades climbing more than 100 of the world's tallest buildings describes what exactly motivates him in Saturday's Guardian. Using window frames, piping and protusions for handholds, and dispensing with a rope, this free solo climbing provides him with ' blissful solitude mixed with the exhilaration of being caught in a place between life and death.'
A true original, who goes where few, if any, are willing to venture, I was keen to include something about Robert in Those Who Dared but unfortunately couldn't find the right kind of piece - most being either extended photo captions are very long features. Channel 4 recently showed The Human Spider and there's a clip of it on YouTube.
Alain Robert is speaking at this year's Kendal Mountain Festival.