The real-life Spiderman Alain Robert makes his way to Hong Kong April 14th
"For Robert, tall buildings are his mountains. He eulogises the views from their summits and (police permitting) revels in the freedom."
- The Guardian
On April 14th, acclaimed daredevil Alain Robert will join HK Magazine for a literary dinner at SoHo SoHo. Robert will introduce his new memoir
With Bare Hands - the true story of his dramatic life as the world's greatest urban climber.
Robert has scaled over 70 skyscrapers worldwide, using nothing but his bare hands: from the Petronas Towers in Malaysia to Taipei 101, from Canary Wharf in London to Cheung Kong Centre.
Robert has always been 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.
Robert trained on the unforgiving cliffs of southern France, climbing solo. This meant climbing with no ropes for protection. In 1982, he fell 15 meters headfirst. 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. In 1994, Alain climbed his very first skyscraper in Chicago and the 'Real Spiderman' was born. He realized that he enjoyed conquering the impossible, and so he began traveling the world searching for the skyscraper of his dreams.
The flamboyant Frenchman has gained international fame and raised thousands of pounds for charity, but has also been arrested, beaten and prosecuted.
Many people ask whether it is madness to undertake such perilous ascents without using safety equipment. But in Robert's view, it is madness not to follow your dreams!
Date: Monday, April 14, 2008
Venue: SoHo SoHo, 1/F, 4-8 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tickets: HK$400 includes a glass of wine, a three-course dinner & tea or coffee. Tickets available from Dymocks Booksellers stores from Friday 4th April.
(information provided by the organiser)