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Entries from August 2003

Daredevil urban climbers from the last century.

August 30th, 2003 · No Comments

Alain Robert is not the first human spider to climb tall buildings: George Willig, “Spider Dan” Goodwin and the more obscure Tony Deutchler did climbs in the 80’s and 90’s. Even further back there are stories about Bill Strother doing a climb in 1921 in Augusta and Jack Williams doing climbs in 1917 and 1918. […]

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Alain Robert (The Man Spider) - the greatest urban athlete of them all.

August 29th, 2003 · No Comments

The parkour are following in the footsteps of the greatest urban athlete of them all: climber Alain Robert - The Man Spider. His website is full of charming English like: Is he out the law? It is very difficult to obtain authorizations to climb a tower with naked hands, then to each one of its […]

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Free-running - a brilliant new urban sport.

August 26th, 2003 · No Comments

We did swing around lampposts and climb roofs in the town when I was a kid - but that’s where we stopped. The kids from Lisses south of Paris did not stop - they continued to hone their skills and so invented the sport of free-running: moving around the urban landscape as it was a […]

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