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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:53 PM

French daredevil climbs Havana hotel without net

* Thanks to Judy Lynne for the heads up on the Frenchman
** Habana Libre Hotel is an ubercool mid century modern building that was Fidel's headquarters
after being a Hilton

http://news.yahoo.com/french-daredevil-climbs-havana-hotel-without-net-191033374.html

HAVANA (AP) A French daredevil who has scaled some of the world's tallest buildings conquered Cuba's famous Habana Libre hotel on Monday without ropes or a safety net climbing to the top in about half an hour as hundreds of awed onlookers gasped and cheered from the streets below.

Alain Robert clambered onto the roof of the 27-story hotel just after 1:30 p.m. after a death-defying stunt that followed years of other hair-raising feats.

The climber had said his main concern was not the height of the 413-foot-tall (126-meter) hotel, but that a bit of the building's brittle facade might break off. Like many city landmarks, the hotel is in disrepair after more than half a century of Communist rule on the island.

In the end, the 50-year-old Frenchman made short work of the building, climbing confidently and so quickly he could have almost been riding a slow-moving elevator.





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flamingdem Feb 2013 OP
joeunderdog Feb 2013 #1
Judi Lynn Feb 2013 #2
ManiacJoe Feb 2013 #3
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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:29 PM

1. For Crissakes, I use railings on the way to the bathroom!

That guy's a nut.

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:19 AM

2. Unbelievable! How could anyone enjoy doing that?

The photos are terrific. Have never seen photos of Havana from above.

The kid got a good view of his trip up the side of the hotel.

Thank you.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:25 AM

3. Seems like it would be easier than rock climbing.

Buildings would normally have regularly placed hand and foot holds.

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:58 AM

4. I wonder if he has health insurance

Oh yes he is French so no problem. Maybe after ACA kicks in we'll have more daredevils here!

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