Other Times When People Illegally Climbed Skyscrapers In Las Vegas
On Wednesday afternoon, a man who calls himself “pro-life Spiderman,” climbed the Sphere in Las Vegas. But, this isn’t the first time that someone attempted to climb an iconic building in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police subsequently arrested the man, whose name is actually Maison DesChampe. According to DesChampe’s Instagram, he climbed the Sphere to help “a woman in a crisis pregnancy.”
Do People Climb Las Vegas Skyscrapers A Lot?
The short answer: no. But, it’s happened before. According to the book, “With Bare Hands: The True Story of Alain Robert, the Real-life Spiderman,” another notable climber is Alain Robert. In 1996, he climbed the Luxor Hotel & Casino. Alain is the godfather of urban climbing, he’s climbed structures like the Burj Khalifa, Taipei 101, The New York Times Building and so much more.
There isn’t too much information available on his Luxor climb. But, it’s been recorded that he climbed the famous pyramid hotel in Vegas during the ’90s. His climbs and urban explorations break the barrier between what humans can and can’t do. His work and explorations are widely regarded and are used as inspiration for many people.
Urban Climbers Strike At The Paris’ Eiffel Tower In Las Vegas
In 2016, an urban climbing collective called “As Above So Below” climbed the Eiffel Tower replica at the Paris Las Vegas. The climbers posted the video on YouTube, which illustrates the journey behind the climb with one part of the video showing the climbers picking a lock and breaking into another section of the tower.
There wasn’t any legal action taken on the climbers. But, it did raise concerns about security in Las Vegas, according to Channel 13.
Who Is Maison DesChampe: The Man Who Climbed The Sphere?
Maison DesChampe is a 24-year-old, anti-abortion activist who’s also a Turning Point USA ambassador, which is a non-profit group that advocates for conservative politics on school campuses.
This Isn’t His First Time Climbing, He’s Climbed Other Las Vegas Skyscrapers
In 2021, DesChampe climbed the Aria to “protest mask mandates during the Covid-19 pandemic,” the Washington Post reported. Police arrested him after scaling the Aria. Prosecutors ended up dropping the case, but he was originally charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and trespassing.