MEDELLIN, Colombia – Climber Pavel Gogulan, known as the “Russian Spiderman,” scaled on Monday the outside of a 12-story building in Medellin, Colombia, after which he was arrested for undertaking the climb without any protective measures and with dozens of people looking on.
Gogulan, 25, took 10 minutes to make the ascent, which he had planned for a week. It was the second climb he has made in the Colombian city.
“It was a good experience and easy to do,” Gogulan told EFE, who said he was visiting Medellin after taking on climbing challenges in Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador while on a 10-month South American tour.
To say farewell to Colombia, where he also visited Bogota, Cali and Pasto, the Russia Spiderman decided to climb up the exterior of a 12-story bank building some 54 meters (177 feet) high.
“I know that it’s an important building here. It also seems to be easy, so far as I’ve seen, but I’m concerned more about what security is going to do with me afterwards,” said Gogulan before beginning the ascent, during which he used no ropes or climbing gear: just his hands and feet.
Before beginning the climb, He took off his shirt, put on gloves and set his headphones to play electronic music to accompany the feat, in the style of the fictional Peter Parker – whose superhero persona is the iconic Spiderman – and sparking the admiration of the small crowd that gathered near the building to watch.
Just after he reached the building’s top terrace, security personnel intercepted Gogulan, arrested him and took him to the local prosecutor’s office, according to one of the intrepid athlete’s companions.
The highest climb Gogulan has made was one of 224 meters (735 feet) up the side of a building under construction in New York.
“I don’t know why I do it. I just like it. Some people like going to the gym. I like climbing buildings,” said the Russian, adding that he had never suffered any injuries – or falls – on any of his climbs.
After scaling some 200 buildings in about 50 countries, Gogulan says that his goal is to one day climb the Burj Khalifa, a skyscraper 828 meters (2,716 feet) high in Dubai.