Man Arrested After Free-Climbing the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco

A weird and dangerous stunt took place in San Francisco on Tuesday with a man free climbing the 1,070-foot Salesforce Tower. The 22-year-old was promptly arrested by police after he completed the feat.

Maison DesChamps decided to climb California’s tallest building to raise money for anti-abortion charities. Going by the name “Pro-Life Spiderman” on social media, DesChamps told ABC 7 News that he is happy about the outcome.

“I don’t have any regrets,” he said. “We’re sending a message.”

The college student was lambasted by public safety officials for putting emergency personnel and public safety at risk.

“San Francisco Fire is on scene with other Public Safety Agencies at 415 Mission, Sales Force Tower for a reported climber climbing the 60 floor tower,” wrote the San Francisco Fire Department on Twitter. “This person is placing firefighters lives and the publics safety at risk.”

The stunt is a bad copycat of Alex Honnold’s legendary free-soloing of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, which was made into a documentary that won an Academy Award. Honnold climbed the 4,727-foot rock wall in 2008, becoming the first person to accomplish the climb without any ropes or safety equipment. He also climbed the 7-story Palace of Fine Arts building in San Francisco, but did it with permission.

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