LA HABANA (AP) — El francés Alain Robert, conocido en el mundo como "El hombre araña", desafiará el lunes un símbolo de la Revolución Cubana: los 27 pisos del hotel Habana Libre, antiguamente Habana Hilton, que se propone escalar ese día.

"Este hotel tiene un gran significado para mí, me impresiona no por su altura pues no es mucha, sino porque es un edificio simbólico de la Revolución Cubana, aquí Fidel Castro instaló su oficina en los primeros meses del año 59 después que el Hilton se convirtió en Habana Libre", expresó Robert en conversación con la AP, el viernes.

Vestido con un pantalón de cuero color verde y una chaqueta de cuero negro, Robert junto a su manager Claude Megeve, hace un reconocimiento de este edificio de unos 126 metros por encima del nivel del mar y 27 pisos. El lunes se propone escalarlo por un costado y con el permiso de las autoridades cubanas.

"Es un nuevo tipo de edificio, con una estructura particular, en algunos lugares un poco deteriorada, eso es el reto para mí, porque realmente no es muy alto" explicó el francés.

El hotel se llamaba Habana Hilton cuando se inauguró en marzo de 1958, pero al triunfo de la Revolución en 1959, se bautizó Habana Libre y Fidel Castro instaló en un piso sus oficinas durante unos meses.

"Yo considero este hotel como un desafío de Castro, y me encanta la idea de que ahora el reto me toca a mí", manifestó Robert.

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    Alain Robert, el francés conocido como "El hombre araña", practica el escalamiento de un sector del Hotel Habana Libre, en La Habana, Cuba, el viernes 1 de febrero de 2013. Robert planea escalar, sin instrumentos ni medidas de seguridad, el edificio de 27 pisos el lunes 4 de febrero 2013. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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    Alain Robert, el francés conocido como "El hombre araña", observa desde la azotea del Hotel Habana Libre, en La Habana, Cuba, el viernes 1 de febrero de 2013. Robert planea escalar, sin instrumentos ni medidas de seguridad, el edificio de 27 pisos el lunes 4 de febrero 2013. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

  • Alain Robert

    El francés Alain Robert, conocido en el mundo como "El hombre araña", desafiará el lunes un símbolo de la Revolución Cubana: los 27 pisos del hotel Habana Libre, antiguamente Habana Hilton, que se propone escalar ese día. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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    Alain Robert platica con su manager Claude Megeve afuera del hotel.

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    Alain Robert, camina por un anuncio con imágenes de Julio Antonio Mella, Ernesto "Che" Guevara y Camilo Cienfuegos en Cuba.

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    Alain Robert saludando desde la azotea del hotel Habana Libre.

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    El escalador francés Alain Robert subiendo 388 metros (1,273 pies) -de la torre de Zhengzhou en la provincia China de Henan el sábado 22 de septiembre de 2012.

  • This picture taken on September 22, 2012 shows French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert scaling up the 388-metre (1,280-foot) Central Plains Fortaleza tower in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province. Robert added another structure to his record of climbing achievements after ascending to an observation platform 268 metres up the tower in about two hours, Chinese state media said. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    This picture taken on September 22, 2012 shows French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert scaling up the 388-metre (1,280-foot) Central Plains Fortaleza tower in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province. Robert added another structure to his record of climbing achievements after ascending to an observation platform 268 metres up the tower in about two hours, Chinese state media said. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    This picture taken on September 22, 2012 shows French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert making it to the observation platform at 268 metres up the 388-metre (1,280-foot) Central Plains Fortaleza tower in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province. Robert added another structure to his record of climbing achievements after ascending to an observation platform 268 metres up the tower in about two hours, Chinese state media said. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

  • CHINA-FRANCE-SPIDERMAN-PEOPLE

    This picture taken on September 22, 2012 shows the 388-metre (1,280-foot) Central Plains Fortaleza tower in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province, which French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert scaled up to a platform at 268 metres up. Robert added another structure to his record of climbing achievements after ascending to an observation platform 268 metres up the tower in about two hours, Chinese state media said. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

  • CHINA-FRANCE-SPIDERMAN-PEOPLE

    This picture taken on September 22, 2012 shows French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert celebrating on the observation platform at 268 metres up the 388-metre (1,280-foot) Central Plains Fortaleza tower in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province. Robert added another structure to his record of climbing achievements after ascending to an observation platform 268 metres up the tower in about two hours, Chinese state media said. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

  • CHINA-FRANCE-SPIDERMAN-PEOPLE

    This picture taken on September 22, 2012 shows French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert scaling up the 388-metre (1,280-foot) Central Plains Fortaleza tower in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province. Robert added another structure to his record of climbing achievements after ascending to an observation platform 268 metres up the tower in about two hours, Chinese state media said. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

  • CHINA-FRANCE-SPIDERMAN-PEOPLE

    This picture taken on September 22, 2012 shows French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert celebrating on the observation platform at 268 metres up the 388-metre (1,280-foot) Central Plains Fortaleza tower in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province. Robert added another structure to his record of climbing achievements after ascending to an observation platform 268 metres up the tower in about two hours, Chinese state media said. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

  • CHINA-FRANCE-SPIDERMAN-PEOPLE

    This picture taken on September 22, 2012 shows French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert making it to the observation platform at 268 metres up the 388-metre (1,280-foot) Central Plains Fortaleza tower in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province. Robert added another structure to his record of climbing achievements after ascending to an observation platform 268 metres up the tower in about two hours, Chinese state media said. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

  • CHINA-FRANCE-SPIDERMAN-PEOPLE

    This picture taken on September 22, 2012 shows French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert scaling up the 388-metre (1,280-foot) Central Plains Fortaleza tower in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province. Robert added another structure to his record of climbing achievements after ascending to an observation platform 268 metres up the tower in about two hours, Chinese state media said. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    El escalador urbano Alain Robert, conocido como “El hombre araña” habla con reporteros tras ascender la torre First de 231 metros (758 pies) de alto a las afueras de París el jueves 10 de mayo de 2012. (Foto AP/Michel Euler)

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    El escalador urbano Alain Robert, conocido como “El hombre araña” asciende la torre First de 231 metros (758 pies) de alto a las afueras de París el jueves 10 de mayo de 2012. (Foto AP/Michel Euler)

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    El escalador urbano Alain Robert, conocido como “El hombre araña” asciende la torre First de 231 metros (758 pies) de alto a las afueras de París el jueves 10 de mayo de 2012. (Foto AP/Michel Euler)

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    El escalador urbano Alain Robert, conocido como “El hombre araña” asciende la torre First de 231 metros (758 pies) de alto a las afueras de París el jueves 10 de mayo de 2012. (Foto AP/Michel Euler)

  • Alain Robert

    El escalador urbano Alain Robert, conocido como 'El hombre araña' asciende la torre First de 231 metros (758 pies) de alto a las afueras de París el jueves 10 de mayo de 2012. (Foto AP/Michel Euler)

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    Alain Robert, known as the French 'Spiderman', climbs the 231-meter high First Tower, the tallest skyscraper in France, at La Defense district in Courbevoie, outside Paris on May 10, 2012. Robert has climbed more than 100 of the world's tallest buildings, including the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Sears Tower in the US city of Chicago and the 88-storey Jin Mao Building in Shanghai, China. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Alain Robert, known as the French 'Spiderman', climbs the 231-meter high First Tower, the tallest skyscraper in France, at La Defense district in Courbevoie, outside Paris on May 10, 2012. Robert has climbed more than 100 of the world's tallest buildings, including the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Sears Tower in the US city of Chicago and the 88-storey Jin Mao Building in Shanghai, China. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FRANCE-CLIMB-SPIDERMAN-ROBERT-OFFBEAT

    Alain Robert, known as the French 'Spiderman', climbs the 231-meter high First Tower, the tallest skyscraper in France, at La Defense district in Courbevoie, outside Paris on May 10, 2012. Robert has climbed more than 100 of the world's tallest buildings, including the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Sears Tower in the US city of Chicago and the 88-storey Jin Mao Building in Shanghai, China. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FRANCE-CLIMB-SPIDERMAN-ROBERT-OFFBEAT

    Alain Robert, known as the French 'Spiderman', climbs the 231-meter high First Tower, the tallest skyscraper in France, at La Defense district in Courbevoie, outside Paris on May 10, 2012. Robert has climbed more than 100 of the world's tallest buildings, including the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Sears Tower in the US city of Chicago and the 88-storey Jin Mao Building in Shanghai, China. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FRANCE-CLIMB-SPIDERMAN-ROBERT-OFFBEAT

    Alain Robert, known as the French 'Spiderman', climbs the 231-meter high First Tower, the tallest skyscraper in France, at La Defense district in Courbevoie, outside Paris on May 10, 2012. Robert has climbed more than 100 of the world's tallest buildings, including the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Sears Tower in the US city of Chicago and the 88-storey Jin Mao Building in Shanghai, China. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FRANCE-CLIMB-SPIDERMAN-ROBERT-OFFBEAT

    Alain Robert, known as the French 'Spiderman', uses his mobile phone after climbing the 231-meter high First Tower, the tallest skyscraper in France, at La Defense district in Courbevoie, outside Paris on May 10, 2012. Robert has climbed more than 100 of the world's tallest buildings, including the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Sears Tower in the US city of Chicago and the 88-storey Jin Mao Building in Shanghai, China. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FRANCE-CLIMB-SPIDERMAN-ROBERT-OFFBEAT

    Alain Robert, known as the French 'Spiderman', climbs the 231-meter high First Tower, the tallest skyscraper in France, at La Defense district in Courbevoie, outside Paris on May 10, 2012. Robert has climbed more than 100 of the world's tallest buildings, including the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Sears Tower in the US city of Chicago and the 88-storey Jin Mao Building in Shanghai, China. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FRANCE-CLIMB-SPIDERMAN-ROBERT-OFFBEAT

    Alain Robert, known as the French 'Spiderman', climbs the 231-meter high First Tower, the tallest skyscraper in France, at La Defense district in Courbevoie, outside Paris on May 10, 2012. Robert has climbed more than 100 of the world's tallest buildings, including the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Sears Tower in the US city of Chicago and the 88-storey Jin Mao Building in Shanghai, China. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FRANCE-CLIMB-SPIDERMAN-ROBERT-OFFBEAT

    Alain Robert, known as the French 'Spiderman', uses his mobile phone after climbing the 231-meter high First Tower, the tallest skyscraper in France, at La Defense district in Courbevoie, outside Paris on May 10, 2012. Robert has climbed more than 100 of the world's tallest buildings, including the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Sears Tower in the US city of Chicago and the 88-storey Jin Mao Building in Shanghai, China. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

El francés que acostumbra escalar ayudándose solo de sus manos y si ningún implemento para ayudarlo o garantizar su seguridad, subió a la azotea y miró el punto hasta donde deberá llegar el lunes, en tanto escaló un par de metros por el costado como prueba. Después se tomó fotos con varios obreros que interrumpieron su labor para mirarlo.

"La altura me fascina, me encanta la pureza de lo vertical, me atrae este juego entre la vida y la muerte, en esos momentos siento plenitud" comentó Robert, de mediana estatura y unos 50 kilos.

Desde muy niño dice que se sentía atraído por los árboles o edificios, pero no sabía cómo lanzarse.

"Un día cuando tenía ocho años regresé de la escuela a mi casa, mis padres no estaban porque trabajaban, se me había olvidado la llave y no quería esperar en la calle, entonces decidí subir los siete pisos por la fachada, y entré al apartamento por la ventana", contó.

Robert rompió el hielo y comenzó a dedicarse a su pasión. A los 20 años sufrió una caída de 15 metros, seis días de coma y múltiples fracturas, cabeza, nariz, muñecas, codo, cadera y talones, "tremendo susto, desde entonces padezco de vértigos y el seguro social me considera minusválido" señaló Robert.

Sin embargo el joven no se amilanó a pesar que los médicos auguraron el final de la carrera. "Tengo miedo, claro, soy un ser humano como cualquier otro, pero no por eso dejo de hacer lo que me gusta, me empeño en escalar, domino el miedo, además sé que en cuanto comienzo la escalada se me quita todo y disfruto lo que hago".

Robert recordó que uno de los susto más grandes lo tuvo en 1999, en Chicago cuando estaba a 350 metros de altura en un edificio y de repente la pared estaba húmeda, "me saco de paso, de concentración, fue una lucha contra la muerte, algo terrible".

Tiene múltiples recuerdos gratos, en particular cuando en Dubai, en los Emiratos Arabes, escaló los 828 metros del edificio más alto del mundo, "comencé a las seis de la tarde y termine cerca de medianoche, horas dura pero de gran felicidad".

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