Man free climbs 1,070-foot Salesforce Tower in San Francisco

The man who posted on Instagram as he ascended is Maison Des Champs, a rock climber who calls himself the "Pro-Life Spiderman."

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
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A man who calls himself the "Pro-Life Spiderman" free climbed all the way up San Francisco's Salesforce Tower Tuesday morning.

SAN FRANCISCO -- A man who free climbed San Francisco's Salesforce Tower Tuesday morning made it to the top of the building, where he was met by authorities and taken into custody.

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He was cited and released from custody Tuesday afternoon, according to SFPD.

He was posting on Instagram as he climbed. He's been identified as Maison DesChamps, a rock climber who calls himself the "Pro-Life Spiderman."

On his website, he says he recently started climbing sky scrapers to end abortion.

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This climb was in response to the leaked draft in the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade abortion case.

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San Francisco police interviewed Des Champs while he was police custody. He was cited for two misdemeanor charges -- one for trespassing and another for resisting a police investigation, for not following police orders to come down or stop climbing.

Police say that around 9:21 a.m., officers were flagged down about the man climbing the building. Officers observed him on the side of the building several floors up, wearing climbing gear.

There were street closures in the immediate area and authorities asked people to stay away from the scene.

VIDEO: View from inside SF's Salesforce as man climbs 1,070 ft. tall building

VIDEO: Man free climbs 1,070-foot Salesforce Tower, makes it to the top then taken into custody

Officers attempted to make contact with the climber as he ascended to safely remove him from the building, but instead surrounded him right as he arrived at the top.

Police say they discourage anyone from ever trying something like this because of the dangers involved for the person and others who may be involved with a possible rescue.

According to Salesforce's website:

  • Salesforce Tower is 1,070 feet tall with 61 stories and 1.4 million square feet of office space.
  • It takes 39 seconds to travel by elevator from street level to the 61st floor.
  • Salesforce Tower's foundation is socketed into bedrock, more than 318 feet in the ground.
  • 12,000 tons of steel were used in the construction of Salesforce Tower.
  • It took over 2.5 million man hours for the construction of Salesforce Tower.

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