Getting high! ‘Silesian Spiderman’ nicked after scaling Warsaw’s 170m Marriott hotel WITHOUT ropes or harness
A man who stunned passersby after climbing up the side of the Marriott hotel in Warsaw without a harness or ropes has been arrested.
The 31-year-old who was identified by local media as urban climber Marcin Banot, was captured on amateur video and photos shinning up the 170m tower on Sunday afternoon.
Known as the Spiderman from Silesia, Banot who has over 178,000 followers on his YouTube channel was arrested for public disorder after reaching the top where he was greeted by waiting police officers.
After checking his documents and sobriety, he was asked to attend the police station the following day where he was subsequently charged.
Known as BNT, Banot has a long history with urban climbing having previously scaled a 350m high chimney in Romania, the Humber Bridge in the UK (155m) and the Hotel Melia Barcelona Sky (117m), as well as a host of abandoned factory chimneys in his home region of Silesia.
Asked if he was ever close to death, Banot replied: “This question would require a very long answer, as it is a philosophical subject. Seriously speaking, we are close to death from the moment of our birth, we actually die every day of our lives. I am close to death every day by driving a car.”
When asked about his motivation he said: “I’m not sure if this is about my need to show off and seek attention, it’s a bit against my introvert character, but this is the case.
“I like to show off because it helps me fight against depression (…). Such risky behaviour help me feel better, since when I climb a chimney, I feel extremely stressed.
“At this time I often forget about all my problems and mundane matters.”
In addition to his death-defying climbs, the Silesian Spiderman runs his own photography and video business and sells climbing gear and gadgets which he often takes with him including a distinctive neon green flask and his favourite drink – yerba mate which he likes to sip on top of chimneys, bridges or buildings he just scaled.