Lake Tahoe climber ‘Spider Dan’ scales S.F. skyscraper using suction cups

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 7, 2010 8:30 am

A man in San Francisco, CA successfully climbed the outside of one of the city’s 60-story skyscrapers on Monday, where he planted an American flag before being subsequently arrested by police.

According to authorities, the man was identified as Daniel Goodwin, also known as “Spider Dan,” one of the world’s most prolific skyscraper climbers. The 54-year-old Lake Tahoe resident had been somewhat inactive over the last few years, but has previously gained international attention for using suction cups to climb towers such as the Sears Tower, CN Tower, among many other landmarks.

Once again, the man used suction cups for his most recent feat on the Millennium Tower, and did not use any ropes. Starting around 2:30 p.m. local time, Goodwin climbed for nearly three hours despite warnings from police.

Goodwin wrote on his website that by climbing the Millenium Tower he hoped “to call attention to our nation’s continued vulnerability to attacks of terrorism upon our skyscrapers.” Additionally, Goodwin wrote “his climb was to “increase public awareness of cancer,” a disease he successfully defeated despite a devastating Stage Four diagnosis.

Goodwin was cited on two misdemeanor charges and released, authorities said.