Auckland pedestrians watched as the free climber made his way up to the penthouse suite of the 30-storey Metropolis apartment building in the central city today in a promotion organised by Samsung.
“The challenge is to stay alive, which is quite interesting,” Robert said.
“Nowadays everything is all about … money but when I’m climbing it’s about mind and body.”
He sometimes received perplexed looks from people inside the buildings.
“Most people are afraid of heights, so if they see a guy climbing they don’t understand.”
On the flip side, he said he did free climbing to inspire people to make their dreams come true.
“My dream when I was young to become a climber, even though I was afraid of heights.”
He turned his biggest enemy into my best friend, he said.
“It’s the human capability to overcome obstacles.”
Before embarking on a climb, he still gets nervous.
“It’s just a normal process before the ascent. You can’t avoid it.”
However, the anxiety subsided once he gripped the building, he said.
He uses rubber climbing shoes and chalk for his climbing feats.
The Auckland climb was expected to go from 11am to 2pm.
Robert is in Auckland to promote Samsung Galaxy‘s Gear smart watch. Samsung spokeswoman Nicky Gadsdon said Robert would be using the watch to answer mobile calls during his ascent.