SpiderDan Climbs Again
Dan Goodwin, 54, also known as SpiderDan, made an ascent of the outside of the Millennium building in down town San Francisco on Monday afternoon. Goodwin climbed the 58 story residential building with suction cups, beginning his climb around 2:15 and reaching the summit around 5:30 pm. During his ascent, residents opened their windows and offered him water. At the top, he was taken into police custody and cited for trespassing and public nuisance before being released.
Goodwin has made a number of sky scraper ascents including the Sears Tower and John Hancock building in Chicago, and the World Trade Center in New York.
Goodwin wrote an account of his climb and his reasons behind it on his website Skyscraperman.com. He stated, "The reason for my scaling of the Millennium Tower today is twofold. One is to call attention to our nation’s continued vulnerability to attacks of terrorism upon our skyscrapers. Everyday, thousands of people in our country spend time in high-rise buildings above the seventh floor and beyond the reach of fire ladders. Though developers would like us to believe otherwise, these people are susceptible to being trapped like the people at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
My other reason is to increase public awareness of cancer. Despite my survival, cancer remains a top killer on the planet. My hope is, if a survivor of a Stage Four diagnosis can be seen continuing with their life, no matter how bizarre, others will gain inspiration and together we can find a cure for cancer."
Dan is a long time Touchstone member and is best known for his "Fly off Maneuver" while soloing a route at Mickey's Beach.
The Examiner and a number of other papers wrote about his climb.