Extreme climber 'Spiderman' Alain Robert scaled 'Superman' Li Ka-shing's 290-metre Cheung Kong Center yesterday morning, alarming police and the nearby American consulate. Frenchman Robert made it almost to the top of the 62-storey building - owned by Hong Kong's richest man - meeting security guards and police at a ledge one floor short of the rooftop. 'There was a sloping ledge there and I was climbing along it flat like the real Spiderman. I waited on it for a while until they came for me,' Robert said later. He said he was not disappointed he did not make it to the top: 'I knew I would never make it the last few metres [without being stopped].' What he did not expect was the enthusiastic greeting he received from police officers and Cheung Kong security guards, who had their pictures taken with him on their digital cameras and mobile phones. One officer said: 'Personally, I think he is amazing.' After phone discussions with senior police officials, the officers at the scene decided not to arrest Robert, 43, but asked him to come to Arsenal House police station during the week to make a statement. 'The police and the staff here were very cool,' he said. Robert's daring stunt also alarmed the neighbouring American consulate. Soon after he descended by lift, he received a call from consulate staff asking if he had videotaped any security arrangements at the consular building. Minutes before he completed his climb, he called his lawyer, John Pickavant, who was waiting for him on the roof, to tell him that he had nearly made it to the summit and was ready to face arrest if necessary. Throughout the dizzying climb to the top, Robert spoke to his lawyer three times and even phoned his wife in France 'to tell her I was okay. She worries'. He was also phoned by several journalists during his climb. 'I could feel the phone vibrating in my bag. I answered it sometimes if I'd reached a ledge.' Robert climbed the Far East Finance Centre in Wan Chai in 1996. But he ruled out attempting the Two IFC building because security staff could easily stop him at a ledge half-way up Hong Kong's tallest building. Last year Robert climbed Taipei 101, the world's tallest building. Watching his daredevil client from ground level early in yesterday's climb, Mr Pickavant said: 'I don't know why they won't just let him do what he does. Hong Kong needs to encourage performance artists like him. It's good for the city.' Robert used no ropes, gloves or suction equipment to get to the top. He wore only red trousers, had a small bag of chalk dust and a bumbag strapped to his waist, and had the name of a Macau casino website inked on his chest and back.