Dan Goodwin

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Dan Goodwin
Born (1955-11-07) November 7, 1955 (age 63)
Residence Palo Alto, California
Nationality United States
Other namesSpiderDan
Known forBuilding Climber
Rock/Sports Climber
Skyscraper Defense Advocate
Cancer Survivor
Motivational Speaker
President and founder of Triple Black.com
Website http://www.dangoodwin.com/

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Daniel "Dan" Goodwin (Kennebunkport, November 7, 1955) is an American climber best known for performing gymnastic-like flag maneuvers and one arm fly offs while free soloing difficult rock climbs on national TV and for scaling towering skyscrapers, including the Sears Tower, the John Hancock Center, the World Trade Center, the CN Tower, and (for the program Stan Lee's Superhumans ) the Telefónica Building in Santiago, Chile.

John Hancock Center Skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, United States

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World Trade Center (1973–2001) Former skyscraper complex in Manhattan, New York

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CN Tower Communications and observation tower in Downtown Toronto, Canada

The CN Tower is a 553.3 m-high (1,815.3 ft) concrete communications and observation tower located in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Built on the former Railway Lands, it was completed in 1976. Its name "CN" originally referred to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower. Following the railway's decision to divest non-core freight railway assets prior to the company's privatization in 1995, it transferred the tower to the Canada Lands Company, a federal Crown corporation responsible for real estate development.

Building climber

On November 21, 1980, Dan Goodwin witnessed the MGM Grand fire in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, including the inability of the Clark County Fire Department and the supporting fire departments to rescue scores of hotel guests trapped inside. Believing he knew how to rescue the trapped people, Goodwin presented a rescue plan to the on-location fire boss. Goodwin's plan included his climbing up the building and connecting cables to the floors to enable rescue baskets to be ferried to and from helicopters. The fire boss responded by threatening Goodwin with arrest and then ordered him escorted from the scene. The following day, Goodwin approached the fire chief of a Fire Department sub-station and presented his rescue plan. The fire chief told Goodwin he needed to climb a building to learn of the dangers of high-rise firefighting and rescue. The following Memorial Day, Goodwin scaled the outside of the Sears Tower in Chicago (renamed the Willis Tower in 2009), which at the time was the tallest building in the world. [1]

MGM Grand fire major disaster that occurred at that hotel in 1980

The MGM Grand fire occurred on Friday, November 21, 1980 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada. The fire killed 85 people, most through smoke inhalation. The tragedy remains the worst disaster in Nevada history, and the third-worst hotel fire in modern U.S. history, after the 1946 Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlanta that killed 119 people and the San Juan Dupont Plaza Hotel fire on December 31, 1986, in which 97 perished.

United States Federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Most of the country is located contiguously in North America between Canada and Mexico.

Memorial Day United States federal holiday remembering those who died in military service

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History of Building Climbs [2]
DateName of the buildingLocationHeightTool
May 25, 1981 Sears Tower Chicago, Illinois 110 floorsSuction Cups / Camming Device / Sky Hooks
November 7, 1981 Renaissance Tower Dallas, Texas 56 floorsSuction Cups / Hands & Feet
November 11, 1981 John Hancock Center Chicago, Illinois100 floorsSelf-Made Climbing Device
February 7, 1982 Centro Simón Bolívar Towers Caracas, Venezuela 30 floorsHands & Feet
February 14, 1982 Parque Central Complex Caracas, Venezuela56 floorsSuction Cups / Sky Hooks / Hands & Feet
May 30, 1983 World Trade Center - North Tower New York, New York 110 floorsSuction Cups / Camming Device
March 9, 1984 Nippon Television Tower Tokyo, Japan 10 floorsSuction Cups
February 27, 1985 Bonaventure Hotel Los Angeles, California 30 floorsSuction Cups / Hands & Feet
June 26, 1986 CN Tower Toronto, Ontario, Canada 100 floors x 2Hands & Feet (scaled twice on same day)
September 6, 2010 Millennium Tower San Francisco, California 60 floorsSuction Cups / Hands & Feet
March 1, 2014 Telephonic Building Santiago, Chile 32 floors 433 feetSuction Cups - Hands & Feet (world's longest lead climb on a single rope)

Notable building climbs

Sears Tower

On Memorial Day, May 25, 1981, wearing a Spider-Man suit and using suction cups, camming devices, and sky hooks, Goodwin successfully scaled the then-tallest building in the world, the 110-story Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois, United States. For seven hours Goodwin fought the high altitude winds, slippery glass, and repeated attempts by the Chicago Fire Department to stop him. A few feet below the top Goodwin taped an American flag to the building to honor his father who fought in the Korean War. Chicago’s press dubbed him "SpiderDan". Goodwin stated the reason he scaled the building was to call attention to inadequacies in high-rise firefighting and rescue. [1] [2] [3]

Spider-Man Fictional Marvel superhero

Spider-Man is a fictional superhero created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko. He first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 in the Silver Age of Comic Books. He appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, as well as in a number of movies, television shows, and video game adaptations set in the Marvel Universe. In the stories, Spider-Man is the alias of Peter Parker, an orphan raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben in New York City after his parents Richard and Mary Parker were killed in a plane crash. Lee and Ditko had the character deal with the struggles of adolescence and financial issues, and accompanied him with many supporting characters, such as J. Jonah Jameson, Harry Osborn, Max Modell, romantic interests Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson, and foes such as Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin and Venom. His origin story has him acquiring spider-related abilities after a bite from a radioactive spider; these include clinging to surfaces, shooting spider-webs from wrist-mounted devices, and detecting danger with his "spider-sense".

Chicago Fire Department the fire department of Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) provides both fire suppression and emergency medical services to the city of Chicago, Illinois, United States, under the jurisdiction of the Mayor of Chicago. The Chicago Fire Department is the third largest municipal fire department in the United States after the New York City Fire Department and Cal Fire, as measured by sworn personnel. It is also one of the oldest major organized fire departments in the nation.

Korean War 1950s war between North and South Korea

The Korean War was a war between North Korea and South Korea. The war began on 25 June 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea following a series of clashes along the border.

Renaissance Tower

On November 7, 1981, wearing a Spider-Man suit and using suction cups along with his hands and feet, Goodwin scaled the 56-story Renaissance Tower in Dallas, Texas, United States. Goodwin stated the reason he made the climb was to keep a promise he made to a young Dallas resident stricken with cystic fibrosis. [2]

Renaissance Tower is a 886 ft (270 m), 56-story modernist skyscraper at 1201 Elm Street in downtown Dallas, in the U.S. state of Texas. The tower is the second-tallest in the city, the fifth-tallest in Texas, and the 42nd-tallest in the United States. Renaissance Tower was designed by the architectural firm Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, completed in 1974, and renovated by architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in 1986. Major tenants include Neiman Marcus Group, Hilltop Securities and Godwin Lewis PC.

Dallas City in Texas, United States

Dallas is a city in the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Dallas County, with portions extending into Collin, Denton, Kaufman and Rockwall counties. With an estimated 2018 population of 1,345,047, it is the ninth most-populous city in the U.S. and third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. Located in North Texas, the city of Dallas is the main core of the largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States and the largest inland metropolitan area in the U.S. that lacks any navigable link to the sea. It is the most populous city in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country at 7.5 million people as of 2018. The city's combined statistical area is the seventh-largest in the U.S. as of 2017, with 7,846,293 residents.

Texas U.S. state in the United States

Texas is the second largest state in the United States by area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.

John Hancock Center

On November 11, 1981, wearing a wetsuit disguised as a Spider-Man suit and using a climbing device he designed for the building, Goodwin scaled the 100-story John Hancock Center in Chicago. To elude firemen who were descending toward him in a window-washing machine, Goodwin swung across the building with a rope. The fire department, on the inside of the building, used fire axes to shatter window glass near Goodwin and then through the openings in the glass attempted to dislodge Goodwin from the building with grappling hooks attached to long poles. Chicago’s Mayor, Jane Byrne, intervened, allowing Goodwin to continue to the top. Goodwin said he made the climb to call attention to the inability to successfully fight fires in high-rise buildings. [2] [4] [5]

Jane Byrne American politician; Mayor of Chicago, Illinois

Jane Margaret Byrne was an American politician who was the first woman to be elected mayor of a major city in the United States. She served as the 50th Mayor of Chicago from April 16, 1979, until April 29, 1983. Byrne won the Chicago mayoral election on April 3, 1979, becoming the first female mayor of the city, the second largest city in the United States at the time. Prior to her tenure as mayor, Byrne served as Chicago's commissioner of consumer sales from 1969 until 1977, the only woman to be a part of Mayor Richard J. Daley's cabinet.

North Tower of the World Trade Center

On Memorial Day, May 30, 1983, using suction cups for the first four floors before switching to a camming device he connected to the building’s window-washing track, Goodwin successfully scaled the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Goodwin attached an American flag, the same one he taped to the Sears Tower in 1981, to the upper-most floor of the North Tower in tribute to Americans who died in war. Goodwin said he made the climb to call attention to the inability to rescue trapped occupants from the upper levels of skyscrapers. [2] [6] [7]

One World Trade Center Main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City

One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. One WTC is the tallest building in the United States, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. The supertall structure has the same name as the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The new skyscraper stands on the northwest corner of the 16-acre (6.5 ha) World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center. The building is bounded by West Street to the west, Vesey Street to the north, Fulton Street to the south, and Washington Street to the east.

New York City Largest city in the United States

The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

CN Tower

On June 26, 1986, Goodwin successfully scaled the world’s tallest structure (not building) at the time, the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Using his hands and feet, Goodwin climbed one side, rappelled down then climbed the far side of the tower, followed by another rappel. Goodwin's climb was a sponsored publicity event celebrating the CN Tower's tenth anniversary. [2] [8]

Millennium Tower

Dan Goodwin outside the 50th floor of the Millennium Tower in San Francisco (September 2010) Dan Goodwin Millennium Tower.JPG
Dan Goodwin outside the 50th floor of the Millennium Tower in San Francisco (September 2010)

On September 6, 2010, Goodwin scaled the Millennium Tower in San Francisco, California, United States. In tribute to the United States, Goodwin attached a United States flag to the top of the Millennium Tower, the same flag he attached to the top of Chicago's Sears Tower in 1981 and to the top of the North Tower of New York's World Trade Center in 1983. Goodwin said he made the climb to call attention to the inability to conduct rescue operations in the upper floors of skyscrapers. [9] In addition, as a Stage Four cancer survivor, Goodwin wanted to inspire people throughout the world who have been diagnosed with cancer. [10] [11]

Telephone Building

On March 1, 2014, Goodwin scaled the Telephonic Building in Santiago, Chile to establish a new world record of 433 feet (132 m) for the longest lead climb on a single rope. On average, the safety anchors were 4 to 6 floors apart, raising the possibility of a 180-foot (55 m) fall or more. Commentators believed the weight of the rope (42 pounds (19 kg)) made his ascent considerably more dangerous. The ascent was recorded for a TV show that was planned to be aired in the fall of 2014. [12]

Rock and sports climbing

As a rock climber, Goodwin made several first ascents. Frequently, he broke with rock climbing tradition by climbing without a rope, performing acrobatic maneuvers including the one arm fly-off and flag maneuver. In response to those in the rock climbing community who called Goodwin's acrobatic moves "stunts", and therefore unworthy of recognition, Goodwin stated he was "sport climbing" and not bound by the rules of traditional rock climbing. [3] [13]

Rock climber Jeff Lowe, along with Dick Bass, the owner of the Snowbird ski resort, invited Goodwin to build the climbing wall for the world's first International Sport Climbing Championship held at Snowbird, Utah, United States, in 1988. Goodwin did not participate in the championship, serving instead as a commentator for CBS Sports. [14]

History of First Ascents [2]
January 1980 Joshua Tree National Park, California White RasterfarieV3+
November 1980 Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada Ixtlan5.11c
February 1984Joshua Tree National Park, CaliforniaApollo5.12d
July 1984 Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah Fallen Arches5.13c
August 1984 Quoddy Head State Park, Maine Maniac5.13d/5.14a
August 1984Quoddy Head State Park, MaineStiletto5.12b
August 1984Quoddy Head State Park, MaineYellow Dagger5.11c
August 1984Quoddy Head State Park, MaineTriangulation5.12b
November 1986Tahoe Donner, CaliforniaNeanderthal Man5.12a
November 1986 Smith Rock State Park, Oregon Sign of the Times5.12d/5.13a

Skyscraper defense bill

Following the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Goodwin wrote a bill he called the "Skyscraper Defense Act", calling for an agency within the United States government entitled "Skyscraper Defense" as well as teams of "Skyscraper Defenders", individuals trained in skyscraper defense, security, and safety protocol, to be stationed within major cities of the United States. [4]

See also


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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Skyscraper News, Videos, Statistics, and Forum". Skyscraperdefense.com. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
  3. 1 2 "SKYSCRAPERMAN". Archived from the original on 2011-01-06.
  4. 1 2 "Skyscraper News, Videos, Statistics, and Forum". Skyscraperdefense.com. Retrieved 2008-12-19.
  5. "Skyscraperman a.k.a. SpiderDan scales John Hancock Center with Spider-Man's Stan Lee interview". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  6. "Kansas City Kansas City - High Times - News - page 1 - The Pitch". Pitch.com. November 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-19.
  7. "Skyscraperman a.k.a. SpiderDan scales World Trade Center with Spider-Man's Stan Lee interview" . Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  8. "CN Tower opens to the public". Archives.cbc.ca. June 26, 1959. Retrieved 2008-12-19.
  9. "Police arrest man who scaled Millennium Tower". The San Francisco Chronicle. September 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-06.
  10. Man scales S.F. tower to publicize his message
  11. "Breaking News". Archived from the original on 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
  12. "SKYSCRAPERMAN". Archived from the original on February 28, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  13. "Skyscraperman a.k.a. SpiderDan scales Mickey's Beach Crack without a rope for National TV" . Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  14. "First International Sport Climbing Competition in Snowbird, Utah" . Retrieved 2008-12-22.

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