Maison Des Champs, a self-proclaimed skyscraper climber and online content creator, was apprehended by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department after scaling the Las Vegas Sphere on Wednesday. The daring act aimed to raise funds for a homeless pregnant woman named Isabel.
In a Facebook video, Des Champs, a native Las Vegas, explained his motivation for the climb, citing Isabel’s homelessness and pregnancy, stating she needed assistance. Wearing a white hoodie, sunglasses, and a camera mounted on his head, Des Champs captured attention while standing atop the iconic structure.
Des Champs, dubbed the “Pro-Life Spider-Man” for his previous climbing stunts, revealed that Las Vegas Police instructed him to descend through the top of the Sphere. Several individuals were temporarily detained in connection with the incident.
This latest climb follows Des Champs’ pattern of ascending notable structures for social causes. Previously, he climbed the New York Times building, Devon Tower in Oklahoma City, a 40-story building in Phoenix, and Chicago’s 600-foot Accenture Tower. His actions are often aimed at raising awareness and funds for anti-abortion causes.
Tim Clement, a friend of Des Champs, mentioned that they currently do not face charges. The content creator’s objective with this climb was to collect funds to dissuade Isabel from undergoing an abortion scheduled for February 11. Isabel, a 37-year-old mother of twins, is at the center of Des Champs’ fundraising efforts.
Des Champs’ distinctive climbing style, termed “free soloing,” saw him reach the top of the Las Vegas Sphere in a mere 20 minutes. While the climber remains in police custody, his audacious acts continue to blend activism and daring feats, capturing public attention and generating discourse around social issues.