‘Pro-Life Spiderman’ Explains How, Why He Climbed San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A 22-year-old calling himself the “Pro-Life Spiderman” was arrested Tuesday after he climbed free to the top of Salesforce Tower, the tallest skyscraper in California, in hopes of raising money for anti-abortion charities.

VIDEO: Watch Man Free Climb 1070 Foot Salesforce Tower in SF

“Have you ever regretted doing it?” Stephanie Sierra of ABC7 asked.

“No… it was fun,” Des Champ said. “I would do it again.”

The student climbed the 1,070-foot-tall building, stopping frequently to use his phone to post videos on social media. He told ABC7 that he had been planning the climb for a month using Google Maps to assess the building.

Des Champ arrived at SFO early Tuesday morning from Las Vegas, where he is currently enrolled as a senior at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. As soon as he got in, he said he took an Uber straight to Salesforce and started climbing around 9am

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“Were you shocked?” asked Sierra.

“No…I cut my feet, which means you have to take your feet off the wall and I hung one on one hand to show off a little, you know?” said Deschamp before giggling. “I wanted to post some videos so they would come out while I was in jail.”

The anti-abortion activist says he made the climb in hopes of raising $1 million to support anti-abortion charities and “save lives.” It is not clear how much money has been raised.

“These doctors are literally killing these babies on the table and leaving them to die,” Des Champ said. “We’re not trying to yell at women who want an abortion, we don’t want to blame them… we just want to let them know there are other options.”

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Des Champs told ABC7 that the only thing that went wrong was that he got thirsty and tired towards the end of the climb.

According to his website, Des Champ’s other goal is to help a Washington obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Cesare Santangelo, to be put in prison for performing abortions.

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“I have no regrets,” he said. “We’re sending a message.”

Last year, Des Champs climbed the Aria hotel in Las Vegas to protest the COVID restrictions. He was also arrested at the time, but he says the charges have been dropped.

The SFPD arrested Des Champ on two counts — one for trespassing and another for resisting a police investigation, for disobeying police orders to come down or stop climbing. He was subpoenaed and released Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Salesforce website:

  • Salesforce Tower is 1070 feet tall with 61 floors and 1.4 million square feet of office space.
  • It takes 39 seconds to travel by elevator from street level to the 61st floor.
  • The foundation of Salesforce Tower is anchored in the bedrock more than 100 meters into the ground.
  • 12,000 tons of steel were used in the construction of Salesforce Tower.
  • The construction of Salesforce Tower took more than 2.5 million man hours.

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