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Pro-life activist scales tallest building in Oklahoma

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A man climbed the Devon Tower in downtown Oklahoma City to protest abortion and raise money for a woman seeking to have an abortion. 

A man who calls himself the “Pro-Life Spiderman” free soloed the Devon Tower, the tallest building in the state, in downtown Oklahoma City on Tuesday morning.

Maison Des Champs, a 23-year-old finance student at the University of Nevada claims that he climbs buildings to bring attention to pro-life issues. Having recently scaled the New York Times building and San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower, Des Champs has now been arrested on two counts of trespassing and one count of resisting a police investigation in the last month and a half. 

Des Champs reached the top of the building around 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday at which moment the winds were recorded to be blowing between 35-40 mph at that height. He managed to free climb with no gear, using only climbing chalk, all 50 floors and 844 feet of the building where police were waiting at the top to arrest him. He faces a trespassing charge but was released from jail on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Authorities cleared the downtown area around the Devon Tower and blocked off surrounding roads for everyone’s safety in OKC. Des Champs also had someone filming the climb using a drone and police apprehended the drone operator as well. 

Des Champs has been rock climbing and free soloing since he was 16 and is originally from Hartland, Michigan. He told news sources that this specific climb was to help a pregnant woman who wanted an abortion and to raise awareness and enough money for her to have her baby. It is unclear as to if the money was raised or if Des Champs plans to climb again.