a.k.a SpiderDan, the SkyScraperMan

Date of Birth: November, 1955 

LocationCape Porpoise, Maine

Current: Mountain View, California

Height: 5ft 6"

Weight: 160lb 

Profession: CEO & Founder of TripleBlack TV, Author

Skyscrapers / Buildings Scaled: 11

Most Notable: World Trade Center, Sears Tower, CN Tower

Highest Bouldering Grade: V7 

Highest Redpoint Grade: Maniac FA 5.13d/14a 

Highest Onsight: 5.12b/c 

Strengths: Flag Manuevers, Front Levers, One Arm Pullups

Favorite Music: Funk, HipHop, Reggae, Miles Davis

Favorite Movie: Avatar, Pure Formality

Favorite Ski Resort: Chamonix, Squaw Valley

Favorite Mountain Bike Trail: The Tahoe Rim Trail

Favorite Climbing Area: Still Searching "There's so many!"

Status: Married to Cynthia Ado

Employment: Founder of TripleBlack

Noteworthy Achievements

The Flag Maneuver!

The Flag Maneuver was performed while shooting the first free ascent of Triangulation. 5.12b
Location: Quoddy Head State Park, Maine
Date: August/1983
After scaling the North World Trade Center on Memorial Day.


Dan Goodwin (a.k.a. Spiderman, SpiderDan, the SkyscraperMan, is an inspiring example of what can be achieved by taping into the power of the mind.   World-renowned for his extraordinary building and rock climbing achievements, Dan serves as an embassador for rock climbing and 'Extreme Sports'.  He has spent the majority of his life rock climbing, mountain biking, and snowboarding.  Dan has appeared on Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Good Morning America, and the Today Show.  

First Ascent of the World Trade Center - North Tower (Watch Video below)

First Ascent of the Willis Tower a.k.a. the Sears Tower - formerly the world's tallest building in Chicago (Watch Video below)

First Ascent of the John Hancock Center while the Chicago fire department attempted to knock him off building with a gushing fire hose. (Watch Video below)

First Ascent of the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada.  Dan free climbed with his hands & feet, both sides of the tower for the Guiness Book of World Records. First Ascent of the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angles for World Hunger, raising over $100,000.00 

First Ascent of the Renaissance Center in Dallas, Texas to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis, raising $150,000.00  

First Ascent of El Centro Towers (oldest twin towers in South America) in Caracas for Venevision TV.  Note: Dan free climbed all 30 floors w/o rope.

First Ascent of Parque Central (tallest building in South America) in Caracas for Venevision TV 

First Ascent of the Nippon TV Tower in Tokyo for Nippon TV.  

First Ascent of the Millennium Tower in San Francisco (2010) to be a beacon of hope for all cancer patients.  (Watch Video below)

First Ascent of theTelephonica Building in Santiago, Chile (2014) for Stan Lee's SuperHuman TV series. (Watch Video below)

Established the world's first 5.14 by capturing the first ascent of Maniac in northeastern Maine. 

Constructing the world's tallest climbing wall in Snowbird, Utah  

Commentating for CBS Sports during the 1st International Sport Climbing competition.  (Watch Video below)

Drafting the Skyscraper Defense Act after 9/11  Please follow link. 

Designing a Robotic Fire Fighting Pod for towering skyscrapers.  

Stage Four Cancer survivor since 2000.  

CEO & Founder of Tripleblack TV  ~ an Extreme Sport News & Entertainment Network.


The Sears Tower a.k.a. Willis Tower

MAY 25TH 1981, Dan Goodwin made history by scaling the world's tallest building (the Sears Tower) wearing a spiderman suit.  As you will see in this video, Dan nearly fell to his death with his suction cups popped off on the 63rd floor.  Despite numerous attempts to block his path with a window washing machine, Goodwin reached the summit seven-hour later and was promptly arrested.  Goodwin stated the reason he made the ascent was to bring to the world's attention that firefighters are incapable of fighting fires or rescuing people that are trapped in the upper floors of a burning skyscraper - as was witnessed by the tragic MGM Grand Hotel fire in Las Vegas where 85 people needlessly died.  After a lengthy interrogation by Chicago's District Attorney and Fire Commissioner, Goodwin was released.48 hours later to swarming media crowd that dubbed Mr. Goodwin as 'SpiderDan.'  Source.

Dan Goodwin

 The John Hancock Center

On November 11, 1981, Veterans Day, high-rise firefighting and rescue advocate Dan Goodwin, for the purpose of calling attention to the inability to rescue people trapped in the upper floors of skyscrapers, successfully climbed the 100 story John Hancock Center.  Wearing a wetsuit and using a climbing device that enabled him to ascend the I-beams on the building's side, Goodwin battled repeated attempts by the Chicago Fire Department to knock him off.  Fire Commissioner William Blair ordered Chicago firemen to stop Goodwin by directing a fully engaged fire hose at him and by blasting fire axes through nearby glass from the inside. Fearing for Goodwin's life, Mayor Jane Byrne intervened and allowed him to continue to the top.  Source.

“Little did I know, I had unknownly uncovered what would later be known as the 'Best Kept Secret."

The World Trade Center

In May 30th, 1983, Dan Goodwin, a.k.a. SpiderDan, scaled the North Tower of the World Trade Center to call to the world's attention that firefighters are incapable of fighting fires or rescuing people that are trapped in the upper floors of a burning skyscraper - as was witnessed by the tragic MGM Grand Hotel fire in Las Vegas where 85 people needlessly died.

"You mark my word, the day will come when terrorist will target our towering skyscrapers, 

and there will be nothing we can do to fight the fires or rescue the people trapped above."

Dan Goodwin 'Prior to 9/11

The Millennium Tower

On September 6th, 2010 (Labor Day), nearly twenty years after his historical free climbing ascent of the CN TowerDan Goodwin scaled the 58 story Millennium Tower in San Francisco on behalf of all the firefighters that risk their lives fighting fires and rescuing people trapped in the upper floors of a towering skyscraper.  And for those that are battling cancer.  

"So often, we are ruled by fear.  Fear of failure.  Fear of even trying something.  I needed to conquer it myself.  And in doing so, I was doing it for all the cancer survivors out there.  For all the people fighting cancer, I want to be their rally call."  (Watch Video)  

 The Telefonica Building

On March 1st, 2014, Dan Goodwin scaled the Telefonica Building in Santiago, Chile for Stan Lee's SuperHuman TV series. Talk about coming full circle. Stan Lee was Dan''s age (watch interview at end of video), when Stan received a call from the District Attorney in Chicago, wanting to know if he put Dan up to climbing the World's tallest building dressed as SpiderMan.

"Who would have guessed, that 30 years later, after Stan Lee had been accused of encouraging me to climb the world's tallest building dressed as Spiderman, that I would be climbing a building for his show.  it just goes to show that anything is possible if you believe it to be so."

Mickey's Beach Crack - Free Solo 5.12b

September, 1983, after scaling the World Trade Center, Dan Goodwin free solos Mickey's Beach Crack 5.12b for National TV, performing a flag manuever and one arm flyoff near the top.  Location of climb: Stinson Beach, CA

"My mind is blank.  My mind is nothing more than a visual.  Fear of dying actually, give me power. Since I know that time is going to come, and I don't know when it's going to come, it has given me permission to do anything I want to do within my lifetime.  I am being who I want to be. "

First International Sport Climbing Competition

August, 1988, Dan Goodwin, in colaboration with Jeff Lowe, organized and constructed the world's tallest climbing wall for the First International Sport Climbing Competition at Snowbird, Utah.  At the time of the competition, Dan Goodwin, who started a company called Sport Climbing Systems, was the only one constructing climbing walls in the country.  After the competition, Goodwin went onto to construct climbing walls for Vail Health Club and Vanderbuilt University.   But after Chouinard Equipment filed Chapter 11 in 1989, making it nearly impossible to acquire liability insurance, Goodwin decided to close up shop.  

"Although the majority of the community disagrees with me, especially those from the old guard, I believe the day will come when every major university and city across the country will be holding climbing competitions.  And when that happens, it will just be a matter of time before climbing is accepted into the olympics"