a.k.a SpiderDan, the SkyScraperMan

Date of Birth: November, 1955 

LocationCape Porpoise, Maine

Height: 5'6"

Weight: 155lb 

Building Ascents: 11

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

Highest Bouldering Grade: V7 

Hardest Redpoint Grade: Maniac FA 5.13d/14a 

Hardest Onsight: 5.12b/c 

Hardest Free Solo: 5.12b

Strengths: Front Levers and Flag Maneuvers

Other Sports: Snowboarding, MTB Biking

Favorite Music: Funk, HipHop, Reggae, Miles Davis

Favorite Movie: Avatar, Pure Formality

Favorite Ski Resort: Chamonix, La Grave, Squaw Valley

Favorite Mountain Bike Trail: The Tahoe Rim Trail

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

Status: Married to Cynthia Ado

Dan Goodwin (a.k.a. Spiderman, SpiderDan, the SkyscraperMan, is best known for his building and rock climbing ascents, credited as one of the forefathers of Sport Climbing by establishing the world's most difficult rock climb known as Maniac 5.13d/14a in 1984, and by constructing the world's tallest climbing wall at Snowbird, Utah for the First International Sport Climbing Competition in 1988.

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.


Noteworthy Achievements

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

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

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

  4. First Ascent of the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada.  Note: Dan free soloed without a rope, both sides with his hands & feet for the Guinness Book of World Records.

  5. First Ascent of the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angles for World Hunger, raising over $100,000.00 

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

  7. 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.

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

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

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

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

  12. Dan established the world's first 5.13d/14q by capturing the first ascent of Maniac in northeastern Maine. 

  13. Constructing the world's tallest climbing wall in Snowbird, Utah, and was the color commentator for CBS Sports during the 1st International Sport Climbing competition.  (Watch Video below)

  14. Dan drafted the Skyscraper Defense Act after 9/11  Please follow link. 

  15. Stage Four Cancer survivor since 2000.  

  16. Dan is currently the CEO & Founder of Tripleblack ~ an Extreme Sport News & Entertainment Network.


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

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."

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 .

"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

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 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)  

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, 30 years after Stan Lee was accused of encouraging me to scale the world's tallest building (The Sears Tower 05.25.81), that Stan would be inviting me to scale a building for his hit TV show."

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. "

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.   However, when Chouinard Equipment filed Chapter 11 in 1989, it made nearly impossible to acquire liability insurance, forcing Dan to close his shop.  

"I believe the day will come when every major university and city across the country will host climbing competitions.  When that happens, it will just be a matter of time before climbing is accepted into the olympics"



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