Monday, 24 June 2013

Daredevil Nik Wallenda Completes tightrope walk near Grand Canyon

Daredevil Nik Wallenda completed a record-breaking 1,400-feet-long tightrope high wire walk over a portion of the Little Colorado River Gorge in Northeastern Arizona on Sunday 23 June, 2013 without a safety net or harness. The walk, which was live streamed by Discovery Channel, was 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon. Using the same 2-inch-thick steel cable he used to cross the Niagara Falls last year. Nik Wallenda performed the stunt on a 2-inch-thick steel cable, 1,500 feet above the river on the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon. He took just more than 22 minutes, pausing and crouching twice as winds whipped around him and the rope swayed.  Winds blowing across the gorge had been expected to be around 30 mph. Nik great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, fell during a performance in Puerto Rico and died at the age of 73 and many other family members, including a cousin and an uncle, have perished while performing wire walking stunts. He was performing with his family and has dreamed of crossing the Grand Canyon when he was a teenager. Sunday's stunt comes a year after he traversed Niagara Falls earning a seventh Guinness world record.

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