Wallenda preps for Grand Canyon tightrope walk
Daredevil to make first-ever attempt.
“I have to respect it, but I would never do what I do if I was scared.”
Respect, inner peace and guts of steel — that’s what it will take for daredevil Nik Wallenda to succeed this Sunday in his attempt to walk across the Grand Canyon on a 2-inch steel wire.
No one has walked across the Grand Canyon before, and the stunt will be Nik Wallenda’s longest and highest tightrope attempt ever. His cable will stretch more than a quarter mile across the canyon. No tethers or safety nets will protect him from the 1,500-foot drop between the cable and the Little Colorado River below.
The height of Walllenda’s wire exceeds the height of the Empire State Building (1,250 feet) and even Chicago’s Sears Tower, now renamed the Willis Tower (1,451 feet). It will even be higher than Philippe Petit’s 1,368-foot high-wire walk between the Twin Towers in 1974.
Wallenda has said his greatest concern is unpredictable wind. While training in Florida, Wallenda’s team has had air boats whip up winds of more than 90 mph to simulate the gusts that can run up the Grand Canyon walls.
The walk will be broadcast live on the Discovery Channel (8 p.m.
ET/5 p.m. PT), with a 10-second delay. Wallenda will be miked up and talking with the show’s hosts as he crosses the wire, and a mounted camera will capture his point of view.
“My entire life has been spent training for this,” Wallenda has said. Nik is a seventh-generation member of the legendary Flying Wallendas family, who were famed for fearless acrobatic feats including the seven-person pyramid — a signature stunt that killed two troupe members and crippled a third when the pyramid collapsed in 1962.
Nik is the great-grandson of Karl Wallenda, who met his end in 1978 on a high-wire walk in Puerto Rico. In 2011, Nik and his mother walked between the two towers of the Candado Plaza Hotel where Karl Wallenda died.
Nik Wallenda has already made his mark on daredevil history, and last June became the first person ever to walk across Niagra Falls on a 2-inch wire. That walk put him at a treacherous 200 feet above the falls — which was still 130 stories closer to the ground than Wallenda will be on Sunday.
Photo: High wire walker Nik Wallenda//Steve Nesius/Reuters
Sorry to hear that you washed out of flight school in 93. You are right my flying career was over when I returned from the Jungle in 68 --that is years before your father even met your mother! The post was about Nik Wallenda, and his decision to walk the wire spanning the Grand Canyon...Apparently you also have a problem with your vision in addition to your bigotry.. By the way, I'm not a Native of the US --naturalized while in the US military service English is my 5th language--To "refresh your memory", I enlisted in the military, when a large percentage of the Draft age US males were "skipping" to Canada hiding like the cowards they were, getting deferred from the DRAFT by various excuses NO TO SERVE IN THE MILITARY- -no balls Hippies is what my generation used to call them --, objecting the War, refusing to do their Duty as a US Citizen, and then "begged" for immunity to be allowed to return to their US Home Land, with their tail between their legs, when the War was over....
Go For It Nik, I Pray that God Protects and Guides You. I sincerelyI whish you.GOOD LUCK! .....
And as to the 1500' height.............200' would be just as deadly. Might as well go as high as he can.
Anyway, good luck.
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