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Daredevil aerialist crosses Grand Canyon on tightrope

June 26, 2013 Destination North America, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Daredevil aerialist Nik Wallenda has become the first man to walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope.

Wallenda, known as “King of the High Wire”, has previously walked across Niagara Falls in the same manner. He crossed the Grand Canyon without a safety harness or net.250x250px

The drop is almost half a kilometre, with the wire suspended 457 metres above the Little Colorado River Gorge. The feat – or ordeal – took Wallenda 22 minutes and 54 seconds and was broadcast live around the world. Any slip would have been very public.

Wallenda spent a good deal of time praying as he walked, saying “Thank you Jesus” and at one point asking God to help calm the cable down. When he reached the other side, he fell on his knees, blew a kiss and hugged his wife and children.

The high-wire master was quoted afterwards as saying his mouth was so dry, “I feel like I walked in the desert for three weeks, not 20 minutes.”

Wallenda is a seventh-generation high-wire artist. His great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, died at the age of 73 when he slipped while walking between two 10-storey hotel towers during a performance in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Nik Wallenda’s amazing Grand Canyon walk can be viewed here:

Written by : Peter Needham

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