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Man crosses Grand Canyon on tightrope


Posted on Wednesday, 26 June, 2013 | Comment icon 46 comments | News tip by: seeder


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Nik Wallenda has managed to tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon without a safety harness.

The 34-year-old daredevil took 22 minutes to complete the stunt which saw him teetering along a two-inch thick steel cable suspended 1,500ft above the ground. During the feat there were a couple of moments when he was forced to kneel down to "get the rhythm out of the rope" and when he got to the end he even hopped and jogged the last few steps.

Wallenda is no stranger to extreme tightrope walking, last year he became the first person since 1896 to tightrope walk across the Niagara Falls. Even his family has a history of such feats - his great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, died during a performance in Puerto Rica at the age of 73.

"Daredevil Nik Wallenda has successfully completed a high-wire walk across the Grand Canyon without a safety harness."

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Comment icon #37 Posted by F3SS on 1 July, 2013, 21:07
Two inches is not wider than your foot unless you're an infant or a footless amputee. Plus this isn't a hundred foot stretch an arena or a circus tent. That's a multithousand pound cable that needed tensioned like a bridge cable and needed to be as thick as it was. A harness also kind of defeats the purpose and the spectacle of a death defying stunt. Not to mention the wind factor that not even Jesus could stop for him no matter how many times he asked. The weight of the cable and the balancers every 75' were entirely necessary to combat cross winds. Stupid and amazing it was... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by markdohle on 8 July, 2013, 12:38
There is nothing boring about this....but I think this is a tad crazy.
Comment icon #39 Posted by Junior Chubb on 8 July, 2013, 18:14
Just like his father before him...
Comment icon #40 Posted by F3SS on 8 July, 2013, 19:52
You're right. I forgot they talked about that. This guy did say he is walking from the Empire State Building to something else which is no less deadly than walking over the Grand Canyon or walking a mere 100' high.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Junior Chubb on 8 July, 2013, 19:58
There is a clip of his father ill-fated walk on posted in this thread on an earlier page. Crazy that people put their lives on the line for stunts like this but we do seem to lap it up.
Comment icon #42 Posted by F3SS on 8 July, 2013, 20:41
Hey I say go for it. I ain't gonna do it but I'll watch if you want to do it. I used to want to skydive but never did get around to it. I wasn't gung ho about it but I did want to. Anyways, I fell off of a roof about five years ago and after that I pretty much lost any dare devil that may have lied within me. It's cool if you were to do it but if you get hurt or die I've come to the mindset that you know you really didn't have to do that.
Comment icon #43 Posted by Junior Chubb on 8 July, 2013, 20:49
Age is a great leveller, I think we all become more afraid of injury as we get older. Its just experience teaching us how to stay safe. I experienced this revisiting the skate-park of my youth recently. Don't discard the skydive yet though, a tandem dive requires no skill or training, just the ability to close your eyes, prey and jump.
Comment icon #44 Posted by F3SS on 8 July, 2013, 20:59
Oh I know all I have to do is let the expert handle it but still there's always a chance of something going wrong and like I said, I don't have to do it. And you are right about age too. That's a definite factor. The older I get the less I care to try the craziest new roller coaster or thrill ride. I used to eat that up. The last time I went to Kennywood a few years back, Pittsburgh's famous amusement park, I couldn't wait to hit all my old favorites as it had been some years since my last visit. Well I rode them and the thrill was gone. I still like rollercoasters but it... [More]
Comment icon #45 Posted by Junior Chubb on 8 July, 2013, 21:09
Lol, I know the white knuckle ride feeling. For me its all dependant on who I am at a theme park with, I do need to be pushed into them a lot more than in the past.


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