Wednesday, July 23, 2014   |   4,944 users online
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos  ·  Chat
Find: in

Man crosses Grand Canyon on tightrope


Posted on Wednesday, 26 June, 2013 | Comment icon 40 comments | News tip by: seeder


Image credit: Youtube / ABC News

 
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."

  View: Full article |  Source: Yahoo! News

  Discuss: View comments (40)

   


 


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #31 Posted by pallidin on 28 June, 2013, 0:59
Right. Unless they shot the cable across via cannon(possible but very unlikely), there is no way other than a helicopter. Securing is the tricky part. Don't know about this one, but the ones I've seen before have a seperate 3-point end-connection(total of six) First a geologist determines whether and at what distance from a cliff edge, that serious support forms are drilled into the ground. Likely hardened steel and placed at an opposing angle to the tension. The 2-inch cable itself must have weighed at least that of an SUV, or several SUV's, so the ground support was likely v... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by pallidin on 28 June, 2013, 1:44
I would love to see a vid on the actual construction, as they may have used a totally different technique. I'm sure that a vid was taken. Anyone here know if it's on Youtube?(the construction)
Comment icon #33 Posted by IronAlchemist on 29 June, 2013, 17:20
Wow. That is what I call amazing. And I thought I was good with my balance. Haha.
Comment icon #34 Posted by F3SS on 1 July, 2013, 0:35
Holy Jesus' ghost the savior and king of kings, how has this thread gone unnoticed to me for so many days?
Comment icon #35 Posted by Paranoid Android on 1 July, 2013, 13:34
This was amazing. And stupid. If you're going to do this at least use a harness. But despite how omg this is, the cable was.2 inches thick. This isn't like a circus trick where ballerinas dance on a string. Two inches is wider than my foot, and I don't have a small foot. But that doesn't take away from the spectacle, I'm just trying to put it in context - I wouldn't want to walk 400 metres just putting one foot in front of the other.
Comment icon #36 Posted by kannin on 1 July, 2013, 13:39
buddy must of had some tight butt cheaks that whole time, id step 2 inches on that thing and go all amellia airheart to the bottom
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.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


Other news in this category
Man sets house on fire while killing a spider
Posted 7-19-2014 | 60 comments
The creative arachnophobe managed to burn his house down while trying to kill a spider with fire....
 
Escape attempt by zoo wolves backfires
Posted 7-17-2014 | 14 comments
A pack of wolves at a zoo in Winnipeg managed to dig a tunnel straight in to the polar bear enclosure....
 
Giant hailstones pelt beachgoers in Siberia
Posted 7-15-2014 | 27 comments
Swimmers and sunbathers ran for cover as huge chunks of ice the size of golf balls rained down on them....
 
US military drafts 14,000 dead people
Posted 7-12-2014 | 25 comments
A computer error lead to thousands of conscription letters being mailed out to men born in the 1800s....
 
Spielberg 'dinosaur poaching' photo backlash
Posted 7-11-2014 | 65 comments
A picture from Jurassic Park posted as a joke has ended up being blasted by animal rights activists....
 
Primary school 'alien egg' prank backfires
Posted 7-11-2014 | 32 comments
An unconventional problem solving exercise went awry when several of the children ended up terrified....
 
Mexican mayor marries a crocodile 'princess'
Posted 7-10-2014 | 25 comments
Major Joel Vasquez Rojas tied the knot with his betrothed in an elaborate wedding ceremony this week....
 
Meet the world's fastest talking woman
Posted 7-9-2014 | 30 comments
Guinness World Record holder Fran Capo is able to recite up to 11 words every second....
 
Google attempts to dissuade Terminators
Posted 7-4-2014 | 14 comments
The search giant has implemented a new tongue-in-cheek method to protect its founders from Skynet....
 
Jump-jet makes emergency landing on a stool
Posted 6-29-2014 | 9 comments
After a landing gear malfunction a Harrier jump-jet managed to touch down on an improvised alternative....
 
Bear falls through ceiling, disrupts party
Posted 6-28-2014 | 18 comments
An Alaska couple were preparing for their child's birthday when a black bear fell through the ceiling....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2014
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ