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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."

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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.

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