Nik Wallenda, the stunt tightrope walker who safely crossed a high wire over Niagara Falls in 2012, was at it again! On Sunday, June 23rd, he crossed the Grand Canyon on a 1,400ft. long tightrope in a total of 22 minutes and 54 seconds.
Wallenda, who is the first person to cross the canyon, did so without a tether or a safety net. He could be heard praying almost constantly during the crossing and then murmuring ‘Thank you, Jesus” as he kissed the ground when he reached the other side.
The self-proclaimed “King of the High Wire” is a 7th generation aerial daredevil who is a part of the Flying Wallendas, and trained in his Florida hometown of Sarasota as Tropical Storm Andrea was barreling through and used air boats to blast him with side and updrafts of 55 miles per hour.
Wind plays a critical role when walking the thin line, affecting both balance and your nerves. Good thing WeatherBug has a station nearby that was monitoring the weather situation (as we always do across all neighborhoods in the U.S.)!
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