Tuesday 16 January 2018

Walk on wild side for US daredevil

Nik Wallenda walks a quarter of a mile over the gorge
Nik Wallenda walks a quarter of a mile over the gorge
Aerialist Nik Wallenda, left, is welcomed by his wife, Erendira.

A tightrope walker has completed a walk that took him quarter of a mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge in Arizona.

Nik Wallenda performed the stunt on a two-inch thick steel cable, 1,500ft above the river near the Grand Canyon. He took just over 22 minutes, pausing and crouching twice as winds whipped around him.

"Thank you, Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, God," he said about 13 minutes into the walk.

Mr Wallenda did not wear a harness and stepped slowly and steadily throughout, murmuring prayers to Jesus almost constantly along the way, until he jogged and hopped the last few steps.

The event was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel.

Winds blowing across the gorge were about 30mph. The 34-year-old is a member of the Flying Wallendas circus family – a clan that is no stranger to death-defying feats, as several members have died performing stunts.

The stunt came a year after he traversed Niagara Falls, earning a seventh Guinness world record.

Irish Independent

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