This amazing footage is of U.S. daredevil Nik Wallenda, 34, completing an astonishing quarter of a mile walk across the Grand Canyon, without a safety harness!! Watching Wallenda make his way across the 2-inch thick cable, 1,500 above the Little Colorado River Gorge really will give you the head spins and certainly won’t help if you are suffering from Mondayitis or a hangover!!
Wallenda took 22 minutes to complete the extraordinary stunt, during which he had to crouch down a couple of times on the wire in order to get “the rhythm out of the rope” as strong winds threatened his balance.
When he neared the end of his journey, Wallenda confidently jogged the last few meters and his incredible feat was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel.
In interviews after the walk, Wallenda said: “Thank you Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, God.” He also explained that the 30mph winds in the gorge proved to be quite a challenge, as did the dust gathering in his contact lenses!
As a seventh-generation high-wire artist and part of the famous Flying Wallendas circus family, being a daredevil must be the guy’s blood! Last year, he made his way across Niagara Falls which secured his 7th Guinness world record!
Approximately 600 people turned up at the Grand Canyon in Arizona, on Sunday to watch Wallenda attempt the dangerous walk, although there was also a small number of protestors who did not approve of the stunt.
A group of Navajos, Hopis and other Native Americans turned up to Wallenda’s walk, carrying placards criticizing the stunt. Many tribes consider the Grand Canyon to be a sacred place and they argued that Wallenda’s walk should not have been used to boost local tourism.