Tightrope Walker Nik Wallenda Crosses Grand Canyon With No Net or Harness
Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda has done the (virtually) impossible.
The daredevil aerialist successfully crossed the Grand Canyon via tightrope on Sunday without the support of harnesses or netting.
34-year-old Nik performed the death-defying stunt live on the Discovery Channel, taking just 22 minutes to cross the Little Colorado Gorge section of the canyon.
Nik took only two breaks to crouch during the entire performance, as 30 mph winds blew the tightrope and clouded his contact lenses with heavy dust, according to the Huffington Post.
"It was way more windy, and it took every bit of me to stay focused the entire time," he explained.
Throughout the act, Nik offered prayers to God, often thanking him for providing favorable conditions for the stunt. "Thank you Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, God," Nik said after a particularly large gust of wind had subsided.
Nik, a Florida native, was raised in a family of wire walkers known as "The Flying Wallendas," many of whom lost their lives to their beloved sport. Prior to his walk across the Grand Canyon, Nik completed the first successful tightrope walk across Niagara Falls in 2012, following a 116-year ban on daredevil stunts at the site.