Grand Canyon tightrope crossing to air on Discovery


As a young boy, I was amazed by the Great Blondin. Blondin, a Frenchman, was famous for his tightrope walks, including crossing Niagara Gorge (near Niagara Falls) on a 1,100 foot tightrope that measured 3.25 inches in diameter and was 160 feet above the water. He completed this act a number of times, the first in 1859. Soon, just crossing on a tightrope was not enough - he had to raise the stakes, be with with a blindfold on, in a sack, on stilts, carrying his manager across his back, and even sitting down midway through to cook and eat an omelet.

The man known nowadays as "The King of the High Wire," Nik Wallenda, who crossed Niagara Falls in 2012 at 200 feet above the water, will raise his game to an unbelievable level when he crosses the Grand Canyon on June 23 a whopping 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River. Discovery Channel will air the crossing.

"Discovery Channel continues to bring some of television’s most talked about and historic live events of the year. From Felix Baumgartner setting the world record for highest skydive in Space Jump Live to this latest feat showcasing Nik Wallenda’s greatest challenge yet," said Eileen O’Neill, Discovery and TLC Networks group president. "The stakes don’t get much higher than this. The only thing that stands between me and the bottom of the canyon is a two-inch thick wire.  I’m looking forward to showing the audience a view of the canyon they’ve never seen before."

There is not enough money in the world to get me to do something like that. I will watch, however.


- Nik Wallenda
- Discovery Channel

Written by: Hamatosan
Mar 18th, 2013, 9:45 am

Images courtesy of Discovery Channel


Message Posted On Mar 18th, 2013, 11:41 pm
Gee, what a hero. Walking on a steel rope that is so tense and thinck it could pass easily as solid ground and beeing strapped to it with a counter weight, balance aids etc. He's in less danger than the avg. person crossing the street in a small town for christs sake. But hey, 1500 feet above the colorado river has to count for something, no ? Worst case he slips and hits his head on the huge counterweight that is strapped to his security. Few bruises at most. Where's the thrill ? Then again, we can't have live television show him fall to his death in this day and age now, can we ?
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