The Nik Wallenda grand canyon tightrope walk has ended in a success.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, we covered Nik Wallenda preparing for his grand canyon feat.
Wallenda, who is a seventh-generation member of the famous “Flying Wallendas” family of acrobats, pulled off a first when he walked the length of Niagara Falls. Only a few family members of the Flying Wallenda’s have ever died in a tightrope or acrobatics accident. Nik’s great-grandfather died while attempting to tightrope between two tall buildings without any safety equipment.
What makes Nik Wallenda’s grand canyon tightrope walk so nerve-wracking is that he didn’t wear a safety harness this time. ABC insisted on a safety harness for the Niagara Falls event, but Discovery decided to honors Nik’s decision to forego the extra safety measure. And the audience was able to watch Nik Wallenda the entire way through with cameras attached to his chest.
This writer watched Nik Wallenda’s grand canyon tightrope walk through the Skywire Live feed the whole time. For the most part, things were pretty steady as Nik Wallenda showed us how it’s done.
At first, there were some conversation whether the wind conditions over the grand canyon would prevent Nik Wallenda from making his tightrope walk. Apparently, even winds up to around 25 MPH were considered “safe” but you could see the wind whipping his clothing the entire way.
Before Nik Wallenda’s grand canyon tightrope walk began, he had a moment of prayer with Joel Olsteen. There was one scary moment when Nik Wallenda faced rising winds and he had to crouch at about the half-way point in order to secure his position. This is what Nik’s great-grandfather did in the moments before he fell. But soon enough he was back on his feet and making steady progress the entire way.
There were other nervous moments when Nik Wallenda had to use his balance bar, where it weaved high into the air on both sides. When Nik Wallenda had traversed about 90 percent of the way he went to one knee and blew a kiss. Then, while still on the wire, he ran the rest of the way to the finish line.
What did you think about Nik Wallenda’s grand canyon tightrope walk on Skywire Live?