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Nik Wallenda Became First Man to Successfully Walk Across Grand Canyon on Tightrope

Nik Wallenda on 23 June 2013 successfully completed walking the 2-inch thick cable across Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon.

Jun 24, 2013 12:46 IST
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Nik Wallenda, said to be the 7th generation high-wire artist on 23 June 2013 successfully completed walking the 2-inch thick cable across Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon. He finished this walk in merely 23 minutes. With this, he became the first man to cross Grand Canyon on the tightrope.

The tightrope was stretched 1500 feet above the gorge floor. He completed the 1400 foot long televised walk without any safety harness or net. Nik Wallenda, in the meanwhile, also declared that his next tightrope walk would be between the Empire State building and the Chrysler building in New York.

The location of his attempt was a site in the Navajo Nation, which is 10 miles southeast of the Grand Canyon in northwest Arizona. Discovery channel telecasted his gorge walk. In the year 2012, he made this kind of walk across the Niagara Falls as well.

About Nik Wallenda

• Nikolas Wallenda, also popularly known as Nik Wallenda was born on 24 January 1979.
• He is an American daredevil, acrobat, aerialist as well as high wire artist.
• He is self-described as the King of Wire.
• He is renowned for high-wire performances without making use of the safety net.
• He has seven Guinness World Records for different acrobatic performances.
• He is also the first person to walk the tightrope which was stretched over Niagara Falls on 15 June 2012.
• He is the 7th generation member of The Flying Wallendas family.
• In the year 2008, Nik Wallenda set the Guinness World Records for longest and highest bicycle ride when he crossed 250 foot long ride at the 135 feet above the ground in New Jersey.

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