Grand Canyon Tightrope Walk Will Go Forward

Without safety gear

Grand Canyon     Photo: YoTuT

Seventh-generation acrobat Nik Wallenda plans to becomes the first man to traverse the Grand Canyon by tightrope this weekend. Wallenda will walk a quarter mile on a steering cable 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River if all goes according to plan.

Last year, Wallenda completed a similar feat across the Niagara Falls, but was forced to wear a safety harness. There will be no such safety precautions this weekend. “In the history of my family’s career, we’ve never worn a tether,” Wallenda announced last year.

He'll be facing high winds and temperatures reaching into the triple digits. To train for the event, Wallenda has been practicing in Florida. His 20 to 30 minute walk will be shown live on the Discovery Channel.

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