Flying Wallenda Survives Amazing Canyon Stunt
He crosses quarter-mile gorge with no harness
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2013 2:39 AM CDT
Daredevil Nik Wallenda crosses a tightrope 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge, Ariz..   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

(Newser) – Nik Wallenda has sealed his place in daredevil history with a heart-stopping tightrope walk over a gorge near the Grand Canyon—with no safety harness. The 34-year-old took 22 minutes to cross the quarter-mile, balancing on a 2-inch thick cable 1,500 feet above the Colorado River Gorge, the AP reports. He could be heard praying almost non-stop as he inched across, buffeted by winds. The stunt was aired live by the Discovery Channel, with a 10-second delay.

"It was a dream come true," Wallenda said after making it across "This is what my family has done for 200 years, so it's part of my legacy. " His great-grandfather and several other members of the Flying Wallenda clan died performing similar stunts. Wallenda—who says he'll give up the tightrope-walking if his wife and kids ask him to— aims to walk between New York's Chrysler Building and Empire State Building for his next stunt, Reuters reports.