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.

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Jun 24, 2013 7:09 PM CDT
I don't care what anyone says about Jesus. When your facing death you better know how to call on his name because he's the only one qualified to help u keep your eyes off your circumstances and keep you in faith. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. What this guy did I admit, that's crazy. Lesson on we can stay focused, our circumstances don't have to beat us. When Peter kept his eyes on Jesus he could walk on water but when he believed his circumstances were greater he began. So don't put down my Jesus. I challenge the greatest athlete today with all his championships and awards to make me sweat and my heart to pound like that.
Jun 24, 2013 9:10 AM CDT
I watched Nick from beginning to end. I applaud his mastery of the wire. I also think he's lost touch with reality and is, therefore, nuts. How could he put his beautiful family through that crap? What can that guy be thinking? And, you know what, I thought Niagara Falls was crazier! I watched that too.
Jun 24, 2013 7:44 AM CDT
That was a pretty amazing stunt, but after his fifteenth "Praise the King of Kings! Praise Jesus!" I was hoping a sudden downdraft would shut him up.