A historic and death-defying high-wire walk was successfully completed earlier this evening by by Nikolas “Nik” Wallenda. Without a safety net to save him from a fall, Wallenda spend more than 22 minutes navigating a 2-inch thick steel cable that was suspended across the the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon in northeastern Arizona. More than 1,500 feet above the river, Wallenda paused and crouched twice as winds whipped around him and the cable swayed. “Thank you Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, God,” he said about 13 minutes into the walk, which was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel.
Wallenda, self-described as “The King of the Wire”, is an American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil, and high wire artist known for his high-wire performances without a safety net. He also happens to be an ambassador for luxury watch brand JeanRichard of Switzerland, and he wore one of the brand’s watches during the feat.
Congrats to all involved in this epic feat!