What an amazing success for daredevil Nik Wallenda, who achieved his goal of walking across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope without a harness or a safety net. Discovery showed his walk of faith live, starting at 8/7 p.m. central on Sunday, June 23.
By 10/9 p.m. central Nik had made it across the canyon after 22:54 minutes on the 2-inch, 8 and a half ton steel cable, which was 1,500 feet high and 1,400 feet long.
Surrounded by family and supporters Nik prepared himself for the record-breaking walk of his life. Also on site were his wife Erendira, and his three children, Yanni, 15; Amadeus, 12; and Evita, 10, who was among the first to grab Nik after he made it across. Pastor Joel Osteen was part of his support team, leading prayer with the family and offering spiritual support.
As soon as he stepped out, Nik gave glory to God: “Praise God, this is awesome.” He continued to pray constantly during his walk, asking for the winds to calm down and for him to relax. And when he wasn’t praying, he was praising Jesus and thanking him for being his everything.
Still, Nik had to squat down twice and wait in order to get the rhythm back out of the wire that he had put into it when he was trying to counterbalance the movement he felt on the wire cause by winds and counterweights.
The heavy wind gust Nik Wallenda was fighting during his walk on the skywire was clocked in right before his walk at 48 miles per hour mid-wire.
“Winds are way worse than I expected,” Wallenda said while walking, but he kept his faith and his strength, even when his arms were getting tired.
He felt the fatigue by about three quarters of the way, after that the adrenalin helped him to the finish, where he kissed the ground as soon as he stepped off the wire.
Even though this event had been advertised as a walk over the Grand Canyon. However, according to Forbes, the Grand Canyon National Park service had not allowed this death-defying deed.
So Nik Wallenda walked across the gorge of Little Colorado River Navajo Tribal Park, east of the Grand Canyon National Park, on land of the Navajo Nation, near Cameron, Arizona. That doesn’t make the stunt any less dangerous or less impressive though.
What did you think about this walk across the canyon?
By: Jelena Anderson