Nik Wallenda Tightrope Walks 1,500 Feet Above Grand Canyon Gorge – Praises Jesus The Whole Way

June 24, 2013 9:04 pmViews: 2301

Nik Wallenda's Grand Canyon tightrope walk


Daredevil Nik Wallenda has done it again and this time he praised Jesus and called out to the Lord the whole way along his tightrope walk. You probably won't he much about his entire 23 minute walk being a constant prayer, but if you watch the video below after the excerpt from the CBS News story, you will see what we mean.

In a time just short of 23 minutes, Wallenda crossed a quarter-mile tightrope 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon.

Wallenda paused and knelt twice to get “the rhythm out of the rope” and murmured prayers to Jesus almost constantly along the way. He stepped slow and steady, but jogged and hopped the last few steps which is pretty scary to watch. When he crossed Niagara Falls he did so with the aid of a harness which was a pulley attached to the main 2 inch steel cable he walked on. This time crossing the Grand Canyon with a drop of 1,500 feet, he did so without the aid of a harness.

Read more below from CBS News and then watch the video after that.

“Thank you Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, God,” he said about 13 minutes into the walk.

The stunt comes a year after he traversed Niagara Falls earning a seventh Guinness world record. He used the same 2-inch-thick cable he used to cross the falls, only this time he didn’t wear a safety harness.

The Discovery Channel broadcast Wallenda’s walk on live television after 8 p.m. EDT on Sunday with a 10-second delay. Wallenda wore two cameras, one looking down on the dry Little Colorado River bed and one facing straight ahead. His leather shoes with an elk-skin sole helped him keep a grip on the steel cable as he moved across.

Winds blowing across the gorge were expected to be around 30 mph. Wallenda told Discovery after the walk that the winds were at times “unpredictable” and that dust had accumulated on and around his contact lenses.

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