(PCM) The whole world was watching with bated breath as Discovery Channel presented Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda last night which showcased Wallenda attempting and ultimately succeeding to cross the vast Grand Canyon on only a tight-rope with absolutely no tether or net to assist.
At a height of 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge, Nik Wallenda walked on a wire that is just 2 inches thick. While traversing the 1,400-foot-wide gap between the cliffs, Nik has to adjust to sudden wind gusts of over 20 mph with no safety tether attaching him to his line. One wrong step could have been his last.
Nik Wallenda is known as “The King of the High Wire.” He is the seventh generation of the legendary Great Wallendas and began walking the wire at age 4. He and his family have performed some of the most famous stunts in the world, but no one else has ever dared to take on the Grand Canyon.