Published March 18, 2013
There has to be an easier way to earn a living.
Nik “The King of the High Wire” Wallenda will walk on a tightrope strung over the Grand Canyon.
Without a net. Without a harness. Without anything.
The Discovery Channel will air the historic rope walk live on June 23.
“The stakes don’t get much higher than this,” said Wallenda. “The only thing that stands between me and the bottom of the canyon is a two-inch thick wire. I’m looking forward to showing the audience a view of the canyon they’ve never seen before.”
In 2012, Wallenda was the first person to tightrope walk directly over Niagara Falls from the U.S. to Canada, at a height of 200 feet.
On his Grand Canyon walk, he will be 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River; higher than the Empire State Building.
Wallenda, 34, said he his doing the stunt to honor his great-grandfather, the legendary Karl Wallenda, who died after falling from a tightrope in Puerto Rico in 1978.