LISA RIND/Bullet News
In his own words, “I could live or I could die,” said Nik Wallenda in a Discovery Channel promotional video on his website, nikwallenda.com.
While training for his June 23 wirewalk across the Grand Canyon, Wallenda was interviewed countless times, making sure people are aware he knows the risk he is about to undertake – crossing the Grand Canyon on a wire just two inches thick, with no tether to secure him should he fall. The fall would kill him.
“I understand why somebody would think that I’m crazy … there is no safety whatsoever,” Wallenda said. “I’m in control of everything except the weather,” he added.
Training in conditions with high winds has given him some idea of what to expect. But while traversing the 1,400-foot-wide gap between the cliffs, Wallenda will have to adjust to sudden wind gusts of more than 20 m.p.h. … one wrong step could indeed be his last.
Wallenda, 34, known as “The King of the High Wire,” is the seventh generation of the legendary Flying Wallendas, and began walking the wire at the age of four. He and his family, based in Florida, have performed some of the most famous stunts in the world, but no one else has ever dared to take on the Grand Canyon.
Following his June 15, 2012 wirewalk across the Niagara gorge, Wallenda told a TV talk-show audience that walking across Niagara Falls was long his biggest dream.
The weather conditions proved a little unpredictable then, too: “I was very focused, the wind was definitely something you could not train for. The mist was powerful, the mist was in my eyes,” he said following the event.
The Grand Canyon crossing will be broadcast live on Discovery and Discovery.com at 8 p.m., with a 10-second delay. The area where the wirewalk takes place is part of a Navajo reservation near Cameron, just outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park. The area itself seems desolate; walls of rock worn down over thousands of years by the mighty Colorado River. To see for yourself, click HERE.
Wallenda’s family has a strong faith together, praying before, during and after each dangerous event. His wife, Erendira, and children Yanni, 15, Amadaos, 12 and Evita, 10, are aware of the dangers the wirewalker will face on his Grand Canyon crossing. “Of course there is a living will,” he said in his video, “because that’s what you do. But what do I say? Don’t forget to kiss the dog?” he asked. “I think it is very hard to have a goodbye talk with them,” he said.
For more information on Nik Wallenda and his June 23 wirewalk across the Grand Canyon, visit the website nikwallenda.com.
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