Acrobat Nik Wallenda to make history with unharnessed tightrope walk across Grand Canyon

Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda. Photo courtesy of Dave Pape.
Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda. Photo courtesy of Dave Pape.

Tightrope walking is not just for the circus anymore. Seventh-generation acrobat Nik Wallenda plans to become the first man to traverse the Grand Canyon by tightrope this weekend – without any safety gear – Outside magazine’s Scott Rosenfield reports.

“Last year, Wallenda completed a similar feat across the Niagara Falls, but was forced to wear a safety harness. There will be no such safety precautions this weekend,” Rosenfield writes.

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If all goes according to plan, Wallenda will walk a quarter of a mile at 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River. His walk will be shown live on the Discovery Channel.

For more information on Wallenda’s sky-high adventure, click here.