Nik Wallenda tightrope walking 1800 feet across the widest part
of Niagara Falls and 200 feet high in 25 minutes on June 15, 2012

Nik Wallenda Niagara Tightrope Walk

The Great Blondin was first to tighrope walk
across Niagara Falls on June 30, 1859
and did it again six weeks later carrying
his manager Harry Colcord on his back.

While ten daredevils have tightroped across
Niagara Falls, the last being 21-year old
James Hardy in 1896, all were made further
from the waterfall and not as dangerous.

Now 116 years later, high wire artist
Nik Wallenda will tightrope walk across
the widest & steepest part of Niagara Falls.
He is from The Flying Wallenda family

famous for their high-wire performances
where several have plunged to their death.
Nik says that the high-wire act is not a stunt
but a feat requiring great physical training.

For the Niagara event, Nik practiced for
eleven straight days with fire trucks spraying
him with water and a high-powered fan blowing
to simulate windy conditions at Niagara Falls.

At 10:16 pm on June 15, 2012 Nik begins his
tightrope walk across 1800 feet of Niagara Falls
on 2-inches diameter wire with a 40-foot pole
and wearing elk-skin shoes made by his Mom.

The mist was thick and turbulent waters below
made it hard to see the wire he's walking on
and the wind was wild hitting him on all sides
that he kneels down to pray so he could continue.

He says "I'm strained and drained, it's so physical,
my hands are going numb and I'm feeling weak,
only endurance will carry me across to the finish,
it's so good to hear cheering on the other side."

After 25 minutes of travail, Nik Wallenda
sees his Dad and sprints to the platform
with 125,000 Canadians cheering and
a billion TV viewers watching his feat.

    — Peter Y. Chou
        Mountain View, 6-30-2012

Blondin was first to tightrope walk
across Niagara Falls on June 30, 1859

Blondin carries manager Harry Colcord
across Niagara Falls on August 14, 1859

Nik Wallenda begin tightrope walk across
Niagara 07:39 (Platonic Lambda stride)

Nik Wallenda tightrope walk across
Niagara 08:05 from American side

Nik Wallenda tightrope walk across
Niagara 23:56 kneeling down to pray

Nik Wallenda tightrope walk across
Niagara 24:17 "strained & drained"

Nik Wallenda walking across Niagara
25:00 near finish on Canadian side