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epa04474087 High-wire performer Nik Wallenda walks on a 3/4 inch (1.91 cm) wire between buildings at an estimated incline of 15 to 19 degrees and a distance of 454 feet (138.38 meters) and a starting height of 588 feet (179.22 meters) to a finishing height of 671 feet (204.52 meters) across the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 02 November 2014. Additionally Wallenda walked blindfolded on a 5/8 inch (1.586 cm) wire for a distance of 94 feet (28.65 meters) at 543 feet (165.51 meters) between the Marina City towers apartment buildings. EPA/TANNEN MAURY ** Usable by LA, CT and MoD ONLY **
Nik Wallenda Walks Across the City of Chicago On a Tightrope… Blindfolded!

 

features - nik walenda

by Mollie Green

Seeing the Earth you live on from a different point of view is fascinating, whether it be from a plane or a ride at an amusement park ride. Well, imagine from a tightrope.

From about 588 feet high, Nik Wallenda made history walking across the city of Chicago on a tightrope. He crossed above the Chicago River to the Leo Burnett building in just under seven minutes. According to the Skyscraper Live’s website, Wallenda finished 671 feet above the street after returning to the West Tower where he started. Wallenda then crossed the East Tower blind folded in one minute and twenty two seconds.

This is not Wallenda’s first teeth-clenching stunt. Wallenda is a member of the Flying Wallenda’s which was founded by his grandfather, Karl Wallenda in the 1920’s, who was actually killed attempting to walk between two buildings in Puerto Rico in 1978. Being this familiar with these types of stunts, Wallenda had walked across a wire 1,500 feet above a river in Arizona just last year. Even before that in 2012, he made history walking across Niagara Falls.

In a tweet Wallenda posted a couple days ago, he said, “This stunt across Chicago took more than a year of planning.”  Wallenda would train on wind machines that blew up to 120 miles per hour!

During his walk, Wallenda said, “I’m so blessed for these opportunities.” He then continued, “You guys think I’m crazy but this is what I was made for.”