Man to attempt Blindfolded Tightrope Walk Over Chicago
Out of the seven generations of daredevils in his family, Nik Wallenda ,35, plans on completing the highest balancing act in
family history by balancing on a wire over the Chicago River and Chicagoans, with no safety wiring/netting at all in attempts to break two world records.
[Photo by Devin Torkelsen]
Nick Walled will take on the tightrope over the Chicago River on Sunday, Nov. 2nd. [Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel]
The father of three (left) is scheduled to step out over the city of Chicago on Sunday at 6 p.m. (Chicago time) starting off on a 588 foot skyscraper off the ground walking up an incline up to another building 671 feet off the ground. As if that wasn’t enough, he will then go from a second building… to a third building 543 feet high, and he is getting there… blindfolded! This stunt marks as the highest balancing act in family history.
Two world records are in danger of being broken: 1. Steepest incline for tightrope walking between two buildings; and 2. the highest walk blindfolded.
A two hour special will air in over 220 countries on the Discovery Channel but don’t worry, producers plan to cut away from the 10-second delayed broadcast if he falls.
It is predicted both walks will last approximately 20 minutes.
Although Nik believes his countless training and prior experience will get him through his most daring stunt yet, he has no regrets if any mishaps are to occur.
“I’ve lived an amazing life,” Wallenda told TIME Magazine. “[I] continue to live everyday like it’s my life and I think everybody should live that way.”
Last year an estimated 13 million people tuned in to catch a glimpse of Wallenda walking the wire over the Grand Canyon.
Why risk your life for the entertainment of others? “Everything I do I hope inspires— actually, I know inspires many people. But I hope to inspire people to continue to push themselves to become better at what they do.”
Don’t question if this will be the daredevils last stunt, he says, “I’m working on many more.”
To stay updated with this story, I will be attending tomorrow’s event. Check back at DevinTorkelsen.com for the story!
The tightrope is set for Sunday’s stunt in Chicago as Nick Wallenda will walk on a wire over the Chicago River. [Photo by Devin Torkelsen]