|Nik looks at the chasm he is about to cross.|
In case you missed it, last night Wallenda set a new world record. He is now the only person ever to have walked across the Grand Canyon on a high wire.
He successfully walked across the Devil's Bend part of the canyon on a two inch cable. He carried only a balancing rod, and a camera taped onto the front of his shirt. There was no tether. No safety strap. One mis-step and he would have fallen to his death.
A diagram indicated that the cable was 1500 feet above the bottom of the canyon - the height of the Empire State Building. The distance Wallenda would be walking across was the length of four football fields, or almost a quarter of a mile.
|One of the pendulums|
After the family's pastor gathered the family together and offered a prayer for safety, Nik picked up his balancing rod, got up on the wire, and took the first step of his dangerous walk. His family was waiting for him on the other side.
|At the beginning|
|Nik's view looking down|
|Nik's wife and oldest son watch from the far side.|
|Nik's father, his safety coach, watches and updates Nik on wind gusts.|
|Nik's wife watches the last two minutes as he walks towards her.|
|Nik jogged the last few yards, once he was over the land again.|
|An emotional Nik enjoys his success.|
|An emotional reunion with his family|
The entire walk took Nik just under 23 minutes, yet watching it live and not knowing the outcome, to me it felt much longer than that.
I was certainly saying my prayers for his safety, and everyone around the world that was watching this live stunt was also hearing Nik constantly praying and thanking God for this wonderful opportunity as he walked across the canyon.
I'm glad he was successful and is now on terra firma. As for me, I probably lost a year of my life just watching.
You can see my previous post about Nik Wallenda's June 2012 tethered walk across the Niagara Falls if you click here.