Looking Back at Nik Wallenda’s Historic crossing of Niagara Falls

June 15th, 2013 will mark the one year anniversary of Nik Wallenda’s historic crossing of the majestic Falls. His crossing was the first attempt sanctioned in over 100 years.

In so doing, Wallenda became the first person to cross directly over Niagara Falls on a high-wire. In the 1800s, several tightrope walkers crossed over the Niagara Gorge down river, but none had ever crossed directly over the brink of the Falls.

Wallenda crossed on a 1800 foot(550m) long cable which was 2 inches in thickness in 25 minutes, nearly half of the time he estimated it would take. The cable ran from Goat Island, NY to Table Rock, located in Niagara Falls, ON. According to Wallenda, it was also the longest unsupported tightrope walk in history. He carried his passport on the trip and was required to present it to Canadian border guards waiting for him upon his arrival on the Canadian side of the falls.

TV Network ABC who televised the historic walk required Wallenda to wear a safety harness for the walk which marked the first time Wallenda ever wore a harness. After completing the walk, Wallenda said it was more difficult than he had expected, “That mist was thick. It was hard to see at times. The wind was wild.”

On June 16th, 2012 one day after the walk, Engima Research estimated that one billion people had seen or heard about Wallenda’s walk, up from an estimate of 410 million prior to the event. For his next big event, Wallenda hopes to be the first person to walk across the Grand Canyon on the high-wire. It is scheduled for June 21st, 2013 and will be covered live by Discovery Channel.


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