Daredevil Nik Wallenda Walks Tightrope Near Grand Canyon on Live TV Thanks Jesus


grand-canyon3-yabbedooNik Wallenda, a high wire artist from a family of daredevils, successfully walked across a portion of a gorge near the Grand Canyon earlier tonight. During the 23 minute stroll, Wallenda could be heard repeatedly thanking and praising Jesus. The dangerous journey was aired on the Discovery Channel as viewers watched, no doubt on their edge of their seats.

Wallenda hugged and kissed his wife and children before beginning the walk, which took place 1,500 feet up in the air and stretched 1,400 feet across the gorge. It made for incredibly tense television viewing as winds whipped the cable, causing it to bounce up and down and sway back and forth. At one point, Wallenda could be heard saying “winds are way worse than I expected.” Another time, he dramatically crouched down in an attempt to steady the cable.

Numerous times throughout the walk, he pleaded with Jesus to help him relax, and said he was feeling incredibly tense. His father spoke with Wallenda through a headset, reassuring him that whatever he was feeling in terms of anxiety was not apparent on camera. Wallenda was wearing a camera and microphone, recording every tenuous step.

The Discovery Channel ran the broadcast with a 10-second delay, presumably to save viewers from the unthinkable if the worst were to happen. That was not be, however, as Wallenda completed the walk with no missteps.

He is a seventh-generation daredevil, but his family has not been spared tragedy in the past. His great grandfather died while attempting a similar tightrope walk in Puerto Rico.

While the press had been reporting that Wallenda was to walk across the Grand Canyon, his stunt took place over a gorge about 10 miles away in order to preserve the park’s dedication to a high-quality experience for its visitors.

Maureen Oltrogge, a Grand Canyon National Park Spokesman, said that Wallenda could not have walked across the canyon itself because “events must not unreasonably impair the park’s atmosphere of peace and tranquility or have an unacceptable impact on the experience of park visitors.”

Despite the event taking place over a gorge, it was still highly risky. Wallenda did not use a safety net or any safety equipment at all. He had previously been successful in walking across Niagara Falls.

Social media had a lot to say about the stunt, including commentary on how panic-inducing the tightrope walk was. Twitter user andreabarber 50m said “I can’t handle this flying Wallenda guy, I need a Costco-sized bottle of Xanax just watching/peeking from between my fingers. “

Other talked about Wallenda’s constant references to Jesus:

“Everyone has different skills. Wallenda’s is on a tightrope. What did you do with your gift to glorify God today? He made Jesus trend” said Twitter user @Dloesch.

@jackngraham said “Wallenda praising Jesus as he is scaring the rest of us to death. This is freaking me out.”

Others made light of his continual prayers. Twitter user Mikecanrant joked “This Wallenda tightrope walk is obviously sponsored by Jesus’ Tacos. Half price taco Tuesday! At the corner of 5th and Main.”

Whether or not Wellenda’s chosen deity had a hand in his success, the stunt was breathtaking and his family is undoubtedly glad he made it across unscathed.

By: Rebecca Savastio

Source: USA Today

Source: Forbes

Source: NPR

One Response to Daredevil Nik Wallenda Walks Tightrope Near Grand Canyon on Live TV Thanks Jesus

  1. labright June 23, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    He did it, but believes his skill is heaven sent.

    His invoking a higher power shows how faith makes him brave.

    That’s why faith is so widespread, even without ANY evidence re: god itself, faith is an evolutionary good.


We will read your comment immediately so leave a remark!

RSS Guardian Express

  • Obesity Society Recommends Kids Drink Fewer Sugar Sweetened Beverages April 24, 2014
    The ever-expanding line of sugary drinks may actually be contributing to the obesity epidemic, especially when it comes to kids. Even one sugary drink per day can contribute to weight gain, which is why The Obesity Society is now recommending fewer sugar sweetened beverages for kids. This includes soda, sports drinks and any other beverages […]
    Tracy Rose
  • Christians Faced With New Dilemma April 24, 2014
    Many who consider themselves Christians are finding themselves faced with a new dilemma. These so-called “Christ-followers,” except for a few hiccups, have tried to follow Jesus (who they see as the Son of God) as much as their limited selfish condition will allow. But lately, they find themselves encountering people or groups of people who are ready and […]
    Rick Hope
  • Kaley Cuoco Chops Hair for Real This Time April 24, 2014
    Kaley Cuoco has chopped of her hair for real this time. It is not quick Miley Cyrus short, but it is much shorter than the Big Bang star is used to. To make it clear that this time is was not a prank at the expense of her fans, she shared a photo of herself […]
    Alexandria Ingham
  • Avril Lavigne New ‘Helly Kitty’ Song Racist? April 24, 2014
    Hundreds of people recently took to Twitter to complain about Avril Lavigne’s new song Hello Kitty being racist. However, others have defended the decision to use the colorful, girly, cupcake style entertainment in her new music video. For many, the new track is just downright terrible. The new music video involves four deadpan Japanese girls […]
    Alexandria Ingham
  • HBO and Amazon Team Up Against Netflix April 24, 2014
    HBO has teamed up with Amazon Prime against Netflix to allow Prime members the ability to watch HBO classics like The Sopranos and Six Feet Under as well as some of the newer popular shows like True Blood. However, Amazon Prime members should not get too excited as their, nearly, $100 per year subscription fee […]
    Michael Smith

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 629 other subscribers