Nik Wallenda performs a breathtaking wire walk in Chicago
The famous and talanted acrobat Nik Wallenda successfully completed a two-part walk between two Chicago skyscrapers on Sunday night, taking on a 19-degree incline for the first stage of the walk, and wearing a blindfold during the second part. And van you believe it – was completed without a safety belts or net.
“I feel incredible. So thankful, obviously, that I made it across safely,” Wallenda said at a press conference after the challenge. “Hopefully more people around the world are inspired, that if they work hard enough, they will achieve their goals.”
Wallenda, who now holds nine Guinness World Records, crossed both parts of the first challenge, navigating a blindfolded walk and a 19-degree incline, using only a pole for balance.
It took Nik six minutes and 52 seconds to complete the first stage 500ft (152m) above the ground – in winds that were gusting at up to 25mph (40km/h.
A camera attached to Wallenda revealed just how high his walk was.
Nikolas “Nik” Wallenda (born January 24, 1979) is an American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil, high wire artist, and author. Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of The Flying Wallendas family of aerialists.
Photo: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS