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On Friday night, 33-year-old Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope in over 100 years, and he did it on live television. The event aired between 10 and 11 p.m. on ABC, and the ratings smashed other networks, with more than 10 million viewers watching for the entire hour. The actual crossing took less than 30 minutes.

The first successful attempt at crossing the Falls via tightrope was by Charles Blondin in 1859, but crossings were outlawing in 1896, and no one on record has accomplished it since. After the event, Wallenda announced that he'd secured a permit to walk across the Grand Canyon -- something that's never been done. He also wants to try the Eurasian continental divide, and Inca ruins at Macchu Picchu. Is this guy admirable, or just crazy?



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  • lolitalovely 2012/06/18 14:40:02
    Admirable
    lolitalovely
    +6
    He's wearing a safety harness. Even if he falls he won't get hurt aside from a possible wedgie. It is admirable that he has the skill to complete it without falling, though. It's also quite admirable that he can stand that many people watching his every move. I'd lose concentration and fall.

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  • Ben 2012/06/18 18:52:43
    Admirable
    Ben
    +1
    I commend him for having a hobby.
  • Sin 2012/06/18 18:51:46
    Admirable
    Sin
    Admirable that he's giving it a shot and all... But the only thing that could mess him up is himself, or the wind. The waterfall plays no part is that, except sound effects. Plus he has a safety harness... He's not risking anything at all.
  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/06/18 18:51:16
    Insane
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    Insane in the membrane!!!
  • Luxxie 2012/06/18 18:50:43
    Admirable
    Luxxie
    The dude has balls !
  • Clay Slayer 2012/06/18 18:48:20
    Admirable
    Clay Slayer
    He was never in any real danger,, he had a safety device on that would stop him from falling...
  • Emily 2012/06/18 18:46:20
    Admirable
    Emily
    I mean, I think it's crazy, but props to him for doing this! I get nervous driving over bridges, haha!





  • Randy 2012/06/18 18:44:17
    Admirable
    Randy
    Mr. Wallenda succeeded in crossing the falls at the widest point while praying out loud and thinking of his mentor and hero grandfather Carl Wallenda. I cannot think of a more inspiring success story in all of my 56 years. Very well done Nik!!!! God truly was with you in your endeavor.
  • Bill Sundling 2012/06/18 18:42:27
    Insane
    Bill Sundling
    +1
    So what? It was a totally useless exercise.
  • Amy.[: 2012/06/18 18:41:03
    Admirable
    Amy.[:
    yolo XD
  • Jana~ una chica loca 2012/06/18 18:40:41
    Admirable
    Jana~ una chica loca
    +1
    AMAZING!!!
  • Fef 2012/06/18 18:24:19
    Admirable
    Fef
    +3
    some people have dreams
  • JJ 2012/06/18 18:12:09
    Insane
    JJ
    +1
    Totaly insane!
  • Naked 2012/06/18 18:01:22
    Admirable
    Naked
    +1
    That is awesome!
  • keverton 2012/06/18 17:53:25
    Insane
    keverton
    +1
    just dumb. he should have fallen off..
  • Michelle keverton 2012/06/18 20:11:41
    Michelle
    He was wearing a harness, so he wouldn't have died had he fell. :P (That's not to say he would be completely uninjured, but it was quite safe.)
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/06/18 17:52:30
    Admirable
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    It is what he and his family do - good for him
  • FunkyMunky 2012/06/18 17:51:56
    Admirable
    FunkyMunky
    I met the guy last month when he was training in Niagara. Pretty intense.
  • Griegg 2012/06/18 17:47:21
    Admirable
    Griegg
    +1
    The safety cord trailing behind him was a disappointment. That's cheating.
  • Jackie ... Griegg 2012/06/18 17:53:15
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +1
    Oh the do gooders made it a condition of his walk
  • Griegg Jackie ... 2012/06/18 18:37:15
    Griegg
    +1
    Glad to hear it wasn't his idea. With him being a Wallenda, I'd rather he refuse to walk where such conditions are imposed.
  • Randy Griegg 2012/06/18 18:47:38
    Randy
    +1
    It was the only way the network covering the attempt and both Canadian and U.S. govts. would give him the authorization to attempt the crossing. Nik Wallenda was worried about the tether inhibiting his progress, but said it didn't. That being said, the fact he did not need it says volumes about his faith and perserverence.
  • Griegg Randy 2012/06/18 20:33:53
    Griegg
    Understood, but a tether makes the risk of death illusory. That compromises the Wallenda tradition. I heard he plans to walk across the Grand Canyon. If he will be without a tether, that's outstanding. If it is with a tether, not so much.
  • S123 2012/06/18 17:41:48
    Insane
    S123
    I didn't watch the clip and didn't notice he was wearing a harness (I realised after reading the top comment which pointed that out). I think it would be crazy to do that without a harness.
  • Stef an... S123 2012/06/18 19:28:07
    Stef and the City
    It's crazy to do it WITH a harness considering a harness is like a seat belt, there's no guarantee that it will save your life. Anything could go wrong.
  • Michelle Stef an... 2012/06/18 20:14:31
    Michelle
    Unless the harness malfunctioned, the most danger he would be in would be broken bones from the force of the fall. Worst case scenario, his spine, but very unlikely.

    Seat-belts, in accidents, are designed to restrain you into your seat, even if you're injured in other ways. I've never heard of a seat-belt failing to do what it was designed to do.
  • Stef an... Michelle 2012/06/18 20:24:14
    Stef and the City
    Yes, you're probably right... I'm sure there's never been an incident where there was a malfunction with a seat belt or someone was basically sliced in half by one.
  • Michelle Stef an... 2012/06/18 23:25:39
    Michelle
    ??? Is that sarcasm??? Because, seriously, if you could produce proof of that happening, I'd be pretty impressed.
  • Stef an... Michelle 2012/06/19 04:35:03
    Stef and the City
    Really? Another example are air bags, they often have malfunctions. They don't always do what they're designed to do, same goes for parachutes, etc. I'm not saying you shouldn't wear a seat belt or a harness but at the same time don't assume that everything will go as planned or that you're indestructible because you are doing so.
  • Michelle Stef an... 2012/06/19 19:23:00
    Michelle
    +1
    You have a point, but you should also not avoid cars because the seat belt or airbag might fail. He knows how to keep his balance (you know how to drive), and he's taken the safety precautions by wearing a harness that is much more likely to work than not (you wear a seat belt). Heck, with driving there's so much more ways that things could go wrong that you couldn't prevent (ie other drivers) so, for him, this was basically safer than the drive to get there.
  • Stef an... Michelle 2012/06/19 19:43:31
    Stef and the City
    Driving an automobile is a necessity in my life, I need to drive or ride in a vechile to get from point A to B. Walking across Niagara Falls on a tightrope is just stupid and entirely unnecessary.
  • Michelle Stef an... 2012/06/19 20:14:31
    Michelle
    Not everything is done for necessity. People reach the top of Everest without being televised like this and that is infinitely more dangerous.
  • iamco2000 2012/06/18 17:30:02
    Admirable
    iamco2000
    +1
    One should only admire the successful accomplishment of one that is unapproachable by others, it is by these very terms to which excellence is demonstrated!

    Grace to you, Glory to God!
  • hat man 2012/06/18 17:26:24
    Admirable
    hat man
    +1
    "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."
  • Blondie 2012/06/18 17:23:13
    Insane
    Blondie
    +1
    I'm afraid of heights & there is a lot of water pounding beneath you so I wouldn't even think about doing that & I have bad balance, but he has been training for this & has done it for years so its crazy for me but just another step for him, a challenge,.and he succeeded so, amazing! But still insane!
  • Plantgypc 2012/06/18 17:16:16
    Admirable
    Plantgypc
    +1
    I wish I could say both. I watched it. It was beautiful to see the falls from his view.
  • Noelle 2012/06/18 17:11:22
    Insane
    Noelle
    This awesome but a crazy thing to do:)
  • Artisan Rose ☽✪☾☥ 2012/06/18 17:10:29
    Insane
    Artisan Rose ☽✪☾☥
    +1
    That's great for him but I am not the one to risk my life like that.
  • Kibbles 2012/06/18 17:09:59
    Admirable
    Kibbles
    IT takes a brave gent to be able to do that. I think its admirable to have such courage.
  • Rubyking 2012/06/18 17:09:43
    Admirable
    Rubyking
    sounds cool
  • philly 2012/06/18 17:05:50
    Admirable
    philly
    He set goals and is working hard to accomplish them,that is admirable

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