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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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  • Næthan Æterna 2012/06/18 16:57:37
    Insane
    Næthan Æterna
    +1
    The man has got brass balls, that's for sure.
  • 3kidsandamom 2012/06/18 16:51:54
    Admirable
    3kidsandamom
    He was fulfilling a life long goal, that is admirable. It was inspirational to see him giving God the glory for helping him to accomplish the seemingly impossible.
  • eminemfan 2012/06/18 16:43:11
    Admirable
    eminemfan
    +1
    i wached this live on T.V it was awesome!
  • joe 2012/06/18 16:39:21
    Insane
    joe
    What can I say.
  • thє вluє wαndєrєr 2012/06/18 16:38:32
  • im right ur wrong 2012/06/18 16:34:23
    Admirable
    im right ur wrong
    +1
    that was cool and brave.
  • Mercedes 2012/06/18 16:19:28
    Admirable
    Mercedes
    +1
    I think the twin towers were cooler though. Man on wire
  • Lizard ... Mercedes 2012/06/18 22:17:22
  • Mercedes Lizard ... 2012/06/19 02:57:44
    Mercedes
    +1
    1974. Theres a documentary, "Man on Wire". It's pretty interesting.
  • Lizard ... Mercedes 2012/06/19 12:36:20
  • ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/06/18 16:15:14 (edited)
    Admirable
    ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★
    +2
    This Guy is Awesome !!
  • heirsoftheking 2012/06/18 16:05:48
    Admirable
    heirsoftheking
    If you love those "Once-in-a-lifetime" thrills, then go for it! People love to do thrilling things, and this sort of thing thrills Mr. Wallenda.
  • Mellisa <3 2012/06/18 15:57:18
    Admirable
    Mellisa <3
    +1
    It makes me feel that I should go do something crazy
  • Maci 2012/06/18 15:52:13
  • capy bara Maci 2012/06/20 12:29:00
    capy bara
    I'd rather walk a tight rope to prove I'm brave, than ride a truck up and down a highway with landmines in a war/police action (never declared war) no one wants or cares about.
  • Nameless 2012/06/18 15:51:30
    Admirable
    Nameless
    +1
    Some of us enjoy things that are a bit ummm... insane. I am one of those people. I am utterly terrified of manmade heights, but I've climbed them to prove to myself that I can AND the adrenaline rush. Wallenda put no one else at risk. Kudos to him!
  • Lanikai 2012/06/18 15:50:15
    Admirable
    Lanikai
    +3
    I love that he prayed to God all the way across. I admire him for living his dream, and carrying on the family tradition.

    But super credit to him for acknowledging God, all across, all along and in front of a world audience, too bad the damnable press IGNORED that fact.
  • hat man Lanikai 2012/06/18 17:27:44
    hat man
    It's a personal thing.
  • Lanikai hat man 2012/06/18 17:47:50
    Lanikai
    +1
    It was his public declaration and they blotted it out and acted like it was a dirty thing.
  • hat man Lanikai 2012/06/18 18:06:35
    hat man
    Faith and the media don't really mix.
  • Brother Bo 2012/06/18 15:42:30
    Admirable
    Brother Bo
    +2
    A great family tradition for seven generations. His great grandfather crossed Tallulah Gorge in Georgia, which was a longer distance and a deeper drop, but then fell to his death at age 70. The Great Carl Wallenda will not be forgotten. Congratulations to Nik and kudos for carrying on tradition
  • spencerc143 2012/06/18 15:24:51
    Admirable
    spencerc143
    I wish i could do that.
  • Gloria 2012/06/18 15:22:21
    Admirable
    Gloria
    +1
    I saw the Wallendas perform about thirty five years ago. No matter how many have died in their family they continue.
  • ronbo 2012/06/18 15:21:23
    Insane
    ronbo
    +1
    Some people love to tempt fate. Now you,re going to have a bunch of wannabees wanting to copycat Wallenda and somebody may get killed as a result.
  • GoatHorns ronbo 2012/06/18 15:35:03
  • FatherL... ronbo 2012/06/18 16:20:06
    FatherLiberty
    +1
    He is in a harness, strapped to the rope.
  • Stef an... ronbo 2012/06/18 19:32:21
    Stef and the City
    Everyone seems to think there was no risk involved because he was wearing a harness. These same people also think that they are guaranteed to survive a car wreck if they wear a seat belt. No, something can still go wrong.
  • Dana 2012/06/18 15:21:07
    Insane
    Dana
    +2
    I don't think he is crazy, but it was a crazy thing to do. Yikes... the very thought of it gives me the shivers!
  • Kashee 2012/06/18 15:17:53
    Admirable
    Kashee
    +2
    I watched every minute of his walk. Fascinating family. flying wallendas
    It's in his blood. 7 generations.
  • Lanikai Kashee 2012/06/18 15:51:31
    Lanikai
    +1
    And they KNOW how to do it safely. Admire that so much.
  • Kashee Lanikai 2012/06/18 16:03:47
    Kashee
    +2
    They do. They start training as young as 2. Their bodies are in tune with every nuance of the rope.
    I was amazed at watching Nik. I couldn't believe he was talking with people while he was on the rope. Loved the run at the end. I would like to watch some of his training for the Grand Canyon.
  • Simmeri... Lanikai 2012/06/18 17:11:03
    SimmeringArtist
    Accidents happen.
  • DeborahLakeHelen 2012/06/18 14:58:53
    Insane
    DeborahLakeHelen
    He obviously is in dire need of attention.
  • Your Favorite Nerd 2012/06/18 14:50:59
    Admirable
    Your Favorite Nerd
    So cool
  • flrdsgns 2012/06/18 14:48:44
    Admirable
    flrdsgns
    +1
    He has the talent, he has the nerve, why not do it? If that's what floats his boat, then more power to him.
  • Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru 2012/06/18 14:42:53
    Admirable
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +4
    Why not? He was tethered to a safety line.
  • 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.
  • Deborah... lolital... 2012/06/18 15:05:10
    DeborahLakeHelen
    +2
    That would be one heck of a wedgie!
  • biggerman lolital... 2012/06/19 14:51:16 (edited)
    biggerman
    I don't think lack of concentration would be your biggest problem. I think "balance" may be your biggest concern.
  • sglmom 2012/06/18 14:26:09
    Admirable
    sglmom
    +3
    The latest in a long line of High Wire Tightrope walkers ..
    definitely TALENTED indeed ..
    He places his FAITH in God .. (a very strong faith indeed)
    along with the skills honed over several generations ..
    this was definitely well thought out ..
    he was quite aware of the weather conditions too ..
    (It was interesting to see how he's using tech to his advantage here)

    MY biggest problem with the coverage ..
    why did the msm NOT acknowledge his FAITH ..
    since his belief .. plays the biggest role in his ability to embrace these challenges?

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