Daredevil Nik Wallenda to Traverse Grand Canyon via High Wire

Nik Wallenda, of the "Flying Wallendas" acrobat family, plans to tightrope walk a section of the Grand Canyon in June without a safety rope or harness.

Stay tuned in June when aerialist and daredevil Nik Wallenda will tight rope walk, sans safety rope, across the Grand Canyon. Roughly 1,500 feet in the air, Wallenda will traverse a section of the canyon owned by the Navajo Nation.

Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of the "Flying Wallendas" acrobat family. He's known for last June's high wire walk across Niagara Falls ... and his frustration when the ABC television network broadcasting the event forced him to wear a safety harness under threat of refusing to air the feat.

"I always said it was my dream to walk across Niagara Falls and I felt that part of that dream was taken away because I had to wear a tether," Wallenda told Reuters. "That wasn't going to happen again if I had anything to do with it."

This time around, Walllenda made stricter rules with the broadcasting networks vying for exclusive rights. Not wearing the harness was non-negotiable.

The Discovery channel announced Monday that it had won the bid to air the walk, and since, has begun promoting it as a "nail-biting, play-by-play live event," reported The Christian Science Monitor.

Wallenda will dedicate the wire walk to his late great-grandfather, who died in 1978 while attempting a traverse between two buildings in Puerto Rico.

In a press release, Wallenda said, "The stakes don't get much higher than this. The only thing that stands between me and the bottom of the canyon is a two-inch-thick wire. I'm looking forward to showing the audience a view of the canyon they've never seen before."

See Nik in action over a Sarasota highway:


Grand Canyon Stamp courtesy of the U.S. Post Office

Post Office Issues Grand Canyon Stamp

August, 2014: 19th century painters of the Hudson River School are honored on the latest issue of American Treasures stamps. Thomas Moran's 1912 painting of the Grand Canyon is one of four in the set.