As long as there are seemingly impossible challenges there will be daredevils prepared to stake their life on beating the odds. One such man, Nik Wallenda, did just that June 15, 2012. He walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope strung 1800 feet above the crashing water.
His breathtaking walk last night put him firmly in the record books. He became the first person to cross this expanse of water its widest point. He in effect walked from the USA and into Canada as well as those all important record books.
You have to hand it to the man. Whether you think it was a pointless exercise or the most exciting adventure ever there is no escaping that he must have nerves of steel. Coming from a family of daredevils, some of whom did not survive their escapades, makes his achievement all the more sensational.
Nik's walk into fame was not made any easier by inclement weather. Winds from every angle and a clinging mist made conditions far from perfect.
Around 12000 people were estimated to have watched his daredevil walk from the ground and many more the televised showing. Nik did have a tether attached but that should not detract from his achievement. It may have helped his confidence but that is hard to prove.
As a televised escapade TV companies would not have wanted a real time death on air, surely? After the feat Nik told the media, “I feel like I’m on cloud nine right now” “I hope what I do and what I just did inspires people around the world to reach for the skies.” “There was no way to focus on the movement of the cable,” said Wallenda, 33. “If I looked down at the cable there was water moving everywhere. And if I looked up there was heavy mist blowing in front of my face. So it was a very unique, a weird sensation.” He said he accomplished the feat through “a lot of praying, that’s for sure. But, you know, it’s all about the concentration, the focus, and the training.”
Completing this walk had been a childhood ambition of Nik. It may seem a strange one till you look at his "pedigree". He is a seventh generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas. As such he had a lot to live up to and he has done that for sure.
It is many years since there was a successful attempt to cross Niagara Falls on a wire. Nik's successful bid is sure to inspire others to follow suit.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog