Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk will be live for all to see
The discovery channel have won the rights to air Nik Wallenda’s Grand Canyon stunt, with NBC’s Peacock Productions producing the live coverage of the tightrope walk.
Wallenda will walk on a tightrope Canyon without a net, a harness, or, well, anything really. And he’ll do this live on television, on June 23, so everyone can see any horrific consequences, should they occur. Please, gods of things that happen, please don’t let there be any horrible consequences of walking on a tiny rope really high up in the air. “The stakes don’t get much higher than this,” said Wallenda, stating the obvious to an almost insane degree. “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.” Wallenda has done this all before, sort of. In 2012, he became the first person to tightrope directly over Niagara Falls from the U.S. to Canada. That was at a height of 200 feet; this will be 7.5-times that height, at, yes you brilliant mathematicians: 15,000 feet. We just swore.
This emphatic stunt will be in honour of his great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, who, and we hate the word irony, died after falling from a tightrope in Puerto Rico in 1978.