Nik Wallenda is the world's most famous daredevil and this coming Sunday in the great city of Chicago he will walk 600 feet above the city. Wallenda has practiced in 90 mile an hour winds, so he is prepared for the windy city.
On Sunday, November 2nd at 6:00pmCT Wallenda will go live (if you can't view it from the streets of Chicago) on the Discovery Channel with what both the network and Wallenda himself says is his most challenging tightrope walk ever. That statement is coming from a man who (he does this without a protective net or safety catch) has walked over the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls.
Wallenda will attempt to walk more than two city blocks uphill at a 15 degree angle which is approximately eight stories up which would make this the steepest walk Wallenda has ever attempted. He is walking from the 50th floor of the Marina City west tower to the roof of the Leo Burnett building. This will be the highest skyway crossing in history.
What makes it even more wild is he will walk the second part of the tightrope blindfolded. The diameter of the rope he'll be using is about the size of a quarter. The balancing pole he will be using is 45 pounds. Obviously, weather could be a challenge. If a storm heads our way and gets the rope wet or if there is lightning Wallenda will cancel the walk. What about drones or nutty people? One can assume Chicago is prepared.
Discovery has had great success with the Wallenda specials. 21 million people watched his walk over the Grand Canyon. In a day and age with no en masse water cooler television 21 million viewers is phenomenal.
Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda will air live across the United States and in more than 220 countries and territories beginning at 6:00pmCT on Sunday, November 2nd.
I understand he is a man of faith. Wow. This is a huge event for Chicago!
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