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Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:48 am

Nik Wallenda just made history moments ago by crossing Niagara Falls in a tight rope. Did anyone else see it?
It was night time and obviously very misty too. But he did it!

I was in Buffalo today so I could have stopped by to watch it, but the event was too late for me to see.

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RE: Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:25 am

I saw most of the event on TV and all I could possibly think about as I watched that feat was: Oscar Mike Golf! I congratulate Nik for this feat and wish him well in his future endeavours. I however would have choked the first ~5 m of this event and would have waved the white flag--probably like most other people if faced with the task of crossing that gorge on a tight-rope.

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RE: Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:35 am

I'm personally amazed at how calm he seemed while doing interviews during the walk.
 
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RE: Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:52 am

Great to hear he made it! I was only reading about it the other day and wondering if he'd make it. Having seen Man on Wire a couple of years ago I really have to admire these guys. They are amazing!

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RE: Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:04 am

We got home from Terre Haute just in time to watch the whole thing; I'm very happy for Nik; he's a true professional, and I was very relieved when he finally "made it" and left the wire. The great thing is, no one else will be be able to do it again; I know seeing some one do that, scares the crap out of every one watching, but Nik's been walking a wire since he was about 4 yrs old;

I saw his Mom and his late Grand Dad, Karl perform several times back in the 60's I'm very glad it was a Wallenda who finally got to give it a go.

BTW...........can you believe these schmucks ranting about ABC insisting that he use a safety wire ? Like his achievement was "lessened" because he couldn't fall and get killed if he slipped ? It didn't bother me one bit, because I was positive he wouldn't slip; (people like that are disappointed if they watch a race and don't see a big crash) I have no use for people like that..................

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RE: Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:33 pm

Quoting scrubbsywg (Reply 2):
I'm personally amazed at how calm he seemed while doing interviews during the walk.

I was watching it with my partner and we both had a few anxious moments while we were watching it on the TV yesterday afternoon. It amazed me by how calm he seemed through out the whole walk.
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RE: Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:53 pm

Quoting geezer (Reply 4):
Like his achievement was "lessened" because he couldn't fall and get killed if he slipped ?

I have to say that the achievement would be "lessened" if safety equipment is used. The willingness to take the risk is what really draws people to the stunt. Would people care if this guy walked on an equivalent length of wire located 6ft above soft ground?

If I held an empty revolver to my head and pulled the trigger, most people wouldn't think twice (apart from that being a terrible gun safety practice). If I did the same with 1 of 6 chambers loaded, people would take notice.
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RE: Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:52 pm

I agree. I wouldn't wish him to fall, but that kind of stunt is supposed to be dangerous, else it has no point.
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RE: Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:57 pm

Not to be a party pooper, but I thought he DID have a safety harness. You can see it in this picture

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RE: Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:18 pm

He's definitely trumped his great grandfather Karl Wallenda's walk across Tallulah Gorge back in 1970 (Which like Nik's walk was to promote tourism to the area.) with this one. It's really going to be hard for him to top this one.
 
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RE: Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:42 am

Quoting srbmod (Reply 9):
It's really going to be hard for him to top this one.

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RE: Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:59 pm

Quoting T prop (Reply 10):
Grand Canyon

Much like with Robbie Knievel's jump over the Grand Canyon back in 1999, such a stunt would likely have to be done at Grand Canyon West, which sits on the Hualapai Reservation and not subject to regulation by the National Park Service. Nik Wallenda's brother-in-law, Tony Hernandez, earlier this year proposed a high wire walk over the Las Vegas Strip (One proposed route was over the fountains at Caesars Palace), but the time frame for it was too narrow as it was proposed several weeks prior to when he wanted to do it.
 
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RE: Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:51 pm

Quoting srbmod (Reply 11):
Much like with Robbie Knievel's jump over the Grand Canyon back in 1999, such a stunt would likely have to be done at Grand Canyon West, which sits on the Hualapai Reservation and not subject to regulation by the National Park Service

I was wondering that myself...although he said after the Niagara crossing that they had already received the permits. However, I don't know who the permits were from, for what purpose, and there was nothing else said about it.

Still, the winds there could be a real issue...
 
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RE: Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:59 pm

I heard the first thing he had to do when reaching Canada was present his passport. Imagine he had forgotten to take it with him and was told "Sorry, you'll have to return to your country of origin"
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RE: Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls

Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:13 pm

[quote=Molykote,reply=6]I have to say that the achievement would be "lessened" if safety equipment is used. The willingness to take the risk is what really draws people to the stunt. Would people care if this guy walked on an equivalent length of wire located 6ft above soft ground?

Agree 100%. While it is not his fault that they made him wear it, you have to believe that he had some relief knowing that if he fell, he would be okay.

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