CHICAGO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Daredevil Nik Wallenda has done it again. First he tackled Niagara Falls and Sunday night he successfully walked across the Windy City.
It was a record-breaking night for Wallenda. He walked between two sky-scrapers and broke the record for steepest incline. When he was done he went for part 2, blindfolded.
630 feet above the Chicago River Wallenda took to the high wire, the highest walk between skyscrapers in his family’s 200 year history. It took him less than 7 minutes to cross Chicago’s Marina city West Tower to the Leo Burnett Building. Along the way Wallenda commented about how the wire was moving and the incline was steeper than he prepared for from 15 degrees to 19 degrees.
Once he accomplished the first part of his walk it was on to round two. He walked from Marina Tower West to Marina Tower East. The towers are about 100 feet apart. He did it blindfolded. “It’s the biggest challenge, I’ve ever, ever, put myself through.” His dad was his eyes through the walk talking to him along the way.
It took him only 1 minute and 16 seconds to finish the second walk. At the end he waved to the 65,000 fans below as he broke his second world record of the night. “I think you probably saw me shaking like a leaf, that wire was shaking underneath me and I just wanted to make it to the other side. I was just getting on the wire and I’m going,” said Wallenda.
After the walks were complete, Wallenda accepted his new world records. “This is the first one for the highest incline tight rope walk, incredible to watch I think we all had our hearts in our mouths and the second one for the highest blindfolded tight rope walk just incredible,” said a spokesperson with the Guinness Book of World Records. “I think it’s pretty cool, but I’d much rather he be a proctologist,” said Amadaos Wallenda, Nik’s son.
Wallenda now has a total of 9 world records. There was a delay on TV in case he were to fall. He said he purposely falls during training and can hold on to the rope for up to 30 minutes.