Daredevil set for Grand Canyon tightrope walk

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walkSARASOTA, FL – Walking a tightrope is more than just a metaphor for Nik Wallenda.

The Florida-based high-wire act likes to keep the world on edge by walking between things.

Last year he became the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope, 1800 feet above the waters.

He did it on live TV, with a harness just in case he slipped. Network suits didn’t want the audience to see something like what happened to his great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, who slipped and fell to his death in Puerto Rico in 1978.

On Sunday, Nik Wallenda will try to walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon. He will be 1500 feet above the river with no place to go but down.

So, yeah, he takes his training pretty seriously, like here during the recent tropical storm that hit Florida.

Chances are he won’t have stormy weather Sunday, and, he won’t have a harness or safety net.

So, color bars and a test pattern suddenly show up on your TV screen,  you will know something went wrong.

After all, this isn’t a walk in the park.