There are daring men and there are daredevils; Nik Wallenda is definitely the latter. The 35-year-old not just made two skyscraper crossings without a safety net of a harness, he did it blindfolded!
On Sunday, Wallenda wowed thousands of screaming fans and earned two world records by walking up the steep incline between buildings on either sides of the Chicago River and then proceeding to cross the tightrope connecting the two towers at a height of 500 feet, without the assistance of any safety equipments.
Wallenda, who had stepped out for the event in a red jacket, had tested the tension of the wire, the thickness of which was a mere 3/4 of an inch, before stepping on to it. In a press conference that followed the event, the daredevil revealed, "That cable looked like it was going straight up".
The six-minute walk from the Marina City west tower to the Leo Burnett Building broke the world record for incline high-wire walks, reports Reuters.
As he approached the end of the first walk he had exclaimed, "God is in control."
To earn the second world record, for the highest blindfolded high-wire walk, Wallenda walked blindfolded from Marina City's west tower to the east tower.
Wallenda has also previously walked over the brink of Niagara Falls and across the Grand Canyon.