Apparently walking a tightrope between two 65-story Chicago skyscrapers isn’t exciting enough for daredevil Nik Wallenda. The stuntman has decided to kick the thrills up a notch by walking the tightrope blindfolded.
The thrillseeker, who most recently completed a tightrope walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon, will stroll between Chicago’s two 587-foot Marina City towers, which is the highest skyscraper walk in the history of his famed Flying Wallenda family, according to Deadline.
The stunt, which will air on the Discovery Channel on November 2, will be divided into two parts. In the first act, Wallenda will walk blindfolded over the streets of downtown Chicago. In the second act, the rope for Wallenda’s two-block walk will be slanted up at a 15-degree angle, which is the first time Wallenda has attempted such a steep angle. “I’ll not only need incredible physical strength to complete this walk, but laser-focused concentration,” Wallend said in a release.
Wallenda announced the new stunt on Today, and host Matt Lauer spoke for us all when he asked Wallenda a simple question, “Why?”
Wallenda said, “It’s about challenging myself and through challenging myself, inspiring other people.” While Wallenda may hope to inspire, it never hurts to add, don’t try this at home, kids.
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