Nik Wallenda, professional crazy person, walked between two Chicago skyscrapers last night, not once, but twice, and the second time he was freaking blindfolded.
Adding to the drama was the fact that Wallenda did not use a safety tether or any nets during either walk. He says that if he ever has trouble he would just grab the tightrope and hang on until his safety crew can rescue him. Despite that non-reassuring reassurance, Discovery, which aired Wallenda’s stunts, still wisely had a 10-second delay built into the broadcast.
Wallenda’s first tight rope walk was between the Marina City west tower and the Leo Burnett Building at a height of over 580 feet and included a 19 degree incline. This act netted Wallenda the Guinness World Record for the steepest tightrope walk ever. Dude is freaking nuts.
Wallenda’s second walk, done just minutes after the first one, was between the Marina City west tower and the Marina City east tower at a height of over 540 feet and during this one he wore a blindfold setting the Guinness World Record for highest blindfolded tightrope walk.