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Posted 16 June 2012 - 13:59

(CNN) -- Cloaked in darkness and enveloped by mist, aerialist Nik Wallenda walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope late Friday and into the record books.

It was a historic walk that observers say was in line with his appetite for the extreme and the high-wire customs of his "Flying Wallendas" family.

Pumping his fist in the air, Wallenda sprinted the last few steps on the wire. After touching down on Canadian soil, he embraced his family, grinning ear to ear.

The tense 1,800-foot journey took 25 minutes, according to CNN affiliate CTV.

"I'm extremely blessed to be where I am," Wallenda said after stepping onto Canadian soil.

To abide with immigration law, he had a U.S. passport tucked in a plastic bag in his pocket during the trip, according to the affiliate. Two border guards were waiting as soon as he stepped on Canadian soil to ensure he had the correct paperwork. :huh:

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 14:06

He was tethered, not the real deal.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 14:09

That's insane, major props to that guy though!

...and now for the speedrun! :D :laugh:

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 14:13

Two border guards were waiting as soon as he stepped on Canadian soil to ensure he had the correct paperwork.


"I'm sorry -- you do not have your papers, Heir Wallenda. You'll have to walk back ..." :laugh:

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 14:15

He was tethered, not the real deal.


He was only tethered because ABC would only broadcast it if he was, it was a request of the channel and he complied.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 14:20

^ ... and he is a wimp. :p

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 17:54

He was only tethered because ABC would only broadcast it if he was, it was a request of the channel and he complied.


He could have had it shown on any Network. ABC could have cut away or used a 2 minute delay.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 18:44

He could have had it shown on any Network. ABC could have cut away or used a 2 minute delay.


It was also a requirement by the Niagara Parks Association who was apprehensive of even allowing it to happen. Every interview/comment regarding the tether, he said he didn't want it, but had no choice. He also made it clear that had it interfered with the walk he would have taken it off.

Watching the event on TV last night, it's also clear the tether didn't do much, it just kind of dragged behind him.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 19:07

... it's also clear the tether didn't do much, it just kind of dragged behind him.

Except easing him from the pressure of a fall that can kill. And in that situation, that's a big help.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 23:39

The tether only matters if he fell, just like a climbers ropes. He didn't fall, so it is irrelevant.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:13

Even tethered it is an amazing feet.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:32

Except easing him from the pressure of a fall that can kill. And in that situation, that's a big help.


It's still possible for tethers to snap, or enough shock to the body delivered to cause problems.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:35

He was only tethered because ABC would only broadcast it if he was, it was a request of the channel and he complied.


I thought AT&T was responsible because he was thinking of jailbreaking but they ended up charging him to add tethering to his plan.



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