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'King of Wire' daredevil to walk tightrope across Grand Canyon without harness.

New York, Mar. 19 ( ANI ): Daredevil Nik Wallenda, who crossed Niagara Falls on just a 2-inch-thick cable last year, has announced that he will walk across the Grand Canyon on June 23, and this time, he won't be wearing a safety harness.

At 1,500 feet above the Colorado River, the sky-high stroll will be Wallenda's highest walk ever, reports the New York Daily News.

The self-proclaimed "King of the Wire" said the plan to walk across the Grand Canyon is "just another one in the bucket list".

The 34-year-old, a member of the funambulist family the Flying Wallendas, said this stunt will be more thrilling that the last.

The network required the daredevil to complete the record-breaking journey across Niagara Falls at 200 feet with a tether - an obligation Wallenda blasted as a serious "setback".

Wallenda said it was his dream to walk over Niagara Falls since he was about 5 or 6 years old, but part of that dream was taken away because he had to wear that harness.

The Discovery Channel will televise the wirewalker's latest antics, which are set to take place in a remote area of the Grand Canyon run by the Navajo Nation, which has consented to the event.

Wallenda said he is in the midst of rigorous training in Florida, where he is using wind machines to mimic conditions at the national park. He also said he is practicing at a "hurricane re-enactment facility".

Wallenda said he would dedicate his walk to his great-grandfather Karl Wallenda, who died in 1968 after falling while trying to walk between the towers of the 10-story Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Wallenda also dedicated his Niagara Falls walk to his beloved relative.

Wallenda further said that he wants to walk from one continent to another, Europe to Asia, over in Turkey. ( ANI )


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