Man completes tightrope walk near Grand Canyon

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz. - Florida aerialist Nik Wallenda has completed a tightrope walk that took him a quarter mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona.

   Wallenda performed the stunt late Sunday on a 2-inch-thick steel cable, 1,500 feet above the river on the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon. He wasn't wearing a harness.

   The event was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel.

   The 34-year-old Wallenda is a seventh-generation high-wire artist and is part of the famous "Flying Wallendas" circus family -- a clan that is no stranger to death-defying feats.

   Wallenda says he has wondered what it would be like to cross an area he considers the Grand Canyon since he was a teenager.

   Now he knows.
 

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