A chilly breeze tousled his hair as he stepped onto a tightrope 180 metres above the ground and walked 140 metres between two buildings in downtown Chicago.
The walk took eight minutes, but most impressively the tightrope had a steepness of 19 degrees. This is the tightrope equivalent of a small but incredibly dangerous hill.
Wallenda wore a body camera which focused on his specialised tightrope walking shoes as he placed them one after the other on the rope, his face frozen in concentration as he battled winds of 16-24 km per hour.
He used a 7 metre balance pole to steady himself.
“You guys watching think I’m crazy, but this is what I’m made for,” Wallenda said after his first few steps on the first wire.
Wallenda then completed a second walk, this one taking a mere two minutes as he walked 30 metres between buildings but still 180 metres above the ground. However, this time he was blindfolded.
His two walks broke the record for the steepest tightrope walk and the highest blindfolded tightrope walk.
Written by Charlotte
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