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Tightrope Walker Nik Wallenda Crosses Little Colorado River, Near Grand Canyon (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda of the famous "Flying Wallendas" family walked across a 2-inch-thick steel tightrope above the Little Colorado River Gorge in 22 minutes (video below).

Billed as a walk across the "Grand Canyon" by the Discovery Channel and its website, the gorge is near the Grand Canyon and operated by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation.

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Still an amazing feat, Wallenda did not use a harness as he walked 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River.

Wallenda wore a camera and microphone around his neck as his spine-tingling walk was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel.

Wallenda wore leather shoes with elk-skin soles and often prayed to God during his walk saying, "thank you Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, God," reported the Associated Press.

"It was way more windy [than I expected], and it took every bit of me to stay focused the entire time," Wallenda told the Discovery Channel.

Beyond the view of TV cameras, Navajos, Hopis and other Native Americans stood on a nearby highway with signs to protest the feat.

However, the walk was approved by the local Navajo tribe.

"When people watch this, our main thing is we want the world to know who Navajo people are, our culture, traditions and language are still very much alive," said Geri Hongeva, spokeswoman for the tribe's Division of Natural Resources.

Wallenda's wife and children, Pastor Joel Olsteen and about 600 other people waited on the other side of the gorge cheering Wallenda on.

Source: Associated Press and Discovery.com