Double Tightrope Walking World Record Achieved


A screenshot from the Discovery channel’s video “Nik Wallenda conquers Chicago Skyline”. Wallenda makes his way across his first walk with the city of Chicago cheering him on.

Jack Kern, Staff Writer

This past Sunday, November 2nd, professional tightrope walker, Nik Wallenda conquered what he calls his “greatest feat to date.” Wallenda achieved not one but two Guinness World Records by walking the tightrope over the Chicago skyline twice, back-to-back. The first record was for the “Highest Incline Tightrope Walk,” awarded when Wallenda reached an incline of 15-degrees 50 stories above the Chicago River in 25 mph winds. If that is not impressive enough, his second record was achieved blindfolded. Wallenda achieved the ‘Highest Blindfolded Tightrope Walk” only minutes after his first walk with the same brutal conditions.

These records must have taken some serious guts to attempt, considering many of his ancestors have been injured and died doing acrobatics and tightrope walking, including Wallenda’s Great-grandfather. These two world records will add on to the seven others he has.

I’m so blessed for these opportunities,” Nik said during his walk. “You guys watching think I’m crazy, but this is what I was made for.”