Acrobat to cross Niagara on highwire

Nik Wallenda will attempt to do what others wouldn’t dare doing. He will cross the treacherous Niagara Falls on a highwire. Belonging to America’s first families of acrobats, Wallenda will be perched on a narrow steel cable about 60 meters in the air. Aided only by a balancing pole he will cross over from the American side of the falls to Canada. He estimates it would take him about 40 minutes to cross over, along the 550-meter cable. He will be wearing custom-made shoes with a suede leather bottom to protect his feet from getting bruised by the steel cable. To placate his American sponsor, ABC television, he will be wearing a safety harness, something he has never worn in his life or in his entire career.

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