Nik Wallenda completes longest urban high-wire walk at Calgary Stampede

WATCH ABOVE: Nik Wallenda wowed the crowd at the Calgary Stampede on Monday. As Michael King reports, the acrobat walked across the midway on a tightrope suspended 30 metres above the ground.

American high-wire acrobat Nik Wallenda successfully broke his own world record for longest urban high-wire walk at the Calgary Stampede on Monday night.

Unharnessed and without a net, Wallenda walked across the midway on a 1.9-centimetre tightrope suspended some 30 metres above the ground, crossing the entire park.

His trek started at the kids midway crane and ended at the Rotary Dream Home, a total of 549 metres.

“I was born doing it,” Wallenda said, adding that his family has done this since the 1780s. “I mean, basically, I was born walking a wire.”

“There’s blessings and curses with that. Of course, we’ve learned a lot but we’ve lost a lot, lost seven family members performing. There’s a lot of risk in what we do.”

Though he was unharnessed, Wallenda wore a tether for the safety of the crowd.

WATCH: High-wire superstar Nik Wallenda joins Linda Olsen at the Calgary Stampede on Tuesday fresh off his latest world record-setting walk on Monday.


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The stunt happened just two weeks after Wallenda and his sister Lijana Wallenda walked 396 metres across the high wire in Times Square.

“As far as moving lights go, there couldn’t be any more than Times Square, and as well as crowds,” he said. “Times Square was great preparation for this world record attempt.”

Nik Wallenda walks on a high-wire at the Calgary Stampede on Monday, July, 8, 2019.

Nik Wallenda walks on a high-wire at the Calgary Stampede on Monday, July, 8, 2019.

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People look on as Nik Wallenda walks on a high-wire at the Calgary Stampede on Monday, July, 8, 2019.

People look on as Nik Wallenda walks on a high-wire at the Calgary Stampede on Monday, July, 8, 2019.

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Nik Wallenda walks on a high-wire at the Calgary Stampede on Monday, July, 8, 2019.

Nik Wallenda walks on a high-wire at the Calgary Stampede on Monday, July, 8, 2019.

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Nik Wallenda walks on a high-wire at the Calgary Stampede on Monday, July, 8, 2019.

Nik Wallenda walks on a high-wire at the Calgary Stampede on Monday, July, 8, 2019.

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Nik Wallenda walks on a high-wire at the Calgary Stampede on Monday, July, 8, 2019.

Nik Wallenda walks on a high-wire at the Calgary Stampede on Monday, July, 8, 2019.

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So what’s next for the daredevil?

“Most likely, in March, I’ll walk over an active volcano,” he said.

– With files from Michael King

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