Nik Wallenda: I'm Ready for Anything in Skyscaper Tightrope Stunt
Nik Wallenda is getting ready for anything as he prepares for his latest stunt, which is a high wire walk between three skyscrapers in the Windy City.
He said, "I was walking in 38-mile-an-hour winds the other day."
INSIDE EDITION’s Les Trent met Wallenda at his training camp in Sarasota, Florida. We put a camera on him for a high wire point of view, while Trent stayed on the ground.
The conditions on the day Trent was with him seemed less than ideal. It was overcast and rained a bit. The wire was actually wet and it's all very good for Wellenda because it helps him, as he says, prepare for the possibilities to what he is going to face in Chicago.
He says he's got to be in tip top shape for the walk that will take him from Marine Tower West then across the Chicago River to the Leo Burnett Building. Then, he will go from Marine Tower West to Marine Tower East. The iconic Marine Towers have been used in many movies including Steve McQueen’s last movie, The Hunter.
Wallenda will attempt his latest feat live on the Discovery Channel on November 2nd. He will not be wearing any safety harness like he did when he made the trek across Niagara Falls in 2012.
Chicago's weather can be quite extreme in November. That's why his crew is poking and prodding him in practice as they want him to expect the unexpected. He is also training with a blindfold and is going to do a portion of the Chicago stunt that way.
Trent asked him, "Are you crazy?"
He replied, "People think that I am crazy. This is what we have done. This is our lifestyle. This is what my family has done for over 200 years."