Daredevil Nik Wallenda is a legacy high wire walker. His father, Terry Troffer, who I spoke with today talked about the family business and how Nik had been trying to join in long before he understood gravity. That was the determining lesson for Terry to allow his kids to learn the business. Nik Wallenda’s job may seem very different than everyone else, and much more dangerous, but Terry says its work as usual. Terry is in charge of Nik’s safety. He makes sure the equipment is properly maintained, attached and that everything is set for the safest walk.
We got to talk about the new technology and engineering updates that allow a safer walk from new wire types, including sandpaper types that help prevent slipping in rain and icy conditions. If you are prepared with the right gear, trained properly and follow your safety precautions, walking the high wire should be no less safe than crossing the street, or being a doctor or manufacturing/production worker. We all have risks to our jobs.
Nik Wallenda plans to walk a wire at 15% uphill slope between the Marina City west tower and the Leo Burnett building in Chicago, the Windy City, 600 ft in the air. This is longer than the distance of two city blocks. You can watch it live on the Discovery Channel starting at 7pm EST on Sunday night.
“I’m always pushing myself both physically and emotionally. I hope to inspire people around the world and show that the impossible is not so impossible if you set your mind to it,” said the 35-year-old Wallenda. “This has been a dream of mine and something that I’ve been practicing for a while.”
This is the first time Nik Wallenda has tried such a steep slope. The second part of this event will show Nik Wallenda walking blindfolded between the east and west tower of Marina City building.
You can also get a front row seat to the event at SkyscraperLive.com
Click this link to watch a video of Nik talking about his special Skywalking shoes.