Tightrope walking is a holdover from another time – a time when circuses were the pinnacle of entertainment and wonder. But maybe we should bring back tightrope files. It’s about balance, about focusing on a unique goal and not making a single little mistake lest you rush to your death. Okay, maybe not the third one, but the first two are still relevant to our lives. Trying to make it day by day in a grind culture that says you don’t deserve the necessities in life unless you work harder than everyone around you. It is difficult to justify balance, calm, and purpose with such external messages. Look at these five tightrope walkers. Get inspired on your longest walks and find a perfect balance in your life between work and rest, stress and relaxation, repetitions in the office and new TV shows.
5 longest tightrope walkers of all time
Pearl River, 1
In China he is known as the “Prince of Sightrope Walking”. In 2013, Wuxor set out on a wire rope just an inch wide and over 300 feet high to cross the Pearl River in Guangdong Province. He also spent 60 days at the Olympic Bird’s Nest StadiumTightrope four to five hours a day. According to China Daily, he lived in a small room above the stadium and walked 12 miles every day unless it was too windy. Coming from a family of acrobats, he regularly sets new records that exceed Chinese landmarks.
Wisconsin State Fair, 1,576 feet
Nik Wallenda |
This Guinness Records Walk took place in 2015 when Wallenda was 36 years old. Incredibly, Nik was born into a circus family, the Flying Wallendas, famous for walking the tightrope without safety nets. The family has been in the acrobatics business for over a hundred years, despite a shocking number of family members falling to their deaths. Nik has taken many record-breaking air walks with his sister Lijana, including Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and Times Square.
Times Square, 1,300 feet
Lijana Wallenda with Nik
The siblings performed the 25 Stories In The Air stunt in 2019. It was a big deal for Lijana because she had been injured in a 30-foot fall three years earlier on a 30-foot trial. She broke almost every bone on her face and recovered long before returning to walking the tightrope. According to CNNShe got nervous right before the start, which she attributed to the size. I mean, yeah – when you fall 30 feet it can’t feel good to be that high in the air. She was excited and said, “I’ve got this. I’ve got that,” and viewers heard her sing about walking the tightrope.
Grand American Bazaar, Florida, 206 days
Ojeda-Guzman lived the longest airborne, living on a three-foot platform in the Great American Bazaar mall for over six months. They paid him a weekly salary plus a $ 10,000 bonus when he set the record. They used a cherry picker to bring him food and water and to change his portable toilet. This was in 1993 so there was literally nothing for him to do, not even Doom Scrolling Twitter. He spent his time recording his experiences on a camcorder (quaint) and watching people bungee jumping in a nearby action park.
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