Daredevil Nik Wallenda, 41, walks 1,800ft on tightrope across volcano

Daredevil Nik Wallenda, 41, walks 1,800ft across tightrope suspended over an ACTIVE VOLCANO and surrounded by noxious gases in the most dangerous stunt of his career

  • Daredevil Nik Wallenda, 41, walked 1800 feet along a steel highwire over the active Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua on live television Wednesday night
  • Wallenda made the death-defying feat walking across the volcano’s active lava lake, going as far as one-third of a mile
  • He made the crossing in foggy conditions that required tracking his movements with special thermal cameras
  • In addition, he performed while wearing a gas mask to spare him the stomach-turning egg-like smell of toxic sulfur dioxide emanating from the lava
  • His performance followed an aerial ballet performance by his wife Erendira over the volcano

Nik Wallenda walked 1800 feet along a steel highwire over the active Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua on live television Wednesday night.

The 41-year-old member of the famed Flying Wallendas made the death-defying feat walking across the volcano’s active lava lake. Masaya is one of only eight volcanoes in the world that has an active lava lake and generates heat of about 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, or almost 1100 degrees Celsius.

The daredevil started the crossing, which was broadcast on ABC, by proclaiming, ‘I’m going!’ just after 9:20pm eastern standard time. 

Nik Wallenda walked 1800 feet along a steel highwire over the active Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua on live television Wednesday night

The 41-year-old member of the famed Flying Wallendas made the death-defying feat walking across the volcano’s active lava lake. Masaya is one of only eight volcanoes in the world that has an active lava lake

‘I’m going!’ the daredevil cried out as he started on the walk

 The harness was cabled on to a wire to catch Wallenda in the event he lost his balance and fell

 His walk began with a 60-foot drop just after 9:20pm, eastern standard time

Wallenda is spotted where he begins to pass over the lava lake

The active volcano’s molten lava glows red hot underneath Wallenda 

Wallenda was about half-way done on the walk ten minutes after he started

 Wallenda joked he was not in a rush and was enjoying the view

He was attached the whole time to a safety harness and had to pass through foggy conditions that required tracking his movements with special thermal cameras. 

In addition, he performed while having to stomach the egg-like smell toxic sulfur dioxide emanating from the lava, which can burn eyes and lungs and cause dizziness. 

‘My eyes did start to burn,’ he admitted, even though he was wearing goggles for protection. 

‘Thank God they didn’t start to fog up,’ he said.

He also ran the risk of being burned by corrosive acid created when water vapor mixes with the sulfur dioxide. 

‘It’s kind of ridiculous what you have to do to get a good view of a volcano these days,’ said Walenda nearly five minutes into the walk going down a 60-foot drop before bottoming out half way through the stunt.

There were foggy conditions along Wallenda’s walk, making it difficult to track him

Thermal cameras were used to keep up with Wallenda’s movements

Wallenda began praising his maker for carrying him through the experience

‘I don’t know how you can’t glorify God,’ he said. ‘It’s unbelievable.’

Even though he wore goggles, Wallenda said his ‘eyes did start to burn’ and was grateful that his eye protection did not fog up

Wallenda appears heated and sweaty as he nears the end of his walk

Wallenda raises his arms in victory after completing the walk about 30 minutes after he started

Wallenda is greeted by his wife Erendira after he completes his walk across the volcano

Wallenda’s performance followed a successful aerial ballet performed by Erendira over the same lava

Erendira Wallenda performs her aerial ballet over the lava lake before her husband’s stunt

During the tightrope performance, Wallenda kept saying how much the view was ‘amazing,’ and praised his maker for carrying him through the experience.

‘I don’t know how you can’t glorify God,’ he said. ‘It’s unbelievable.’

At one point, he had to untangle the harness cable holding him from falling to his doom which had wrapped around his neck.

He reached the half-way point about 16 minutes into the walk, and was talking to his viewers about how he replaced negative mindsets with positive ones to prepare for the stunt.

Members of the Flying Wallendas, watched as Nik made his latest history-making walk. He remained in contact with his father Terry (pictured) by radio through out the stunt

Walenda’s walk over the volcano was eight times higher than his previous stunt over Times Square in New York last year

‘Let me tell you, you can’t be successful, without some failures,’ he told his audience, urging viewers to use their fears to gain strength.  

His performance followed a successful aerial ballet performed by his wife Erendira over the same lava.  

Members of the Flying Wallendas, watched as Nik made his latest history-making walk. He remained in contact with his father Terry by radio through out the stunt.

It was eight times higher than his previous walk over Times Square in New York last year.

Walenda revealed that he had ‘freaked’ when his balancing pole slipped during the June 24 walk his sister Lijana. 

The brother and sister duo defied gravity in what was then a never-before-attempted stunt where they successfully crossed a 1,300ft-long highwire set 25 stories high across two skyscrapers.

 

 

 

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