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Aerialist Nik Wallenda Walks Over Little Colorado River Gorge

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He's walked over a Florida highway and the Niagara Falls, and now high wire-walker Nik Wallenda has one more claim to fame.

He walked 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon, and he did it without a tether or safety net.

Walking and praying, aerialist Nik Wallenda made his way across a quarter-of-a-mile gap, suspended on a two-inch cable, 1,500 feet in the air, to the other side, where he kissed the ground and hugged his wife.

Wallenda says years of planning went into this heart-stopping attempt.

He trained twice a day for this stunt in his hometown of Sarasota, Fla., by walking on a cable.

"We put up the cable so that it simulated the movement, but as I walked on that cable I would actually visualize myself over the canyon, and start to mentally prepare."

Wallenda holds seven high wire world records and comes from a family of aerialists.

When asked why he takes the risk, Wallenda says it's in his blood.

"My family has done this for seven generations and 200 years and I'm carrying on a legacy. This is something I've done since I was two years old and it truly is my passion."

This passion drives the highwire artist to defy gravity and make history. Last year he became the first man to walk a highwire from the U.S. side to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

With another successful walk complete, Wallenda shows no sign of stopping.

"My great-grandfather Karl Wallenda said it best: he said, "Life is on the wire, everything else is just waiting."