High-wire walker sets sights on Georgia gorge

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 22 at 10:00 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — Daredevil tightrope walker Nik Wallenda is setting his sights on a new goal: the nearly 1,000-foot (305-meter) deep Tallulah Gorge in the northeast Georgia mountains.

The gorge holds special meaning for Wallenda, since his great-grandfather Karl Wallenda crossed it on a high wire in the summer of 1970.

The younger Wallenda says he's already visited the gorge near the Georgia town of Tallulah Falls, and he's considering attempting the feat within the next three years.

Wallenda spoke about his interest crossing Tallulah Gorge in an interview shortly after he successfully walked a tightrope over the football field inside the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Feb. 8.

For Wallenda, the Georgia gorge would add to accomplishments that include Niagara Falls and a gorge in the Grand Canyon area.

Print
Email
|