Famed aerialist to cross gorge near Grand Canyon

June 23, 2013
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A unidentified tourist looks from a view point along the Little Colorado River Gorge Saturday, June 22, 2013, on the Navajo reservation near Cameron, Ariz., outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park, near where Nik Wallenda, the Florida-based daredevil, will bid to walk on a tightrope stretched across the Little Colorado River Gorge. The event, which will be broadcast on live television at 8 p.m. EDT on Sunday with a 10 second delay. Wallenda will walk a third of a mile across a wire suspended 1,500 feet above the river. (In comparison, the Empire State Building in New York City is 1,454 feet high). (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz. (AP) — Famed daredevil Nik Wallenda is using the Navajo Nation as a backdrop to one of his most ambitious feats yet.

The 34-year-old Florida resident will set out on a quarter-mile cable stretched 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon. Sunday's stunt comes a year after he traversed Niagara Falls, only this time he won't be wearing a safety harness.

The last thing he'll do before setting out on the 2-inch-thick steel cable is kiss his wife and three children and say he'll see them later.

The Discovery Channel is scheduled to broadcast the event live.

Meanwhile, a group of Navajos is planning to protest what it says is a gamble on one man's life.

Wallenda says the only thing that would stop him would be lightning within a 15-mile radius.