Nik Wallenda Holds Q&A While Training on the Wire in Sarasota for June 23 Grand Canyon Walk

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Nik Wallenda Takes a Break from Training for June 23, 2013 Grand Canyon Walk at Nathan Benderson Park, to Answer Questions by the Crowd, Sarasota, Fla., June 16, 2013

Nik Wallenda Takes a Break from Training for June 23, 2013 Grand Canyon Walk at Nathan Benderson Park, to Answer Questions by the Crowd, Sarasota, Fla., June 16, 2013

Having easy access to history is pretty cool, which is why I’ve now watched daredevil Nik Wallenda train three times at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla., prior to his June 23, 2013, walk across the Grand Canyon. Each time I’ve gone, the crowd grows a little bigger, the line to meet the “King of the High Wire” grows a little longer and each training has been a little different.

Nik Wallenda Trains for June 23, 2013 Grand Canyon Walk with Two Airboat Fans at Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, Fla., June 14, 2013

Nik Wallenda Trains for June 23, 2013 Grand Canyon Walk with Two Airboat Fans at Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, Fla., June 14, 2013

Q&A with Nik Wallenda on the Wire
Friday, Wallenda trained with two airboat fans in preparation for the anticipated 35 mph winds across the Canyon. He told the group today, during a casual Q&A with the daredevil sitting on the wire and members of the audience yelling out questions, he trained with wind speeds up to 90 mph. He also said the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore will be his weatherman, adding “you can’t get better than that.”

Nik Wallenda Trains for June 23, 2013 Grand Canyon Walk at Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, Fla., June 16, 2013

Nik Wallenda Trains for June 23, 2013 Grand Canyon Walk at Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, Fla., June 16, 2013

What about those shoes he wears? Wallenda told the crowd his mother made them and are leather upper with elk skin bottom. He wears socks in theme and the soles protect his feet from the heat of the wire, in which he anticipates it will be 100 degrees Fahrenheit for the Grand Canyon walk.

Nik Wallenda Takes a Break from Training for June 23, 2013 Grand Canyon Walk at Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, Fla., June 16, 2013

Nik Wallenda Takes a Break from Training for June 23, 2013 Grand Canyon Walk at Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, Fla., June 16, 2013

That pole he carries for balance, how much does it weigh? Forty-three pounds.

Does he take in the view while walking? Indeed he does and when possible, he said, he likes interacting with the crowd.

And what’s next? He told the audience he has many more walks planned and when asked if there’s a big walk, he replied he takes each walk seriously. Surprisingly, he said being able to walk across Niagara Falls was something he didn’t think he’d be able to achieve.

So Far, This is One of My Favorite Nik Wallenda Photos I've Snapped, Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, Fla., June 14, 2013

So Far, This is One of My Favorite Nik Wallenda Photos I’ve Snapped, Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, Fla., June 14, 2013

Nik Wallenda’s Grand Canyon Walk Training is Winding Down
If you haven’t seen him train yet, you have two more days and four more opportunities before he heads west to the Navajo Nation to acclimate prior to Sunday’s walk.

He’s training Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. at Nathan Benderson Park on North Cattleman Road, Sarasota.

Nik Wallenda’s Very Social
Be sure to visit Nik Wallenda’s website, Facebook page,, and follow him on Twitter for all the latest information about King of the High Wire.

Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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  1. Is this guy for real?
    I heard he really din’t cross the Falls.
    what’s the story?

  2. I heard the astronauts really didn’t land on the moon 🙂

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