From the Boston Globe:
Some facts and figures about daredevil Nik Wallenda’s Friday night wire-walk over Niagara Falls:
Length of wire: 1,800 feet
Weight: 7 tons
Diameter: 2 inches
How it’s installed:
Be sure to visit the site to read the rest of the “facts and figures”
For the last couple of days there has been lots of work going on along the Niagara Parkway down to Table Rock Place. There are a LOT of trucks with a LOT of equipment for the TV production. There are barriers being put in place, security and police officers around, and more. It is kind of exciting. There seems to be some “electricity” in the air, and there are more and more people around. There were also a couple of very cool look helicopters around yesterday.
The wire was put in place late Tuesday afternoon. It also looks like there are some smaller wires that will have cameras attached to them. It should make for great TV!
I’m still undecided about whether I’m heading down to watch or not. I really want to be there, but there will probably just be too many people. My kids want to see it, but if I want to be able to park somewhere, I’m going to have to get there around 4-5 pm. Then what do we do for the next 5 or 6 hours? Plus, it may take an hour or two just to get out of the city once it is all over. I just don’t see any way around that, so we’ll have to decide if it is worth it or not.
Discovery News has information about the Nik Wallenda walk:
This month, high-wire artist Nik Wallenda will make the first attempt at crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope in over 100 years.
He will use an 1,800-foot long, two-inch wire that will be strung about 200 feet above the base of the Niagara Gorge.