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An historic walk across the Niagara Falls


June 13, 2012 — Nik Wallenda is gearing up to make an historic tightrope walk across the Niagara Falls -- and when he does, The Weather Network will be there to cheer him on.


Clear, warm conditions forecast for big day; light jacket may be needed for observers after sunset
Clear, warm conditions forecast for big day; light jacket may be needed for observers after sunset

It's taken a lot of painstaking work, but seventh-generation daredevil Nik Wallenda is almost ready to walk across the Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

He'll be making his historic attempt on Friday, starting at 10 p.m. -- and while the weather forecast looks favourable, there have been some snags along the way.

It took months for Wallenda to obtain the necessary paperwork from Canadian and US officials, and then there was the matter of finding a helicopter to secure the 7-tonne, 550 meter-long tightrope.

So far, the stunt has cost Wallenda and his sponsors roughly $1.3 million -- and that number may climb higher by Friday.

Wallenda comes from a long line of daredevils, and while he prefers to tight-rope walk without a harness, he'll be using one on Friday.

That caveat added by event organizers, is to ensure the safety of the stuntman and his spectators. 

If all goes according to plan, Wallenda will become the first person to walk right across the falls on a tightrope. It will also be the daredevil's first walk while wearing a harness. 

More than 120,000 people are expected to turn out to cheer Wallenda on -- and our own Natalie Thomas will be one of them.

Tune in to The Weather Network on Friday as she reports live from the falls all day long.

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