Las cataratas del Niágara en la cuerda floja

Un vistazo a la caminata de 550 metros, entre un extremo y otro de las famosas cataratas del Niágara, que el equilibrista Nik Wallenda estableció para este 15 de junio de 2012. Esta proeza no se ha visto en más de un siglo.

"He estado soñando con este día casi toda mi vida", aseguró el propio Wallenda en su cuenta de Twitter, quien hace parte de la séptima generación de "Los voladores Wallenda", que llevan haciendo este tipo de proezas desde 1780. Su recorrido lo llevó sobre el salto de agua que divide Estados Unidos de Canadá, desde Nueva York hasta Ontario. Como dato curioso, en 1978 su bisabuelo Karl falleció mientras intentaba cruzar los más de 90 metros que separan los dos edificios del Hotel Conrad de San Juan, en Puerto Rico, por lo que el año pasado Nik y su madre, también equilibrista, realizaron ese recorrido a la vez para rendirle homenaje. Su próxima meta, según anunció al terminar su proyecto, será el Gran Cañón del Colorado. (EFE)

NIk Wallenda

Nik Wallenda pumps his fist on one knee as he nears completion of his 1,800 feet-long tightrope walk over the brink of the Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Friday, June 15, 2012. Wallenda battled brisk winds and thick mist Friday to make history, becoming the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Vincent Elkaim)

NIk Wallenda

Nik Wallenda walks across Niagara Falls on a wire in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Friday, June 15, 2012. Wallenda has finished his attempt to become the first person to walk on a tightrope 1,800 feet across the mist-fogged brink of roaring Niagara Falls. The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, never before attempted. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

Nik Wallenda

Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda walks the high wire from the U.S. side to the Canadian side over the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, June 15, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Nik Wallenda

Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda walks the high wire from the U.S. side to the Canadian side over the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, June 15, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Nik Wallenda cruza Niágara Falls

Nik Wallenda cruza Niágara Falls

Nik Wallenda cruza Niágara Falls

Nik Wallenda cruza Niágara Falls

The 550 metre-long tightrope that Nik Wallenda will use hangs over Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada., on Friday, June 15, 2012. Conditions appear good leading up to the nationally televised stunt scheduled for Friday night. When Wallenda leaves terra firm about 10:15, it should be in the low 60s with winds under 10 mph from the east, roughly at his back. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

The 550 metre-long tightrope that Nik Wallenda will use hangs over Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada., on Friday, June 15, 2012. Conditions appear good leading up to the nationally televised stunt scheduled for Friday night. When Wallenda leaves terra firm about 10:15, it should be in the low 60s with winds under 10 mph from the east, roughly at his back. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Spectators and media gather to see the 550 metre-long tightrope that Nik Wallenda will use hangs over Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada., on Friday, June 15, 2012. Conditions appear good leading up to the nationally televised stunt scheduled for Friday night. When Wallenda leaves terra firm about 10:15, it should be in the low 60s with winds under 10 mph from the east, roughly at his back. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Spectators and media gather to see the 550 metre-long tightrope that Nik Wallenda will use hangs over Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada., on Friday, June 15, 2012. Conditions appear good leading up to the nationally televised stunt scheduled for Friday night. When Wallenda leaves terra firm about 10:15, it should be in the low 60s with winds under 10 mph from the east, roughly at his back. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

FILE- In this April 15, 1944 photo, members of “The Flying Wallendas,” famous high wire act with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Circus, perform their death-defying double pinwheel in Madison Square Garden in New York. From left are Herman, Henrietta, Helen, and Karl Wallenda. On Friday, June 15, 2012, Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation “Flying Wallenda,” will attempt a high-wire crossing of the Niagra Falls gorge between the United States and Canada. The event will be covered on live television. (AP Photo)

FILE- In this April 15, 1944 photo, members of “The Flying Wallendas,” famous high wire act with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Circus, perform their death-defying double pinwheel in Madison Square Garden in New York. From left are Herman, Henrietta, Helen, and Karl Wallenda. On Friday, June 15, 2012, Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation “Flying Wallenda,” will attempt a high-wire crossing of the Niagra Falls gorge between the United States and Canada. The event will be covered on live television. (AP Photo)

FILE- In this June 4, 2011 file photo, high-wire acrobats Delilah Wallenda, right, lowers her head as her son Nik Wallenda, left, crosses over her during their high-wire act where the two simultaneously walked across a 300-foot-long wire suspended 100 feet in the air between two towers of the Conrad Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They were honoring Nik's great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, who tried to perform the same feat in 1978 but fell to his death at age 73. On Friday, June 15, 2012, Karl’s great grandson, Nick Wallenda, will attempt a high wire walk over Niagara Falls on live television, hoping to write his famous family's name into the 153-year-old legend of daredevils who've "conquered" the natural wonder. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)

FILE- In this March 19, 1944 photo, members of the Wallenda family practice on a 90 foot high wire at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's winter headquarters in Sarasota, Fla. On Friday, June 15, 2012, Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation “Flying Wallenda,” will attempt a high-wire crossing of the Niagra Falls gorge between the United States and Canada. The event will be covered on live television. (AP Photo)