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Tightrope walker breaks record

A circus tightrope walker set a new world record by completing a walk on a cable car wire-nearly two miles above the ground...

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

 

A circus tightrope walker set a new world record by completing a walk on a cable car wire-nearly two miles above the ground.

Freddy Nock, 46, did not use a harness or safety nets for the stunt near the Swiss mountain resort of St Moritz.

Using only a balancing stick, he walked down the cable of a funicular on Mount Corvatsch - which is 9,908 feet above sea level.

He shuffled along the cable for some 5,249 feet, starting from the mountain station - at an altitude of 10,836 feet - to the middle station, which is 8,865 feet above sea level.

Nock, who starting learning acrobatic skills at the age of four, successfully completed the walk on his second attempt, after bad weather forced him to stop earlier in the day.

He previously performed similar stunts Germany, staging a climb over the slopes of the country's highest mountain, and walking 900-metres over Lake Zurich.

 

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