(DISCOVERY) — Facing strong winds and a terrifying view, Nik Wallenda, a daredevil from the famous “Flying Wallendas” family, stepped across a quarter-mile-long wire strung 1,500 feet above the Colorado River Gorge in Arizona with only his sense of balance to fend off a fall and certain death.

“Thank you Jesus. Help me relax, Lord. God you are so good. Thank you Lord. Praise you Father God,” Wallenda said to keep his nerves calm during the treacherous walk.

Wallenda, 34, performed the stunt without the safety of a tether — and made it to the other side in a tense 22 minutes, 54 seconds. Had he fallen, he almost certainly would have met the same fate of his great grandfather, Karl Wallenda, who fell during a performance in Puerto Rico and died at the age of 73.

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