|Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda winks as he exits the beach after walking a high wire over the California Avenue beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey August 9, 2012. (REUTERS/Tom Mihalek)
NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. - Daredevil Nik Wallenda will stage a sequel to last year's walk across Niagara Falls -- but this time he's ditching the safety harness.
The wirewalker, speaking on the Today Show on Monday, announced his plans to walk across the Grand Canyon this summer, and was quick to point out there will not be a tether attached to him this time. In his eyes, his walk across Niagara Falls last June was tainted by U.S. network ABC's insistence on the harness.
"That was one of the setbacks of my walk over Niagara Falls," Wallenda told hosts Matt Lauer and Natalie Morales. "It was my dream to walk over Niagara Falls since I was five, six years old, but part of that dream was taken away because I had to wear that harness."
Wallenda said he felt like a "jackass" wearing the tether and vowed he would never do it again. Immediately after the Niagara Falls walk, he started preparing for the Grand Canyon.
"It's just another one on the bucket list," he said.
The June 23 walk will be televised by the Discovery Channel.
It's estimated last year's Niagara Falls walk reached one billion viewers worldwide. As Wallenda finished his walk at about 10:41 p.m., approximately 6.9 million Canadians were tuned in.
Wallenda's Grand Canyon walk will be 1,500 feet long, compared to nearly 1,800 for Niagara Falls. But it will be considerably higher -- 1,500 feet above the Colorado River as opposed to 219 feet above the Niagara River.