Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation daredevil, is set to return to the highwire for a record-breaking 1,800-foot-long walk over an active volcano, a feat which will air live as a two-hour special on ABC.
This will mark Wallenda’s longest and highest highwire walk ever attempted and make him the first person to embark on the 1,800-foot-long walk over the famed Masaya Volcano in Masaya, Nicaragua. Volcano Live! with Nik Wallenda is slated to air on Wednesday, March 4, at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Part of the famed Pacific Ring of Fire, Masaya encompasses multiple craters and is one of the very few volcanoes to possess a lava lake. The extreme environment at Masaya will add an extra set of risks to Wallenda’s already daring walk. Throughout the televised event, Wallenda and his family will be featured in interviews about the rigging, planning and execution of the walk. Volcanologists and various professionals will also be on-site to lend their expertise.
In June, ABC aired Highwire Live in Times Square with Nik Wallenda, hosted by Michael Strahan and co-hosted by Erin Andrews. It featured Wallenda and his sister Lijana starting from opposing ends of the wire, meeting in the middle and crossing over each other. The walk, which marked Lijana’s first since her devastating highwire fall, was finished successfully as the duo each ended on the opposite side of where they started.
Volcano Live! with Nik Wallenda is produced by dick clark productions.
“After spending years scouting and researching volcanoes, I fully realize why no one has ever attempted this feat: Mother Nature is extremely unpredictable. It is by far the most dangerous walk I have EVER attempted, and that alone makes it very intimidating,” said Wallenda. “I am pushing myself beyond my comfort zone by the feat itself, but I know that I am up to the challenge. I must admit, it is scary.”
“We are thrilled to be able to showcase Nicaragua through an ambitious walk by Nik Wallenda, one of the most incredible highwire performers,” said the government of Nicaragua through Cinemateca Nacional, INTUR, MARENA and INETER. “We look forward to viewers witnessing the beauty of our country as Nik crosses the Masaya Volcano.”