- 06.25.13 07:58 AM EDT
Nik Wallenda, the 34-year-old seventh-generation member of the "Flying Wallendas" family of acrobats, fulfilled his ancestors' legacy on Sunday when he crossed a 1,400 foot tightrope above the Little Colorado River Gorge. The self-described "King of the High Wire" used a 2-inch steel cable to cross the Grand Canyon-adjacent river and didn't use any safety net or harness while doing so.
The 22 minute, 54 second stunt was broadcast live to 217 countries where Wallenda could be heard praying the majority of the time. When he reached the other side, Wallenda kissed the ground and cried.
"That's really where I get my peace," he said about his Christian faith, " I have confidence that if something were to happen to me, I know where I'm going."
The daredevil plans on walking between New York's Empire State Building and Chrysler building.