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High-wire walker sets sites on Georgia gorge

Updated Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 | 7:01 a.m.

ATLANTA (AP) — Daredevil tightrope walker Nik Wallenda is setting his sights on a new goal: the nearly 1,000-foot deep Tallulah Gorge in the northeast Georgia mountains.

The Georgia gorge holds special meaning for Wallenda, since his great-grandfather Karl Wallenda crossed it on a high wire in the summer of 1970.

The younger Wallenda says he's already visited the gorge near the Georgia town of Tallulah Falls, and he's considering attempting the feat within the next three years.

Wallenda spoke about his interest crossing Tallulah Gorge in an interview shortly after he successfully walked a tightrope about 100 feet over the football field inside the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Feb. 8.

For Wallenda, the Georgia gorge would add to accomplishments that include Niagara Falls and a gorge in the Grand Canyon area.