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Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 5:31 am | Updated: 11:11 pm, Sun Jun 23, 2013.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz. (AP) — Famed daredevil Nik Wallenda is using the Navajo Nation as a backdrop to one of his most ambitious feats yet.

The 34-year-old Florida resident will set out on a quarter-mile cable stretched 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon. Sunday's stunt comes a year after he traversed Niagara Falls, only this time he won't be wearing a safety harness.

The last thing he'll do before setting out on the 2-inch-thick steel cable is kiss his wife and three children and say he'll see them later.

The Discovery Channel is scheduled to broadcast the event live.

Meanwhile, a group of Navajos is planning to protest what it says is a gamble on one man's life.

Wallenda says the only thing that would stop him would be lightning within a 15-mile radius.

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