With Skywalk2012, Jay Cochrane reached a pinnacle in skywalking.
And it took place in the awe-inspiring Niagara region.
In the first skywalk in Niagara Falls in 100 years, Jay Cochrane used Niagara Falls
as his backdrop; ©2002,Mark D Phillips
It all began July 6, 2012, with the first walk of Skywalk 2012 between the Skylon Tower and the Hilton Fallsview Hotel high above Niagara Falls. The final performance was Sunday, September 23, with the total cumulative distance designated a World Record by the Book of Alternative Records.
In 2002, Jay Cochrane became the first skywalker to reappear in the Niagara region since 1897.
The first skywalk in over a hundred years went from the pinnacle of the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel to the Casino Niagara Tower at a height of 40 stories, with Niagara Falls as the backdrop. "Skywalk at Niagara" was the highest skywalk ever completed in Niagara Falls.
Jay Cochrane skywalks above Planet Hollywood in Niagara Falls, Canada; ©Mark D Phillips
During the same summer, Jay skywalked over the top of Planet Hollywood three times DAILY at a height of 200 feet (61m). Following each walk, Jay met, greeted, and sign autographs for the public with donations going to the Tender Wishes Foundation of Niagara Falls. When Jay finished his skywalks in Niagara Falls that summer, he skywalked a distance equal to 200 trips across the Niagara gorge.
In the summer of 2005, Jay Cochrane returned to Niagara Falls for the greatest skywalking event in North American history.
The "Skylon Tower Skywalk" began atop the 32-story, 364 feet (111m) Niagara Fallsview Casino, traversing a distance of 1,250 feet (381m), and finished atop the Skylon Tower at a height of 520 feet (160m). Jay's performance was astounding, set to music as he talked to the crowd below, giving the spectators a first-hand experience of what it is like to be on the wire. Jay Cochrane completed the longest and highest skywalk ever performed outside of China.
That same summer, Jay skywalked a distance of 650 feet between the Niagara Fallsview Casino and the Niagara Fallsview Hilton Hotel, 400 feet (122m) above the ground, Jay's twice daily skywalks captivated on their own merit. Over the 71 days Jay performed this skywalk, he traveled more than 17 miles (27 kilometers) and spent almost 3 days in total time on the wire between the hotels.
Since 2002, Jay has skywalked over 800 times in the Niagara region, including his third visit in the summer of 2007. His daily "Up Close and Personal with Jay Cochrane" skywalks took place from 200-foot tall towers (61m) specially constructed for the intimate Clinton Hill performances.
Jay Cochrane atop the Niagara Hilton Fallsview Tower; ©Mark D Phillips
Continuing the history of Niagara as an adventure vacation destination, Skywalk2012 was the greatest of any skywalk ever performed in North America with the combined distance and height putting this skywalk into a class of its own. And Jay skywalked daily as the weather permited. (Visit the Daily Diary on Skywalk2012.com)
Sponsored by The Tourism Partnership of Niagara and presented by the Fallsview BIA, Skywalk 2012 put Cochrane into a league of his own. Jay’s highwire extended 340 m (1,300 feet) from the top of the Niagara Fallsview Hilton Hotel North Tower at a height of 177 m (581 feet) to the top of the Skylon Tower at a height of 160 m (520 feet) in the heart of Niagara Falls. With a distance of 1,300 feet (396m) per skywalk, Jay's total distance was measured by miles and kilometers. Skywalk 2012 by Jay Cochrane is complete with the cumulative distance of 11.81 miles (62,400 ft) / 19.01 km (19,019.52 meters).
“Niagara Falls is the premier venue in the world for Skywalk 2012,” said Cochrane. “This walk approaches the grandeur of my Great China Skywalk across Qutang Gorge above the Yangtze River. I’m excited to give a spectacular performance that will draw attention to my home country of Canada and inspire people to visit Niagara.”
Jay's work with children's charities is a lifelong committment; ©Mark D Phillips
But even more important to him than any of these spectacular achievements has been his work in the cause of children – especially on behalf of those who are needy or stricken with illness. He has raised millions of dollars for them worldwide and will not ascend the wire unless his performance benefits them. He has dedicated his life to children and their well being.
Jay Cochrane's performances over the past decade in Niagara Falls raised significant contributions to local organizations. Most notably Cochrane raised over US $157,000 for the Tender Wishes Foundation. Cochrane's announcement of an additional commitment to the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara Falls to share a portion of the proceeds from his upcoming Skywalk performances in the Niagara region.
For 2012, Jay shared the donation proceeds with both organizations. His dedication to the children of the area is something he holds dear. At all of Jay's personal and media appearances around the region, he raised awareness of these local charities, their needs and important community impact.
Jay Cochrane has raised over $150,000 for Tender Wishes and helped a generation of children in Niagara Falls; ©Mark D Phillips
June 27, 2012 (Niagara Falls) – To assure the proper installation of equipment, the opening of Skywalk 2012 is now scheduled on Friday, July 6, 2012.
“The set up of the walkwire above the city of Niagara Falls, Canada, is a major engineering marvel,” said Jay Cochrane.
In an awe-inspiring event, Jay Cochrane, Canada’s Prince of the Air, continues the "Summer of Skywalks" in the Niagara region.
Now beginning July 6th at 7pm, Skywalk 2012 will cross a 400 m (quarter mile) distance over 50-stories in the sky as Jay Cochrane performs the greatest building-to-building skywalk in North American history for twelve weeks in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Sponsored by The Tourism Partnership of Niagara and presented by the Fallsview BIA, Skywalk 2012 puts Cochrane into a league of his own. Jay’s highwire will extend 340 m (1,300 feet) from the top of the Niagara Fallsview Hilton Hotel North Tower at a height of 177 m (581 feet) to the top of the Skylon Tower at a height of 160 m (520 feet) in the heart of Niagara Falls.
Cochrane will walk the wire daily at 7 p.m. (weather permitting), traveling a distance over 20 miles (30 kilometers) between the two structures in his 81 scheduled performances.
Jay Cochrane and the Niagara region have a long and storied history.
In 2005, the "Skylon Tower Skywalk" (see video by clicking here) began atop the 32-story, 110 m (364 feet) Niagara Fallsview Casino, traversing a distance of 380 m (1,250 feet), and finished atop the Skylon Tower at a height of 160 m (520 feet). Jay's performance was astounding, set to music as he talked to the crowd below, giving the spectators a first-hand experience of what it is like to be on the wire.
Skywalk 2012 performances will be both higher and longer, and once again, Jay will interact with the viewers from above.
"Niagara Falls is the premier venue in the world for Skywalk 2012," said Cochrane. "This walk approaches the grandeur of my Great China Skywalk across Qutang Gorge above the Yangtze River. I'm excited to give a spectacular performance that will draw attention to my home country of Canada and inspire people to visit Niagara."
In addition to being home to Niagara Falls, one of the world's most stunning natural wonders, Niagara Canada offers visitors a host of smaller treasures that inspire on a completely different level. With dozens of wineries, golf courses and heritage sites, endless recreational trails and Great Lake shorelines, world-class dining and theatre, as well as casino excitement, Niagara was recently named Trip Advisor's #1 Family Holiday destination in Canada. Visit visitniagaracanada.com for trip ideas and special offers to watch Jay’s record breaking Summer of Skywalks.
The "highway in the sky" for Skywalk 2012 will be a part of the skyline for weeks prior to Cochrane's first performance on July 6, 2012, visible from numerous Niagara attractions and as far away as Buffalo, NY, and St. Catharines, Ontario.
The opening performance of Skywalk 2012 will include two special receptions to meet Jay Cochrane for autographs and photographs at both the Skylon Tower and the Niagara Fallsview Hilton Hotel.
There will be additional opportunities to meet Jay at festivals and events across the Niagara region this summer. Jay will be making appearances with the "Wirewalking Experience," a mobile wire set a foot off the ground to allow media, special guest and the public to try to walk on the same wire he is walking in the sky. Locations include: Fort Erie Friendship Festival (June 29 to July 2) and Canal Days (August 3-6). Check visitniagaracanada.com for details.
Jay Cochrane is the premier skywalker in the world. Cochrane's popularity was cemented in 1995 by The Great China Skywalk in Qutang Gorge, viewed in-person by an audience of 250,000, in addition to live China TV coverage viewed in the PRC and around the world by an estimated one-billion people. Jay's skywalk stretched 2,098 feet (639m) over the Yangtze River at a height of 1,340 feet (408m), the highest and longest highwire walk ever completed.
Jay holds World Records for the longest building-to-building skywalk; longest and highest BLINDFOLDED skywalk; longest and highest nighttime building-to-building skywalk; longest and highest combined skywalk; longest time living on a wire; and the farthest cumulative distance traversed on a highwire.
During the length of the performance schedule, Cochrane will pass several milestones for cumulative distance on a single wire, with celebrations to match. Niagara is your adventure vacation destination during the Summer of Skywalks.