Electric TV Video of Daredevil Nik Wallenda Crossing Grand Canyon on Wire Rigged by NECA/IBEW Team

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Nik Wallenda Wirewalk
A behind the scenes video highlights the logistics of planning, rigging and tensioning the tightrope, giving viewers unprecedented access to footage and interviews not seen on the Discovery Channel broadcast, online or on television.

It seemed insane. Nik Wallenda, great-grandson of the famous high-wire walker Karl Wallenda, was going to attempt a stunt which nobody had done before – walk 1,400 feet across the Grand Canyon, more than 1,500 feet above the Colorado River on a cable measuring a mere two inches in diameter.

Sunday, 23 June 2013 was a day for the history books as Nik successfully completed what may be considered one of the most death-defying stunts ever attempted – as the entire world watched on television and over the Internet with baited breath.

None of it would have been possible however, if it wasn’t for the expert contributions of a crew of highly trained electrical linemen from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1249, working for O’Connell Electric of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). ElectricTV.net has released a behind-the-scenes video which highlights the logistics of planning, rigging and tensioning the tightrope, giving viewers unprecedented access to footage and interviews not seen on the Discovery Channel broadcast, online or on television.

Visit ElectricTV.net to see an in-depth look at how the IBEW / NECA team made sure everything was set for what’s being called the “Superbowl of Stunts” despite the obstacles and challenges in the remote Navajo landscape.

About ETV: ElectricTV.net, an Internet video channel, is a project of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The short documentary presentations help to raise public awareness of the contributions of these labor organizations as well as provide the latest news on current and emerging electrical technology, illustrating the electrical industry's role in society and improving everyday life for people around the world.

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