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Nik Wallenda used Pa.-made tightrope to cross Grand Canyon

Nik Wallenda walks across a 2-inch wire 1,500 feet above the ground to cross the Grand Canyon. (Tiffany Brown/AP Images for Discovery Communications)
Nik Wallenda walks across a 2-inch wire 1,500 feet above the ground to cross the Grand Canyon. (Tiffany Brown/AP Images for Discovery Communications)

The tightrope daredevil Nik Wallenda used to cross the Grand Canyon was made in Pennsylvania.

PennLive.com reports that the custom-made cable was manufactured by Wirerope Works, Inc. in Williamsport.

Wallenda, a 34-year-old member of the "Flying Wallendas" circus family, completed the stunt over the weekend, walking across the canyon in just more than 22 minutes. 

The cable that stretched across the Little Colorado River Gorge was more than 2,000 feet long. Wallenda also used wire rope from the facility when he walked across Niagara Falls last summer.

In a 2011 interview with Popular Mechanics, Wallenda said the wire from the Lycoming County company he used for his stunts was galvanized cable that had "very little lubrication" and was "made to not rust." He described the wire as "a highly compressed cable and a high-strength cable."

Wirerope Works posted a congratulatory message on its Facebook page for Wallenda after his Grand Canyon stunt.

The company's wire has been used in airports, Madison Square Garden, the Brooklyn Bridge and a number of other facilities.


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