Watch daredevil cross Chinese grand canyon on high wire

Summary:Barefooted American Dean Potter spent Earth Day precariously balancing 6,000 feet above earth, with no safety gear - just a set of headphones delivering calming music.

Dean Potter doesn't look down. (Screen grab from YouTube video).

Today's one of those days when I wander slightly off the energy beat here on SmartPlanet.

I stumbled across the video below of American daredevil Dean Potter who spent Earth Day (last Sunday) crossing the 5,905-foot high Enshin Grand Canyon in central China barefooted on a "slackline." Good thing Potter didn't stumble.

A  slackline is like a tightrope, but it bounces more, making it that much more difficult to sustain footing. Potter had no net below. I'll count a set of headphones delivering calming music as his only safety gear. Not that he didn't come close to plunging to earth. Have a look (the video gives you an option to skip any opening advertisement):

More off-piste wanderings from SmartPlanet's energy beat:

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Mark Halper has written for TIME, Fortune, Financial Times, the UK's Independent on Sunday, Forbes, New York Times, Wired, Variety and The Guardian. He is based in Bristol, U.K. Follow him on Twitter.

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