The International Highline Meeting festival seems like one of the chillest festivals we’ve ever heard of, but it also might be one of the most terrifying – attendees spend most of their time strung up on tightropes stretched across the Italian Alps in Monte Piana. At Italy’s biggest slackline festival, the International Highline Meeting, attendees (or slackers, as they’re called) showed how they love laughing at the face of death.
Monte Piana is one of the most beautiful site to visit in the Dolomites, with its special shape and position that offers a spectacular 360 degrees view towards the most famous mountains around Auronzo di Cadore, Cortina d’Ampezzo and “Sextner Dolomiten” – Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Paterno, Cadini di Misurina, Sorapiss, Cristallo, Croda Rossa ecc. – and over the Lake of Misurina at its feet. Monte Piana is also a special site of memory and history of the tragic events of last century: the World War fought on the Dolomites.
During the first World War the “Monte Piana” was right on the main front and over 15000 young soldiers died here.
We discovered this mountain as a perfect place for highlining and wanted to stimulate this historic place in a different and new way. During the war soldiers of our age killed each other and sorrow, hate and fear dictated their daily life…
This extreme sport differs from tightrope walking in that the rope has a slightly flattened shaped and has slack, meaning that it can move side-to-side or bounce. The program during the meeting on Monte Piana was quite simple; highlining every day, supplemented by some highlights.
– about 18 highlines, from 6 to 100+ meter lenght
– highline competition “SLACK TRAIL” fun team contest,
– slackline movies and presentations,
– special guests from both old and new generations of slackers,
– yoga and acroYoga workshops