When you hear the word “festival,” what do you envision? Loud music? Maybe kids in acid wash cutoffs, crocheted tops and blue hair, doing stuff they probably shouldn’t be doing? Sure.
Well, the International Highline Meeting festival is a little different. Those who take part spend most of their time chilling out — by being strung up on tightropes, in Ticket To The Moon hammocks, stretched across the Italian Alps in Monte Piana.
The attendees call themselves “slackers” but, really, they’re anything but. They are, however, actually referring to the slacklines they balance themselves on. Slacking differs from tightrope walking (though there was some of that too!) in that the rope used in the former can move side-to-side or bounce.
The slackers spend most of their days suspended high above the rest of the world (though there is a kitchen and a bar at their disposal; not sure what they have to do when they have to go numbers one and/or two) but there are also other activities attendees can take part in, like yoga or tandem paragliding. The IHM is described as an “adventurous camping trip” rather than a festival. Um, no kidding. This is all kinds of adventure. Austrian photographer Sebastian Wahlhuetter took stunning photos at the festival only Bear Grylls and the dare-iest of daredevils would attend. But we can safely say that unless millions of dollars are being paid out, we will be watching the IHM safely from the ground, thank you very much.
Photo credit: Sebastian Wahlhuetter Photography