If you thought making a human pyramid was tough, wait until you see this.
Spain’s 25th Human Tower Competition kicked off in Tarragona on Sunday, which saw participants pile on top of each other en masse. But to the uninitiated, the idea of forming massive (and possible painful), human piles can seem like a bit of a head scratcher.
Well friends, scratch no more!
“Castells,” as these towers are called, date back to the 18th century. Teams compete to build the tallest and most complicated variations, which are only considered successful if all participants can be loaded and unloaded without them falling apart. The highest one ever recorded was a stunning 10-floor structure. They’re so impressive, that UNESCO declared castells as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Check out this year’s competition below:
Spaniards making human towers is both beautiful and terrifying
The human towerThis is a castell. It might look wildly unsafe, but the ring of people below actually act as a sort of safety net. AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
No personal space allowedBut if you make one, prepare to be groped. AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
It requires some concentrationDon't...move...a muscle. AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
What did we just say?!Because wipeouts can definitely happen... AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
Attempt #2But if you can dust yourself off and try again... AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
Make sure you get the top spotYou'll find you can get pretty high on these things. AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
Whaaat?!Really high. AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
And then there's a huge partyBut seriously, don't try this at home. AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti