Incredibly Insane Photos of Highliners Sleeping on Hammocks Hundreds of Feet in the Air


If you don’t like heights, you might want to stay clear of the International Highline Meeting, an annual gathering of thrill seekers, whose idea of fun is to set up their hammocks hundreds of feet in the air. Now in its third year, the event took place at Monte Piana in Italy and was attended by daredevil chillseekers from all over the world who call themselves slackliners. The adventurous spirits who attended this unique event were invited to walk along one of the 18 highlines, with some of the highlines reaching a height of 330 feet in the air. Some chillseekers even thought it was a good idea to pull out the guitar and sing some songs while being suspended in the air.

Sebastian Wahlhuetter, a photographer who also helped organized this event captured these incrediblly insane shots of the International Highline Meeting which ran from September 6 to 14. Check out below more breath-taking photos of these fearless slackliners as they are perilously perched between mountain tops.

1. A glorious place for a spot of relaxation.

A glorious place for a spot of relaxation on high, This spectacular image gives a hint of what the highliners find so appealing about a day in an elevated hammock

2. Smiling for the camera.

A smile for the camera, The dramatic images were captured by photographer Sebastian Wahlhuetter

3. All in a row.

All in a row, The event has been taking place since 2012, and - now into its fourth year - attracts a healthy crowd


4. Heave!

All tgether now, heave! Highliners tighten the webbings between rocks so they can continue to try new routes across the gorge

5. The thrill-seekers getting some well-deserved sleep.

And so to be, A huddle of tents forms the makeshift village for a week as the highliners get some well-deserved sleep before another day of thrill seeking

6. Clingon.

Clingon, An extreme athlete makes the walk across a wire strung between the Italian Alps thousands of feet above ground level

7. Come join us.

Come join! A highline walker heads towards his compadres who rest in a hammock on webbing stretched between rocks in the Italian Alps

8. Looks cozy.

Cosy in there, This highliner is so happy to be resting in his snug hammock he's catching 40 winks

9. Easy does it.

Easy does it, A female highliner walks the line strung between rocks in the Alps as part of the gathering near Misurina in northern Italy

10. An ultra thrill-seeker using a mini hammock.

Feeling cosy, This thrillseeker takes matters to even more extreme lengths by opting for a mini hammock that barely holds his frame

11. Hanging around.

Hanging around, at 150ft high, the highliners suspended their hammocks in mid air

12. Heading for an early exit.

Heading for an early exit, The highliner on the right answers the question of how you get back to solid ground - you inch your way back along the wire

13. Time to relax.

It was hard work getting here, let's relax, A group of highliners take in the view in blissful peace and quiet

14. Chill out, man.

Just chill out man, A guitarist strums a tune while all around him the high wire experts relax. But how did he get the guitar there

15. The International Highline Meeting is now a regular event, and will take place again next September.

Let's all hang out and do this again, The International Highline Meeting is now a regular event, and will take place again next September

16. Nearly there.

Nearly there, After his long walk across this tightrope enthusiast is almost at the other side

17. Get back up there.

Now get back up there, Losing your footing results in the inevitable, but a small safety rope stops this high wire enthusiast from plummeting to his death

18. Sing when you’re winning.

Sing when you're winning, One daredevil keeps the afternoon going by playing a few tunes on his guitar

19. Strum enchanted evening.

Strum enchanted evening, The highline was specially strengthened to ensure it could take the weight of a large number of people at once

20. That’s high.

That's fairly high! This shot shows just how far above the ground these thrill seekers are as they nonchalantly walk across the webbings

21. The view up here is smoking.

The view up here is smoking, One thrill-seeker shows he is utterly unfazed by his location as he enjoys a cigarette

22. Then three came along.

Then three came along all at once Highliners chat to each other, strung hundreds of feet above the ground

23. Time for another song.

Time for another tune, Spirits - as well as locations - are high among the highliners as the afternoon progresses

24. Up up and away.

Up up and away, The hammocks look especially beautiful when photographed from the ground below


25. Walk the line.

Walk the line, A dramatic shot from low down shows three of the highliners criss crossing the gorge