Highline meeting in the Alps: Lounging in hammocks

Photo: Giordano Garosio via Highline Meeting Monte Piana 2014

Enthusiastic highliners from across the world met on the craggy cliffs of of Italy's Monte Piana from Sept. 6-14 to participate in the annual Highline Meeting. The weeklong, non-competitive gathering featured multiple slacklines ranging in length from 6 meters to over 100 meters — perfect for both amateur and professional highliners to play and lounge on.

In addition to the highlining, other activities offered by the high-altitude convention included guided hikes and workshops on acroyoga and meditation. Each day ended with a moment of silence and reflection to honor those who have lost their lives traversing Monte Piana.

Here are just a few shots taken at the epic meeting, many of which might have you wondering if these adventurous folks are in their right minds!

Highline meeting in the Alps: Lounging hundreds of feet up in the air

Photo: Sebastian Wahlhuetter via Highline Meeting Monte Piana 2014

Highline meeting in the Alps: Slacklining with a umbrella

Photo: Sebastian Wahlhuetter via Highline Meeting Monte Piana 2014

Highline meeting in the Alps: Slackliner diptych

Photo: Giordano Garosio via Highline Meeting Monte Piana 2014

Highline meeting in the Alps: Close-up on highliners

Photo: Sebastian Wahlhuetter via Highline Meeting Monte Piana 2014

 
Highline meeting in the Alps: Highliner crosses line

Photo courtesy of Highline Meeting Monte Piana 2014

 
Highline meeting in the Alps: Highliners lounging in hammocks

Photo courtesy of Highline Meeting Monte Piana 2014

 
Highline meeting in the Alps: Multiple highliners

Photo courtesy of Highline Meeting Monte Piana 2014

* * * 
 
Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.