If you’re afraid of heights, this story is most definitely not for you.
These adventurous individuals you see suspended hundreds of feet above the ground in the Italian Dolomites are athletes who are commemorating peace.
26 men and women came together to sing, laugh, and just generally relax in 17 colorful hammocks strung up high in the sky.
In this spot, a hundred years ago, fierce fighting broke out as WWI began. Some 18,000 soldiers lost their lives.
These lives were honored at the 2015 Highline Meeting Monte Piana, an annual event that unites young people from all over the world through their shared passions for adventure and the sport of highlining.
“Just a hundred years ago, winters up here were characterized by bombs, grenades, and lots of pain,” the event co-founders Alessandro d’Emilia and Armin Holzer told My Modern Met.
“Our idea was to re-experience Monte Piana in friendship and peace with each other, accompanied by kindhearted feelings during the day, and lulled to sleep at night by magical silence.”
These photos are the work of Vienna-based photographer Sebastian Wahlhütter — be sure to check out his website for more stunning photography.
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