The tiny Russian village where everyone’s a tightrope walker – You would have never guessed there are such fun villages, but here it is tucked away in Russia’s southern mountains, there is a village called Tsovkra-1. In many mysterious ways, the little hamlet is like so many others scattered across the remote region. The villagers face harsh winters, tough days of working the unforgiving land, and young people leaving the mountains for the promise of big-city adventures in Moscow and alike.
However, those who remain in Tsovkra-1, though, do have one unique claim to fame. Nearly every single able-bodied villager can walk the tightrope which makes this little village even more interesting.
A woman watches her husband walk the tightrope.
While no one in Tsovkra-1 knows exactly how the tradition began, the most popular story is that more than 100 years ago, the village’s young men tired of trekking across the valleys that separated them from their female love interests in a neighboring community.
So the men strung up a rope between the mountains and, after first pulling themselves across, eventually began to walk the rope, displaying their prowess for their waiting admirers.
Ramazan Gadzhiyev, who runs the village’s tightrope-walking school, rolls his eyes at the story. He thinks a more likely explanation is that bad weather forced the villagers to come up with a quick fix for unrepaired footbridges.
However the practice began, it remains a constant in the village today. While Tsovkra-1’s population has fallen from around 3,000 in the 1980s to below 400 today, all of those who remain are able to walk the wire.
Take a closer look at Tsovkra-1’s stunning vistas and talented residents:
Men pause for a glass of vodka.
Considering the amazing landscape, pretty nature and unique villager skills this place certainly is something special!