PHOTOS: Young Iranians Take Up Slacklining

Slacklining, a sport popular among rock climbers similar to tightrope walking, is gaining a foothold among young Iranians.

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Iranian slackliners Kiavash Sharifi, left, and Mohammad Reza Abaee walk on a slackline anchored between two rocks for a practice as their friends follow on the mountains near the city of Arak, some 204 miles (330 kilometers) southwest of Tehran, Iran.
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A group of Iranian slackliners hike in the mountains to practice, in northern Tehran, Iran. The "Iran Slackline,” a group of friends who have had to find their own footing in a country with no formal institutions for the sport. They must make much of their equipment by hand or acquire it abroad -- including safety devices.
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In this picture taken on Friday, May 29, 2015, female Iranian slackliner Samaneh Hasanzadeh balances on a slackline while she is watched by her sister, left, and instructor Hamed Heidari in a sports club in Tehran, Iran.
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Hamed Heidari throws a rope to be anchored between two rocks for slackline practice in the mountains overlooking Tehran, Iran.
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Kiavash Sharifi, left, and Mohammad Reza Abaee walk on a slackline anchored between two rocks for a practice as their friends follow on.
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Kiavash Sharifi, bottom, and Mohammad Reza Abaee walk on a slackline.
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Hamed Heidari balances on a slackline anchored between two rocks during practice in the mountains overlooking Tehran, Iran.
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Kiavash Sharifi, left, and Mohammad Reza Abaee slackline near the city of Arak, some 204 miles southwest of Tehran.
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Hamed Heidari walks across a slackline anchored between two rocks during practice in the mountains overlooking Tehran, Iran.
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Iranian highliners Hamed Heidari, bottom, and Masoud Chenaghloo, nicknamed Don Dorigo, prepare their ropes.
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Iranian slackliner Masoud Chenaghloo, nicknamed Don Dorigo. "When I'm on the webbing, I feel I have been separated from society, my self-confidence is very high when I'm there," he said.
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