Could You Survive Alone On This 130 Foot Rock?

The pillar was derelict, and Maxime decided it was THE place to go on a quest for self-exploration.

Ain't no monk high enough at the Katskhi Pillar! A monk by the name of Maxime Qavtaradze wanted to get closer to heaven... literally, but he didn't want to die in order to get there, so he came up with a more interesting approach to reach up and touch the sky.

All it took was for him to scale a natural rock formation 130 feet in the sky, and then his amazing story went viral. Are you afraid of heights? Then you might never be able to visit Maxime! And we mean, NEVER EVER!


It's known as the Katskhi Pillar and is a natural formation towering over the central Imereti region of the Republic of Georgia. It may not be Mount Olympus, but it's certainly the next best thing.