SCARIEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE (Riding Rusty Soviet Cable Cars) Chiatura, Georgia



Chiatura is a town in Georgia that seems stuck in old Soviet times with the most terrifyingly old, rusty cable cars which are still in use! // ☕️ Get 50% OFF your first order and use our code karanate

Travel vlog 548 | Chiatura, Georgia | Country #79 | The locals take these old cable cars straight up a mountain on the reg. We thought it sounded like an adventure, and we were right! We (dramatically) rode the cars STRAIGHT up and back down the mountain, then finished our Georgia road trip at the awesome Katskhi “pillar church.”

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29 Replies to “SCARIEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE (Riding Rusty Soviet Cable Cars) Chiatura, Georgia”

  1. Shannon Hawes

    Try the Time and Temp from Tandem Coffee on Trade!!! As a Portland, ME local I can attest to the quality!!!

  2. Jadwal Cabang

    "And I just enjoy the first hour of my day to enjoy my coffee, do a little reading, and I would not trade that hour for anything"
    yeah.. try have a kid.. see how that goes XD :))

  3. Callie Herring

    Holy shit that was TERRIFYING just to watch, especially the step over at the top… and that rust………… heeeelll to the no from me

  4. nika tsitsilashvili

    hi guys im from that town, i know this is very scary to went in Carriage, I laughed a lot and also i I appreciate your journey in georgia, I belive you guys like it and you will come Many more times our country, love you im new subcriber now <3 <3

  5. siachoquero

    All of 11 still in operation cable cars receive their maintenance as daily, weekly and monthly 🙂 They are designed in Georgia back then. The one you were on is operational since 1967. All the cable cars built in Georgia from 1953 to 1990 were designed in Georgia in the Institute "Sakgiproshakht", the institution resposible for designing first coal mines and mining transportation, freight cable cars, then from 1953 passenger cable cars throughout Soviet Union. Exclusively Urban, Leisure purpose lines, none of them were in ski resorts. Head engineers were Vakhtang Lejava and Giorgi Pantsulaia. This is the list of Georgian designed cable cars outside Georgia in ex Soviet countries. ATW – Aerial Tramways are constructed as reversible systems; vehicles shuttling back and forth between two end terminals and propelled by a cable loop which stops and reverses direction when the cabins arrive at the end stations.

    Number means capacity of each cabin.

    Operational:
    ATW25 Kislovodsk, Russia (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) (Functioning) 1973

    ATW25 Pyatigorsk, Russia, Mountain Mashuk (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) (Functioning) 1971

    ATW25 Sochi, Russia, Dendrarium (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) (Functioning) 1977

    ATW25 Sochi, Russia, Beach – Sanatorium Neva (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) (Functioning) 1986
    ATW25 Sigulda, Latvia, Sigulda – Krimulda (Cabin (1) from de RVZ) (Functioning) 1969
    ATW12 Crimea, Ukraine, Sanatorium Gornyi (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) (Functioning) 1963

    ATW12 Crimea, Ukraine, Sanatorium Chernomorye (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) (Functioning)

    this are sadly non operational (abandoned)
    ATW40 Sochi, Russia, Beach – Sanatorium Zarya. (Cabins (2) from Kharkov Soyuzprommekhanizatsiya) (Abandoned) 1979

    ATW25 Alma Ata, Kazakhstan, Kok Tobe Mountain (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) (completely demolished) 1968

    ATW25 Vladikavkaz, Russia, Water Station – Motel – Bold Mountain (Cabins (4) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory.) (abandoned) 1980

    ATW25 Chisinau, Moldova, Park Butoias (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory.) (abandoned) 1990

    ATW25 Yerevan, Armenia, Center – Nork Marash (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) (abandoned) 1967

    ATW12 Ijevan, Armenia, City – Mountain (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) (abandoned, partially demolished)

    ATW12 Dushanbe, Tajikistan, City – Park (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) (abandoned) 1985

    ATW12 Arzni, Armenia, Sanatorium – City (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) (abandoned)

    ATW12 Alaverdi, Armenia, Highway – Monastery (Cabins (2) unknown) (abandoned) 1975

    ATW8 Akhtala, Armenia, Lower City – Upper City (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) (abandoned)

  6. siachoquero

    This is the list of abandoned Georgian institute "Sakgiproshakht" designed and built cable cars (reversible ropeways) inside Georgia.

    Institute "Sakgiproshakht", Tbilisi.

    Technical Designer: Vakhtang Lejava

    ATW – Aerial Tramways are constructed as reversible systems; vehicles shuttling back and forth between two end terminals and propelled by a cable loop which stops and reverses direction when the cabins arrive at the end stations.

    Number means capacity of each cabin.

    01. ATW 12 Upper Vani – Gadidi Mountain (1982 – unopened) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) was never opened for passenger service due to the fatal incident in 1982 while testing. Third longest ATW in Soviet Union 3200 m.

    02. ATW 12 Gadidi Mountain – Village Gadidi (1988 – unfinished) (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    03. ATW 12 Stepantsminda – Gergeti Trinity (1971 – 1988) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) partially demolished.

    04. ATW 12 Tkibuli – Tskhrajvari (1986 – 1986) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) served for five months for passengers and ceased operation due to technical fault. Second longest ATW in Soviet Union 3644 m.

    05. ATW 25 Tsnori – Brotsliani – Sighnaghi (1981 – 1993) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) unique, with intermediate through moving station. Longest ATW in Soviet Union with 4500 m.

    06. ATW 12 Sachkere – Modinakhe Castle (1989 – 2002) (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    07. ATW 12 Iri – Telnari – Lesora (1981 – 1991) (Cabins (4) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory), two independent sections, Telnari station served as intermediate exchange station between two sections.

    08. ATW 12 Abastumani – Arazindo Sanatorium (1988 – 1993) (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    09. ATW 12 Tskhratskharo (1976 – ??) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) 4 th longest ATW in Soviet Union. 3100 m.

    10. ATW 12 Borjomi Old District – New District (1990 – unfinished) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    11. ATW 12 Kvezani – Tkvarcheli (1983 – 1992) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    12. ATW 12 Gagra Coastline – Sanatorium Scala (1977 – 1992) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    13. ATW 6 Khurtisi – Military Highway (1990 – ??) (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    14. ATW 8 Gurjaani – Park (1971 – 1989) (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    15. ATW 8 Green Cape – (1961 – 1975) (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) was replaced by a circulating monocable single place chairlift which is also abandoned and now being demolished to build new one.

    16. ATW 12 Rustavi – Iagluja Mountain (1976 – 1992) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    17. ATW 8 Ozurgeti – Shemokmedi (1990 – ??) (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    18. ATW 8 Ozurgeti – Ekadia (1971 – 1989) (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    19. ATW 8 Omalo – Shenako (1982 – unfinished) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    20. ATW 12 Senaki – Funicular Mountain (1982 – unfinished) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    21. ATW 12 Kharagauli – Upper District (1983 – unfinished) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    22. ATW 12 Potskho Esteri – Enguri Dam (1971 – unfinished) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    Tbilisi

    01. ATW 25 Nutsubidze – Lisi Lake (1978 – 1995) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) damaged after taxi drivers burned left track rope inside upper station. Never restored.

    02. ATW 25 Rustaveli – Mtatsminda (1958 – 1990) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) ceased operation after deadliest accident in Soviet Union on a passenger lift.

    03. ATW 25 Samgori – Vazisubani (1986 – 2002) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    04. ATW 25 Vake – Ethnographic Museum (1982 – 1988) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) has never been in operation with passengers.

    05. ATW 4 Mziuri Park – Vake (1980 – 1989) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) children cable car with specially designed cabins.

    06. ATW 12 Didube – Saburtalo (1961-1978) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory) suspended operation for reconstruction which was never carried out.

    Chiatura

    01. ATW 25 Center- Naguti (1967 – 2014) (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    02. ATW 25 Center – Sanatorium (1967 – 2015) (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    03. ATW 25 Center – Mukhadze str. (1963 – 2015) (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    04. ATW 12 Center – Rustaveli str. (1967 – 2015) (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    05. ATW 12 Shaomiani – Sewing Factory (1990 – 2003) (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    06. ATW 25 Shaomiani – Lejubani (1990 – unfinished) (Cabin (1) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    07. ATW 8 Merkviladze – Tsedefe (1953 – ??) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    08. ATW 8 Merkviladze – Tkhelidze (1957 – ??) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    09. ATW 8 Zodi – Zedubani (1960 – ??) (Cabins (2) from Tbilisi Aviation Factory)

    Circulating monocable chairlifts with one person chairs.

    01. Green Cape Coastline – Sanatorium Achara (1975 – 1993)

    02. Chobiskhevi – Dabadzveli (1989 – ??)

    03. Abastumani – Observatory (1976 – 1986) has been replaced by a reversible ropeway which is operational till today.

  7. Nina S

    Kara is so Brave!! I feel her fear!!!! LOL… I don't know what was worst to watch, this cable car ride or the plane from Kathmandu to the hiking trails to Everest base camp!!

  8. Tonya Gospich

    The way he looks at you in this video when your talking about him waking up before you. Ahhh soooo sweet. ❤

  9. Lisa Tracy

    I just ordered some coffee! Thanks for the promo code! I always want to drink coffee while watching your videos!

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