David Lama choose Lebanon as the location for his latest adventure and fixed his sights on setting a route in the untouched Baatara Gorge.
It was a bold move for the young climber, as Lebanon isn’t known for climbing, but David wanted to explore new ground, and he successfully set the new route Avaatara, which is a 5.14d climb.
On why he chose Lebanon, David says: “If you get to travel roads that have already been discovered, you’re basically just following. But if you go somewhere no one has ever been you’re basically in the lead and that’s something I really like.
“Lebanon is definitely a special place, it’s somehow a little bit exotic, a place that you don’t actually plan to go to as a climber, as it’s not really on the climbing map, and that’s one factor that drove me to come here.”