First Ascent of a Magical Sinkhole in Lebanon

Avaatara – David Lama: Free Climbing at the Baatara gorge

Lebanon has always been a blank area on the map of sport climbing. But with the help of local climber Jad Khoury, Austrian superstar David Lama has recently changed this and did a first ascent of Baatara Gorge Sinkhole near Tannourine, 75 kilometers north of Beirut. Due to its surreal landscape with waterfalls, natural arches and a combination of blue and orange rock mixed with green plants, which reminds on the movie ‘Avatar’, David Lama and his supporter, Jad Khoury, agreed on the name ‘Avaatara’ (9a) for the cascade route descending into Mount Lebanon.

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