Baatara Gorge, Lebanon.

Repeating Avaatara

17-year-old French climber Victor Guillermin recounts his ascent of the legendary David Lama route in Lebanon’s Baatara Gorge.

When climbers conjure up a dream climbing trip, few probably think of Lebanon, on the eastern side of the Mediterranean, as a top destination. Yet the country is home to vast potential, along with the first 9a route in the Middle East.