Rock climbing in Lebanon all started in Tannourine back in 1999. The first climbing site was developed in Chatine, next to the Baatara Gorge, by the French Army instructors François Le Ray, Jean-Luc Schmitt and Jean-Paul Ehrhard. Later in 2001, another crag was developed in Tannourine Chir Al Ribazi. The crag is known for its fabulous cliffs and stunning view over the Cedar reserve, the valley of Tannourine and the sea.
Since then, new crags were bolted all around Lebanon by local climbers: Edgard Kazzi, Rami Bou Chdid, Elie Diab, Jean Kreiker, Georges Al Murr, George Emil, Jad Khoury with the help of foreign climbers Julien Pierson, Marcin Pius, Cedric Hofstetter, Patrick Dudek, Ulric Rousseau, Will Nazarian, Eva Moya Prado, Emilie Pellerin and the late John Redwine.
Weather and Access
The crags in Lebanon are all located at various altitudes with different orientations. That being said, it is still ideal to climb from September to November, and from March through June. You can climb in winter in Aamchit and in Daychounieh if it's dry. In the mountains, the days are hot and the nights are cold.
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Watch out for snakes in summer time!
We have two kinds of poisonous snakes in Lebanon that can be fatal if not treated:
There are a couple of indoor climbing gyms in Beirut. Not the kind you'll find in North America or in Europe, they are small, but with a dedicated and experienced staff. It is a great way for beginners to come practice their rope skills before taking them outside, and a number of dedicated local climbers hit the gyms as a mid-week training facilities.
Deep Water Soloing (DWS)
North of Beirut, the coasts are rocky. You’ll find pebble beaches and sharp low cliffs where it is possible to deep water solo.
The most popular spot is in Ras Chekka, where you can find numerous lines that top out on the 10m tall cliff edge as well as 6b roof in the mouth of a cave.
You can also DWS in Aamchit (boulevard) and the numerous short boulder problems in Kfaraabida.
Bouldering is definitely not as popular as sport climbing in Lebanon although there is a lot of undiscovered potential. Information on established boulder problems is still not very well known.
The upside of this is that it’s up to you to go establish new lines. Locals are aware of some boulder fields in the country. Ask and you shall receive directions.
If you like to slackline, or even highline, get in touch with the folks on the Slackline Lebanon Facebook group or join in on the bi-weekly Slack-Jams atcirquenciel. The lack of parks in the city makes it hard to practice regularly. There are two parks where access has been granted. Horsh Beirut in Tayouneh is great for longlines up to 120m and Horsh Tabet in Sin-el-Fil for short lines up to 20m.
Please make sure you use tree protection every single time to protect access to slacklining in the already scarce city parks.
Refer to slackmap.com for a database of slackline areas and established highlines in the country.