George Emil started bolting this line, and abandoned it thinking it was impossible. I finished bolting it and did the first ascent. I called it Taunte Laurice after my Great Aunt in Beirut. It’s an improbable line that looks blank from the ground. But, there are holds, and I know George will do it one day. Photo courtesy of Bailey Speed.
May 7, 2015

Rooted in Lebanon: A Photo Essay

In 2012, The North Face athlete Sam Elias was climbing in Spain when fellow climber and friend Will Nazarian told him about developing climbing in Lebanon and the emerging community there. As a full time climber of Middle Eastern descent, Elias saw this as an opportunity to join Will and his organization R-A-D to take part in developing a new …