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Two towering cliffs, thick with trees and shrubbery that clamber up the steep vertical limestone, frame a valley below, forming a gateway from the outskirts of a small village into a lush and open mountainside.Chan flew in from Australia to hike from Andqit in the north to Faraya in central Lebanon. She's one of 45 hikers who left Baabda last Friday – half driving south and half north – all of whom will meet again in the Lasa area on Oct. 29, after a 16-day trek through the mountains along the Lebanon Mountain Trail. This year, the participants are traversing the mountainous backbone of Lebanon for a new cause: these very mountains.The LMTA has long campaigned to designate the entire trail as a protected area, giving it a 50-meter buffer zone in which construction would not be allowed unless approved by the municipality and association.The mountains have changed and consequently, the trail too has changed in the years since the original conception of a single route connecting Lebanon north to south.
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