Ramadan is seen in Bekaa Kafra at 2600m approx next to God s church and overlooking the Valley of Qadisha, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Karim Ramadan)
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Lebanon's name purportedly derives from the Phoenician root l-b-n, meaning white, after the snow-capped peaks that crown the country's famous range. One Lebanese mountaineer has grand plans for what he believes is an unprecedented solo ski across Mount Lebanon. Karim Ramadan, a 24-year-old student of clinical psychology at Balamand University, is one of Lebanon's most promising mountaineers. He has skied, climbed and trekked throughout Lebanon, and has also climbed internationally. The idea for his latest project came from a Russian mountaineer he met while climbing in Georgia.Ramadan estimates that the crossing, which will be completely unsupported, will take five to seven days.It's a tough challenge that will push Ramadan beyond his boundaries, but that's exactly why he's doing it. Lebanese mountaineering has plenty of potential, Ramadan believes.There is one factor threatening Ramadan's attempt to cross Mount Lebanon: the weather.
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