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An experience report by Adriana Stöhr, Textile Engineer Textile Safety Products, Climbing Equipment at Mammut.
About four years ago, I traveled solo around parts of the Middle East for the first time. Discovering the rich cultures, delicious food, and meeting the incredibly warm-hearted locals made that journey one of my most cherished adventures so far.
Mammut wanted to give one employee the opportunity to support ClimbAID on site, experience their work, contribute to the partnership and their mission in Lebanon. When I heard that, I knew I had to apply!
Today marks a week since I arrived at Beirut airport with a suitcase full of medicine (more about daily life in Lebanon in an upcoming post) and climbing gear.
My short time here has already taught me that:
- Yes, I can eat my weight in Lebanese food
- Finding and getting gasoline for your car can take up to 5 hours
- A constant power supply is a luxury that most don’t have here
- Driving rules are mere suggestions
- Most language apps are useless to learn the local Arabic dialect
- Lebanon is a quarter of the size of Switzerland, has a local population of about 4.5 million, yet hosts between 1.5 and 2 m refugees
- 18 recognized religious groups live side by side throughout the country
- ClimbAID’s work here truly has a meaningful impact on both its participants and the local community
- and most of all: nothing here can be predicted!
I am excited to have the opportunity to share my passion for climbing with the ClimbAID family. I am looking forward to getting to know them better, as well as finding new ways to support the ClimbAID team over the next three weeks.
So, if you’re equally excited as me to see what I’ll experience in the coming weeks with ClimbAID in Lebanon, tune in for my next weekly update!
See you at the crag,