I am Victor, a French traveler and keen rock climber in my late 20's.
A few months ago, I made a plan to travel to Lebanon and eventually ended up staying. I found a great place to settle for a bit: a little patch of heaven on earth for outdoor enthusiasts. Let me tell you a bit more about this place, I am sure you will want to be part of it!
It is called Joolmood ("boulder" in Arabic). It is a kind of mountaineering park filled with big boulders and trees all around, only a short hour ride from Beirut: a 30,000 m2 playground for outdoor enthusiasts. People come here and spend a night or two (either camping or in the guestrooms) to escape the crowd, the rush of life, the negativity. They meet friendly down to earth people, clear their mind, connect with nature, read, meditate, listen to music, watch the sunset and the sunrise.
Joomood Google maps info
As you can see, the place is already great. But there is more. I recently found out that a big patch of unused land is an untouched rock climbing paradise. The potential is huge! My dear friends here didn't figure out that they have a gem right in their backyard. Let's make it real!
In what we now call "The Magic Garden", you will find huge boulders and pieces of cliffs all around. Slightly scattered apart "Fontainebleau style" but with massive top quality rocks.
All we need to do is to bolt it to make it safely climbable for all. Putting the right gear in the right place will make us achieve a dream in the worldwide rock climbing community: having a site of great quality, safe, easy to reach and completely surrounded by nature at the same time.
We have the potential to open at least 50 lines, from 7 to 30 meters high, ranging from grade 4 to grade 8 (even more maybe). Among these lines we think that at least 10 of them are major and would attract top level rock climbers from all over.
We do have people ready to do the work here (bolting, clearing up the place etc.) but we need to buy the gear. Unfortunately, we don't have the funds to do it right. And it would be a shame to not make the most of this natural treasure.
So let's fill this place with kids and seniors, beginners and top climbers, locals and internationals... all there because they love the outdoors and want to challenge themselves on the walls.
This is where you step in. We hope you will be able to contribute so we can buy the required gear to get to work. To give you an idea: we need about 80 USD for each line. It can vary from 40 USD (short easy lines) to 130 USD for the longest ones.
Whether you are already a climber or not, you will be greatly rewarded. Each contribution matters and each contributor is a new friend of ours :) Our new friends will have the opportunity to stay with us for at least one night and get to tackle those rocks (even if you are a beginner). Joomood is worth it.
For each 50 USD given you will have a free camping ground + free breakfast + a personalized introduction to rock climbing / advanced rock climbing technique lesson (or just access to all the bolted routes if you are already autonomous on the walls).
You also have the possibility to stay in a cosy guest room (depending on availability) instead of on a camping ground if you contribute 75 USD.
Example: if you contribute with 300 USD you can stay with us 6 nights (4 nights if in a guest room) and learn how to enjoy and challenge yourself on the walls until exhaustion with free breakfast every morning!
While our estimated cost of bolting the 50 or so most promising routes would be 4000, any amount of funding will go directly to the gear required for starting the work. Similarly, as Joolmood is fully up and running already, you will always be able to come up here and enjoy your reward.
Important: if you are a climber and also want to contribute as a worker here, please contact us :) You won't regret it as we have a plan for you to stay with us, bolt routes and get a few "first ascents"! There is no need to have bolting experience as you would work side by side with experienced bolters and get the chance to learn from them. For this, you do need to master basic sport climbing though.