bookofsamuel @gopro footage from #sunset in El Cap Meadow during the @thenorthface #TNFAthleteSummit. An unlikely #tribe of heavy hitters from the #climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and running communities that I'm lucky to run amongst. #GoPro #SoPro 2d

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bookofsamuel Cleaning spray paint off the boulders in Little Cottonwood Canyon with @joe.kinder on his 35th birthday with a huge posse of other environmentally concerned people. This was the Salt Lake City stop of the @blackdiamond and @accessfund #ROCKProject tour. Do yourself a favor and learn a little about the proud mission of this project, and spread the love... Tag a friend even if you care about preserving the wild places and understand that YOU are the key. 1w

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bookofsamuel Climbing, skiing, touring, friends and family. A whirlwind 6 weeks in #Lebanon it was. Thanks to @thenorthface and @vicesports for believing in me and my #RootedLebanon story, and thanks to everyone involved. Stay tuned for the full documentary. Thanks to @climbtech @blackdiamond @bluewaterropes for the essential hardware to help #RADorg and #RockClimbingLebanon develop this place into a global climbing destination. Thanks to @clifbarcompany for the crucial sustenance. Thanks also to @scarpana @oakley @voke_tab @the_drcc. 2w

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bookofsamuel Today was a crazy day that included a totaled rental car and two first ascents. In the end, I sent my hard project and called it Shaytān. It is one of the most perfect routes I've ever bolted. It may be Lebanon's first 5.14, and the hardest #climbing route in the country at the moment. #RADorg #RootedLebanon @thenorthface @vicesports @blackdiamond @scarpana @bluewaterropes @oakley @voke_tab @clifbarcompany @the_drcc Photo by @pablo_durana 2w

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bookofsamuel @ColonelBeer is one of the only craft breweries in #Lebanon. It's right on the Mediterranean Sea, and they built a huge boulder for #climbing in the backyard. @the_drcc gave me dozens of holds and a couple of hangboards to bring to Lebanon, and I left a bunch here. #RootedLebanon @LiveLoveLebanon @EveryDayMiddleEast @BarakaBits @thenorthface @vicesports @blackdiamond @scarpana @bluewaterropes @oakley @voke_tab @clifbarcompany Photo by @cbaileyspeed 2w

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bookofsamuel Martyrs' Square by full moon. The bronze statue that was to commemorate Lebanese nationalists hung during WWI by the Ottomans, now riddled with bullet holes, has become a symbol for everything that was destroyed during the Lebanese Civil War. #RootedLebanon @thenorthface @vicesports 3w
  •   monkyseemonkydo @bookofsamuel I'm following your #RootedLebanon story. For the first time ever I am actually considering leaving everything and going back and settling somewhere next to the rocks and just focus on that! 2w
  •   mmoughanni Lebanese fan. Great work man keep it up 2w

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bookofsamuel #Sunset by the Mediterranean #Sea after a day of skiing in the mountains. My second report from #Lebanon is online now. The link is in my profile or http://neverstopexploring.com/2015/03/31/rooted-in-lebanon/ #RootedLebanon @thenorthface @vicesports 3w

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bookofsamuel Proj•ect (noun) - a planned piece of work that has a specific #purpose and that usually requires a lot of time... I've bolted and put a lot of work into this piece of stone. I love it. @g.emil photo #climbing #project #RootedLebanon @thenorthface @vicesports @blackdiamond @scarpana @bluewaterropes @oakley @climbtech @clifbarcompany @the_drcc @voke_tab #RADorg 3w

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bookofsamuel My great aunt does laundry as the city builds on top of itself. #Beirut isn't for the faint of heart. Moments of stillness and relaxation are rare in the city, and really only happen for me with my #family. The city is a harsh contrast to the more wild and natural places of the country, but it's beauty with balance. #RootedLebanon @thenorthface @vicesports 4w

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bookofsamuel For @andrewbisharat's first day in #Lebanon, we took stones from the beach, bought all the supplies, and built a #climbing wall for the Children and Youth Center inside the Shatilla Refugee camp. It's historically a Palestinian camp, but there has been a large influx of Syrians from the civil war. Tough times, tough place, tough people. #RootedLebanon @thenorthface @vicesports 4w

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bookofsamuel Skiing in the morning with a load of fresh snow from a recent storm, then #Mediterranean chilling and rock collecting in the afternoon. This country continues to impress. @LiveLoveLebanon @EveryDayMiddleEast #RootedLebanon @thenorthface @vicesports 4w

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bookofsamuel Lebanese climber and route developer George Emil (@g.emil) #climbing on one of his own projects that's an unlikely line of perfect holds up impeccable rock. From afar it seems completely blank and impossible. But, he had the vision and belief. #RootedLebanon @thenorthface @vicesports #RADorg #NeverStopExploring 4w

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bookofsamuel Exploring and touring. The Arabian horse is one of the most recognizable and oldest horse breeds in a the world. They're renowned for speed, endurance, refinement, and strong bones, and have been spread around the world. Here an 8 month old pony is getting his legs under him. #RootedLebanon 1mon

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bookofsamuel Birthplace of the famous Lebanese poet and artist Khalil Gibran above the Holy Valley (Ouadi Qadisha) and below the Forest of the Cedars of God. #RootedLebanon @vicesports @thenorthface 1mon

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bookofsamuel The view from the climbing area above town. In the distance are the still snow covered #Lebanon #Mountains. Here is the #climbing. 30 minutes up the valley is skiing. 30 minutes down the valley is the Mediterranean Sea. #PrimeRealEstate #RootedLebanon @thenorthface @vicesports 1mon

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bookofsamuel "When my sister Kayla and I united in Beirut, she told me about an interaction from the first leg of her flight itinerary from Washington DC to Paris. She said she boarded the plane, and made her way to her seat. Once there, she was agitated to find not only a middle seat, but a man already in the window seat with his body and personal objects well encroaching into the zone of middle seat. She settled into the heinous sandwich seat between the aisle and the window. Praying not to become the meat of a sandwich, she broke the ice to her neighbor..." Continue my first blog from #Lebanon by the link in my profile or at http://neverstopexploring.com/2015/03/11/lebanon-sam-elias/ 1mon

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bookofsamuel Taking in all the riches of this country. Climbing yesterday, #skiing today. #Lebanon is a rugged and mountainous country that rises straight out of the Mediterranean Sea. My sister and brother and I have been skiing since we started walking, so for me that means this is my 30th year. Kayla (@kayla_elias) and I skied all day with Beirut and the Mediterranean always in sight far below. It was a perfect bluebird Spring skiing day without a single cloud in the sky. @thenorthface @vicesports #RootedLebanon 2mon

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bookofsamuel Teaching my sister to #climb and belay in the #mountains of #Lebanon. We had the whole place to ourselves. Many thanks to Will Nazarian (@wilburgers) and #RADorg for all the hard work and route development. @thenorthface @vicesports #RootedLebanon @LiveLoveLebanon @barakabits 2mon

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bookofsamuel My sister and I just hit the ground in Lebanon. This is a project to connect my family with my life as a climber (and skier). The oldest living members of our family live here, and there are mountains and cliffs to explore. I've been thinking about this for years, and planning hard the last few months. My father is from Syria, but the remaining family is a mixture of Turkish, Lebanese, and Syrian. The next few weeks will hold an experience of family, sport, touring, and observation of the socio-political situation here in Lebanon, as well as with regard to Syria. Thanks to @thenorthface and @vicesports for making this a reality. #RootedLebanon 2mon
  •   randmeister This is so cool I can hardly stand it. Grin. Drink it all in! 2mon
  •   9lifetorch Best of luck & have a great trip! 2mon
  •   bcolective Ya Sam. So sweet to see your vision manifested in the moment. Ride om... 2mon
  •   ngwinner Looking forward to seeing and hearing from your trip @bookofsamuel ! 2mon
  •   txin44 2mon
  •   delilapozderac Good luck and safe travels! Nothing quite like visiting the homeland.... 2mon
  •   se_queira Ótima postagem! 2mon
  •   _lucasbmarques_ Miss u jah! 1mon

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