Climbing walls the hard way in Beirut

In an effort to transform war-torn buildings into climbing challenges, Beirut's Al-Kamal building became the site of an urban climbing competition on Saturday. The building was severely damaged during the Lebanese civil war from 1975 to 1990, with it
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In an effort to transform war-torn buildings into climbing challenges, Beirut's Al-Kamal building became the site of an urban climbing competition on Saturday. The building was severely damaged during the Lebanese civil war from 1975 to 1990, with its facade riddled with holes. In the climbing contest, participants had no climbing holds such as blobs and bats that are usually attached to buildings to mimic real rock features. Instead, the climbers had to make use of the existing holes and crevices on the facade to help themselves reach the top.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2016, with the headline 'Climbing walls the hard way in Beirut'. Print Edition | Subscribe