American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Syria, Lebanon, Mt. Hermon

  • Climbs And Expeditions
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  • Publication Year: 1951

Mt. Hermon. Mrs. V. Z. Lotowycz writes of climbing Mt. Hermon (9232 ft.), a mountain of both archaeological and historical interest, on the borders of Syria and Lebanon. She reports: “The summit consists of three peaks which rise from a small plateau, the ‘Hermonites’ of the Bible. The true summit peak which rises very sharply is crowned by a stone man and the entire peak circled by huge stone blocks. How they were dragged up there, by whom and why, no one knows. It was probably done by Baal worshipers. The blocks are certainly pre-Roman and pre- Christian. The ruins of a small temple and a cave with a carved stone entrance are also on the summit. Other ruins can be found on the slopes.”

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