A Million Steps
Discovering the Lebanon Mountain Trail
Hana El-Hibri; Photography by Norbert Schiller
published 2011 • 8 ¾”x 11 ¼” • 288 pages • full-color photographs througout
ISBN 9781566568395 • hardback • $60.00 •
"In 2009, experienced hiker and mountain climber El-Hibri decided to get a group of hikers together to be the first to walk the entire newly designated Lebanon Mountain Trail, traversing the length of the country from north to south. In her diary of their month-long 273 mile journey, El-Hibri recounts the people they meet, the nature they see, and the overwhelming hospitality and beauty of the nation. The narrative is immeasurably enhanced by the stunning photography of Norbert Schiller (Spectacular Egypt), who has captured the essence of the hike, the natural beauty of the trail, and the kindness of the people, resulting in a travelogue epic in distance and intimate in scope. Readers unfamiliar with the Lebanese landscape will be floored by the natural beauty of the country and captivated by El-Hibri's meditative prose and Schiller's luminous photographs. They may well be inspired to start their own hiking expeditions and become advocates for their own natural landscapes."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The Lebanon Mountain Trail, a 275-mile hiking path running the length of Lebanon, was developed in 2006-08 from a variety of existing roads, trails, and paths along with constructed connectors. To raise awareness of the trail and promote conservation in Lebanon, El-Hibri, an experienced mountaineer, here relates her month-long eco-tour as she hiked with a core team and was exposed to traditional foods, Lebanon's iconic cedar forests, the snow-capped mountains that inspired Khalil Gibran, gorgeous waterfalls, and stunning fields of wildflowers. Her trek from guesthouse to guesthouse through rural and mountainous country is beautifully photographed by prolific Middle Eastern photojournalist Schiller. The text is a diary-style collection of vignettes from the hike...Verdict This coffee-table book is primarily a showcase for the numerous landscape photos that will turn your preconceived notions of Lebanon on their head. It beautifully presents the diversity of the rural Lebanese landscape, showing the potential for the Lebanon Mountain Trail and the country's nascent ecotourism industry."|
"Impressive... An attractive design incorporates Hibri's flaw-free text with thoughts of such mountain lovers as Kahlil Gibran...The liberal use of Schiller's wonderful images makes A Million Steps a handsome coffee table volume. If anything is going to make you want to hike the LMT, it is this glossy volume with its stunning views of Mount Hermon, Tannourine, and other scenic delights."
-The Daily Star
A thrilling, yet intimate, view of the 440 km trail that runs through the remote and majestic Lebanese mountains
Hana El-Hibri and her fellow hikers were the first to walk the length of Lebanon from north to south, and her up-close account of the month-long journey is accompanied by Norbert Schiller’s superb photos, capturing the region’s diverse wildlife, its stunning scenery and the colorful characters that live there.
On their journey, they encountered torrential rivers, thunderous storms, and blazing sunshine. They crossed deep gorges, massive snowfields, and idyllic meadows. They came across goats, wild animals, and dozens of colorful local characters who treated them to the hospitality, cuisine, and folklore of the Lebanese mountains.
A Million Steps gives us snapshots of a Lebanon that is rarely seen and of an adventure of discovery, beauty and companionship to be treasured by all who value Lebanon’s rich rural heritage. A fabulous gift book!
Hana El-Hibri began her mountaineering career with a 30-day expedition in Wyoming, and her writing career on a 30-day trek in Lebanon. In the 30 years in between, she had three children, lived in four countries, and hiked in numerous mountain ranges in the US, France, Switzerland, Tanzania, and Lebanon.
Norbert Schiller has been one of the most sought after news photographers in the Middle East for the last three decades. His main work has been with AP, AFP, UPI, Getty Images, Der Spiegel and The New York Times. His books include Arak and Mezze: The Taste of Lebanon, Wines of Lebanon, and Spectacular Egypt. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his Lebanese wife and two children.
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