MOROCCO WINTER

CLIMBING

winter adventures in the high atlas mountains 

This trip is ideal for those that have done some winter climbing before and are looking for an adventurous alternative to Scotland. 

THE 

CLIMBING WEEK

COURSE DATE

2020

12-19 Dec 

COST

8 days

£975 per person

Ratio 1:2

 

This course is run alongside the Morocco Winter Mountaineering week, so it will be a very social week in the hut. It will be instructed by a couple of good friends of mine who hold the MIC and/or IMFGA.

If you haven’t got any winter climbing experience, but are keen to learn, then please contact me to discuss this further as this could be a possibility and of course, blue skies are far better to learn a new skill in!

SO WHAT'S THE CLIMBING

WEEK ALL ABOUT?

 

The High Atlas Mountains in North Africa are simply stunning, a long mountain range that separates the Atlantic Coast with the Sahara Desert. There are a number of 4000m peaks, the highest being Jebel Toubkal at 4167m, this whole area has a real Alpine feel to it in the winter with traditionally very good snow conditions. The High Altas are very accessible from the UK, indeed I can arrive at the foot of them quicker than travelling to parts of Scotland! 

 

It’s hard to imagine ice climbing in North Africa, but the High Atlas in Morocco provides a wealth of impressive water ice and gullies with many of these routes easily accessible from the Mouflons Hut. There is a good range of grades from Scottish II to V and beyond, including the opportunities for long adventurous Alpine type routes.

 

This week has no set plan, rather the aim is to make the most of the conditions on the ground and climb on the ice and snow as much as possible, this is a week of adventure, there is no guarantee of what you will climb! The Mouflon hut is situated in a large valley giving access to a huge range of possibilities, for example within 100m of it there is a considerable amount of single pitch ice up to grade V which will entertain you for the day! It is the perfect introduction to the area. 

 

Beyond that, long icefalls can be found in addition to many mountaineering routes which actually summit some significant peaks. Some of these routes are the classic snow gully lines that rise up from the valley ranging in length from 200-600m and longer in length, easily comparable to those of the Alps, but with easier approaches. Some of these may require an hours walk to reach.

 

Although this is a guided week, naturally we will look at the relevant skills like your movement on snow/ice, how you use your crampons, your ice axe techniques/placements and perhaps ice screw placement/anchor building. It is unlikely that you be offered the chance to lead any routes yourself. 

 

Over the last few years, we have generally had terrific conditions in the High Atlas mountains with blue skies and reasonable temperatures being the norm, so the days are far more enjoyable than battling the usual Scottish conditions!

 

As with all these trips, the weather is the determining factor and may allow us to follow our plan or force us to change. I’ve started walking in the snow from the valley with knee deep snow for most of the week and also on other occasions the snowline hasn’t started until the hut and therefore a little easier on the legs! It’s always an adventure, but the key factors are that we stay safe, enjoy the week and hopefully climb as much as we can. I prefer to keep the plan very open to allow us to make decisions compatible with the conditions on the ground.

 

Here's a very broad outline of the 8 days...

HOW TO BOOK

It's simple!

 

Complete the online booking form and pay a deposit

 

Make sure you check out the terms and conditions

Full payment details are on the booking form

You will receive confirmation of your booking, payment received and final details.

For all Overseas trips a monthly standing order can be arranged after the deposit payment to spread the payments. Please email me to ask about this. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO I NEED PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE?

This trip is ideal for those that have done some winter climbing before and are looking for an adventurous alternative from Scotland. 

 

We will be affected by the effects of altitude during the week and whilst we’ll discuss how to manage this, walking & climbing in the mountains in winter can be quite physically tiring, so combined with the effects of altitude, it’s a fairly challenging environment. 

To give yourself the best opportunity to enjoy this week, prior fitness training in the hills and mountains is essential.

If you haven’t got any winter climbing experience, but are keen to learn, then please contact me to discuss this further as this could be a possibility and of course, blue skies are far better to learn a new skill in!

 

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

This trip is in a winter environment so, crampons, ice axes and plenty of warm clothing will be needed.

I will send you a detailed kit list when you confirm your place. 

 

WHERE DO WE MEET?

I don’t book your flights, rather once they are released I will confirm the flight I’m flying on and you book your own. Then we will meet centrally at the UK airport. If you wish to fly from another airport then you will need to ensure it arrives and departs in a similar timeframe to mine.

WHAT"S INCLUDED?

Myself and a IFMGA / MIC instructor  

All accommodation inc Imlil, Mouflons hut and a night in Marrakech - located a few hundred metres from Jemaa el Fnaa

Arrival and departure airport transfers and transport to Imlil

Mules/porters for getting our kit to the hut and back down

All food except for all lunches and the evening meal in Marrakech

 

WHAT"S NOT INCLUDED?

Flights

Visa - (not currently required) & vaccinations

Personal insurance

Personal equipment

Transceiver, Pole, Shovel (this will need to be hired for the week if the conditions require it)

Drinks/food in addition to the above

Tips

 

BOOKING?

A £250 deposit* will secure your space and the balance payable 90 days prior to the start date.

On receipt of your deposit, I will send you a detailed itinerary, equipment list and a packing tick list. This will provide detailed information/advice on flights, accommodation, food, health and hygiene, environmental responsibilities, walking at altitude, fitness, insurance and currency.

 

*Non-refundable deposit please see Conditions of Booking

 

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QUESTIONS

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CONDITIONS OF BOOKING

Ensure you have a read of our Conditions of Booking before you book your place 

WHATS NEW?

Find out what's been happening on the hill this week as well as any last minute availabilty

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