Jebel Toubkal Challenge – Day 1

I found myself sitting at a table overlooking the famous square of Djemaa El-Fna in Marrakech chatting to four people that I had just met a few seconds earlier while at the same time trying to wolf down a tasty chicken tagine that had promptly arrived in front of me! Continue reading “Jebel Toubkal Challenge – Day 1”

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The Jebel Toubkal Adventure

Due south of the 1000-year-old pink walled city of Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains rise to a commanding 4000 metres and include the famous Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest peak in North Africa and my target for this little expedition.

The planned trek & summit route

The planned trek & summit route

Reached after a two hour drive across the Moroccan plains on the back of an overnight in Marrakech my adventure really begins with a strenuous five hour hike up to the Neltner Refuge (Base Camp) which at just over 3200m is strategically placed for a good summit bid the following day. Continue reading “The Jebel Toubkal Adventure”

Foto Friday – Tinfou sand dunes, Zagora, Morocco

Tinfou sand dunes, Zagora

In 2007 I crossed the Atlas Mountains to the fringes of the Sahara Desert by 4WD where we then stayed at a Berber camp amongst the sand dunes.

For the final leg to get to the camp we travelled on camels through a sandstorm and ended up being the only people that made it through that night.

But in the morning we were greeted by one of the most stunning sunrises I have ever seen anywhere in the world. I love the colours in this shot with the mountains in the far distance which is why it has been picked today for Foto Friday.