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17 Apr 2012
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9781852846718
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224
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The High Atlas

Treks and climbs on Morocco's biggest and best mountains

by Hamish Brown
Published by Cicerone Press

Inspirational book packed with anecdotes and insights about the best treks and climbs in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, in North Africa, and drawn from the author's 50-year experience. Illustrated with dazzling photographs of the mountains and also the mountain people, the Berbers. 48 routes including Jbel Toubkal, Tazekka and Igdat.

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The High Atlas mountains of North Africa offer some of the finest trekking and climbing in the world, with hospitable guides, a good climate for much of the year and an almost untouched mountaineering potential. Once you’ve experienced the contrasting landscapes, romantic cities and welcoming people of Morocco, it’s easy to become hooked.

A narrative of the author’s explorations over half a century, this is a guidebook like no other and could have been written by no one else. It describes some of the biggest and best mountain treks and climbs, routes long and short, difficult and easy, illustrated with pictures that show the rich culture of the Berber people. It is sure to be the inspiration for many fascinating Moroccan expeditions.

All the biggest and best summits including...

  • Jbel Toubkal (4167m) – the highest mountain in North Africa
  • Tazekka – covered right to the top by magnificent cedar forests
  • Igdat – first climbed in an extraordinary feat of mountaineering by Joseph Thomson in 1888
  • Ouaougoulzat – a popular ski-mountaineering destination
  • The improbable ascent of the Cathedral rock tower
  • Tizi Mkorn – between the desert gorges of Dadès and Todra
  • The peaks around the rim of the Tichka Plateau
  • Activities
    mountaineering, scrambling, trekking
  • Seasons
    If you can cope with snow climbs, winter into spring is a good time to visit; spring is the perfection, with blossom and life awakening, and as late as June alpine flowers will still be colouring high ground; by July the temperature is soaring and tends to stay so until the autumn equinox; autumn is harvest time, and storms are less likely, but you'll find a burnt-up landscape; November, December and January are the least good months
  • Centres
    Marrakech, Fes, Imlil, Ouarzazate, the Bou Guemez, Tinerhir and Boumalne des Dad├Ęs
  • Difficulty
    routes suitable for any experienced mountaineer, as long as they respect the altitude and the strong summer sun
  • Must See
    Jbel Toubkal the highest mountain in North Africa; Tazekka; Igdat; Ouaougoulzat; the Cathedral rock tower; Tizi Mkorn and the Tichka Plateau; the colourful Berber culture and people

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