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Cicerone to the rescue in Morocco

Andy Hodges
By Andy Hodges

One of our authors, Andy Hodges assists a struggling Polish climber whilst on a training trip to Morocco.

Morocco Winter Skills Training
Andy, Tomas and the guidebook on Ouanakrim (photo: Paul Johnson)

One of our authors, Andy Hodges, is working towards his International Mountain Leader award and recently took a few ‘guinea pigs’ from Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team: Tavistock (Andy has been a member of the team for 20 years) to Morocco for some winter skills training and higher summits than Dartmoor has to offer.

After a successful ascent of Jebel Toubkal in high winds and temperatures of around -20C the team chose to tackle a harder route on Ouanakrim the following day. After reaching the col they encountered a Polish climber who had lost his way and was sat in the lee of the ridge. He had neither map nor guidebook and had already foundered on two unsuccessful attempts at finding the route (the most recent 1:50 000 map is better than previous ones but the guidebook is by far the most important source of information).

Andy is pictured here offering advice, using the Cicerone guidebook, to Tomas who then accompanied the group to the summit and back to the refuge.

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