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Walks and Scrambles in the Moroccan Anti-Atlas

Tafraout, Jebel El Kest, Ait Mansour, Ameln Valley, Taskra and Tanalt

Guidebook to 41 graded walks and scrambles in the Anti-Atlas mountains of southern Morocco. Routes from 3 to 25km, including a summary of a 1-week long-distance trail from the north to the south of the Anti-Atlas. Covers 6 main areas, including Tafraout, Jebel El Kest, Ait Mansour, Ameln Valley, Taskra and Tanalt.

Seasons

October through April with hotter periods moderated by altitude, low humidity and a frequent light breeze. Weather events can sometimes bring cold conditions and snow on the summits especially in mid-winter.

Centres

Tafraout and the Ameln Valley are the major bases with the Kasbah Tizourgane at Ida Ougnidif providing a shorter-stay option.

Difficulty

The routes best suit confident walkers and scramblers with a sense of adventure. Walks range from easy (2hr) to very difficult (13hr) explorations. Easy and moderate options require basic fitness and route-finding ability. The graded scrambles (1 to 3S) should appeal mainly to experienced scramblers.

Must See

The mountains of Jebel El Kest (2375m) and Adrar Mqorn (2344m) which dominate Tafraout, the strange eroded and weathered rock formations, the deep gorges of Ait Mansour and the skyline rim, the springtime flowers of the Tizi N'Takoucht escarpment, the Ameln Valley villages and the elusive Adad Medni.
ISBN
9781852848095
Availability
Published
Published
8 Nov 2018
Edition
First
Pages
280
Size
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.85cm
Weight
310g
Overview

A guidebook to 41 graded walks and scrambles in the Anti-Atlas mountains. Exploring the dramatic scenery of southern Morocco, the walks are suitable for confident walkers and scramblers with good navigation skills.

Walks range from 3 to 40km (2–25 miles), taking between 1hr to 2 days to walk. The scrambles are graded from 1 to 3+ allowing you to choose routes suitable for your ability. A 1-week 110km (68 mile) long-distance trek from Ait Baha to Ait Mansour across the north-west Anti-Atlas is also described.

  • 1:50,000 maps are included for each walk and topos for scrambling routes
  • GPX files available to download
  • Detailed information on planning, facilities and accommodation
  • Highlights include Jebel El Kest.

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By David Wood

Based in West Lancashire, David is a keen walker, photographer and rock climber. As a frequent traveller he has followed his pursuits in over 20 countries across five continents. David worked initially in the police service, following which he taught in secondary and adult education. He subsequently worked as a psychologist with children and adults in the public sector. After developing an interest in the mountains as a young teenager through the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, David completed the Pennine Way at the age of 17. He improved his rock climbing in his thirties largely through the influence of the Fylde Mountaineering Club. During frequent climbing visits to Morocco with the Club he became increasingly aware of the potential for walking and scrambling and in March 2015 he returned with his partner Halina to explore and document the routes in this guidebook.

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