Jbel Toubkal Climber's Log
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|ivyonup||May Day Ascent |
Date Climbed: May 1, 2009
|We got to Imlil around 2am and were still able to secure a hotel for the night. The "huts" at the base of the mountain were the most "luxurious" I have stayed in thus far while climbing/hiking. We left for the summit around 5:40am, which turned out to be a wise choice because the snow was perfectly solid for the crampons on the ascent, and the melted snow was perfect for glissading on the descent.|
|Posted May 4, 2009 9:28 am|
|gbrill||Perfect Weather |
Date Climbed: May 1, 2009
|Group of four reached the summit in perfect, no wind, weather. For those trying to budget this trip: 1) You don't need a guide. 2) You only need snacks as virtually everything can be made available to you at the Toubkal refuge, you may want to bring your own lunch and breakfast though as its kind of a rip off. and 3) Contrary to all my beliefs prior to this trip you don't need an Ice axe if your doing the normal rout (unless there is a ton of snow). If you have sturdy ankles then crampons should be enough, perhaps trekking pols too, which would prove to be much more valuable in the long run. We rented our gear from Cafe Soleil at a rate of 40dh Ice axe/per day and 30dh crampons/per day. At the refuge we stayed at the Les Mouflons, lodging was 80dh a night, a small breakfast and lunch for 40dh each, dinner for 70dh, shower for 10dh, and a blanket for 20dh each.|
|Posted May 3, 2009 8:53 am|
|Thomas Gurviez||normal route by ski-hiking |
Date Climbed: Feb 24, 2009
|Ascent in 2 days from Imlil. Night in the Toubkal shelter and then summit in 2 hours from the refuge. Snow above 2300 m (Sidi Chamharouch), very thin on the ridges and the windy parts, but powder on north slopes.|
Fine weather, hot with the sun but pretty cold in the mornings.
|Posted Feb 27, 2009 2:37 pm|
|boriskrielen||Great solo winter ascent of Toubkal and Toubkal West! |
Date Climbed: Jan 28, 2009
|After arriving in Imlil I first climbed to Tizi m'Zik and Tasserimoute (2.640m) to acclimatise. Bad weather, hip deep snow. Took half a day to dry my cloths again. Local guides said it was impossible to climb Toubkal due to bad conditions, deep fresh snow etc. Well if it can't be done in a possible way, it has to be done in an impossible way, I said.|
Next afternoon marched to Sidi Chamarough in 3 hours. I met several people who came down the mountain. None of them had reached the summit. Slept in Sidi Chamarough in a dirty 'hole in the wall'.
Next morning walked on to the Mouflon refuge in 4 hours. Lots of fresh snow, often little trail to be found. Great weather! Cold at night though. Good food and sleep in the refuge.
Climbed Toubkal (4.167m) next day in 3 hours and Toubkal West (4.030m) in half an hour on the way down. Excellent conditions. Great views! Also climbed both summits of Ouanoukrim the day after.
|Posted Feb 13, 2009 7:19 am|
|edog2005||Tough winter conditions on Jbel Toubkal|
Date Climbed: Jan 31, 2009
|Experienced quite difficult winter conditions on this attempt on Jbel Toubkal - high winds and deep hard snow on the walk to the refuges from Sidi Chamharouch and after spending one night at the Mouflon mountain refuge, I made it to 3300m on the slopes above the refuges before giving up (2 people in my group did get to the summit though). |
Ice-axe and crampons very necessary on this climb, and I think if I try this again I will probably need 2 nights at altitude to acclimatise instead of one.
Full trip report on my blog here:
|Posted Feb 11, 2009 8:47 am|
|Caralynr||Great winter ascent |
Date Climbed: Jan 10, 2009
|Good day out in deep snow. Trip report to follow.|
|Posted Jan 16, 2009 10:36 am|
|salimr||Normal route |
Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2008
|With Alain, Omar and Olivier we climbed to the top, quite a lot of snow so early in the season.|
With snowboard down through the north face of the Ibikhi sud.
|Posted Dec 27, 2008 1:19 pm|
|From that garages(about 2200m) used as a ubications cca 6 hour to the top. No need for climbing or ice equipment. Nice walk...|
|Posted Nov 27, 2008 11:12 pm|
Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2006
|Cold Hut, Avy Beacon, Beyonce in the Taxi.|
|Posted Nov 24, 2008 12:07 pm|
|I was traveling by myself in Southern Spain in summer 1990 with a Spain/Morocco guidebook. On a lark, I took the ferry and night train to Marrakech, met some Brits and climbed the Standard route with one of them in two days from Marrakesh. It was very cold and we didn't have any appropriate mt. gear so wore all the clothing we had we leaving the Neltner hut in the morning. The whole trip, the spontaneity, the climb, the view from the summit looking out east over the Sahara was memorable.|
|Posted Sep 12, 2008 5:59 pm|
|barryg||My first 4000+ peak |
Date Climbed: Apr 5, 2007
|We climbed the normal south face route. Very busy in the refuge as it was Easter holidays. Beautiful conditions, we needed crampons from above the refuge. Fantastic views from the top.|
|Posted Sep 10, 2008 4:28 pm|
|FrançoisJ||Route climbed : normal |
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2007
|Sabrina and I climbed up normal south route (Tizi Toubkal) and down normal north route (Tizi Imuzzer) with a french group.|
I also soloed Toubkal west from tizi Toubkal.
Sabrina and I soloed to 3rd of the four summit of Imuzzer (not easy to tell wich one is the highest but with no doubt none of them is a 4000er (3965 m max).
|Posted Jun 24, 2008 9:28 am|
|Outdoorpartner||Three of four 4000 meters |
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2008
|Bluebird day; very crowded on the summit. This was the third of four 4000 meter peaks we climbed. Toubkal was the only mountain with a clear trail to the top.|
|Posted Jun 20, 2008 9:54 pm|
|LS||Easy but nice |
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2008
|I'm too lazy to translate my Norwegian trip-report found here:|
|Posted Jun 14, 2008 12:20 pm|
|MattHC||3 men, one girl and a dog |
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2008
|So we had a tiny window of opportunity between work, a day! Could we do it? I reckoned we could, but it would need a really early start. The others reckoend there was no point in sleeping - so 11pm saw us drive out of Marrakech. We parked up opposite Aremd, and were off by 2am. By 4 am we were above Sidi Chamharouch and wondering what was wrong - we were exhausted. OK - so maybe missing a nights sleep was not such a good idea. A couple of hours kip, and we were off again. A nic cup of team with my friend Brahima at the CAF hut gave us plenty of sugary fuel to keep going. Now we were on snow and I was a bit worried how my dog would cope - silly really, she did fine, scampered way on ahead of us as to say hurry up slow coaches.|
Up at the peak (again), not great views this time, bit too hazy. Windy and cold too, so we didn't hang around and set off after 15 mins to head back to the car.
Descent was fine until Sidi Chamharouch, and then my toes really started to hurt. Too long squashed into my boots. It was such a relief to get those things off and put my feet into more comfortable approach shoes.
So were back in Marrakech for 11pm, a great way to spend 24hrs. My feet were numb for days though ...
|Posted May 11, 2008 12:05 pm|
|Peak_Bagger||1st peak!! |
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2001
|My 1st peak...it was cool. Hard to imagine it would lead me to all the things I've done now.|
|Posted Apr 28, 2008 2:54 am|
|This was an unforgetable experience! I climbed the classic route. |
Leaving the hut at 2 AM it took around 4 hours of climbing in moonlight to the summit. Strong winds were blowing occasionally but did not cause any serious problem. I made it to the summit 20 seconds before the sun appeared on the horizon!
|Posted Mar 28, 2008 7:07 pm|
|Jon Cruces||Route Climbed: Normal route. Ikhibi Sud |
Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2008
|We left the hut at 06:00am, and it took us 4h15min to get to the top. The day was excellent. I was very happy standing in the summit. I might be one of the youngest person to climb toubkal.|
PHOTOS + VIDEO: http://todovertical.com/jon_unai/blog.php?id=15
|Posted Mar 26, 2008 5:19 am|
|Proterra||Nice climb |
Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2007
|Encountered a wee bit of iced-up rock, definately not a "walk-up" all the way, needed hands pretty much all the way up from the corrie to the saddle. Reckon it`s a YDS 2-3.|
Did the West Toubkal summit afterwards. Very enjoyable day.
Pictures coming up when i`m back in Nijmegen
|Posted Nov 21, 2007 6:44 am|
|codelancer||Route Climbed: Standard Route, solo |
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2007
|start from Casablanca at 8:00 10th June, Marrakesh at 12:00, Imlil at 16:00, Refuge Neltner 21:00|
Start climbing at 10:00, 11th June. Summit at 13:00pm.
|Posted Sep 30, 2007 9:28 am|