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John ClimberPerfect trekking to Toubkal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2007

John Climber

A party of 5 summited Jbel Toubkal from our BC, situated some hundred metres away of the Toubkal hut, following the normal route. There was a blue sky, almost no wind, and not too much snow. Therefore, when walking out of the stepped path we were going, sometimes, till our knees through the powder snow of the slopes of Toubkal. Temperature was just over freezing point at the top and, aproximately, 5 degrees celsius next to the hut. Some members of the party were not even using crampons to walk up the mountain.

On the 5th Nov. 2008 climbed again from the Mouflon Hut via the normal route. Plenty of snow due to many days of bad weather in the Atlas region, with a lot os snow-fall. At the upper slopes there was a little bit less of snow. There was almost no icy conditions and I went uo and down without the use of crampons.

Together with me Sanaa climbed the mountain (her first 4000er) and I met the member of SP, Matt. Alberto was doing it also to the top and we went together all the way down.

Good weather conditions, with fresh temperatures but blue sky.

On tuesday, april 20th, climbed by third time!! with Rocío, Miguel Ángel, Ana y Rubén in 4 hrs and 1/2. Snow from the hut till the slopes of the Col du Toubkal. The NW slopes were free of snow as well as the top, Windy. Good temperature at the top.
Posted Jan 22, 2007 4:22 pm

thenewpassionNormalRoute  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 1990

thenewpassion

Me, two buddies and five English girls formed a team to summit this puppy. One could say we were slightly unprepared for this mountain. Hell, Pete didn't even bring a sleeping bag. The most memorable thing about this mountain, was not the climb itself, but the amazing egg omelets that could be had in Imlil
Posted Dec 10, 2006 7:34 am

TrabalonNotmal Route in december 2000  Sucess!

Trabalon

My first 4000. We climbed it in december but there aren't snow!!
Beautiful but more easy compared with 4000 in Alps. The best thing of this expedition: to know this incredible country!!
Posted Feb 28, 2006 5:53 pm

TodoVerticalRoute Climbed: 'Normal' Route Guiding Date Climbed: 06/12/2005  Sucess!

TodoVertical

A party of 7 people, including a 12 year old boy, got to the summit on a beautiful day !!
Posted Dec 10, 2005 7:32 pm

rossjmacRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: 26 August 2005  Sucess!
Sue and I along with our group summited at about 9 in the morning in perfect weather conditions with no wind what so ever! A very worth while trip to a spectacular range of mountains.
Posted Oct 28, 2005 2:56 am

igneouscarlRoute Climbed: normal/Ikhibi Sud Date Climbed: June 2005  Sucess!

igneouscarl

Perfect conditions the morning we climbed, before the clouds could build up. 6 of us from Aston University Mountaineering Club and a long train of people above and below us. Beautiful views on the summit. My 1st 4,000´er mountain- inspired my solo climb of Akioud (4,000'er across the valley) the next day.
Posted Sep 18, 2005 6:06 am

koberRoute Climbed: Normal route / Ikhibi Sud Date Climbed: 26th of April 2005  Sucess!
We climbed it with my wife at the end of the april. Though there was still quite lot of snow (in patches), crampons were not necessary (temperature was above 5 degrees during whole climb). Route is easy, we only had a bit of a problem with a mild altitude sickness.
Posted May 11, 2005 11:25 am

salimrRoute Climbed: Ibhiki sud Date Climbed: 2 february 2004  Sucess!

salimr

Well, also climbed in winter 2004 with my wife and two friends.



A lot of snow, more I guess than this year ( 2005 ) but very cold weather especialy during the hike from Imlil to the hut. We arrived with a blue skin color !



That's all folk, see you all very soon



Posted Apr 6, 2005 12:47 pm

salimrRoute Climbed: Ibhiki sud Date Climbed: 12 mars 2005  Sucess!

salimr

Yeah, we climb it within hard meteo conditions - a lot of wind, and snow fall - during all the ascent.

A lot of snow, hard on the sides where there's no sun, and better for snow-board after the morning if the side is exposed to the sun.



On the top, impossible to stay, because we were flying with wind, so we descend very fast to the pass at 4000, put our snow-boards and descend the Ibikhi sud until the refuge, GREAT. We didn't took the Ibhiki nord because of the conditions which made the route quite dangerous.



See you soon all, there
Posted Mar 14, 2005 10:11 am

mountainmanmitchRoute Climbed: Normal/Ikhibi Sud Date Climbed: January 20, 2005  Sucess!

mountainmanmitch

Weather was very pleasant, very little snow below the Refuge, ice axe and crampons needed thereafter. Took a full day of climbing (12 hours) but I reached the summit and made it back to Marrakech and was shopping in the plaza that same evening.
Posted Feb 16, 2005 10:57 pm

DarekRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: Jun 2002  Sucess!
Great views! Path to Toubkal is quite popular, but neighbouring valleys and peaks are at least equally beautiful.
Posted Jan 14, 2005 7:13 pm

Andrew PolhillRoute Climbed: Normal Route (from Lodge / Base Camp) Date Climbed: 15th September 2004  Sucess!
Tackled the Summit during what appeared to be one of the first proper snowfalls of the year. Definite snow line appeared at approx. 3700m, but was not to thick and only slowed process slightly. Strong wind and snow was experienced on the final summit ridge, leading to poor visibility and a drop in temperature. However danger levels remained low.



We didn't leave sufficient acclimatisation time, however a steady ascent with lots of breaks kept any altitude problems at bay. All in all a good fun climb, full report to follow.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 10:59 am

LobeliaRoute Climbed: Normal route. Ikhibi Sud. Date Climbed: 29 December 2002.  Sucess!

Lobelia

It was an unforgettable trip in Christmas time : mountains, desert and sea. My second four- thousander. We were a big group with 68 people and all of them reached the summit. Lobelia.
Posted Oct 9, 2004 1:23 pm

2hansenRoute Climbed: Ascend from west/south (from refugee) - Descend west/north (via plane wreck) Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

2hansen

This summit was the highlight of an 8-day hike in the High Atlas. Pretty crowded on summit.
Posted Jul 7, 2004 8:30 am

Dan BaileyRoute Climbed: normal Date Climbed: summer 1996  Sucess!

Dan Bailey

A long hot scree slog, but great views. And enlivened all the more when someone I was climbing with accidentally 'followed through' while farting on the summit. He blamed food poisoning...
Posted Feb 10, 2004 12:10 pm

VinnyRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2002  Sucess!

Vinny

A great experience in 'If you don't know if it's possible just try it yourself.'



Left Asni at 900 after a leisurely breakfast with great cafe Berber (spiced - if anyone knows the recipe tell me). It was a welcome warmth on the mid- 'African winter' morning..



Hitched a ride 3/4 of the way to Imlil in a construction truck. Rented an axe and walking poles in Imlil to supplement my sneakers and daypack. I had food for myself for 3 days, bivy clothes, water and basic first aid.

Left Imlil 1000, and enjoyed a tea and snack at the sacred place of the King of the Djinn before noon.



Final ascent begun at 1400 in afternoon to take advantage of soft snow - no problem with axe. It was 'africa cold' (read: no problem ). Beautiful mountain all to myself. noticed various tracks of skiis and snowboard.



Summit before 1600, and experienced an annoyance of climbing away from Switzerland- there was no one to take a picture for me... ; )



Fun descent to hut in 50 mins and ran down to Imlil in fading light to return rented gear. It's funnny how 70 Dirhams for rental gear or 160 Dr for the shelter can seem like alot of money while in Africa.



I would have preferred to share the experience with a fun partner, but I enjoyed the winter ascent solitude in itself.

Posted Jan 6, 2003 8:36 am

TodoVerticalRoute Climbed: Jebel Toubkal & Toubkal Ouest by the Normal Route Date Climbed: March 1998  Sucess!

TodoVertical

After 4 very long hours we reached the summit of Toubkal climbing up an endless slope . It was a super-hot day. The view from the top worthed the effort. Then we went for the Toubkal Ouest summit that is nearby.
Posted Dec 5, 2002 10:12 am

Claire PrewettDate Climbed: September 02  Sucess!
Trekked to the top in the summer after spending 15 days trekking in the High Atlas. My first peak, fell in love with the mountains.
Posted Oct 25, 2002 8:29 am

Chamonix ManRoute Climbed: Normal Route from Refuge Hut Date Climbed: July 1996  Sucess!

Chamonix Man

Click here for a more full trip report.



I climbed with my brother when I was 18. We spent five days walking around the mountain, staying in little villages and camping. We didn't take a tent, just bivvy bags.



Watch out for water on the trek - you can never be sure where the next supply is going to be so carry lots. Also it is worth taking iodene even for sources high iin the hills.



Descended a more direct way and passed the wreckage of a small plane on the side of the mountain.
Posted Aug 14, 2002 4:39 am

Phil McLeanRoute Climbed: Normal route (south cwm / ikhibi sud) Date Climbed: 24th March 2000  Sucess!

Phil McLean

With 5 friends from Edinburgh University Hillwalking Club. Camped at Neltner for 2 nights acclimatising / feeling sick, then 3rd night in the refuge. Set off early, made the summit exhausted but happy. On hard snow from the refuge. First taste of altitude. Returned to Imlil same day. Would love to go back and climb some more of the mountains round the refuge.
Posted Jun 10, 2002 4:54 pm

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