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...
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
6 friends and me started from a tent near refuge Neltner at 9:45 in the morning. Two of us climbed first Toubkal Ouest passing Tizi n'Toubkal. From this secundary peak of Toubkal could see our team mates on Toubkal summit. Then we worked up onto it under a burning sun, reached summit and descended to meet our friends.
4 team mates and me started from a tent near refuge Neltner at 10:30 in the morning. Reached the summit when the clouds covered it, the storm was there, all our hairs stood on end and we had to protect crampons and axes against possible rays. Once on the ikhibi we emerged from the clouds and returned to base camp.
Great climb. Ended up going up twice in two days. Lots of snow but the view was well worth it. Check out the trip report. Crampons and ice axe were needed.
Not too easy walk from Neltner refuge (3.207 m). Two friends of mine and me left camp near this hut at 9:30 h. The snow wasn't yet so hard but kept on the ikhibi (stream bed) Sud. About 12.000 ft. we felt sick because of height but kept upstairs another time. The ascent isn't difficult, the trail goes along a large snow-covered bed until tizi n'Toubkal (Toubkal col) at 3.940 m. Some climbers go back from summit after leaving their camps soon on the morning. On the col we turned to the left up a scree slope, went along the ridge coming up from the col and traversed right to the summit plateau. There a great iron piramid marks the tallest point of NW-Africa (4.167 m). The sky was then overcast and there was a little fog first of the descent. We lost the trail a little but soon found it. The descent was a pleasant walk on this beautiful High Atlas mountain, the snow had soften and we sometimes sank to our hips at the last part of the route over our tent.
Maroccan mountain sickness due to a far too enthusiastic ascent :-(
Had to turn around 60 vertical meters from the summit.
We had come too fast to the refuge, and my partner felt sick, so we got up late, started late, dragged ass on the way up, and eventually my partner gave up and turned around. I went on alone, but it was already too late. Because the hut's guard was supposed to leave at 4 pm, I had a turnaround time of 2. At 2:30, I turned around in view of the summit.
It was my first experience of altitude, and I had my money worth of it. That day I was totally alone on the mountain, and the view is great.
Especially in winter, I think it is a good training mountain. It looks and feel like a high altitude mountain, yet it is not difficult.
Also Morocco is quite interesting.