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.
I'm too lazy to translate my Norwegian trip-report found here:
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 ...
My 1st peak...it was cool. Hard to imagine it would lead me to all the things I've done now.
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!
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.
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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
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.
I climbed Toubkal with a mate as a special treat for ourselves (winter walking has yet to appeal to me in a big way). Stayed at the Toubkal refuge for three nights and climbed around the Atlas as a bonus for two days. The views from the top on a clear day are amazing - good fun sliding back down on my backside as well although it's obviously not recommended!!!!
My climbing partner first 4000 meter peak. Nice summit, very different than the Alps.
Fair bit of snow, left hut at 6 am and on the summit by 9. Fair slog up to the first col and better view when up on the north ridge looking across into sahara. Cold above 3700m, back down to hut by 11.
It´s incredible, up the summit of this mountain with 5 frineds. The views are incredible. Go and see.
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.
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
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!!
A party of 7 people, including a 12 year old boy, got to the summit on a beautiful day !!
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.
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.
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.
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