In February 2019 I travelled to Morocco for a guided winter climb of Mount Toubkal with Atlas Mountaineering. This trip was a fantastic introduction to winter mountaineering in addition to a brilliant cultural experience as we explored the souks of Marrakech and took in the local cuisine.
On to Imlil
An early morning bus was scheduled to take us from busy centre of Marrakech to the small mountain village Imlil in the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Our ascent would start at 1,800 metres above sea level, already higher than Ben Nevis. The mules were loaded with our kit as the sun started to make an appearance with one last sip of sugary peppermint tea to encourage the legs to kick in to gear.
Refuge Toubkal Les Mouflons
Our home for the next few days was a mountain refuge at an altitude of 3,207m. This was an ideal base camp for some winter skills and acclimatisation before taking on the Toubkal summit. The weather was fantastic but a lack of snow was evident with locals saying it had been some time with no precipitation. Peppermint tea, tagine and pringles from the tuck shop was our diet for the week.