More Winter Mountaineering in the High Atlas

In the shadow of Afella

[Full album of photos can be found on Facebook]

What a week it has been in the High Atlas: two massive efforts by the group to ascend the first and third highest peaks –  Toubkal and Ras n’Ouanoukrim –  and the coldest mountain day I have ever experienced.

Windblown snow on the traverse in the the South Cwm of Toubkal

And what a contrast it was to wet and mild Glencoe, just over two weeks ago. We had the obligatory sun and blue skies, but also fresh snow, which got whipped around by some bitterly cold winds.

The upper reaches of the South Cwm

Temperatures on summit day for Toubkal were in double negative figures, and that was before wind chill. It was hard to keep warm and by the end of the day I had lost feeling in some of my toes. However, this was not to stop the team, with some incredibly deep efforts in challenging conditions.

Views from the South Col

Also of interest, two British Mountain Guides, Mike ‘Twid’  Turner and Mark Charlton, spent ten days tackling ice routes in the vicinity of the refuge. Given the very cold and dry conditions, these were now of monstrous proportions, and bullet-hard ice was reported.

Ice falls in the valley above the Toubkal refuges

 

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