In part 2 of our mini-series on Morocco trad climbing we look at the latest guidebooks to Tafraout and the wider Anti-Atlas area. If you missed the first, part 1 was a full-bodied taster to the Morocco trad climbing scene in Tafraout, and part 3 rounds the series off on basic logistics.



Tafraout Guidebooks



Go-to guidebooks to Morocco trad climbing in Tafraout


So as I mentioned previously, Jay and I were keen to get our hands on the newly released guidebooks for the Anti-Atlas, specifically documenting trad climbing. On our first evening in Tafraout we were able to meet up with the books’ author, Steve Broadbent, at the Restaurant La Kasbah. He and a bunch of other climbers were over for the release of the books (published by the Oxford Alpine Club) and after a friendly chat with Steve we secured our copies and spent most of the evening gripped by the endless possibilities laid out in the books. If you are planning a trip to the Anti-Atlas for an amazing Morocco trad climbing adventure then look no further then the two-volume set of guidebooks. They really are a must for your trip.


Everything from bouldering to sport climbing and huge mountain routes


Steve and the Oxford Alpine Club have really upped their game with this definitive and comprehensive set of books, which cover everything from roadside granite bouldering and sport climbing that surrounds the town of Tafraout to the mammoth quartzite mountain routes that will test even the slickest and most efficient of parties.


A lifetime’s worth of Morocco trad climbing


Volume 1 covers the south side of Jebel el Kest and the Ameln Valley while volume 2 takes in the north side of Jebel Kest and Jebel Taskra. With this set you are armed with a lifetime’s worth of multi-pitch trad climbing. There are almost 2,000 routes within the pages of the two-volume set.


Well put-together guidebooks


What I love about the guidebooks:


  • Clear maps and directions i.e. the accurate information that will get you in and out of the crags/areas you have selected for your trip
  • Excellent route information including: grades, good topos and concise and clear route descriptions and other helpful route info
  • Crag selector section – I really like this because it gives you all the pertinent information for each crag/area in summary form, including: name and location of the crags/areas, style of climbing (mountain route, single pitch, roadside crag, sport, multi-pitch trad etc.), driving and walk-in times, number of routes at each grade i.e. five E2s, and more
  • The books have a wealth of good information on accommodation, transport, history of climbing in the Anti-Atlas, local culture, restaurants and tourist attractions




A look inside one of the books


Overview of the climbing areas in the Anti-Atlas


To purchase these books in the UK see:


Or you can buy them for 450 Moroccan dirhams in Tafraout at the following places:


  • Hotel Les Amandiers
  • Maison Troc


As mentioned in the last post, we at The Mountain People can offer you guiding on multi-pitch Morocco trad climbing routes up to E1 with a qualified Mountaineering Instructor (MIA) who lives in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco and speaks the local Arabic dialect. Contact us at:


All the best to you on your upcoming adventures!


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