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Taghia 2014

 

It was great to get out in May to the eastern High Atlas to recce Taghia, a world-class big wall and multi-pitch sport climbing area. The trip was a quick hit to get a handle on the area so we spent just three days there and got on a couple of routes. We are already planning to go back with so much good rock to enjoy. Check out the following article on Taghia to get your climbing stoke up and the basic info you need for your trip!

 

www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=2008

 

Whilst out there, Jeremy, Jay and I ran across Alex Honnold and Kris Erickson, both professional North Face athletes. Jay and I went back later in the month to visit Kris in Zawiya Ahansal (ZA), the collection of villages which are the striking point for Taghia.

 

 

Jeremy, Jay, and me with and Alex Honnold

Alex Honnold, me, Jeremy and Jay

 

We spent a day and a half with him to get “the tour” of the single pitch sport climbing venue that Kris has developed. You can see the crag from his village but it’s about a 40 minute approach to get on these quality sport routes.

 

Here are the topos from Kris for the single pitch sport climbing in ZA. As you will see, the routes start at French 5+ and go up to 8b! So plenty to have a go on.

 

 

Secotr Aghanbou-n-Bouarragh, Zawiya Ahansal

Sect0r Aghanbou-n-Bouarragh, Zawiya Ahansal

 

Sector Azrou-N-Sidi, Aguddim, Zawiya Ahansal

Sector Azrou-N-Sidi, Aguddim, Zawiya Ahansal

 

And here is Kris’ blog on the new routing that went on earlier this year:

 

http://neverstopexploring.com/2014/04/21/kris-erickson-sam-elias-new-routing-morocco/

 

Kris and his family are based in ZA full time and for more information on their community development work in the High Atlas of Morocco check out their websites.

 

http://atlasculturalfoundation.org/

http://atlasculturaladventures.com/

 

We do not currently offer trips in Taghia or ZA but if you are looking for a qualified rock guide for your time in the area then look no further than Kris. He knows the area very well and has been climbing there for years. For more information on his story check out these articles:

 

http://adventureblog.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/03/morocco-climbing-and-cultural-preservation-in-the-high-atlas/

 

For contacting Kris for guiding:

Email: kristofferjerickson@gmail.com

 

Jay on pitch 3 of Belle et Berber, TD+, 300m, 6b+.

Jay on pitch 3 of Belle et Berber, TD+, 300m, 6b+.

 

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