Tafraout Area NEW ROUTES

Despite sustained development over the last twenty years, the quartzite mountains of the Moroccan Anti-Atlas continue to provide exciting new-routing opportunities for competent climbing teams, with lots of unclimbed lines from short single-pitch buttresses right through to long full-day adventures. For the most part the rock here is surprisingly solid and the climbing highly rewarding, but an often friendly appearance can mask the inherent seriousness of new-routing in what is essentially a remote region. All parties considering attempting unclimbed faces here need to adopt a cautious approach and be capable of effecting a self-rescue if required - there are usually no other people around, and no mountain rescue exists to extract you should the worst happen. So... climb within your capabilities, and take care out there!

Recording New Climbs

If you make a first ascent anywhere in the Anti-Atlas region, please record it in as much detail as possible and include contact information so that we can get in touch if we need more information. It's particularly useful to include photographs showing the line of your route.

Where to Record New Climbs

The master document for Anti-Atlas new routes is the Livre d'Escalade, held behind reception in the Hotel les Amandiers, Tafraout. A smaller book of climbs can also be found in the Kasbah Tizourgane, for those staying on the north side who are unable to visit Tafraout.

Whilst the written documents remain the master source, posting your routes in the online new route book (below) means that you can easily add photos. You can also record new routes or comments by email to new-routes@oxfordalpineclub.co.uk

The pace of development around Tafraout is still pretty staggering, with new lines being reported throughout each winter season. Our pdf downloads keep you up to date on latest developments, and can be downloaded from our Guidebook and Download Store HERE!