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Perfect Morocco

The expedition to Morocco was really great. We were enraptured with its diversity and hospitability of the local people. And especially with unbelievably amounts of reddish walls, one of the best limestone climbing cliffs we know!
 

In end of April ’09 our six-person team (Milena, Alenka, Miha, Luka, Andrej, Tanja) accompanied by the Moroccan climber Jonathan traveled to the small village of Taghia, which lies in the middle of incredible canyon landscape in the heart of the High Atlas. The snowy peaks, green river valleys, very traditional life of locals, their vast houses of stone and mud and transportation with mules and donkeys – made us feeling like we are somewhere in the middle of the Himalayas, not in Africa.
Already the first afternoon we run to the nearest wall, and in the next two weeks we gather meter after a meter, route after a route. Peaks above the village rise over 3000m. The area has a more than 10, up to 800m high walls, and currently has more than 100 routes of all difficulties.
We have climbed bunch of excellent routes, harder and easier ones, and did also one spectacular first ascent. Climbing in featured and sometimes incredibly sharp limestone was indeed a real pleasure.
At the end of our expedition Tanja and I (Andrej) treated ourselves with a bit of “our” exploration of Morocco. In 12 hours march we crossed the main ridge of Atlas, and so arrived at its Sahara side. Then we traveled by bus to a “real” sandy Sahara, and back in the Middle Atlas to enjoy biking in the beautiful forests of Atlas cedars, than to royal Fez, capital Rabat and to wild Atlantic surfing coast for the end! Another PERFECT expedition!

Some of the most difficult and most beautiful routes climbed :
Cosmic roof, 7b, 350 +400 m, Tagoujimt N'Tsoiant, Luka Krajnc, Andrej Grmovšek, FA, both  OS/flash
Fantasia, 7c, 450m, Tagoujimt N'Tsoiant, Luka Krajnc, Andrej Grmovšek, Andrej RP
Les Rivieres pourpres, 7b +, 545m, Taoujdad, Luka Krajnc, Andrej Grmovšek, both  OS/flash
L 'ax du Mal, 7c, 500m, Tadrarate, Luka Krajnc, Andrej Grmovšek, both RP
Zebda, 7b +, 260m, Paroi des Sources, Andrej and Tanja Grmovšek, Andrej OS, Miha and Milena Praprotnik, Miha OS
Baraka, 7b, 680m, Ojdad, Luka Krajnc - Alenka Lukić, Luka OS, Andrew and Tanja Grmovšek, Andrej RP
Princes de Msmrir, 7a, 200m, Timrazine, Andrej and Tanja Grmovšek, both  OS or flash
Canyon apache, 6c +, 355m, Timrazine, Tanja Grmovšek - Alenka Lukic, Tanja OS, and Milena Praprotnik Miha, Miha OS
Au nom de la Reforms, 6c, 340m, Taoujdad, Tanja Grmovšek - Alenka Lukic, Tanja OS and Milena Praprotnik Miha, Miha OS
Whisky  Berber, 6b +, 330m, Paroi des Sources, Tanja Grmovšek - Alenka Lukic, Tanja OS, and Milena Praprotnik Miha, Miha OS

Few photos of the routes above Taghia: http://grmoclimb.net/?str=502&aid=30

Some shots form Taghia and Morocco:  http://grmoclimb.net/?str=7&aid=44

 
 


just GrmO

2011-02-09
Triglav, impressive winter ascent

Luka Krajnc and Andrej Grmovsek carried out hard winter ascent up the North Face of Triglav (2864m) Sanjski Joža (VI/V,M7+, 1050m).
2010-09-20
How was it in Canada? WILD!

On the expedition to the Cirque of the Unclimbables Tanja and Andrej were fascinated by the sheer wilderness of Canadian North. They went trough real wilderness adventure with lot of good climbing, to much bush hiking and not enough scenic paddling!
2010-07-20
Via Sandro Pertini and Via Cattedrale

Luka Krajnc and Andrej Grmovšek finsihed short visit to the Dolomites with the first free ascent of Via Sandro Pertini, Cima Grande (7c, 250m) and free ascent of the magnificent Via Cattedrale (8a+ or 8a, 650m, 850m long), Marmolada.
2010-01-26
Perfect winter climbing conditions in Slovenian Alps

This winter brings almost unreal conditions to most of the Slovenian alpine walls and an increasing number of Slovenian alpinists found real climbing treasures in the hills!
2009-10-01
Are we afraid of sharks?

Famous and still unclimbed Meru Sharks Fin had turned away jet another climbing team. Beginners lessons for “old experts?” Silvo, Marko and Andrej.
2009-06-18
When everything goes well!

Andrej fight to the end ... and at the end did a one-day free ascent of route Donnafugata, 8a, 750m, Torre Trieste.
2009-05-29
Perfect Morocco

The expedition to Morocco was really great. We were enraptured with its diversity and hospitability of the local people. And especially with unbelievably amounts of reddish walls, one of the best limestone climbing cliffs we know!
2009-03-31
NO winter SIESTA

Amazing busy winter season for Andrej and Marko with some really good and well done routes around Alps like Illuminati and No Siesta! Great climbers on great routes and they don't have any siesta!

2008-09-07
Climbing in South Greenland

Really great climbing expedition, on which we found excelent rock, great weather, many long routes, good friends, beautiful nature and perfect timing.

2008-02-08
Free Mix Lines above Chamonix

Good winter season above Chamonix during which Andrej and Marko were looking for good and chalenging mix routes.


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