Ras and Timesguida - Two Peaks and an Approaching Storm

This is a report of my winter mountaineering trip to Ras and Timesguida n’Ouanoukrim. They are the second and third highest peaks in Morocco, North Africa. An approaching storm made me turn around on the summit ridge.

  • Name: Ras and Timesguida n’Ouanoukrim
  • Height: 4083 m and 4088 m
  • Location: High Atlas, Morocco, Africa
  • Date: End of November 2012
  • Conditions: Winter
  • Route: East ridge from Tizi n’Ouagane
The flat summit of Igger n'Abdeli (3815 m).
The flat summit of Igger n’Abdeli (3815 m).

Ras and Timesguida belong to the Ouanoukrim mountain chain and are the second and third highest peaks in Morocco, after Jebel Toubkal. I tried to climb them the day after I summited Toubkal. The approach is the same as for Toubkal, see the section “To the refuges” there. I stayed in the CAF Toubkal Refuge (3207 m, formerly Refuge Neltner) run by the French alpine club, the smaller and older one of the two refuges below Toubkal.

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Jebel Toubkal - Winter Mountaineering in Morocco

This is a report of my winter mountaineering trip to the highest mountain of North Africa, the Jebel Toubkal. It is located in the High Atlas in Morocco. I took the South cwm South col route.

  • Name: Jebel Toubkal
  • Height: 4167 m
  • Prominence: 3757 m
  • Location: High Atlas, Morocco, Africa
  • Date: End of November 2012
  • Conditions: Winter
  • Route: South cwm South col (up and down, see text)
  • GPS coordinates (as measured at the summit): N31°03.589’ W007°54.895’
Panorama taken at Toubkal summit.
Panorama taken at Toubkal summit.

This is a trip report of the climb to the highest mountain of North Africa, the Jebel Toubkal.

To the Refuges

From Marrakech I took a shared grand taxi to the small mountain village of Imlil (1740 m), rented crampons and ice axe and spent the night there in a guesthouse a bit outside the village. The next morning I left my big trekking rucksack at the guesthouse, packed all the necessary gear for the climb (including warm sleeping bag!) and headed out towards the refuges. It is possible to hire a mule and muleteer and have your equipment transported to the refuges, but I decided to be the mule myself.

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