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    Mark Ward

    Morning all,

    We are anticipating price hikes for flights to Morocco in the New year so we are planning to book flights before the end of December. So far half a dozen members have declared thier interest in this meet, if you would like to join them please contact Aileen directly by email to aileen.robertson@gmail.com as soon as possible

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    Below is the text from the original note which contains some more detail about the trip

    Anyone fancy some early season sun and warm weather climbing? Aileen has generously volunteered to lead a meet to Morocco probably late March/early April when the weather is warming up but before it gets too hot. Aileen has been 4 or 5 times now and thinks it would make an excellent venue for a club meet, if fact she enjoys it so much she leaves for another week there this Friday

    The climbing in the Anti-Atlas mountains is all trad, on quartzite rock. Routes range from single pitch stuff to really really long multi-pitch. On the tors and crags in the desert there is a mix of trad and bolted routes. There’s the full range of grades available – plenty of easy things to go at Scrambles/VD/S, a lot of classic VS/HVS stuff, all the way up to silly hard E grades.

    Examples include things like Labyrinth Ridge, an 800m VS, or Tower Ridge (MVS). Pink Lady (VS) and White Tower (HVS) are very popular. And at easier grades, Dragon Ridge (S), Donkey Serenades (VD), Prophet Peak (S). Millenium Ridge is a whole 1500m of HVD! Kzar Rock is a popular cragging destination, as is Lower Eagle, there is some great short multipitch stuff up at Adrar Umlil. A long link-up of easy routes and scrambling up Jebel-el-Kest (the highest mountain in the range) is also an excellent day out. There are loads more, and also some classic hard things for anyone who wants E-silly grades.

    Some of the climbing is on UKC, but there is loads more info on this website: https://www.climb-tafraout.com/

    No fixed dates or duration yet, these will be worked out by the group
    Plan would be to fly Manchester to Agadir, current price for Easy Jet approx £200 return pp
    Car hire provides flexibility to/from the airport and gives access to the greatest number of climbing areas, currently about 20 euros per day. Drive time from Agadir to Tafraout approximately 2 hours
    Will be based in Tafraout, which has a good range of accommodation and restaurants, and provides good access to both the Anti-Atlas mountains and the tors and outcrops in the desert. Accommodation costs will vary depending on type from £30 per night for a twin room in a good hotel down to shared apartment for £20 per night sleeping 7-10. options will be dependent on group size and personal preference but overall not expensive.

    We look forward to hearing from you shortly

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