Climbing on the North Side of Jebel El Kest

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A guide to climbing in the Anti Atlas

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Tafraoute New Routes

Recent new route information can be found in the Livre d'Escalade in the Amandiers Hotel, Tafraoute.

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The Quartzite mountains of the Moroccan Anti-Atlas are a unique climbing destination, combining perfect weather, a fascinating culture, and some of the best traditional climbing one could wish for. There’s everything here from single-pitch cragging, long full-day routes, to real mountain adventures, and for the more exploratory climber there is a vast wealth of unclimbed rock.

The South side of Jebel el Kest, and the region around Tafraoute, has been the scene of a huge surge in new-route activity in the years since the publication of “Climbing in the Moroccan Anti-Atlas” by Claude Davies and Cicerone Press. This guidebook was something of a revelation to many traditional climbers, who discovered that winter sun-rock need no longer involve bolt-clipping, and that adventurous traditional climbing does not require the addition of inclement weather. This website, however, concentrates on the valleys further north of that area covered by the Cicerone guide, which has seen increasing interest in recent years.

Our thanks go to everyone who has added information to the Tafraoute New-Route Book, as without their help none of these climbs would be accessible for the world to enjoy.

The climbing has been split into four main areas as shown on the area map below.

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These pages have been written to help climbers make the most of this amazing destination. Topos, maps, and descriptions are provided for personal non-commercial use only.

For more information about climbing in this part of Morocco, check out the excellent