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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Rock Climbing! Todra & Dades Gorges

I brought rock climbing shoes to Morocco. After two years I finally got to use them. If you like nature, I recommend going to both the Todra and Dades Gorges (between Ouarzazate and Errachidia).



Let's go...!
























Ropes snaking up the cliff...




















And that little white speck? Yes, that's me. Actually the routes I climbed were pretty easy, but it was my first climb in two years so I didn't push too hard... Ah I missed climbing!
















Hassan was a great climbing guide. He would even scramble up the faces shoeless.









Majid set the routes and belayed for me ... such a happy fellow












My good friend: the resident nature-lover and camera man.. Frank Sposito.











Photosynthesis in living color






Dades Gorges.. if not high-walled, much more extensive and beautiful. God's works of art.




















The little bridge that could..

11 Comments:

Blogger A&C said...

Looks like such an awesome adventure and great sights! Thanks for sharing! I sympathize with you as you wrap up there- i can imagine the many mixed feelings and emotions, but am glad you got the chance to meet and pass on what you have done to those who will follow you. Hope your last weeks are wonderful and meaningful. :)

3:01 AM  
Anonymous kirsten said...

Hi Rachel, I came across your blog on google while searching for something.
I'm a missionary in a media ministry producing evangelical television for North Africa, and I had a question you might be able to answer. I'm sending out a prayer letter, and am wondering about the word for "blessings" in Arabic (as a way of signing the letter). I am thinking it is "mabruk" but I am not certain. Do you know if that is correct?
It's so interesting to read about your experience in morocco...I see that by now you might not be there anymore.
Well, wherever you are, blessings!
Kirsten
becreative[at]avmi[dot]org

8:42 AM  
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6:57 AM  
Blogger Tomas said...

Very nice pictures. I have been to Morocco and I really liked this exotic country. I have been to Casablanca, Tangier, Tetouan and Rabat. Most of all I liked Tetouan, this city is amazing, it has so many interesting sides. It is the capital of the region and the centre of its culture. Situated in the north of Morocco, a few miles from the straits of Gibraltar and surrounded by the scenic Rif mountains. Tetouan is a picturesque, with one of the oldest old towns in Morocco where local traders sell traditional crafts in the intertwined streets with its marble fountains, royal palace and orange groves. Also I know that many western people investing money in Tetouan property. It is famous for its Hispano-Moorish architecture, a fine example of which is the Khalifa Palace, built in the XVIIth century in the reign of Moulay Ismaïl.

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quick question...I am a PCV in The Gambia and am planning a COS trip to Morocco before heading back to the states. Do you guys have hostel where PCVs can stay and if so where? Or are there any PCVs near Tinerher? Thanks so much for any help!

~Becca
beccasputts@yahoo.com

7:07 AM  
Anonymous Lora said...

Hello Rachel!
I've been to Agdz many times and know lots of people there. I am also a journalist writingh about internet and the Thirld world and would be glad if you could answer some of my questions by mail (since you teach computer class there). Thx for your help.

Greetings,
Lora
lorapower@hotmail.com

6:30 AM  
Anonymous moroccanbeauty said...

hi, here is my blog about morocco travel, can i share it with you?

or we can exchange link at the homepage

http://2morocco.blogspot.com

4:14 PM  
Blogger Wojciech said...

Hello,

I'm searching somebody who can rent a climbing equipment and who will be our guide in Todra or Dades. Maybe you can help me.

wmazur0@poczta.onet.pl

12:57 PM  
Blogger Alia Kate said...

Hi Rachel,
I just came across your blog and saw that you climbed in the gorges. When I went to Morocco two years ago to live, I definitely brought my climbing shoes and rope with the intention of going climbing, but I never made it out to Todra or Dades. I was wondering who you climbed with when you were there and if you have their contact information? I'll be in that area in October and would love to connect with them and get a chance to (finally!) scramble up the cliffs.
Let me know!
best,
Alia

alia.kate@gmail.com

10:44 AM  
Blogger Rutger said...

Hey Rachel,

Interesting blog! A couple of friends and Iare planning an expedition to Marocco (2011) to help the locals with building new routes and to help them developing a serious climbingguide to generate some money for the Maroc country and building up the climbing scene overthere.

Is there a possibility you can link me to some guides you know in this area? (i.e. e-mailadress, postadress or phonenumber)

Looking forward to hear from you!

Ciao,

Rutger
(rutgerlieverse at gmail.com)

11:24 AM  

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