Berbers – people in high places

Another great article on Morocco in winter next year?

Interesting article. I can particularly relate to your references about the local people. This was our experience too, reflected in a couple of blogs I wrote after our last ice climbing trip to the region




The tiny rider confidently urged the donkey up the rocky track towards us. He was barely bigger than the chickens in front of him and couldn’t have been more than 5 years old.

While most pre-school children in the West are still learning to pedal a bicycle, this tough little Berber child was riding a powerful animal, over difficult terrain. Since leaving the road-head, Donkeys were the only form of transport we had seen. They are the HGVs of this mountainous territory, serving as family cars, taxis, ambulances and tractors.


A few days earlier, we were grateful that a donkey had carried our heavy bags of ice climbing gear up to the refuge, 1467m of ascent, along 10km of winding tracks, through thickening snowfall.


I first came ice climbing to Morocco in January last year with BMG Mike “Twid” Turner. Martin, from North Wales, joined us this year in March to explore more waterfall ice…

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After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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