Post Trip Report from Annie Ryan Here are a small selection of some of my photos. I have taken so many that it was seriously tough just selecting a few. Again I want to thank you for organising such an amazing trip. I also would like to note without our Guide and Cook our trip would not have been as amazing as it was. They deserve as much credit as we can heap upon them.
I won't forget my amazing week in Morocco. Def plan on returning someday.Cheers, Annie
Head Guide: Abdulla (Berber)
Team: Marty Cooke; Emma Perry; Annie Ryan :
Arrived in Morroco: Day 1 Report 5th May All going well We had enjoyable day in Marraketch emaa el-Fna - the main market square in Marrakesh, Morocco. This square hosts the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and is reputedly one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world. It is amazing the husstle and busstle having to deal with all the traders. Give a real scence of Morroco.
Day 2/3 Report Monday 7th May A wonderful few days, amazing scenery and really nice to see the Berber community. Abdulla is a wonderful guide. I think the fact that he is Berber himself is a bonus. He is a fountain of local knowledge.
To see the herds of goats being herded through the mountains was brilliant. I'm running out of adjectives to describe how much I am enjoying myself. The Girls ask me to tell Lorraine all is ok. They are having problems getting texts out...
Day 4/5 Report May 7th
Another great day - weather and views wonderful. Had a slight back spasm today, could barely move for a few minutes. Abdulla carried my pack for half an hour till we got to the spot where we were having lunch, Then let the mule take it to the Gite. Feels alot better now. Will decide in the Morning whether to attempt the high pass over to the Refuge or to do the easier route with the mules. The rest of the team are doing great. Emma has a bit of a cold, but not that bad to cause her real concerns. We will be in place for summit attempt tomorrow. All good!
Day six Report May 8th Mid-morning Report: Sitting eating a moroccon picnic on a mountain pass 3600 meters above sea level- altitude starting to click in but all feeling well. We are excited at the first view of our goal- Mount Toubkal. Awe inspiring! God Allah in his heaven and all's right with the world..
Evening Report: Hi base in Ireland, Safely at the refuge, very tired ! All in good form..... Now the challenge starts as we look summit bound.Will keep you updated in the next few days.
Day seven Report May 9th Our staff Mustapha in Morocco get in touch with the wonderful news that 'The team reached the summit this morning. Everbody made it! They are so happy. They are in Imlil village tonight. Tomorrow, they will be transfered to Marrakech'
And from Marty..''Hi Lorraine I have attached a zip file of some of the photos from the Toubkal Trek. Hopefully the file names will be self explanatory.
It has been a wonderful experience - both the ascent of Toubkal itself, and the experience of seeing the way of life of the Berber community. Abdulla, our guide,has been a mine of information.
I will contact you again on my return to Ireland''
And we look forward to hearing from you all on your safe return! Congratulations on a wonderful summit to you all and we look forward to hearing from you all as settle back after what seems to of been an amazing adventure!!
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