Just a quick start to the chat for any one going on the Mount Toubkal Climb. Would be good to hear from any one else going on this trip as it starts to edge nearer, excited about going?
Really looking forward to the trip, is this your first?
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... another John :-)
Yes I am going to. THis is my first trip like this, so as its getting nearer and nearer ....
Looking forward to it though, looks great from the pictures
Yea it is my first trip as well, the whole thing looks good.
Any one did anything like this before?
Just saw the news about a bomb going off in the main square in the middle of town.
Are you travelling independantly? I'm flying out with easy jet and staying a couple of days afterwards in Marrakech.
No, I am travelling the standard way. But must confess your option seems great, a couple more days in Marrakech looks ideal.
Is this your first trip of this type ? If not have you any tips for a novice ?
Hey Barney... don't tell me you're a Saints Fan!?! Big Tigers supporter here, Leinster have it in the bag I think, especially the way they tore us apart at the Aviva!
No I'm a Sarries fan!! So might have a good match with the Tigers yet, I go to the Heineken Cup Final most years, a bit of a rugby purest!! No certain about Leinster, I think they might be waning at moment, but we will wait and see :)
Yea i have, it is a bit like the other 3 peaks if you have done any of them. The quickest path up is normally very busy no matter what day it is but it is a good acheivment to do. Went up around this time of year and still a lot of snow at the top and very low cloud, but ot felt good to get to the top.
And Re your rugby discussion, i havn't been falling the english rugby too much this year but Leinster and Munster have pretty much walked the magners this year, so i would favour Luinster for the heinekan cup win
I'm booked on this trip aswell. It will be my second solo holiday...
The only thing that I didn't like about the first was sitting in the airport for 4hrs with out any company. I'm on the group flight out of Gatwick North. Never flown from there before, so can't suggest a meeting point. Anyone know the airport well enough to suggest a meeting point?
Have you seen your arrival time in Marrakech? according to the final joining instructions its 0035 on Monday 13th June! Thats not good, I will have to sit in the bar on my own :(
My flight gets into Marrakech at 1635, so i think instead of sitting at the airport waiting on everyone i may come and join you in the bar.
Oh and in this months edition of TGO Magazine there is an article about trekking in the Atlas Mountains, haven't had a chance to read it yet, but looks similar to what we will be doing.
Luinatar, I'm also going to be arriving in Marrakech at 1635, have you arranged transport with Exodus or were you just gonna take a taxi?
Woodster, would love to make it to Twickers but unfortunately I'm working. Barney... gonna be an Epic game Sir! I'll be honest, the Tigers form of recent has had me worried but the performance against the Saints has me now thinking otherwise, I really do think it could go either way. Manu should've had 10 weeks 'off' though in fairness, kudos to Mr Ashton for staying on his feet!!
Rusty, I cant help thinking that Leinster might just upset the apple cart! But if Saints can neutralise the Lenster centres they should win. As I will be in the bar early what's your orders guys? :)
hi to all
my name is ali i live on the isle of skye me and my mate pete from northamptonshire
are arriving in marrakech from heathrow at 14.35
looking forward to meeting up
Hi Ali & Pete
Looking forward to seeing you, probably in the bar!!
Rusty, i Hadn't arranged anything yet, so was just going to wing it when i got there. Have you? are you flying in from Gatwick aswell?
Fingers crossed from Leinster on Saturday, i am going for Magners League solidarity for once :D
Hey Ali & Pete, by the sounds of it if you are joining John in the bar we are gonna be pretty drunk by the time the rest of the group get in
Ali looks like we are on the same flight. Using my airmiles so should be sat upfront , you've a long trip down to Heathrow !
Rusty have no rugby alegiance so I go along as a natural hoping for a closely contested game.
woodster will drive to inverness on the saturday 2.5 hrs
get flight to luton and stay the night with pete in northamptonshire
will probably see you in the bar at heathrow
Yep, flying from Gatwick with British Airways... meet you in the bar there!! :-)
12 days and counting. Looking forward to meeting you all. Barney - Consider the 'Carn Mor Dearg Arete' route up Ben Nevis as an option. Woodster -- bar at Heathrow before flight ?
Pete yes see you at the bar should be there around 9.30
Thanks Nicki for the info. Spoke to Exodos this morning. There has been late snow on the mountain.We will get an update from Exodos on Monday to let us know if our trip will requiure above. If you do not have the equipment they will give us details of hire companies. Getting more interesting by the day .Woodster my mobile is 07889068333 -- see you in the bar.
Been on the phone to Exodus and Trek Hire today regarding the crampon and ice axe issues and thought it best to pass on all the info.
Regarding crampons, check you're boots can take em, i.e. boots rated at B1 for C1 Crampons and so on. Also, Trek Hire informed me that they don't have crampons to fit boots that are above a size 11... Damn My Size 12's!
I've spoken to Exodus regarding this asking if we can get crampons when we arrive out there that will be the correct size. They're gonna get back to me Monday afternoon at the latest on that one. Haven't check as to whether anyone else provides crampons for hire as yet.
John, that is superbbb, solves one of my problems, thank you!!
Has any one spoken to exodous/their airline about taking an ice axe on the plane yet?
Have asked Exodos the question ' How much of the route will require crampons '-- the summit climb or what ?. Coming back Monday with answers.This may help boot / crampon compatability decisions.
Sounds a good plan pete, I've tried mine on with my normal walking boots and seem OK :)
did your mate give you any other hints or tips that might help on the trip
Update from Exodus
Hope this helps
See you all soon
Do you think we will need these? As trying to cut down on weight?
The info I have to date suggests we might but the weather on Toubkal seems to be getting warmer so in truth who knows what it will be like in ten days or so.
If we do need them it will be just for the final hike to the summit. I am also trying to cut back in what goes in my bag but dont wnat to gamble on not having these.
Yes know what you mean, I'm taking my gaiters as well, just to be safe! Still trying to work out how many pairs of trousers and t shirts I need!!
You and me both...
I started off by working out what I wanted to take and worked backwards from that !! Could have doen with the additional gear tho !
I recieved the same E Mail as Simon from Danuta. Asked her a couple more question . What is the distance between patches and are they a traverse or climb? As Simon says the weather is getting warmer and I guess the problem is thawing & freezing -- see link below .
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