- What did you think of your group leader?
A friendly guy who was happy to discuss the lifstyles in the mountains. He looked after us well and generally the tour was well organised.
One aspect that could have been an improvement in leading would have been to have asked someone each day/leg to backmark. I have always done this when leading trips and it helps when trying to keep the party togther and ensuring everyone is OK. A monir point perhaps, but potentially important.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Always take a ball of strong string - it can be used for many things; washing line, replacement shoe laces, belts, to tie together failing equipment (including crampons on one occasion).
Don't take anything non-essential, even after 30+ years of travelling in remote areas I still review what I took and find odd things to discard and new things from seeing what others have taken for next time.
For this trip particularly, and others in hot areas, take plenty of anti-bacterial wash/wipes!
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
There are three points I would like to make about this trip:
1 - a hotel nearer to Marrakesh centre would have been good for sightseeing
2 - the guide in Marrakesh was poor: we did not get much in the way of local insights from him and a significant part of the trip was in a "pharmacy" which was largely a retail opportunity which we could have done alone.
3 - food on the trek was adequate, but a little more meat would have helped to vary the diet. We had tinned sardines, what's wrong with corned beef! Compared to my trip to Nepal last October I thought the menu was poor.