On September 1st I flew to Marrakech to join the rest of the “Climb Again” project team. Along with Cosmin Andron, Claudiu Miu, Hargur Jaggi and Nora Dorian I was up for this interesting adventure meant to prove that anybody passionate and motivated enough can climb.
I had heard a lot of nice stories about the town of Marrakech and indeed, I really liked the atmosphere, the culture and the people. Exhibiting a strong influence of the western culture – shopping malls, McDonalds, fancy cars – and thousands of tourists on the streets, it was the old town of Marrakech that got our attention, with its Jamaa el’Fna, the crowded and energetic market where one cand find almost anything from local art to delicious food.
We couldn’t stay too long in this fragrant place since we had to focus on our real objective. Southeast Marrakech, but not too far, lays the Great Atlas Mountain Range. From the distance we could recognize its mountains on the skyline. The Great Atlas Mountain Range doesn’t seem that tall, however it shows a few massifs that rise above the 4000 m altitude and in summer time there are no glaciers or snow to create a contrast in these desertic landscapes.