Spiky crimps, technical moves, burning sun, long pitches, perfect limestone walls, strange soup and funny climbers were the essential elements of an amazing climbing trip in the heart of the Atlas Mountains, in a so called “center of the Universe”, the small village of Taghia.
Since my last trip to Morocco one year ago, when I was part of “Climb Again” Project, I kept alive the idea of returning to Taghia and have a real taste of the big climbing potential of the area. I also thought a comeback would be a great opportunity to give another try to the route called Baraka which we failed to climb last year during the project.
So there we were in Zaouia Ahanesal, a berber village, the place where we loaded all our gear on donkeys and said goodbye to Facebook, mobile phones or other means of modern communications with our friends at home. The first three days were rainy but were perfect for us to slowly get used to the place, the people and the rock. We started climbing at Madrassa on short sport climbing routes and I was wondering how the routes would be like in all the huge walls that were surrounding the place.