Its raining outside and I’ve been to the indoor wall twice in the last four days. Something tells me the Scottish summer might finally be over. Not that I’ve been here much recently, a work trip to Morocco followed by a Dolomites climbing trip has meant that I’ve missed the start of the rain. Two weeks in Morocco with a school group was amazing. I really value these trips for the time you get to chat to locals and see what they have to say as well as experience the amazing food and differences in culture. Not too many photos I’m afraid.
While building some new toilets at a remote school this man invited all of us into his house. Fresh bread, nuts and mint tea are some of my favourite things and it was amazing to see how simply the Berber people live. (You can just spot his grandson hiding in the background)
Summit of Jebel Toubkal (4167m). We tried to get to the summit for sunrise but werent quite quick enough. Interesting to see North Africas highest peak has a lot of the same issues as Ben Nevis with quite a lot of litter etc on the path.
The beautiful town of Aremd lit up as the sun goes down.
I had one day at home and then straight to the Dolomites.
Cooking dinner on the second night. Climbing trips are a little weird in the fact that you go to a foreign country but end up barely engaging with the culture. We did manage to eat a few pizzas but mostly it was pasta and sauce cooked on a camp stove.
Pitch something on the S face of Marmolada. Having been rained off the day before we had a big day moving as fast as possible (with our bivy gear) on the 30pitch Vinatzer.
Looking down one of the hard pitches of the 22 pitch Constantini- Apollonio in the Falzagero pass.
Tre Cime. For me the prime objective on the trip was to do a route on the N face of Cima Grande. We chose the classic “Comici” which certainly didn’t disappoint.
View from the belay on pitch 4. Sometimes the early starts are worth it.