Bagging 4,000m peaks in Morocco

Bagging 4,000m peaks in Morocco

It was arranged at very short notice, but our brief visit to the High Atlas over Christmas and New Year, was as enjoyable as any week’s holiday I’ve ever had, as we based ourselves in Toubkal Refuge and picked off a few 4,000m peaks.

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Should outdoor and mountaineering writers talk about politics?

Should outdoor and mountaineering writers talk about politics?

If you write about a subject that appeals to people of all political beliefs, then you should avoid talking about politics. But what if politics touches on the things you care about deeply enough to write about – do you say nothing? The answer to this is surprisingly simple.

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Toubkal and Ouanoukrim: a High Atlas winter wonderland

Toubkal and Ouanoukrim: a High Atlas winter wonderland

I thought I was done with the Atlas Mountains when I climbed Jebel Toubkal in Morocco 11 years ago. But the High Atlas in winter is very different from the sweltering dusty desert I experienced in the summer months, and I’m glad I returned.

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How to measure the height of a mountain

How to measure the height of a mountain

An idiot’s guide to topographic prominence Once upon a time paid employees of the British Empire went to extraordinary lengths to calculate the height of the Himalayas. It’s quite widely known that the highest point on the planet is named

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