Well ‘Ard – Morocco new route

Twid enjoying a comfy belay at the top of the 4th pitch.

Twid enjoying a comfy belay at the top of the 4th pitch of “Well ‘Ard” a new 1* route near “Deep Well Pinnacles” in the Ida Ougnidif area of the Moroccan Anti Atlas. Click picture to enlarge.

If Twid had racked his brush cutter he might have found it easier to lead this new route. As it was, all the gardening was done by hand and in Morocco, gardening can be spikier than a very spiky thing.

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Nice to be able to see the hire car, parked below the terraces on the track far below. Click picture to enlarge.

Despite the agricultural tidying up needed to make upward progress, this turned out to be a great new route. The 2nd pitch was outstanding and well worth a star on its own.

Looking towards Amzkhssan Wall from the top of the 4th pitch of  "Well 'Ard" in the Ida Ougnidif area.

Looking towards Amzkhssan Wall from the top of the 4th pitch of “Well ‘Ard” in the Ida Ougnidif area.

The hanging belay between the 3rd and 4th pitches will be more comfy when the rest of the spiky bush has gone. An alternative to the “Well ‘Ard” route name could easily have been “Prickle m’Tackle”.

Looking down the abseil from the top of the 4th pitch. Twid's orange helmet is just visible left of the ropes, where they (almost) jammed in that ominous, dark chimney. The hazy grey colour by the dark green tree is cement, left behind after the construction of the very deep well next to the tree. This gives the crag its guide book name of "Deep Well Pinnacles".

Looking down the abseil from the top of the 4th pitch. Twid’s orange helmet is just visible left of the ropes, where they (almost) jammed in that ominous, dark chimney. The hazy grey colour by the dark green tree on the right is cement, left behind after the construction of the very deep well next to the tree. This gives the adjacent crag its guide book name of “Deep Well Pinnacles”. Click picture to enlarge.

Twid has written it up (HVS?) in the new routes book at Kasbah Tizourgane for inclusion in the next  supplement of the excellent “Morocco Rock” guide book to Jebel el Kest & Taskra North. This rigorously prepared and beautifully photographed book is published by Crack Addicts Emma Alsford and Paul Donnithorne.

Emma and Paul have been exploring the trad scene in the Anti Atlas for years and while we were there, were hosting a well attended Climbers Club meet. Their high quality printed guide book runs to 386 pages and contains 1000 trad rock climbs in the Anti Atlas. The PDF supplement (FREE if you buy the printed book) adds 100s more and this new route heaven is the gift that will just keep giving.

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