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Blog for May 21st, 2015

May 21st, 2015
Morocco, Wild camp at Tizi n'Tacheddirt (3,230m)
Tamatert to Tizi n'Tacheddirt

Tizi n'Tacheddirt is a col that is north east of Imlil and as I would find out has a good path and is fairly ease to ascend

From there I could go in a large anti-clockwise loop and explore 2 valleys

The route would be to Tizi n'Tamatert along the same track I used during my evening explore when I arrived in Imlil 2 days before (view blog)
Simple but enjoyable breakfast
In order to avoid losing height once I arrived at Tizi n'Tamatert, I walked along the road to Tacheddirt. There wasn't much to see beside the road but it gave views down to Ouaneskra and Bonaska that I would later explore (view blog)
View of Tizi n'Tacheddirt
There were a number of water channels beside the road helping to move water around the hillsides to the terraced vegetable areas. These ranged from simple channels dug in the soil to concrete structures
Water irrigation channel beside roadside
As I got to within a mile of Tacheddirt a local came to great me. Initially he offered me a business card for a Gite. I explained I would be going high and camping. He then revealed his secret, he had a pair of binoculars that he had used to spot tourists on the road
Just before Tacheddirt looking west
The path up to Tizi n'Tacheddirt is straightforward and well used
Start of path to Tizi n'Tacheddirt
Drinking water
As I would be camping on the col I would need to take water with me. This would be another 2Kg so I wanted to leave collecting water as high up as I could. The stream seemed to be flowing well so I continued up. The main stream went out of sight as it veered away from the path. When the path went back to the stream I could see it was empty. Although a side stream was flowing it was too far away to get to
If I couldn't get water I hoped there would be snow lying on the other side of the col as it was the same aspect as the previous day
When I was within 300m height of the col I spotted some snow on the bank of the stream so I went off to see. I knew that the volume of water contained in snow isn't much but the snow was dripping as it melted so I could collect water

After 30 minutes I had collected 2.5 litres. A muleteer then came down the path and after an exchange of pleasantries asked if I wanted Cola or mineral water!
Collecting water from melting snow
When I got to 3,100m there was a nice sheltered area right next to the path. I thought about stopping there. The target for today was the col so the col it was going to be
Nice sheltered area next to the path at 3,100m
Just on the other side of the col was a flat area with huge rocks
Camping area near large rocks in foreground
I cooked the whole meal couscous that I had bought in Marrakech and added some crushed chilli seeds to give it some flavour. It turned out it needed more water than my estimate and still tasted bland with the spices

Good tasting food is the key thing when camping after a hard day