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Moroccan Atlas - The Trekking Guide [Paperback]

Alan Palmer
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18 Nov 2010 Trailblazer Trekking Guides
A comprehensive and practical guidebook to trekking in the Moroccan Atlas mountains ideal for both experienced and novice trekkers. Detailed guide to Morocco trekking including the High Atlas. The guide contains:
44 detailed trekking mapsshowing route times, places to stay and points of interest. The best treks in Toubkal, Sirwa, Sahro, M'goun;
practical information - planning your trip and getting to Morocco;
historical and cultural background;
Marrakech, Imlil, Taliouine, Ouarzazate, N'Kob, Boumalne du Dades, Azilal and Tabant
- detailed street plans, where to stay, where to eat, what to see and getting to the start of your trek;
green hiking and safety;
language sections in Arabic, Berber and French;
Moroccan flora and fauna - four page colour guide to the flowers of the High Atlas, plus an illustrated bird identification section.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications; 1 edition (18 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873756771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873756775
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 11.8 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Alan first began travelling in earnest in the early 1980s when he set off around the shores of the Mediterranean with little money in his pocket but with an archaeological trowel in hand. He spent much of the next three years drifting between excavations and picking up casual work as he found it along the way. By the end of the '80s his horizons had extended to Central Asia where his passion for trekking first germinated. These early experiences, of archaeology and trekking, would later combine to shape his contributions to two Insight Guides, "Pakistan" (First edition 1990, current edition 2007) and "The Silk Road" (First edition 2008, current edition 2012).
Alan first visited Morocco during the death-throes of the Hippie era, while on his Eurorail year, towards the end of the 1970s. He began trekking in the Atlas Mountains in 1986. Since then he has returned to Morocco many times and has trekked extensively in both the High Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountains. On this basis, he successfully approached Trailblazer Publications with a proposal to write "Moroccan Atlas - The Trekking Guide" (2010). Alan continues to return to Morocco often where he keeps himself busy by exploring new routes for inclusion in the forthcoming second edition.
In 2012 he founded "Trek in Morocco", a limited company which specialises in organising fully personalised, tailor-made treks throughout Morocco, for individuals and groups. For more information, including details of possible itineraries, please see www.trekinmorocco.co.uk.

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'A very useful guide... obviously put together by someone who knows their subject in great depth.' --The Scottish Mountaineer, February 2011

'This valuable guide offers a fascinating insight into the Atlas and opens up some stunning routes.' --Strider, April 2011

'...all the information one would expect, and some that you would not expect!' --Backpack, Spring 2011

'This valuable guide offers a fascinating insight into the Atlas and opens up some stunning routes.' --Strider, April 2011

'...all the information one would expect, and some that you would not expect!' --Backpack, Spring 2011

About the Author

Alan Palmer first trekked in Morocco 25 years ago. This adventure began serendipitously when he jumped aboard a shared taxi outside Bab er Robb, bound for the trailhead town of Asni, simply to escape the August heat of Marrakech. Once there he decided to climb Mt Toubkal, at 13,670 ft the highest mountain in North Africa, and made it to the top wearing nothing on his feet but a pair of flimsy lounge shoes.
Since then he has travelled widely in Europe, often combining his trips with work as an archaeologist. He has trekked through some of the most spectacular mountainous regions of the Himalaya, Karakorum and Hindu Kush, and has contributed to two other guidebooks, Pakistan and The Silk Road, both by Insight Guides.
Alan returns to Morocco as often as possible and his latest project is to trek the entire length of the spine of the High Atlas Mountains. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the British Moroccan Society.
Visit Alan's website: www.trekinmorocco.co.uk

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is brilliant! 29 Mar 2011
By Nick
I bought this for a trip to the Atlas mountains along with the Cicerone guide - this one is loads better. More detail, better maps, more practical stuff, and better cultural and historical section. The author has clearly made a real effort to understand the country and comes over very enthusiastic about Morocco.

I ended up only doing a couple of days walk in the Toubkal region but i will be going back, sooner rather than later - what a fantastic place to visit.

My only (very small) gripe is that the Toubkal region chapter is relatively short compared to the other less popular regions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Atlas - Easy to Follow 13 Jan 2011
During the 25 years that Alan Palmer has been trekking in Morocco he has acquired a comprehensive knowledge of the country in general and the Atlas Mountains in particular. This experience shines through in his excellent new guide. As well as detailed descriptions of the principal Atlas routes he provides a wealth of information essential to the modern traveller. A. Wainwright meets Lonely Planet! The neat maps accompanying the trek narratives have useful hand-written annotations highlighting key features along the way and this pathfinding is backed up with sensible advice about weather, safety, kit etc. Flora and fauna to look out for as we trek are also outlined and illustrated.

But the book is not simply a trekking guide. Morocco is a fascinating country with a rich history of invaders and settlers. The book traces the arrival of first the Phoenicians then the Romans before considering the huge impact of Islam. Much later came the French Protectorate and, following its demise, the present monarchy. The relationship between Berber and Arab is outlined as well as the geology of the mountains themselves plus much more.

The gateway to the Atlas is the exotic city of Marrakech and this mix of ancient and modern rightly commands a chapter of its own. The book describes the harmonious mix of cultures represented by a constant stream of tourists set against proud traditional cultures and complements these thoughts with helpful advice on such practical issues as where to eat, local transport and mint tea.

Now that Morocco is so well served by budget airlines many more trekkers and tourists have the opportunity to fly into its different world in just a few hours. For anyone contemplating such an exciting trip this new guide should be an essential companion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compact, concise and great value 10 May 2011
By B Moon
This was a last minute buy, having been looking for some half-decent trekking maps of the Atlas without success, and proved a very worthy and useful companion. It's a great concise guide, packed with pertinent info, very useful tips (e.g. using grand taxis rather than buses saved me a lot of time and money), and just the right amount of contextual background. The descriptions and occasional wry asides are perfectly composed, capturing the atmosphere of the Moroccan Atlas quite astutely. The hand-drawn small maps marking key navigation points etc. can be invaluable if you're trekking independently on the suggested routes - these were the envy of several French and Belgian trekkers I met along the way, who had travelled extensively in the area and but not managed to find such a useful guide or map.

I rarely buy or carry guidebooks as I only end up using a small part of them - but this proved the exception as pretty much read from cover to cover. Now determined to return to visit the areas and routes described that I didn't have the opportunity to this time!

Note, there are better 1:50,000 and 1:40,000 scale trekking maps available than those referenced in this guide (and other recent Morocco guidebooks) - check out editorial piolet and mapiberia (both Spanish map publishers).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moroccan Atlas 21 Mar 2011
By greta
I was given this book as a present and to encourage me to visit Morocco which it has certainly done. It offers the chance for something a little different. Without a local contact it is difficult to properly experience a country, the standard tourist itinary tends to have little to distinguish it from countless other locations. However, this book allows for something special, a unique insight into a very special place. Instead of a Holiday Inn in Marrakech I will be travelling by donkey through the high Atlas. This book imparts confidence, its like having a friend who has travelled before advise you on the best ways of doing things, where and how to travel, what are the must sees and the must buys. Alan Palmer has already put in the hard to work ensure that you dont have to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moroccan Atlas 12 Feb 2011
By Deb Dav
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What a fabulous book this is. I found it to be extremely useful and well as practical. The book is clearly written and full of interesting anecdotes. There are numerous inspirational photographs and good clear route discriptions backed up by detailed maps.
I recommend this book, since it is the best trekking quide to Morocco I have ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
We have been running treks in the Moroccan Atlas Mountians for over 5 years, and of all the books which we have looked at this trekking guide is by far the most informative with some fantastic routes to the more off the beaten track and well used routes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic guidebook! 5 Feb 2012
My friends and I were trekking through Jbel Sahro (south-east Morocco) region and we were using this guidebook. The description of the routes plus info is so thorough that we even didn't have to use the expensive maps which we bought for this trip! Must have it for serious adventurers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable guide for the independent trekker
An invaluable guide, whether you are planning to go in an organised group, hire your own guide and muleteer or trek alone. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GiGi
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book
Superb book with all the details of towns and treks. Right down to trek cafe things to see and any problems you might have.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. A. Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to the Atlas, Marrakesh and overview of Morocco
We have just returned form an excellent trip to Morocco and this book was superb. Plenty of information on trails and walk options, guides and muleteers, it is a very well thought... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joanne Clare Denison
5.0 out of 5 stars Morocco Atlas, The Trekking Guide
A really informative book, Provided all the info I needed for a tour of Marakech & climbing Mt Toubkal & much more about Morrocco. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JP McGovern
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent guide to morocco trekking
An excellent trekking guide to the main mountain areas of Morocco by someone who knows the country very well indeed.
Published 4 months ago by Charles W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about trekking in Morocco
I gave 5 stars to this guidebook because it is so comprehensive. Trying to organize your own trek in Morocco without guidance would be difficult. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. H. M. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Well laid out and informative
I found this book well laid out and informative my only negative would be I felt the book did not advise how tough the underfoot conditions can be throughout the walk up Toubkal... Read more
Published 9 months ago by tekapo
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy with the purchase
I was expecting "screenshots" of real topographic maps, rather than hand-made drawings, but I think it will do the job. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tomas Pribyl
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Easy to use, reliable, down to earth and accurate. This guy knows what he is talking about. Maps as good as you will get (for this location) for hiking. Read more
Published 15 months ago by IR
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