on 28 November 2009
If you're planning to go trekking in the Atlas mountains without mule or guide (against lonely planet advice!) this book is essential - especially when taking into account that the only maps available are 1:100000 hand-drawn 'Berber maps' with little and incomplete information.
The first part of the book gives general information about the region in relation to trekking which can be found elsewhere. However, it does feature a few routes more than for example the lonely planet.
Having walked for 6 days in the Mgoun region, we found the route descriptions occasionally very brief (4-5 sentences for a 6h walk) and sometimes inaccurate while other days are described in much more detail. With hindsight the short route description make sense, however, if you're there deciding which way to take you would wish for more information. Fortunately you usually meet the odd shepherd on the way or some kids who are friendly and happy to point in the right direction.
The estimated walk durations are definitely on the optimistic side and walks take easily an hour or two longer even if you don't stop much.
Despite the sometimes short descriptions we were glad to have the book and since there are little alternatives, it is a necessary buy if you're trekking on your own. Note that there aren't any maps in the book suitable for walking; Stanford and Amazon offer maps for the region though.
on 29 December 2010
A good read at home and some decent pictures to get you in the holiday mood, but not enough detail, especially for inexperienced walkers. The author claims that by using the book you won't need to employ a local guide - i don't think so! Buy the Trailblazer guide instead, which is better, especially for the Mgoun and Sahro regions.
on 18 January 2007
Nothing more than a rehash of any number of trekking books for any part of the World! Local info is not a patch on other more general guidebooks (eg Rough Guides and Lonely Planet). The section tailored to walking is dull, un-inspiring and provides little more than can be gleaned from a good map. Glad I didn't pay full price !
on 25 April 2010
This book is a waste of your money and time. It is extremely poorly written and the layout in nonsensical. The maps within are childishly drawn, lacking in any useful detail and have words written across key geographical areas. There are much better maps available around this area in Morocco, so that this book contains maps should not convince you to buy it. The sections on 'trekking' in both the current Lonely Planet and Rough Guide are far more instructive than this guide - there is no good reason not to spend your money on one of these instead.