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The author: Evstafjev Nikolay, Moscow

 

Morocco: to grasp immense!
The photostory about a bicycle campaign

About the campaign. Route and participants
Photos:
Part 1. Entrances: Moscow - Amsterdam - Casablanca - Agadir
Part 2. Canyons of the Antiatlas
Part 3. Via outlying borders of Sahara
Part 4. The high Atlas. On a way to the High Atlas
Part 5. Marrakesh and Casablanca

On October, 24 - on November, 10 2003

Route:
Casablanca - Agadir - Tiznit - Tafraoute - Tata - Foum-Zguid - Mhamid - quarzazate - Imlil - Lac d'Ifni - Jbel Toubkal - Marrakesh Casablanca

Morocco is high mountains and desert, the forgotten world of canyons of Anti-Atlas and resort coast, a night life of ancient Marrakesh and customs of month Ramadan - such sated and various fortnight acquaintance to this surprising country appeared

About the campaign. Route and participants

Participants

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Evstafjev Nikolay, Filippov Dmitry
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Inzhevatov Alexander
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Mishanov Edward
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Rogov Mart
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Bertov Michael
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Route

 

Summary report (the technical information) about sites of the route

Date

Line

Description

Means of conveyance, character of road

Altitude: integrated climb (IC), descent

Distance

23.10

Moscow - Amsterdam - Casablanca

Flight of airline KLM, general time of flight, including two-hour change in Amsterdam ~9 hours, cost of the ticket 508 $.

plane

+25000m
25000m

4231km
(direct)

Casablanca - Marrakesh

The transfer ordered on the Internet s-Agadir through Marrakesh cost 345 $. The machine met us at the airport of Casablanca. A night way.

car, road

 

238km

24.10
Agadir

Marrakesh - Agadir (camping)

A night in Marrakesh in the house of our driver. The road passes on uninviting deserted district.

car, road

 

273km

Agadir, forced day rest

KLM lost our luggage (all eight bicycles) at an overload in Amsterdam. The luggage was found, in the morning 25.10 they promised to deliver it in the airport of Agadir

     

25.10
Tiznit

Agadir - Tiznit

Tiznit the first point of the route. A transfer on two "grandees - taxi", cost 700 DH.

car, highway

 

90km

Tiznit -
Souk-Ait-Tnin-n'Asaka

A flat quiet line Tiznit- Tafraoute with practically zero traffic.

bicycles; asphalt road

IC 100m,
spending night at 209m

17,4km

26.10

Souk-Ait-Tnin-n'Asaka - Anezi - Aout-Zeg - Dar-Ourtan

Minor asphalt road with the zero traffic. Moving upand-down.

bicycles; asphalt road

IC 1519
spending night at 1094m

59,2km

27.10
Tafraoute

Amalu
Tirge-et - Tafraoute

Minor asphalt road with the zero traffic. Ascent on a pass 1315 m, descent in Tafraoute valley.

bicycles; asphalt road

-700m,
IC +535m,
spending night at 980 m (Tafraoute)

51km

28.10

Agard-Oudad - Anezaren - Taloust

Ascent on plateau-pass 1694 m. Minor asphalt road. Asphalt ended on the pass.

bicycles; asphalt road

+714 m

18 km

Tagaout the Oued river valley - Tigragen (descent) the Azif river valley- n'Tagmu (ascent) - Timkeyt

Descent on a stony earth road in a bottom of a canyon. Ascent on a desolate earth road, more often on a channel a river (canyon).

bicycles; ground, rivers channel (pebble)

-485m, +143m
IC 950
spending night at 1350m

34,5km

29.10

Ascent on the upper riches of the Azif river - n'Tagmu - Ouklid

Ascent on a desolate earth road, more often on a channel a river (canyon).

bicycles; on foot, ground, rivers channel (pebble)

+154m
IC 950m
spending night at 1350m

8 km

Ascent on a plateau-pass on the plateau to the left source of the Azif-n'Ait-el-Kadj river descent to the river

Ascent on a plateau-pass via a desolate mountain on a road on the canyons slope. A stony earth road on the plateau 1842m. Descent in canyon via a desolate road.

bicycles; on foot,

a road built of stones, ground,

+338m, -279m

20 km

Ascent along Azif-n'Ait-el-Kadj river - Timmit - Tigoumart - Tazegzaout

Ascent via a desolate stony earth road along the bottom of the rivers canyon, more often through the rivers channel.

bicycles on foot; ground, rivers channel (pebble)

-363m
IC 660m
spending night at 1200m

15 km

30.10
Tata

Tidil - Ival the highway to Tata

A deserted stony earth road in a bottom of a canyon of the river, more often via a channel of the river. A canyon. Good earth road after Ival

Bicycle, on foot; ground, a rivers channel (pebble)

-175m

12,4 km

Tizgui-Ida-ou-Ballou - Imitek - Tata

Road aroudant - Tata, practically zero traffic

Bicycle; asphalt

-700
IC 680
spending the night at 700 (Tata)

78 km

31.10

ata - Akka-Iguiren - Kasba-el-Joua - Trit - Tissint - Mrhimina in 10km of Foum-Zguid

Road Tata - Foum-Zguid, practically zero traffic. Stony desert, hills.

Bicycle; asphalt

500,
spending the night at 595

130 km

1.11

Foum-Zguid

Highway

Bicycle; asphalt

+40m

10 km

Road to lake Lac Iriki - Lac Iriki - oasis Zaouia-Sidi-Abd-en-Nebi

Heavy road without a covering on stony desert, a part in a bottom of drying up Lac Iriki lake.

Bicycle; ground, stones

+230, -390,
IC 270,

spending the night at 426m

63 km

2.11
Mhamid

Well Khasi-Oued-Bou-Adjadj - oasis Ain-Sidi-Abd-er'Rakhman - Oued Draa river - Mhamid

Heavy road without a covering on stony desert, on a pebble of a bottom of a gulf Lac Iriki lake. A road on a plateau - watershed to Oued Draa river (clay, sand, stones). Sand in a channel of the Oued Draa river on an entrance to Mhamid

Bicycle; ground, stones, sand

+125, -30,
IC 125m

77 km

Night transfer to quarzazate

Highway Mhamid - Zagora - quarzazate. Cost of minibus 2000 DH

Car, highway

spending the night at 1140m (quarzazate)

266 km

3.11
quarzazate

quarzazate, a rest day

Survey of ruins and other things

     

4.11

Transfer to Agim

Highway quarzazate - Marrakesh. Cost of a minibus 700 DH

Car, highway

 

~80km

Agouim - Es-Sour - Tizgi - Isoual - Zavia - Imlil - Imhilene

Beautiful beaten earth road on stony and volcanic breeds (output of tuff fields). Two passes 2050 and 2263m. Spending the night at the beginning of rise to Lac d'Ifni lake. The last houses of settlement Imhilene.

Bicycle; ground

IC 1410,
spending the night at 1959

63 km

5.11

Ascent to Lac d'Ifni lake

Ascent via a stony non-using road on a moraine wave of Lac d'Ifni lake

Bicycle, on foot; ground

+473m

4km

Lac d'Ifni camp at 2841m

Pebble fields a little higher of Lac d'Ifni. Taluses. Camp on parking, in second half of day -a radial ascent on 3230 m (the purpose: carrying bicycles + acclimatization)

On foot; track

IC 1430,
spending the night at 2841

~12km

6.11
Jbel Toubkal

Climbing Tizi-n-Ouanoume pass (3669m, 1), descent to 3200 hardly lower than a shelter " Jbel Toubkal "

Ascent and descent via a track. There is snow on the col and the NW slope of descending.

On foot; track

+828m, -469m

21 km

Climbing on Mt. Jbel Toubkal 4167m

Track, taluses, snow, ice. We managed to ascend up to 3820m, the following ascent without special equipment (at least crampons) was objectively dangerous.

On foot; Mountains

IC 1450,
spending the night at 3200m

~3,5km

7.11

Aroumd - Imlil

Descent via a mountain track

Bicycle, on foot; ground

-1415

10km

Asni - Tahanaoute - Marrakesh

Road with the average traffic

Bicycle; asphalt

-1314
IC 90
spending the night at 471m (Marrakesh)

68km

8.11
Marrakesh

Marrakesh, day rest

Ruins, a botanical garden, nightlife of east city, all things that tourists like.

     

9.11
Casablanca

Casablanca

Transfer by trip bus CTM, cost (from the person) 100 DH + a transfer to the airport 40 DH

car; highway

 

238km

10.11

Casablanca - Amsterdam - Moscow

Luggage strangely enough KLM did not get lost

plane

+25000m
25000m

4231km (direct line)


Route in figures

Running days 12,5 + 2 day rest + 1 a half of day rest + 2 days of entrances / departures
On a speedometer 724 km
The common integrated ascent 9794 m
The minimal altitude in the campaign 0 m, altitude of start 200m (Tiznit)
The maximal "bicycle" pass 2263m
The maximal altitude 3820m (ascent on Mt. Jbel Toubkal)

Date

Distance

Average speed

Time of the way

Max speed

Ascent

Dump of altitude

Altitude of spending the night

Notes

Route

 

km

km/h

h:min:sek

km/h

m

m

m

   

24.10.03

             

Delay because of luggage lost by KLM

Casablanca - Marrakesh - Agadir (car)

25.10.03

17,43

24,20

0:43:16

44,1

100

150

209

 

Tiznit (car)

26.10.03

59,23

14,96

3:57:31

52,2

1519

735

1094

   

27.10.03

33,90

16,80

2:01:03

51,5

535

700

980

half of a rest day

Tafraoute

28.10.03

52,38

12,14

4:18:50

45,7

950

670

1350

   

29.10.03

38,13

8,08

4:43:01

35,6

660

830

1200

   

30.10.03

90,40

19,83

4:33:23

51,5

680

1130

700

 

Tata

31.10.03

129,15

25,80

5:00:20

44,7

500

575

595

 

Foum-Zguid

01.11.03

73,56

14,96

4:51:01

28,5

270

390

400

   

02.11.03

76,91

12,79

6:00:39

27,1

200

100

550

 

Mhamid, quarzazate (car)

03.11.03

           

1140

rest day

quarzazate

04.11.03

62,84

11,60

5:25:03

41,9

1410

1300

1959

 

Lac d'Ifni

05.11.03

12,71

4,01

3:08:32

23,5

1430

480

2840

   

06.11.03

~7

~3

   

1450

1090

3200

 

Tizi-n-Ouanoume pass(3670 m) Mt. Jbel Toubkal (4167 m), climb up to 3820m

07.11.03

77,62

16,98

4:34:02

47,8

90

2729

471

 

Marrakesh

08.11.03

           

471

rest day

Marrakesh

09.11.03

             

transfer

Casablanca (car)

min

12,71

4,01

0:43:16

23,5

90

100

209

   

max

129,15

25,80

6:00:39

52,2

1519

2729

3200

   

avg

60,36

15,18

4:06:23

41,2

753

837

1144

   

sum

724,26

 

49:16:41

 

9794

10879

     

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