Oxford Alpine Club

Guidebooks for climbing in Morocco & Tafraout

Tafraout is still a developing climbing area, but a myriad of information exists for the adventurous trad climber, including several printed guidebooks and a handful of miniguides, downloads and online resources.


Guidebooks & Updates

Available autumn 2013


Tafraout - Rock Climbing in Morocco's Anti-Atlas

At last... the long awaited Tafraout guidebook, combining all the previous guidebooks to create a single guide to this paradise of adventure-trad climbing. Now includes 2000 climbs, described in more detail than ever before, with all-new full-colour topos throughout, and the most detailed and accurate maps ever drawn of this amazing region. The OAC's previous north-side guidebook team have joined forces with original Cicerone guidebook author Claude Davies to create the definitive guide to the Ameln Valley, the north side of Jebel el Kest, and the outlying Jebel Taskra massif, not to mention the fascinating sport climbing around Tafraout itself, selected bouldering, and a collection of desperate granite cracks that'll even keep you busy on a rest day!

This guide leaves no stone unturned in its quest to provide everything you need for a memorable winter-sun trad-climbing trip... from thorough background information and easy-to-follow maps, a detailed 'crag selector', advice on travel and use of public transport, to suggestions of things to do in the local area. And for those who want to retain a sense of adventure in these days of super-detailed guidebooks, it has plenty of suggestions, hints at unclimbed projects, and a few deliberately vague days out... with just enough to get you started in the right direction! 

It's packed full of action shots, clear topos, and more climbing than you could ever hope to accomplish. Split into two volumes, it's designed to fit into the lid of a daysack, and comes in a protective plastic cover to prevent wear and tear.

Moroccan Anti-Atlas North  £23.99

The essential guide to trad climbing around Tafraoute, detailing more than 650 routes on 55 crags on the north side of Jebel el Kest, with full colour photo-topos throughout. 

Includes the popular valleys of Afantinzar and Samazar, as well as Sidi M'Zal, Idaougnidif and Tagmout - all between 20 minutes and 1hr30 from Tafraoute.

This is the only guidebook to the roadside cragging in the Tagmout region, including the popular Robin Hood Rocks and Maid Marion Rocks. Also includes detailed information on travel, culture, & accommodation.

Slightly smaller size, designed to fit easily in the top-pocket of a day-sack. Protective plastic cover to protect against wear and tear.


Morocco Rock £27.99

A good modern guidebook to the northern part of the Anti-Atlas, including the popular valleys of Afantinzar and Samazar, as well as Sidi M'Zal and Idaougnidif. 

Lots of excellent action photographs. A5, card cover.

Climbing in the Moroccan Anti-Atlas  £12.00

This landmark guide was the original climbing guidebook to the south side of Jebel el Kest, describing 25 crags in the Ameln Valley. The guide contains very little detail in order to preserve the adventure of discovery. It is currently the only published guidebook to the south-side crags, which are conveniently located between 10 and 30 minutes from Tafraoute.


Page samples For Moroccan Anti-Atlas North and Morocco Rock:


Guidebook Updates


Update for Moroccan Anti-Atlas North

The task of updating the 1st edition guidebook has already become an immense job - our most recent update covers the 2010/11 winter season and includes a whopping 150 new climbs on the north side of Jebel el Kest, including a number of brand new crags and some super-classic big routes! 

The 2010/11 MAAN Update is available from the OAC website for a small download fee of £3.99 - There's been lots of interest in our topos, update, and routecards, but hosting them online is unfortunately not free. By making a small charge to our download customers we hope to ensure that remains a useful source of free information for climbers visiting Tafraoute.

Please note : This information will be included in the new Tafraout Guidebook, available autumn 2013

Tafraoute RouteCards


Useful Maps

Driving Intstructions (Agadir to Tafraoute)

Our free driving instructions (Agadir to Tafraoute) is an essential little map for first-time visitors, with all the info you need to get you out of Agadir Airport and down to Tafraoute. It's also useful for anyone driving from Marrakech via Agadir as well.


The Anti-Atlas Climbers' Map

This NEW updated Tafraoute Climbers' Map is the definitive map for getting around the crags in the Anti-Atlas. Whether you're heading for the north side or staying in the Ameln Valley, this free download will save you a lot of getting lost when you get out there! It's also a great tool for waving at taxi-drivers if you're planning on going climbing without a hire car (handy for those of us who don't speak much Berber!)


Tafraoute MiniGuides

Tarakatine Pass Miniguide  £2.00

A NEW updated MiniGuide to the roadside cragging on the Tarakatine Pass is now available for purchase from the main OAC pages. This guide details 60 short climbs and solos between Difficult and E1 on the crags above the road across the Tarakatine Pass near Tafroaute.These routes do not currently appear in any other guidebook to the area, and whilst it's never going to be a major destination in its own right, the Tarakatine pass is a great place to pass a few hours with some easy routes and solos in a magnificent setting. The crag dries very quickly after rain, and tends to remain dry when the higher mountain crags are shrouded in winter cloud.

Please note : This information will be included in the new Tafraout Guidebook, available autumn 2013


Tifghalt Miniguide  £3.50

Our long-awaited Tifghalt MiniGuide is now available from the OAC website. This comprehensive guide to routes on the Tifghalt crags includes new approach maps and detailed access information to crags U, V, and W, as well as the first detailed topo ever published of Tafraoute's most popular multi-pitch rock climb - Joe Brown's classic White Tower (HVS 5a).

This is a must-have miniGuide for first-time visitors, or anyone heading up to one of the range's most famous and best rock climbs.

Please note : This information will be included in the new Tafraout Guidebook, available autumn 2013

Other Free Stuff

Tafraoute Kit List

Why not check out our free KitList to help you make sure you don't forget anything when you're packing...

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