Rogue Morocco

March 2016

Around 2012, I started to run regularly. I was pretty slow, but I got hooked. In 2014 I ran my first half marathon. In 2015, I ran my first trail races (half marathons, and 30K's). In 2016, I went even further and joined Rogue Expeditions on a trip to run through Southern Morocco. A loop that would take me from Marrakech, over the Atlas Mountains, through the Dades Gorge, the Todra Gorge, the Drâa Valley, and down to the Sahara. It was a trip I'll never forget.

Morocco
10 days, 9 nights

  • Running
  • Atlas Mountains
  • Sahara
  • Fuji X-Pro2
  • iPhone 6S
Mar

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2016
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Morocco is a country rich in culture, delicious food, kind people, and diverse landscapes.

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Day 1: Marrakech

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From the airport, I checked into the beautiful Riad Bahia Salam. A great place to stay. It's just outside of the medina. Kind staff, and very quiet, even though it's on a main road.

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One of the few pictures I took in Jemaa el Fna, the open air market in Marrakech. I would have taken more, but was afraid I'd end up with a cobra wrapped around my neck, or a monkey on my back (literally) if I wasn't paying attention.

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03 A beautiful sunset for my first night.

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Day 2: Atlas Mountains

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Driving over the Atlas Mountains to Aït Ben Haddou.

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Passing an oasis just before we started our first run.

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A perfect post run drink at La Rose du Sable.

Day 3: Aït Ben Haddou

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07 A lot of movies have been filmed at Aït Ben Haddou (Gladiator, Mummy..etc). I managed to get over here to watch the sunrise with a couple other runners in the group.

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08 A beautiful sunrise looking west towards the Atlas Mountains.

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Kasbah Amridil record player.

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Day 4: Dades Gorge

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A perfect spot for an early morning run.

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We ran ten miles on a hot rocky dirt "road" (if it can be called a road) that looked like another planet. I ran through a small village, past nomads tending goat herds, and up a winding hill. And the end of it was Auberge Panorama. This was the amazing view outside my window.

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Day 5: Todra Gorge

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We drove through the gorge, and up into the hills, about 20 miles from the hotel and started our run here.

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For much of the run, I was completely alone, running through this beautiful landscape.

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After the run, exhausted, I was welcomed by the beautiful Kasbah Taboriht.

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Day 6: Todra Gorge

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Our second day in the Todra Gorge was a day where we were free to do whatever we wanted. Many of us decided to climb the gorge on a via ferrata.

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I had never climbed via ferrata before. I found it to be quite fun and easy. Our guides were great, which also helped.

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17 A photo from the top of our climb looking down into the gorge.

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Day 7: Drâa River

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We stayed at a lovely place in Zagora in the Drâa Valley. A couple of us went out for a run and was joined by a local kid who ran with us and gave us a tour of his town.

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Day 8: Sahara Desert

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As we drove into the Sahara, these donkeys decided to pose for a photo.

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Erg Chigaga camp.

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21 Surfing the Sahara.

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An amazing end to an amazing trip. Drinking wine with new friends, watching the sunset in the Sahara. Photo by Jeff Genova.

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The amazing team that helped make sure everything about this trip was perfect.

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Day 9: Sahara Desert

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My last run of the trip. 10 miles through a dried up lake bed. Photo by Jeff Genova.

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A number of runners in the group set a PR for most miles in a week. I had never run more than 45 miles in a week. I ran 64 on this trip. Photo by Jeff Genova.

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After a long day in the sun, Bab Rimal in Foum Zguid was the perfect night cap.