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Iceland’s on Ice, Morocco’s A Go!

By Phil on 2014.05.18 In Toubkal

A few months ago Joe, Jason and myself had discussed our options for this years summer trek and had fancied doing the Landmannalaugar-Skógar trek in Iceland. Since visiting Iceland in 2008, I have always wanted to go back, and what better way to go back than to do a trek.

However after closer inspection of the trek itinerary, we didn’t feel it was worth the money for such a short distance trek, so I decided to look for alternatives for us.

As I’m signed up to the Fjällräven Classic in August with 8 of my Fjällräven Polar friends, I thought I would look to see what kind of treks were available for later in the year. I then remembered some recent posts and tweets from Exped Adventure, an international trekking and expedition company based in Ambleside in the Lake District, who I follow and who had been promoting the Toubkal Two Valley (TTV) trek in Morocco. The TTV is an 8 day trek in the High Atlas Mountains culminating in the ascent of North Africa’s highest peak Jebel Toubkal at 4167m.

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After suggesting this to Joe and Jason while in the Lakes two weeks ago, we agreed that this would be an excellent adventure for this year, so I arranged to meet Sam from Exped for a coffee in Ambleside to discuss the trek in more detail and ask some important questions. Despite there being no fine wine and cheeses on this trek, something we have become accustomed to on our previous adventures, we liked what Sam had to say about the TTV and the fact we will have a private chef and mules carrying additional clothing not required for the trek, we were very interested. “What, you mean we have our own mules. Class. I’m in” shouted Joe. “As long as the chef can do vegetarian meals better than the smash potato and 2 cheese slices I had at Refugio Elisabetta last year on the Tour du Mont Blanc, then I’m also in” said Jason.

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So we left Sam and headed home and told him I would get back to him during the week with confirmation and numbers, as my mind went into overdrive thinking of others to add to our team for this amazing trek. Within a few days I had managed to double our team with the addition of Lee, Bridget and Ian and confirmed our places with Sam.

I’m so looking forward to our TTV adventure and especially getting to the altitude of 4167m, which is about 1500m higher than the highest point we reached during the TMB last year as well as spending a few nights in Marrakesh, celebrating our trekking adventure amidst the exotic sights sounds and smells of the Djemma el Fna square.

I wonder if Fjällräven do a G-1000 Kaftan, if so I would like one in UN Blue.

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Mount Toubkal at dawn

You can also view a video of the Toubkal trek by Exped here:

Full trek details can be found if you click here

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Welcome to my blog about hiking, trekking, Fjällräven Polar 2014, in fact anything where you require boots and the outdoors.

My name is Phil, and following my outdoor epiphany which started in the summer of 2012 I’m now hooked on everything outdoors. So far my biggest treks have included the 250km Cathar Way, the 170km Tour du Mont Blanc and best of all, winning 1st place to take part in the Fjällräven Polar in April 2014.

I plan to use this blog to write about all my adventures, which will include my personal goal of becoming a Munroist (completing all 282 Scottish Munro mountains), summer treks, weekends in the Lakes and many more.

I like to try and make my blog posts humorous so I hope you enjoy reading and that I can put a smile on people’s faces while showing you some amazing places.

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