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In the morning, more thunderstorms. Just as the skies seemed to be clearing, we’d start hiking only to be turned back by another thunderstorm near the base of the route. Finally, we decided to just sit things out in the guesthouse. Shirley even got a hands-on lesson in making Berber bread from Abdul’s Mom. By early afternoon, we were back at the base of the cliff and looking for the correct start to the Tiwira route, a 6-pitch 6a+ established by Abdul and friends. The climbing was fun with good bolting and mostly solid rock. The views of the verdant, palm-filled valley below surrounded by an otherwise brown and dry landscape were quite unique. In the evening, we got a tour of the kasbah in the nearby village from Adbul’s friend Hadi all while dodging more thunderstorms.
Breakfast at Abdul’s family’s gite in Taghia. We were the only guests during our 3 day stay there (May 2017).
Abdul’s parents kindly offered to give Shirley a hands-on tutorial in making the tasty Berber bread. Click for a short how-to video (May 2017).
Shirley’s Berber bread (rev00) nearly done (May 2017).
OK, back to the climbing. On the 15 minute approach to the Gorge. School kids are enjoying their recess (May 2017).
Pretty approach (May 2017).
Shirley walking the plank with the prominent Pilier du Couchant (home of Voie Abert and Chibania) in the background (May 2017).
Leading pitch 1 of Tiwira (May 2017).
Shirley starting up pitch 1 (May 2017).
Views of the palmery from low on Tiwira route (May 2017).
Higher on pitch 1 (May 2017).
Shirley leading pitch 2 of Tiwira. She took a small fall here when a flake popped off (May 2017).
Following pitch 2 of Tiwira (May 2017).
Shirley on pitch 3 of Tiwira (May 2017).
Arriving at the belay (May 2017).
Leading pitch 4 (May 2017).
Shirley higher on pitch 4 (May 2017).
More views from Tiwira route (May 2017).
Almost there (May 2017).
Following pitch 4 (May 2017).
Starting up pitch 5 (May 2017).
Shirley on pitch 5 (May 2017).
Same pitch (May 2017).
The palmery as seen from high on Tiwira (May 2017).
Topping out on pitch 5 of Tiwira (May 2017).
Shirley hiking off from the top of Tiwira (May 2017).
Shirley on the friendly descent (May 2017).
Mouth of the Gorge (May 2017).
Exploring the old kasbah in the village with Hadi (May 2017).
Tunnels and passages inside the kasbah (May 2017).
View of the village and the Gorge entrance from the kasbah (May 2017).
More kasbah sights (May 2017).
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