Griffon Rock

The week has flown by and it’s our last day, but with a flight at 8pm there’s still the opportunity for a final route or two before we leave Morocco. Permutations of driving distance, walk-in, grade range, star-ratings and orientation are all fed into an AI platform and we take a punt on Griffon Rock. This is another of the crags in the Afantinzar Valley, 5 mins from the road and with a couple of decent sounding routes.

Tash and I did Grasshopper Arête which was a really fun and photogenic VS.

Jake did the 3* “route of the crag” Checkerboard Crack, E3 5c which we thought was good but soft for the grade (much easier than most of the pitches on Sungold!)

And then Tash and I finished off with Amphitheatre Buttress, an okay E1.

Not the best day of the trip, but we finished in good time to make it comfortably onto our flight (which was the number one priority!) and Jake and Tash kept up their records of climbing at least E3 and E1/HVS on each of the days they were out.

We’ve had a fantastic trip, in no small part due to the great welcome from the owners and staff at the Kasbah Tizourgane who made us very comfortable and kept us very well fed with delicious tagines and excellent home baked breads. The weather also played its part, with wall-to-wall sunshine (unseasonably so, as we now understand – we struck it lucky!) which painted all our memories in green (grass), red (rock) and blue (sky) stripes – I’m sure we’ll be back for more!

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