Taghia Gorge, new multi-pitch rock climb in Morocco by Iker Pou, Eneko Pou
Basque brothers Iker and Eneko Pou have made the first ascent of Agar, a new multi-pitch rock climb in the Taghia Gorge (High Atlas massif) in Morocco in memory of Borja Ayed.
Despite unsettled weather in Morocco’s Taghia in April, the Spanish rock climbers Eneko and Iker Pou succeeded in establishing a new route up the righthand side of the enormous Jebel Tadrarate rock face. First ascended ground-up using a mix of trad gear and, where absolutely necessary, bolts, the 10-pitch outing offers beautiful climbing but as the Basques warn "potential falls that can be extremely long and even dangerous."
The new route starts at an altitude of 2400 meters and runs close to Sul filo della notte Sur le fil de la nuit, the beautiful climb established in 2003 by Rolando Larcher, Maurizio Oviglia and Michele Paissan. Circa 400 meters high, the climb is called Agar in memory of their friend Borja Ayed who perished last winter in the Pyrenees. Although it has not been freed entirely due to poor conditions, the Pou brothers estimate difficulties somewhere in the region of 8a/8a+ and plan to return in October to make the first free ascent.
Link: FB Hermanos Pou, La Sportiva, Petzl, The North Face