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Africa, Morocco, Atlas Mountains, Taghia Gorge, Les Rivieres Pourpres, and Sul Filo della Notte

Atlas Mountains, Taghia Gorge, Les Rivieres Pourpres and Sul Filo della Notte. Visiting the remote Taghia Gorge in Morocco this October, Rolando Larcher, Maurizio Oviglia, and Michele Paissan established the stellar 12-pitch Sul Filo della Notte (V 5.13a; 5.12b obligatory) on the immaculate red limestone of the Tadrarate. Though climbers have been active here sporadically since 1974, the gorge’s location in the Atlas Mountains, two hours from the nearest decent road and above a village with no electricity or telephone, had thus far kept development to a minimum. Nevertheless, this is an area to keep an eye on, with a handful of one-pitch routes up to 5.13c, Sul Filo della Notte, and the nearly 2000-foot 5.12b route Les Rivieres Pourpres put up in May 2003.

Adapted from www.rockandice.com