Five applications from prospective Supertramps intending to go tramping from as far afield as the Himalaya to our own back yard in South Africa were received for the 2011 MCSA Supertramp Award.

In a close race the award of R15 000 was given to Joe Möhle, a member of the Cape Town Section, for a climbing expedition to Morocco.

Explaining his choice of destination Joe said: “Morocco has mystical appeal, being predominantly Islamic, with Spanish and French influences, but located in Africa. It seems to be a country where the landscape and culture complement each other in their diversity. The Atlas Mountains boast excellent quality climbing of all forms: Alpinism, multi-pitch sport/mixed as well as bouldering.”

Summary of Joe Möhle’s trip, December 2011/Jan 2012

Flew in to Marrakech and overnighted there to get an early morning bus to Tafraoute.

Spent one week in Tafraoute:

Bolted a new route (remains unclimbed for future visitors), Cycled around the spectacular mountains and desert. Repeats of hard traditional climbs (Negro Azabache 28, onsight + Lover’s Crack 29, flash) plus many routes in the 18-25 range. and joined a big desert rave party with gypsies!

Travelled to the High Atlas, again via Marrakech

Spent one week in the High Atlas, Jbel Toubkhal region:

Opened a new moderate grade alpine route on Biguinoussene north ridge with British climber Kelvin Mann.
Climbed Jbel Toubkhal 4167m, the highest peak in North Africa
Spent a few days trekking around these beautiful alpine peaks
Drank loads of sweet tea with the local mountain guides
Tried my best to make an appearance on a Maltese reality TV show to no avail 🙂
Travelled back to Marrakech and flew out very satisfied and slightly more mature for this trip.