I summited Bouiblane mountain
Me and my friend Amine recently visited Bouyeblane (also spelled Bouiblane,Bouiblan, بويبلان) and ascended Moussa Ou Saleh, a 3200m mountain.
We departed From Berkane and took the A2 highway to Taza. Then we headed south to our destination. The road from Taza to Bouyeblan was pretty rough. A steep path full of potholes, so it took us 3 hours drive for just 100 Km distance. Also, there are no gas stations in the road, so a full tank is advised before adventuring into the area.
Taza pictured from the mountains surrounding it
National Park of Tazekka
A dowar in the road to Bouyablane from Taza
We're still going up here
When arrived, we sat at Ahmed Kbibih house, a local family living from animal husbandry especially sheep and goats, accomodating visitors and guiding them in the area for very affordable prices. A very kind family, we ate meals with them in the center of the house which also served as the kitchen. So we saw how meals were prepared, and got to talk with Mr Ahmed's wife and their children. The family did everything to help us blend into their culture and feel the way they live. There was also a heating device warming the space that also served as the Tajine cooker. When we returned from our hikes, this space healed us both from the hunger and the cold, so that was my favorite spot in the house. We ate dinner then slept in a room with traditional and warm covers, suitable for the freezing weather there. What I liked too about the house is that there was no network coverage, so this definitely helped at having some long and interesting discussions.
The room we slept in
Amine is enjoying it, clearly..
the magic heating and cooking device
This is Moussa O Saleh summit as seen from Ahmed's house,wonderful..
The second day, the weather on the mountain was not so good, so our guide Abderrahim cancelled the summiting plan, and we went instead around discovering the area :
above the ski station
Amine's tribute to Ali Sadpara
me and Amine through the magic window
Difficult to find a better partner than Amine
a path leading to the ski station, along two lines of beautiful cedar trees
Amine is happy with the tea I made us
we have this caption thanks to our great guide Abderrahim
I am happy too
taking a pic on a cut tree branch
Amine and Maria
A beautiful house inside the woods, served one time to housing athletes training in the area
Me and Maria
The third day, Abderrahim woke up early and noticed lot of clouds around the summit, so he went on the safe side and decided it was best for us to cancel. I admit it was a bit deceiving for us since we came determined to summit Bouyeblane, but we took it lightly and just decided to explore further the area instead. Around 11 am we went out exploring, Amine noticed the clouds were beginning to clear. We agreed then we should not let the opportunity go, just try the summit, and if weather was dangerous midway , we would just go back.
What followed was frankly the best adventure of my life, we started summiting at 11h30 am, we got caught in a storm near the summit, our supplies of water finished so we just ate the snow. The summit is at 3200m altitude, and to be frank, I was finished at 3000m altitude, the mountain was steep at times and movement was made harder by the thickness of the snow, which was more than 40cm at some places.
Getting ready for the summit
in the backgroud you can see the road leading to Ahmed's House
Abderrahim, our guide
Moussa O Saleh is a difficult mountain
somewhere in the mountain, the snow is thick, and I am already tired, Amine is resting while waiting for me
taking a pause at 2900m
The experience of the final 200m of elevation was mesmerizing for me, because I literally had no physical energy, and just went through it with sheer mental power, encouraged by my friend Amine, withouht whom I couldn't have done this summit. When we finally reached the peak, I broke in tears, because just some hundreds of meters away, I thought this was not possible anymore, I even told my friends to continue to the summit without me.
Amine is assisting me through the strong winds and falling snow
I am stopping each 5 steps at this time
completely finished, some meters before the summit
Without Amine's motivation, I would not have done this
Amine is on the summit, he is so thankful
finally arrived on the summit, I could not hold my tears
Me and Amine on the summit
Abderrahime is happy
here I am, a new energy kicked in here
it is marked that the altitude is 3192m, can't be more proud
me and Abderrahime doing mountain sign
Amine and Abderrahime doing mountain formation
Amine holding the mountain board, higher than 3192m :D
we're having fun here, skiing down the mountain
we've almost arrived
I advise anyone who is looking to test his physical and mental abilities to experience mountaineering. Mountains are beasts of mother nature. They challenge our limits and push us to give the best of ourselves.