The area has many crags of excellent quartzite rock up to around 1500'. Situated near the small town of Tafroute about 100 miles south of the pleasant tourist town of Agadir (airport)There is a guide book available from Cicerone Press by Claude Davies it came out in 2004 so there has been other first ascents over the last four years. There are several hotels in town some cheap and a four star hotel(Les Amandiers) that s cheaper than most US or UK regular hotels.Very friendly locals.Best time around mid March .The climbs range from about 5.4 to around 5.10 ,but the majority of the classic climbs are usually in the 5.7 to 5.9. range. The whole area of perhaps hundreds of crags is a trad climbers paradise and more so those who like doing first ascents. Most if not all the climbs were put up from the ground up on sight with a light rack and at times a couple of pitons were carried but rarely used.Most first ascenders were from the UK and would be considered veteran climbers.
New definitive guidebook for the Jebel el Kest and Jebel Taskra north (an area about 40 minutes from Tafraoute) containing around 1,000 routes in 6 main areas now available (published September 2012) - see www.moroccorock.com Posting to USA is £10 so cost is £35-00 through this site and via paypal. Fantastic trad climbing from single pitch roadside cragging to multi-pitch mountain adventures. Still in its relative infancy and plenty of scope for new routing. The most up to date information available as it comes with a free and regularly updated supplement.
Hammer Finger 5.12a on the iconic Finger and Thumb pinnacles in the Samazar Valley Submitted By: Emma Alsford on Oct 22, 2012