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8 rock climbing destinations for novices

By: Josh Lew on March 12, 2013, 5:22 p.m.
Toubkal, Morocco

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Toubkal, Morocco

This Moroccan peak sits at over 13,000 feet above sea level. It is a challenging climb from a physical perspective, but not so much from a technical perspective. Because novices will require guides (and can even hire porters and pack mules if they want), a Toubkal climb can have an expedition-like feel. The trek is strenuous enough to challenge even fit climbers; in the winter, freezing conditions and ice require some mountaineering knowledge, such as the proper use of crampons. The unique dry, desert-like conditions make this peak an interesting one to climb for adventure-seekers who are looking for something that is out of the ordinary both in terms of scenery and location.