Trauma and Heat in the Atlas Mountains
Alice Morrison has set off on the third leg of her Moroccan odyssey, aiming to become the first woman to walk the length of Morocco. On August 20, Morrison set out from Nador on the Mediterranean coast with three local guides and six camels.
The first few days of the expedition were extremely hot. The team, and their camels, struggled to deal with 104°F (40°C) days and rugged mountain terrain as they headed into the Atlas Mountains. The conditions were so extreme that one camel had to be briefly left behind to rest and recover and another had to be “operated” on due to a stone lodged in the animal’s foot. The operation required a heated iron and hot animal fat to seal the wound, a “traumatic but necessary” ordeal.
By September 10, the team had covered around 220 miles, walking between four and six hours each day. They passed through several valleys and thankfully the heat eased off.
From the fertile valleys, they then entered the Rekkam plateau, 60 miles of flat desert. By September 22 they had reached Boutbal Gorge and seem to be settling into a good rhythm.