In a way we did end up ski touring, but nothing like what we set out to do when we decided to go to Morocco. The High Atlas Mountains, and the 4000 meter Toubkal Peak was our goal. Our reality were the Merzouga Sand Dunes and a few 130 meter piles of sand. There, we rode camels and did a ski tour where four people shared one pair of skis and boots.
Thankfully, it worked out. But after three days wandering around, we felt like we’d pretty well exhausted the entertainment possibilities of this little slice of the Sahara. Mountain people can only do so much in the desert. The best thing is imagining Simon explaining to his guiding clients how he got red Sahara sand in his ski boots.
A huge thanks to Simon Duverney and Marjorie Juarez for the ability to laugh, and make us laugh. We’ve been on a lot of trips with these guys, but this one was certainly unique.
For four Game of Thrones fans, Ben Haddou was a real thrill.
With a combined feeling of curiosity and awkward horror, we entered the desert with the full knowledge that only tourists actually ride camels.
Somehow having skis along connected us to who we are, and made things seem normal.
Truth be told, Simon was vibrating with enthusiasm and excitement to explore the dunes. Somehow, even in the dunes, there was a sense of pressure to get to the top before others tracked it up.
Dreams really do come true!
The key is to point them. Try to turn too early and you’ll be cleaning sand out of your ears. Once the speed is high enough, it really is the same feeling as skiing. Of course by that point you’re finished.
Ultimately, it’s about experiencing the dunes; the silence, the warm sand, and the uniquely beautiful shapes and forms we found ourselves within.
Simon running laps
Marjorie enjoying her turn, and boots 5 sizes too big.