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Recommended Gear for Climbing Morocco’s Two Highest Peaks in Morocco with Berg Adventures

Top quality mountaineering clothing and equipment is an investment that will see you through years of adventures. It is wise to choose carefully, and not to skimp on quality. The companies and products you see listed below can serve as starting points of reference for you. Take this list to your local outdoor specialty shop.

Feel free to use this list as a reference as you prepare for your trip, but note that not all brands and models are current.


Running shoes or lightweight trail shoes: For travel and easy walking.

Hiking boots: Leather with sturdy mid-sole and a Vibram sole, ½ or ¾ shank. Boots should be warm and fit well over light and heavy sock combination. Fit is much more important than brand. Take time to select a pair that fits, and break them in well.

Sport sandals: Excellent for in and around the refuge and tented camps in the evenings. An open-toe model that can be worn with socks is best (Teva or Crocs).

Lightweight socks: Synthetic/Wool Blend (Smartwool, Bridgedale, Patagonia)

Medium weight socks: Synthetic/Wool Blend (Smartwool, Bridgedale).

Gaiters: For use with light hiking boots. Short and simple gaiters are preferable, such as OR Rocky Mountain Low.


It is very important that your clothes fit loosely and comfortably so you can layer your clothes appropriately. This is key for maintaining a comfortable body temperature.

Comfortable travel clothes: For around the cities of Fes and Marrakesh. Dress in Morocco is typically modest and casual.

Hiking shorts: One pair (any brand of Supplex short). Will often be worn over lightweight long underwear bottoms.

Lightweight pants: One pair (any brand Supplex or “stretch woven” pant)

Lightweight long underwear top: (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)

Midweight long underwear top: Zip-T neck design is good. Light colors are better for tops because they are cooler when hiking in direct sunlight and just as warm as dark colors when worn underneath other layers (Patagonia Capilene, North Face, Mountain Hardwear)

Lightweight long underwear bottom: Dark colors are preferable (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)

Midweight underwear bottom: Dark colors are preferable because they do not show dirt (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)

Briefs: Synthetic or cotton. Running shorts also work well for underwear.

Short-sleeved shirts: Most nylon running shirts or athletic shirts work (North Face Tek Ware, Patagonia Tech Dri, or any brand of synthetic athletic wear).

Fleece or synthetic jacket: Polartec 100 or 200 is good. An even better alternative is a synthetic fill jacket made of Primaloft or Polarguard (Mountain Hardwear, OR, Wild Things, Moonstone, Patagonia).

Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants: Such as Gore-Tex. Jacket must have hood. It is recommended that pants have full-length side zips. These garments should be large to fit over your other layers.

Head & Hand Gear

Liner gloves: They should be lightweight and synthetic (Patagonia Capilene)

Windstopper fleece gloves: Any brand of Windstopper fleece.

Sun hat: Any lightweight hat with a good brim or visor to keep the sun and rain off of your face and neck.

Bandana: Two to three traditional cotton styles. This is an important item with many uses. Large sizes are best. You may also like to have a circular bandana like those made by Buff.

Wool or fleece hat: Any brand of warm hat that can go over ears for cool evenings.


Sunglasses: One pair high quality 100%UV and 100%IR. You may want to bring a back-up pair too.

Headlamp: (Petzl or Black Diamond)

Hiking & Camping Gear

Duffel bag: For flying to Morocco with your belongings. It will come with you during the trek.

Small bag or stuff sac: For easy storage and organization

Day pack: 2000 cubic inches ( 33 liters ) or more, internal frame. Top opening mountaineer’s rucksack style is best. Avoid large zipper openings and excessive outside pockets. Larger packs are better than smaller, because they are easier to pack with cold hands and they distribute loads more effectively.

Pack cover: To protect your gear on rainy days (REI, MEC, Osprey, Gregory)

Sleeping bag: Minimum temperature rating of 32F to maximum 14F (0 C to -10C) (Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, Moonstone).

Water Bottle: Two one-liter, leak-proof wide-mouth (Nalgene Poly bottles)

Sleeping pad: Inflating, full-length (Therm-a-rest)

Trekking poles: Useful for going up and down steep, muddy trails in the forest, and general trekking. Adjustable poles are best so that you can strap them on your pack when not in use. Remove the ski baskets (Leki 3-section, Black Diamond)

Swiss Army knife: Remember not to leave in carry-on bags for any international or domestic flight. Scissors are probably the most useful features; you will seldom need the knife blade.

Medical & Personal

Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily

Lip screen: SPF 30 or higher, any brand

Toiletry kit: Toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, alcohol-based anti-bacterial hand sanitizer (Purell), soap, comb/brush, shave kit, needle/thread and throat lozenges (bring travel size bottles to keep your kit small)

First aid kit: Ibuprofen/aspirin assorted band-aids, moleskin, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins. Include any prescription travel meds that might be prescribed by your doctor (antibiotics, sleep aids)

Zip-loc bags: They can be very useful.

Ear plugs: Useful in the refuge and if someone in a tent near yours snores! Available in most drug stores and hardware stores.

Travel Items

Lightweight travel jacket: Simple wind shirt or light fleece

Travel clothing: For travel days and for time visiting the cities

Bathing suit: For hotels

Passport belt/pouch

Books or E-reader

Journal: (“Rite in the Rain”) waterproof

Binoculars: Optional. High quality, 8x32 or 10x42 is recommended. Camera, Lenses, Video Camera

Waterproof containers for your photo equipment: Two-gallon zip lock bags, shower caps, or manufactured rain covers.

Memory cards for digital camera: Bring plenty, as well as plenty of camera batteries.