What has Oukaimeden to offer you?

First, check the OUK promo to get an impression!

Oukaimeden is a small village in the High Atlas Mountains (2700m.) of Morocco, loacted just 90 minutes drive from Marrakech.
A new Boulder destination – as we believe - with thousands of untouched boulders. 

imik’simik’s prime boulder destination.

There is no complete topo to guide you through the area- yet; imik'simik is making this topo. Together with you, perhaps?

Some further details for the siked climber:  We have divided the area in some subareas where we already opened some boulders. This guidebook will cover about 400 problems when the second update will be published late 2016. Just a fraction of Oukaïmeden’s potential.

The Bakery. 111 problems set. High, but really high, potential. Just outside the village. Makes its perfect for an afternoon Boulder session. This is the area where we opened the most Boulders so far.  This area is slightly up the hill and gives great views over the village and the lake. There are a few piles of Boulders for High-Ball-lovers.

Rivers of Babylon. 77 problems set. Moderate potential. At the east side of the lake with some boulders just at the shore of the lake but with most of the boulders and Boulder potential at the other side of the ridge. Be extra careful with this area because there are a lot of shepherds houses and structures. Respect this. It’s their living area.

The colony. 31 problems set. High Potential.This area is the furthest away From the village, still just seven kilometers downwards. Just between a sharp curve in the road there is a quite flat area with very much interesting Boulders and nice problems. A good mix of hard overhang ‘cave’ boulders, balanc’y plates, scary (not for the HighBall lovers) High Balls, and technical ridges. A complete and Compact area. Because this area is a little lower than the village it’s a little warmer up here but as mostly during the day the clouds will cover the mountains they will do first so with this area and much later the upper area’s like the Bakery and Rivers of Babylon 

Shepherds. 11 Problems set. Shepherds is home to some big boulders not far from the road (just before the Bakery on the right as you approach Oukaimeden). It gets the name from the numerous stone homes built in and around the boulders by village shepherds. There is a lot of new route potential in this area. Features many boulders with crimp rails and small pockets...and some high boulders too.

Friends. 33 Problems set. High High Potential. We discovered this new area in 2014 with scenic views and great bouldering and we called it FRIENDS. Sollid blocks in nice open fields. 

Plato. 24 Problems set. Medium Potential. Plato is the only area so far in Oukaimeden which is locates at the North West side of the mountain ridge. It is a very compact area with one of the highest concentrations of blocks per m2. This area is discovered in may 2015 during the imik'simik trip and all problems in this area are opened during this same trip. Plato is different to other areas because it is totally flat what means no arduous approaches to your favorite problems.  

Back yard. 17 Problems set. Small but nice area with Medium Potential. Located just above the 'centre ville' of the village and next to Mostapha's Chalet this recently discovered area is perfect for a late evening session with nice views over the village and valley. It is a small area with lots of lower grades problems. Lots of un-found and un-opened problems are waiting for you.

There is much more than these seven areas but you have to start somewhere. So we started somewhere, let’s say…at the beginning. We made the start but without your help it’s never going to be finished. Join imik’simik and be part of this great project. Help out developing the topo or join one of our trips. 

Respect the People. Respect the mountains. 

The mountains surrounding Oukaïmeden are a home to many Shepherds and thousands of sheep. They escape the hot and low grasslands during the summer months to feed their sheep in the higher and cooler mountains of The Atlas. Because of this you will find some simple huts and structures for the animals in some of the areas. Respect this and don’t try to set nice Problems at the expense of a fragile fence or shepherds hut. When imik’simik is in Oukaïmeden their won’t be a lot of shepherds. But when you meet them. Respect them. Say “salaam aleikoom, be gher, La bes”. Imik’simik does not check anyone. It’s your own responsibility and sense of human dignity to respect the shepherds and the life they are living.   

When you respect the People you respect the mountains and the other way around. Do not leave any trash! Obviously. 

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