First, check the OUK promo to get an impression!
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.
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.