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Running the Atlas Mountains

In October 2017, I attempted a world-first running expedition to traverse the High Atlas mountains, solo and unsupported. On November 1st, I completed my challenge in 22 days and 860km. The adventure was a wild experience of hostile landscapes, desert heat, Berber hospitality, and overwhelming police encounters…

You can read some of the stories from the trail on Instagram here, and check out my short film below (part of the BMC TV Women in Adventure Competition)

This run is my second continent in my bigger challenge to run across a mountain range on every continent (I completed a 1000km run across the Tien Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan last year).

"Tamazight" means 'free people', and is what the Berbers call themselves in their own language. In October 2017, Jenny Tough ran solo and unsupported across the High Atlas Mountains, a place still populated by the Tamazight, but patrolled by the Moroccan Gendarmerie.
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