IGOs are meant to be challenging, but we have the tools and expertise to ensure everyone can cross the finish line if they want to.
Below are a few of the most commonly asked questions about NW05° – The Moroccan Challenge, as well as some more general FAQs. Still got a question? Contact us and we’d be happy to help.
How hot is it going to be?
Morocco in October can be very hot – up to 35°C – so it is essential to ensure that you have the right clothing that will not only keep you cool but also protect you from the sun. We also recommend a 3 litre camelbak so that you are carrying sufficient water; there will also be water stations on the route where you can top up.
What do we eat?
IGO will provide your main meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes this will be freeze-dried food, sometimes this will be tagines. It is up to you to bring personal snacks, energy bars, and electrolytes to supplement this and eat whilst on course. Don’t bring chocolate – it’ll melt in the Moroccan heat!
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
No – we will provide all the equipment; bikes, kayaks, life jackets and helmets. You can of course bring your own bike and/ or helmet if you wish but you are responsible for transporting these to and from Morocco.
What support is there?
Our events are fully supported; the route is fully marked and there is a team of experts on hand to deal with any issues. We have a doctor for emergencies, and bring a physio who is there to look after any sore muscles, blister, or general niggles that may develop over the week. Any questions you have whilst on expedition – just ask the team and they’ll be able to help!
What about my family and friends?
We think that having your family and friends at the finish line is incredibly special and actively encourage them to come. We have put together a supporters package that includes Thursday in the 5* Naoura Barriere before joining the team on top of Mount Oukaimeden to see the team arrive. You then spend the night in the luxury Berber camp, join in the celebrations with a traditional Moroccan 3 course meal. After breakfast the next morning, you will go back to the Naoura with the participants for one final night in Marrakech. For more details, please contact Alex.
What if I’m really slow?
IGO’s are not about being the first over the line; in fact it is sometimes those who linger on the course who are the real winners. Taking time to enjoy the scenery and be alone in the wilderness can be incredibly powerful. However, we always have someone bringing up the rear, so if you are struggling know that they are there to help you push through and reach camp under your own steam.
Do I have to carry all of my equipment each day?
No, we will take your main bag from camp to camp. You just need to carry enough for that stage; extra clothes, water, snacks, your tracking beacon (that IGO will provide), and basic first aid kit. Again, consult the kit list (hyperlink) for more detailed information.
Can I come by myself?
Of course! Lots of people sign up for an IGO without knowing anyone. We hold a drinks evening before departure for you to meet some of the other participants and also set up a WhatsApp group so you can get to know each other.
How fit do I have to be?
At IGO, attitude will get you further than aptitude. We firmly believe that anyone has the ability to complete an IGO with a decent base level of fitness and have had people from 15 – 55 years old take part. We have also put together the IGO Event Preparation package to help get you ready – this includes a full health MOT, a biomechanical analysis, a meeting with a performance coach and a training plan. If you’re still worried, please give us a call and we can discuss.