Over the past few months, I have followed the trials and tribulations of this year’s intake of students, undertaking the guide training course at the Centre de Formation des Métiers de Montagne (CFAMM). My last blog described their final expedition – a gruelling 300km trek across the Moroccan High Atlas, culminating on the Toubkal which, at 4,167m, is the highest peak in North Africa.
The mules of the High Atlas in Morocco are essential, both to the success of every mountain trek and to the ongoing development of the mountain tourism industry. These hard-working pack animals even play a role, albeit unwittingly, in the training of the guides who will be working in this sector over the coming decades.
Today, the International Team are joined by 40 of our partners from around the world for the start of the 7th International Colloquium on Working Equids.
The three-day event has a packed agenda and with discussions centring on working equine welfare, veterinary science and human livelihoods, it promises to be a fascinating few days. There’s even a practical workshop on Thursday so delegates can get hands-on with everything they’ve learnt over the previous two days.