The group of 10 Level 3 Outdoor Education students, from the
college's Kirkley Hall campus near Ponteland, are organising the
trip themselves as part of their course where they have to plan,
prepare and carry out an expedition as independently as
The expedition team, which also includes two Outdoor Education
tutors from the college, will climb the 4167 metres to the summit
of Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco over a five day
They will fly to Marrakech on Saturday 7 June and then on to
Imlil in the Atlas Mountains, where they will spend two days
acclimatising before continuing the acclimatisation process en
route to the summit. The ascent of Mount Toubkal will involve
trekking through remote valleys and over high altitude passes for
five days. The planned summit day is 14 June when the team will
strike out from their 3000 metre camp at 5am.
Carl Halliday, one of the tutors accompanying the students on
the trip will oversee the preparations, planning and overall
logistics and will take the role of observer, assessor and safety
officer on the expedition itself.
Carl said: "The main aim of the expedition is to reach the
summit of Mount Toubkal, but what the students get out of this trip
goes far beyond that.
"When they leave college and enter the outdoor industry, they
will be required to organise a wide variety of events, activities
and expeditions. Planning this trip helps them to develop essential
skills, knowledge and vital experience relevant to their chosen
"The students will also be donating half of any sponsorship
money raised to a worthwhile Moroccan charity in order to give
something back to the local community. The remaining funds will be
used to support things such as travel costs, equipment and food for
the trek. Any support would be very much appreciated, however great
The charity the students have chosen, Education For All,
provides the opportunity of a college education for girls from
rural Moroccan communities, who otherwise would not continue their
education beyond primary school due to the cost of education and
their remote location.
Students on the expedition team will be organising various
events throughout the year to help raise funds for the charity and
the trip, including sponsored walks and runs. They will also be
maximising their fitness levels in preparation including completing
a number of big mountain climbs.
If you would like to sponsor the students, make a donation, or
would like more information about the expedition, contact Carl
Halliday at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01670 841229.
Northumberland College run a number of outdoor education and
training courses at the Kirkley Hall campus leading to careers in
outdoor activity leadership, in activities such as; rock climbing,
canoeing, kayaking, hill-walking, mountain biking, high ropes and
On site at the campus is a 120m long zipwire and high ropes
course and students take part in various outdoor adventurous
activities around Northumberland on a weekly basis and have
residential trips outside of the county throughout the year.
For more information on these types of courses visit www.northumberland.ac.uk/kirkley