Northumberland College students reach the summit of Mount Toubkal

Northumberland College students reach the summit of Mount Toubkal  
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A group of Northumberland College students recently reached the 4,167m summit of Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa.

The Level 3 Outdoor Adventure Academy students from the college's Kirkley Hall campus completed a challenging charity expedition to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco raising money for Education for All, a charity which helps to provide and support education for girls in remote, rural areas like the Atlas region. The group raised over £1000 in sponsorship half of which helped fund the expedition.

Sonia Omar, Fundraising and Communications Coordinator at Education for All said:  "We couldn't do the work without the generosity of all our supporters, and we are grateful for every penny of everyone's donation. The amount the group has raised so far is enough to sponsor a girl for a whole year which is a fantastic result."

The 11 students organised the trip themselves as part of their course where they had to plan, prepare and carry out an expedition as independently as possible. The students' tutors, Chris Scott and Carl Halliday, who are both experienced mountaineering instructors, took on the roles of safety officers to oversee the expedition.

Robert Simpson, one of the students who went on the expedition said: "Reaching the summit of Mount Toubkal was an overwhelming experience which we'll never forget. Everybody that went on the trip benefited from learning about the leadership of mountaineering expeditions abroad, and how to organise them for a group. I've wanted to lead mountaineering expeditions abroad for a long time, and the skills I've learnt from Morocco will help me to achieve this. Taking clients to the summit of Mount Toubkal is something I'd love to do in the not too distant future, and it's very helpful that I've now got some background knowledge of the area."

All but one of the students who set out on the expedition reached the summit of Mount Toubkal, a great effort from everyone.

As well as gaining experience of real outdoor expeditions, the Outdoor Adventure Academy students benefit from the facilities at the Kirkley Hall Outdoor Activity Centre. This includes climbing wall, high ropes, zip wire, assault course, archery and woodland activity trail, all of which are available to the public. The college is currently recruiting for courses starting in September in expedition leadership and other outdoor adventure industry related courses.

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