The 11 students are organising the trip themselves as part of
their course where they have 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, have taken on the roles of safety
officers and will oversee the expedition.
The Mount Toubkal trek itself will take 2-3 days to complete but
the expedition team will need to undertake various day treks
leading up to the ascent in order to start the acclimatisation
process. The group will base themselves in the mountain village of
Imlil for the duration of their trip.
Carl said: "Regardless of whether we are successful in reaching
the summit, the trip as a whole should prove to be a fantastic
adventure for the students and an experience that will hopefully
open their eyes and minds to different cultures, beliefs and
lifestyles. It is an amazing region and the people who live there
are friendly and welcoming despite their tough and challenging
The students will be donating half of their sponsor money to
Education for All, a charity which helps to provide and support
education for girls in remote, rural areas like the Atlas region.
The other half will go towards the cost of the expedition.
Robert Simpson, one of the students going on the trip said:
"Climbing Mount Toubkal as a one week expedition is an amazing
opportunity for our class to have. Apart from mountaineering, and
raising money for charity, we will also be learning about a totally
different culture and experiencing the Moroccan lifestyle. We hope
to take a lot from our experience abroad and use what we have
learnt to gain mountaineering qualifications, and give us a taste
of leading expeditions like this in the future."
The expedition group will leave for their African adventure on
Wednesday 10th June and plan to return on Thursday
18thJune. Anyone who would like to sponsor the students
can visit: https://www.justgiving.com/mount-toubkal15/
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 high ropes,
zip wire, assault course, archery and woodland activity trail, all
of which are available to the public. For more information visit:www.kirkleyhallactivitycentre.co.uk