8 Jun 2015

Mount Toubkal Expedition 2015

Good to Go Safety are proud sponsors of Northumberland College's Outdoor Adventure Academy in support of Education for All - providing girls from rural Morocco to continue education beyond primary level.

Mount Toubkal is a mountain peak in the Atlas Mountain range of Morocco. It is the highest mountain (4167m) in North Africa.

The trek itself will take 2 - 3 days, but they will need to do various day treks from Imlil in the days leading up to their ascent of Mount Toubkal in order to start the acclimatisation process. The summit bid will involve leaving base camp at 5am and the planned trek and style (carrying their own kit) at altitude will be a good and tough test for the expedition team. All expedition members have been following training programs linked to the expedition. Specific training started in earnest at the beginning of February with a trip to the Lake District and the Welsh Mountains.

All students involved already have a good foundation of mountaineering and climbing experience gained through their two years at college. College tutors Carl Halliday (qualified AMI Mountaineering Instructor (MIA) and Chris Scott (qualified MTA Mountain Leader) have the roles of safety officers and will oversee the expedition, which has been organised as part of their FE qualifications. (Expedition team photo below).

Aims of the expedition:
• To reach the summit Mount Toubkal: 4,167 m
• To make a positive contribution to the local community (We have decided to donate half of our sponsor money to a worthy charity called “Education for all”, which looks to help girls living in rural and mountainous regions in Morocco into education).

 • To plan, organise and complete the expedition independently and in as green/environmentally friendly a style as possible.

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