A contingent of Northumberland College students had an amazing experience during their charity expedition to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
All but one of the Level 3 Outdoor Adventure Academy group from the Kirkley Hall campus reached the 4,167m summit of Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa.
They raised more than £1,000 in sponsorship – about half of which helped fund the trip. The remaining funds have been given to Education for All, a charity which helps to provide and support education for girls in remote, rural areas like the Atlas region.
The 11 students organised it themselves as part of their course where they had to plan, prepare and carry out an expedition as independently as possible.
Their tutors Chris Scott and Carl Halliday, both experienced mountaineering instructors, took on the roles of safety officers to oversee the trip.
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.
“We 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 aim. 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.”