African adventure awaits for students

The expedition team holding the Moroccan flag at the Kirkley Hall campus.
The expedition team holding the Moroccan flag at the Kirkley Hall campus.

COLLEGE students are warming up for an adventure that will take them up the highest peak in North Africa.

Ten outdoor-education students at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus near Ponteland are planning to climb Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco as part of their course.

Accompanied by two tutors, the expedition team will fly to Marrakech on June 7, then on to Imlil in the mountains, where members will spend two days acclimatising before the five-day trek, which will involve passing through remote valleys and high-altitude passes to the 4,167m summit.

The group of Level 3 outdoor-education students will carry out fund-raising activities as part of the preparations, and half of the money collected will be given to Moroccan charity Education For All, which provides college education for girls in remote communities who otherwise would not progress beyond primary school.

The remaining cash will be used for travel expenses, equipment and food.

Various events will be organised throughout the year to raise funds, including sponsored walks and runs.

College tutor Carl Halliday, who will take on the role of expedition observer, assessor and safety officer, 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 career paths.

“Any support would be very much appreciated, however great or small.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor the students, or find out more about the expedition, should email or call 01670 841229.