Summit achievement for college students

The students who successfully reached the summit of Mount Toubkal in Morocco.
The students who successfully reached the summit of Mount Toubkal in Morocco.

A group studying Level 3 Outdoor Education at Northumberland College completed a gruelling expedition to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco as part of their course whilst raising money for charity.

A total of 13 students from the college’s Outdoor Adventure Academy, based at the Kirkley Hall campus, took part in the African expedition over a seven-day period.

Eleven of them successfully reached the summit of Mount Toubkal – the highest point in North Africa at 4,167m.

Led by experienced course leaders Carl Halliday and Chris Scott, the group had been training for the trip since the start of the last academic year.

They raised approximately £250 for Education for All, a charity that helps girls living in remote areas of Morocco to access learning.

Carl said: “This is the fifth year that Northumberland College has run the expedition as part of the course and as with previous trips, each and every one of the students came away with a wide range of vocational knowledge that they can put to very good use.”

Student David Howard, who took part in the expedition, added, “The memories that I’ve brought back will stay with me forever.

“The views from the top of Mount Toubkal were amazing and it was a great opportunity to experience and embrace different people and their cultures in very remote locations.”

For more information about the Outdoor Adventure Academy, call the Kirkley Hall campus on 01670 841229 or email helphub@northland.ac.uk