Mountain summit aim for students

The 2016 Mount Toubkal team of Northumberland College students with tutors Chris Scott and Carl Halliday.

The 2016 Mount Toubkal team of Northumberland College students with tutors Chris Scott and Carl Halliday.

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A group of 13 ambitious Northumberland College students are aiming to reach the summit of the highest mountain in North Africa.

They will fly to Marrakesh in Morocco on Saturday, June 11, and then travel to the mountain village of Imlil, where they will be based for a week.

The main trek at Mount Toubkal is set to take two to three days and the 4,167m summit bid will see the group leave camp on the day at 5am.

Once the team arrive, they will be making a positive contribution to the local community and helping to promote the charity Education For All, which works to help girls living in rural and mountainous regions into education.

The Level 3 Outdoor Adventure Academy students who go to the college’s Kirkley Hall campus – aged between 17 and 46 – will also gain valuable experience and develop a range of relevant skills through the process of planning, preparation and then carrying out the expedition that will come in useful for their future careers in the outdoor industry.

Outdoor Adventure Academy tutor Carl Halliday, who along with Chris Scott will be accompanying the team in the roles of safety officers, said: “The trip as a whole should prove to be a fantastic adventure for the students and an experience that will open their eyes and minds to different cultures, beliefs and lifestyles.”

The students are currently on a training programme to prepare for the trip and they have also been carrying out fund-raising activities such as an abseil down Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge.