Pupils prepare for African expedition

The expedition team including tutors Carl Halliday and Chris Scott with the group of Level 3 Outdoor Adventure Academy students.

The expedition team including tutors Carl Halliday and Chris Scott with the group of Level 3 Outdoor Adventure Academy students.

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A group of Northumberland College students are preparing for a challenging charity expedition to the Atlas mountains in Morocco next month.

The Level 3 Outdoor Adventure Academy students from the college’s Kirkley Hall campus aim to reach the 4,167m summit of Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa.

The 11 students are organising the trip themselves as part of their course, where they have to plan, prepare and carry out an expedition as independently as possible.

The students’ tutors, Chris Scott and Carl Halliday, have taken on the roles of safety officers and will oversee the expedition.

The Mount Toubkal trek itself will take two to three days to complete but the expedition team will need to undertake various day treks leading up to the ascent in order to start the acclimatisation process.

Carl said: “Regardless of whether we are successful in reaching the summit, the trip as a whole should prove to be a fantastic adventure for the students and an experience that will hopefully open their eyes and minds to different cultures, beliefs and lifestyles.

“It is an amazing region and the people who live there are friendly and welcoming despite their tough and challenging lifestyles.”

The students will be donating half of their sponsor money to Education for All, a charity which helps to provide and support education for girls in remote, rural areas like the Atlas region. The other half will go towards the cost of the expedition.

Anyone willing to sponsor the students can email carl.halliday@northland.ac.uk