Last month, our Operations Manager Jack Harris took a break from planning school expeditions, and headed off on his own adventure to the mountains of Morocco! Jack took on a Winter ascent of Mount Toubkal (4617m) alongside two friends, David Walter and Dominic O'Neill. Between them, they raised over £1000 for The Institute of Cancer Research in the process!
Their journey began in the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, before heading off into the High Atlas mountains and making their way up to Toubkal Base Camp. They were accompanied by guides and muleteers from our own Far Frontiers ground team, making sure they had all the expertise and support needed for such a challenge. The team spent a day at Base Camp and completed an acclimatisation trek in the local area, preparing for their challenge the following day.
Practising with their ice-axes!
They bunked down alongside a couple of other trekkers in the Refuge that night, and planned to take on the summit early Wednesday morning, making the most of the wood fires in the freezing temperatures!
Setting off at 4am, they donned head torches, ice axes and crampons, and headed up the steep, icy slope to the top.
The team reached the summit just in time for a breath-taking sunrise over the Sahara. Temperatures reached -20⁰C at the top but they still stayed long enough to admires the views and catch their breath!
Whether you climb in summer or winter, the views are absolutely spectacular at the top, and make the long hard climb worth it!
Amazingly, they summited Toubkal, trekked back to Imlil and headed back to Marrakech all in one day. There was plenty of time to explore the world-famous souks, practice their bartering for beautiful handmade gifts, and enjoy some delicious Moroccan delicacies before heading home.
You can still donate to their challenge on Just Giving: all money raised goes to the charity rather than funding the trip, so a huge well done to Jack, Dave and Dom for completing this exhilarating winter challenge!
Want to take on a Winter Ascent of Toubkal with your school? Learn more here and get in touch to speak to one of our dedicated experts.