Trekkers have summit to talk about!
Thirteen trekkers agreed that it was the toughest thing they have ever done… climbing Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.
They trekked for up to eight hours a day a day for three days over rough terrain, loose scree, large boulders and steep slopes, to reach the highest peak in North Africa at 4,167 metres.
They had signed up to the challenge to raise money for Autism Jersey. The trek, sponsored by Ocorian, was organised by Charity Challenge, who categorise the trek as ‘tough’… and so it proved. Autism Jersey Fundraising and Marketing Manager Caroline Moody, who went on the challenge, said: ‘The trek was tougher than I think any of us expected. On summit day we got up at 4.30 am and started the steep climb in the dark. We all had to dig deep in our inner reserves to reach the summit, but it was worth it, and we all had the most tremendous feeling of achievement when we finished.
‘Some trekkers said that it was a tougher climb than Kilimanjaro. The descent was just as tough, as we slipped and skidded down steep slopes, incredulous that we had just gone up this same route.
‘Trekkers walked and climbed for three days over rough terrain, loose scree, large boulders and steep slopes, to reach the highest peak in North Africa at 4,167 metres.
‘We had to be prepared for hot temperatures at the start – as much as 37 degrees in Marrakech – to a wind chill of minus 7 at the summit.
‘On the third day, as we neared the end of the trek, just before heading back into the village of Imlil, we stopped and had lunch. Seemingly out of nowhere, our back-up crew had laid out rugs and cushions in the shade of a walnut tree, and they served a feast of fresh salads, juicy peaches and mint tea.
‘I think it’s fair to say that lifetime friendships have been made, thanks to team work and a lot of humour. Some trekkers buddied up to help those at the back or those who suffered from some altitude sickness.’
Accommodation was basic as the trekkers stayed in one shared dormitory for two nights at Les Mouflons mountain refuge.
The trekkers, who were accompanied by a guide, Samir Achahri, and medic, Dr Donna Peel, were rewarded with a rest day in Marrakech before returning home.
The trekkers were: Helen and Richard Miles, Caroline Moody, Jackie Marsh, Natalie Cook, Allyson Bisson, Laura Hardwick, Daniel Parkes, Fiona Sawyer, Jessica Healy, Brian Godfray, Katie Bridal, Steve Wilkinson.
Trek Morocco, supported by Ocorian, has raised more than £23,000 for Autism Jersey.