Cordeaux Academy took a World Challenge Expedition team to the High Atlas mountains of Morocco in July this year, with the aim of reaching the summit of Mt Toubkal, which at 13,671 feet is the highest mountain in North Africa.
The eight students had raised most of the funds for their expedition themselves over the course of the academic year, through fundraisers such as charity walks, car washes and abseiling events. The school would like to give special thanks to the Louth Morrisons store for allowing the pupils to bag pack over several hours during the Christmas period.
All the pupils’ fund raising efforts were worthwhile as they had the experience of a lifetime, from sampling the Berber culture in the Atlas mountains to haggling in the souks of Marrakech.
Most importantly, the entire team was successful in reach the summit of Mt Toubkal.
The group worked together superbly as a team, supporting and encouraging each other along the way. The pupils took turns each day in being expedition leader, organising food, finances and checking equipment. The summit day was a particular challenge and took the students right out of their comfort zone. The team left base camp at 4am and climbed across a boulder field to begin their ascent, using only the light from their head torches.
After five tough days in the mountains, the pupils headed back to Marrakech for a night of Arabian culture and a well-earned meal of Morocco’s finest cuisine, culminating with an impromptu dip in the restaurant’s swimming pool.