1st Duston Rangers flew out to Morocco with the plan of summiting the highest mountain in North Africa, Mt Toubkal 4,167 mts. After a few days in Marrakech to acclimatise to the intense heat they packed their rucksacks full to the brim of just the essentials for the next seven days.
They rode camels, ate lots of food, found themselves part of a street acrobatics act, tried out dune buggys, saw amazing waterfalls, experienced thunderstorms, and slept under the most incredible starry sky.
The 5th day was Summit Day. Up at 5.30am in the dark to start the climb to the top of the mountain. The sun rose as they were on the way up and we reached the 4167 metre summit of Mount Toubkal. A tear or two was shed as the last 18 months of hard work and training were laid out in stunning views in front of them. After taking lots of photos four of the team made their Ranger Promise. They all then found our own little spot on the summit to have some reflection time realising how much it all meant. Sadly they eventually had to start making our way back down again, to enjoy a celebratory dinner and a very well deserved night’s sleep in a bed .
A group debrief of the whole trip, highlighted favourite moments and enjoying the fact that they were successful in climbing the highest mountain in North Africa completely self sufficiently.
Congratulations to Margaret, Charlotte, Lucy, Gabrielle, Charlotte, Gemma, Abbey and Emily.