Just last month, I wrote about Steve Holt, of the Bolton Hospice, climbing Mt Toubkal in Morocco to raise money for the charity (you can read about that here). On his trip, he was joined by Joanne Geddes and Anne Gallagher of the Lancashire Magazine, who were also attempting to reach the highest peak in North Africa.
The two have blogged about their experiences, from the climb itself to their experiences, including mountain-side cuisine and interesting toilet arrangements. Here are just some extracts from their travel log . . .
We have arrived in marrakech. We had a day to aclimatise after being on an open top bus around Marrakech - Tomorrow we get up at 7 to commence our trek up the mountain it's already very hot - 40 degrees!
Party over. We had a great night at Bo-zin owned by footballer Zinedine Zidane I was desperate for an extra g&t, but my fellow trekkers dragged me out kicking & screaming on our way to the mountains. Today we only trek for 5 hours, starting over 1000m and climbing to over 2000m.
Well we have made it half way there. We've been walking 3 hours - it's not gone well for jungle Jo (that's me) got an early dose of trekkers belly! We had to be very quick at finding big bushes (not good).
We have arrived at the camp - it's 6pm and never has a stream looked so inviting. It's so cold, but so needed to wash.
The first night in our tents was very cosy. I introduced Julian to 50 Shades of Gray - I had to read it out hence the whole camp had a very entertaining bedtime story!
Last night we camped at 9000 feet in gale force wind, we honestly thought we were going to get blown away. This morning we clumbed to 3600 metres (three times the height of Ben Nevis) There is lots of scree which made it very hard going round hair pin bends.
Up at 5 for breakfast ready for today's onsalught - we climbed up to the summit of Mt Toubkal - 4200 metres. It was a very emotional moment for many of us. It's surreal and a far cry from Lancashire.
We finally had a late start (8am) after our last night under canvas. Finally we saw our gite and we will be here for tonight. Beds, cold showers and a loo - what a treat!
Home Monday, and we will get together later to edit the hundreds of photos mainly taken by Gabrielle of our wonderful and emotional journey.
To read much more from their incredible journey, read the blog on the Lancashire Magazine's website, located here. And, as soon as we get some news from Steve, we shall be sure to let you know.
Meanwhile, you can still donate to the Bolton Hospice's 'Hospice At Home' appeal. No matter how large or small a donation, it is all greatly appreciated, and will go towards financing an extra team of nurses care for patients in their own homes. Just visit Steve's Just Giving page.
Thank you in advance.
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