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One last missive from the Atlas Mountains - Having returning to the UK late on Friday I have had the weekend to reflect on my trek through the Atlas Mountains. Without doubt it’s been a great experience – making many friends, seeing some spectacular scenery and completing the challenge of getting to the summit of Mount Toubkal. The hardest part of the week was coping with the heat, lack of sleep and of course the altitude which really hit most of us on Thursday morning as we approached 4,000m (c13,000 ft) on Mount Toubkal. However, there were far more highs than low (if you pardon the pun) and it’s something I will always be incredibly proud of completing. My thanks to everyone who has donated to my AICR Justgiving page – staff, suppliers, family and friends. To date I have raised £12,358 (plus £2,320.75 gift aid), making a total of £14,678.75 against my personal target of raising £15,000 The justgiving page remains open for a few more weeks and I am hopeful I may get over that £15,000 target before we finish. As a Group we have raised c£40,000 for AICR which is a fabulous achievement. Well that’s it from me, I can now get back to my normal life ! Thanks again to everyone for their support, encouragement and of course the donations. Best wishes Steve
Another update from the Atlas Mountains: I woke today with the symptoms of a hangover (headache, dizziness, dry throat) but I haven't even see an alcoholic drink let alone drank one since I arrived in Morocco. I think it is down to dehydration and altitude. We continued our trek through the Atlas Mountains through passes and over various peaks. We walked through many small villages which appear unchanged for centuries apart from the satellite dishes on the roofs ! We are now half way through the trek and I am pleased with my progress so far - no aches or pains and more importantly no injuries. Some of the team are now suffering from blisters, sprained ankles and various knee injuries. To their credit no one is quitting and no one is moaning, everyone is determined to complete the trek and get to the summit of Mount Toubkal. Tonight we have the relative luxury of staying overnight in a guesthouse (I am not going to miss that sleeping bag tonight!) Steve Smith is doing a 6 day trek in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco to raise money for the Association of International Cancer Research (AICR)
Today's update from Morocco Trekker Steve Smith - Today we completed a very long assent to Tizilikemt (3555m/11663ft) so a climb of 1255m/4117ft (bearing in mind that the highest mountain in England is Scafell Pike which stands 3209ft, so we more than climbed that one today). Then following the old adage of “climb high but sleep low” we then had a very long descent to the village of Aziblikemt (2200m/7217ft) where we set up camp for the night. All that trekking (nearly 8 hours) just to end up at a level lower than we were yesterday ! I could cry. Steve Smith is doing a 6 day trek in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco to raise money for the Association of International Cancer Research (AICR)
We have received the below from one of the AICR Trekkers in Morocco; "After flying in to Marrekesh on Saturday afternoon we were met by the tour group and transported to our Riad for the night in the Marrakech. There are 12 of us doing the trek (one other dropped out due to family commitments) plus our guides who are called Muhamed and Ali (I expecting Casseus and Clay to turn up !) Our objective is to reach the summit of Mount Toubkal, North Africa's highest peak (4167m/13671ft) over the next 6 days. After a meal and a briefing from our tour guide we all got a fairly early night. After breakfast on Sunday we travelled to Imlil where the trek begins. Our kit was loaded onto mules and we began the first of six walking days, the trail began to rise as we climbed to the pass at Tizi’n Tamatert (2279m/7477 ft) and then we descended to the beautiful village of Ouaneskra (2200m/7217 ft) and then back up to Tacheddirt (2300m/7545ft), where we set up camp near the river. We walked for 10 hours along narrow cliff paths and paths that zig zagged for ever up the mountain. I am pleased I put in the hours of training as I completed the trek relatively easily but the relentless Morocco sun was the biggest issue. A couple of the team really struggled with the terrain and distance today One day down, five to go ! Steve Smith is doing a 6 day trek in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco to raise money for the Association of International Cancer Research (AICR)."
We've just heard that everyone in the 5 March Open Challenge group reached the summit of Kilimanjaro! Maybe the birthday cake and party @ Kibo Hut was a morale boost before the final ascent.