On February 16th, our own My Life outdoor instructor Lincoln Yates, will lead a team attempting to scale the two highest mountains in Morocco – a total of 8,200 metres!
It’s a massive challenge. Mount Jebel Toubkal (4167m) is the highest peak in North Africa, and is a snowy climb in the winter months so they will be using crampons and an ice axe to aid their ascent.
As well as Lincoln, the team includes John Lowe, Jason Hough, Nyle Yates and Paul Horridge, and they are trying to raise money for My Life. Following the ascent, the team are heading to the Sahara Desert, where they will be heading by camel to spend 2 nights on some of the highest sand dunes.
Lincoln said: “To prepare ourselves for this challenge, we’ve been training on the snowy ridges of Mount Snowdon.
“The hardest part of the climb, besides the weather, will be the effects of altitude, as we haven’t got a great deal of time to acclimatise. At this time of year, the temperature on Toubkal can reach -28 degrees with windchill, and 100 km/h winds.
“To make it an even harder challenge, we are attempting to climb not just one mountain, but the two highest mountains in Morocco, one after another – a total of 8,200 metres. In doing so, we hope to raise lots of money for My Life.”
If you want to support Lincoln and his team, please do so through our Local Giving page.
Once the challenge starts, you can also follow Lincoln’s blog on our website to see how they get on.