Charities and Extreme Sports

Like peas and carrots the two go hand in hand…

Many of the extreme sports and challenges we write about are as much about the money they raise for charity as they are about personal challenge and achievement.

ATD (Across the Divide) is a company that was established in 1996 to deliver exceptional worldwide adventures, expeditions and charity challenges, and on this subject it has a 5-day fundraising trek which may well interest you.

Scheduled to start on the 1st October, the trip will finish on the 6th.

Jbel Toubkal is a mountain peak in southwestern Morocco. At 4,167 metres, it is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and in North Africa. It is located 63km south of the city of Marrakech, in the Toubkal National Park.

Minimum sponsorship is requested to be £2,050 and the whole trip is self-funding. This fundraising walk is part of the Just Events organised by ‘Across The Divide’s’ own UK based charity challenge called ‘JUST WALK’ which allows individuals to raise money for the charity of their choice.

There are several other events throughout the year.

North Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Toubkal in Morocco, is the challenge. The climb does not require any previous mountaineering experience but, at 4,167 m, reaching the summit is a real achievement.  The first ascent by Europeans was on 12 June 1923 by the Marquis de Segonzac, Vincent Berger and Hubert Dolbeau, but the mountain was almost certainly climbed by Berber tribesmen well before this date.

Not every day of your trip is climbing. You spend your first night in Marrakech and then get taken to the foot of Mount Toubkal the following day where you will have a 9 hour trek to the Louis Neltner Mountain Hut  at 3,207m.


Day 3 you will attack the summit from where you can expect magnificent views: views of Marrakech, the Anti-Atlas mountains and row after row of sharp granite peaks. You will then return to the hut for a second night.  The following day you complete the walk down and transfer back to Marrakech. Before you leave there is a whole day free for shopping … oops, I mean sight-seeing. The return to England is on the 6th day, and that’s the 6th of October.

If you want to take part in this expedition and raise money for your favourite charity, please go directly to the ATD site.

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