Alan, a 37 year old Project Estimator at Veitchi Scotland, explains: “I recently took part in a firewalk for Inspire and was taken with their passion and enthusiasm and knew I could do something more. This trip has been on my to do list for a while and I felt I could use it to bring a greater awareness to the charities work and potentially raise a significant amount of money towards their cause. I’m really looking forward to working with Inspire over the next 13 months as Toubkal 13.”
The trip to Toubkal is an adventurous and strenuous winter climb to the highest peak in the High Atlas. Winter is a challenging time to climb in these mountains, but the rewards are crisp skies and spectacular views. With three nights in Neltner base camp at 10,522 feet Alan will have plenty of time to acclimatise before attempting the Toubkal Summit on New Year’s Day 2013.
If the weather holds, Alan will also have the chance to summit the sister peak of Ouanoukrim (13,412 ft). With demanding walking, stunning mountain scenery and the added challenge of winter weather conditions, Alan is in for a really exciting but demanding trek.
When he’s not training for charity treks, Alan is a martial arts instructor working towards his 4th degree black belt and has started playing the side drum again, this time for Portlethen & District Pipe Band. His charity of choice is Inspire, a North East based organisation which provides a range of support services to hundreds of individuals with learning disabilities and additional support needs.
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Inspire is a leading Scottish charity offering a range of support services to individuals with learning disabilities and additional support needs