Alan, a Project Estimator at Veitchi Flooring, states: “I had to stop sometime, and after eight hours the grand height of 45,013 ft was achieved and £330 raised having smashed my target of 13,412 (the height of the Toubkal in Africa) – Of course in keeping with the theme of my challenge I had to do the extra 13! A great day was helped by everyone that supported it, came past and said hello and kept me going the whole day. Many thanks also go to the Inspire volunteers who manned and girled the buckets and handed out flyers.”
Alan’s trip to Toubkal is an adventurous and strenuous winter climb to the highest peak in the high Atlas Mountains. 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