Sahara Desert Challenge

Congratulations to the two teams of 40tuders who in January 2019 successfully completed our second Adventure Challenge: to walk 100 kilometres of the Sahara in just four days.

Our intrepid trekkers cheerfully endured long days of walking in a variety of difficult terrains, over plateaus and sand dunes, through valleys, gorges, and oases during this expedition, helping to raise vital awareness and funds to cure colon cancer. On their longest day they completed a tough but inspiring 32 kilometres in just one day.

As if the distances were not enough of a challenge, our participants coped with the extremes of the Sahara’s winter temperatures and the discomforts of camping out in them for several days. Our teams were honoured to be joined by two doctors from St. Mark’s Hospital: David Burling and Warren Hyer, who took time out from their busy schedules to walk alongside our 40tuders and explain the inspiring work they and their colleagues are undertaking to prevent colon cancer.

So far a fantastic total of over £57,000 has been raised as a result of their efforts. If you would like to show your support by making a donation please go to our Sahara fundraising page at: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/40tude2019saharachallenge/475546

More details about this event can be found here, while for a unique view of our Sahara Challenge 2019 please take a look at our stunning film produced by Jake Hatt of FreeBirdFilm.tv - it’s at https://youtu.be/1kaATFDVvrU

Our inaugural Adventure Challenge:  A Winter Ascent of Mount Toubkal 

In early 2018 our inaugural Adventure Challenge comprised a mountaineering expedition: a winter ascent of Mount Toubkal in Morocco, Northern Africa’s highest mountain.  

A team of 26 novice mountaineers took up the challenge to trek to Toubkal in the beautiful snow-covered High Atlas Mountains, overcoming the effects of the high altitude and learning to use ice axes and crampons for this challenging 3-day winter expedition.  Led by our event partner Far Frontiers Expeditions Ltd, the team battled deep snow and bitter winds to reach the summit ridge of Mount Toubkal on the morning of Saturday 3rd February, at a height of 4,100 metres.

“It was an extraordinary challenge - truly unforgettable,” says 40tude’s Chair of Trustees Gordon Moore. “Our ascent of Toubkal was much harder and took longer than we had envisaged, not least due to the large amount of snow high on the mountain which we had to crawl through at times to reach the summit ridge. It was a heroic effort by all who took part and we’re very proud of everyone who braved our inaugural mountaineering challenge and raised so much for 40tude in so doing – simply an amazing achievement.”

This new challenge for 40tude has helped to raise both awareness of colon cancer and the importance of getting screened for this type of cancer - as well as vital funds to enable 40tude to continue to support inspirational research programmes targeted at the early detection and treatment of colon cancer.  We're delighted that £80,000 was raised as a result of the expedition team's amazing efforts.   Many congratulations and thank you to all who took part!  

See our short film of our Mount Toubkal adventure at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phWEmvhAu54

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