Sahara Desert Challenge - January 2019

Following our incredible 2018 Winter Toubkal Ascent Challenge, we’re excited to be undertaking our second exciting Adventure Challenge: a fantastic Sahara Desert expedition

This month two teams of intrepid trekkers will be walking a total route of 100 kilometres over plateaus and sand dunes, through valleys, gorges, and oases to raise awareness and funds to help cure colon cancer. As if the walking is not taxing enough, they will also experience the extremes of the desert’s day and night temperatures as they sleep out under canvas each night.

If you would like to support the teams in their endeavours by making a donation to 40tude please go to our Sahara fundraising page at: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/40tude2019saharachallenge/475546

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