Teenagers trekking challenge success

East Ren teenagers pictured on their Morocco trek.
East Ren teenagers pictured on their Morocco trek.

Twenty local youngsters are celebrating successfully completing the EastRen Challenge expedition in Africa.

The group spent two weeks exploring Morocco. The trip included five days trekking in the High Atlas Mountains, including an ascent of North Africa’s highest mountain Mount Toubkal at 4176m.

During their time in Morocco the group planned and had responsibilities for all aspects of the expedition taking responsibilities for leadership roles, booking transport, organising activities and ensuring the group were looked after.

The Moroccan journey, organised by East Renfrewshire Council’s Young Person Services, exceeds the requirements for the Duke Of Edinburgh Gold Award.

During the summer the youngsters involved will continue working towards chosen accreditation which includes the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Gold Award and DofE Leadership Award. The group are producing presentations and a movie about the experience to present to organisations and schools.

Expedition lead, Paul Tulloch said: “Our young people have just completed a challenging two week expedition, which was the culmination of fifteen months hard work, planning, dedication, commitment and learning. ”

Jordan Mitchell (16) from Barrhead said: “I gained the confidence to apply for head boy. I liked the different culture, the camping, the challenge to complete the climb, the sense of achievement on reaching the top.”

Rachel Saxon (18) from Newton Mearns said: “I loved being immersed in the culture of the country and felt a massive sense of achievement when we reached the top. Although there was a lot of hard work and at times some personal pressure it all disappeared during that special amazing moment.”