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On top of the world

A Darlington woman has conquered the highest mountain in North Africa in aid of her local Hospice.

Emma reaches the summit!

Emma Wright successfully climbed Mount Toubkal in Morocco in November 2014, raising £326.50 in aid of St Teresa’s Hospice.

Mount Toubkal is the tallest peak in the Atlas Mountains, standing at 4,167 metres tall, and is a popular destination for climbers.

Having already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro some years previously, Emma trained for the climb by tackling peaks in the Lake District, and when she decided that she wanted to challenge the mountain in winter conditions, she began training with crampons and ice axes on Ben Nevis.

However, no amount of training could truly prepare Emma for the experience. When her group of 12 climbers triumphantly reached the summit, they were startled to see a dangerous winter storm approaching them. Emma was forced to descend the mountain amidst driving snow, winds and fog, but reached the base safely.

On behalf of everyone at St Teresa’s Hospice, we’d like to congratulate her on her amazing achievement.