SHAW teacher Steve Hill is packing his bags again for another epic adventure.
The deputy head of St Joseph’s RC Primary is off to Africa later this month to embark on a charity trek to again test the limits of his physical and mental stamina.
From the Amazon to the Arctic, the desert to the jungle, Steve has been there, done that and got the t-shirt.
Now, he is poised to climb North Africa’s highest mountain.
And while Morocco may be considered a warm weather destination, it is also home to Mount Toukbal – all 4,167 metres of it.
In old money, that is approximately 13,500 feet. Put another way Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain is a mere 1,345 metres high (4,411 feet).
There is a suggestion Mount Hope in the part of the Antarctic claimed by the UK should be recognised as the loftiest peak but even Hope only measures 3,239m (10,626ft).
Steve’s February half-term project, funded by himself, is to raise money for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Milly’s Smiles, Chernobyl Children’s Life Line and the school’s own PTA.
“Training has gone very well and I feel in great shape to take on the challenges ahead in the high Atlas mountains,” he said.
“My fantastic Year 6 class has been a great source of motivation and encouragement, as always.
“I have some lucky charms from them to take with me and lots of messages of support to open each daywhile I am in the mountains.
“I look forward to sharing the adventure with the children on my return.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me and donated on my Just Giving page. Everyone’s support is always greatly appreciated.”
• You can donate to support Steve online at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/steve-hill07