LISBURN man has climbed the highest mountain in North Africa to
help raise money for charity.
Roger Duncan, 32, and his friend Simon Ball
from Portglenone, embarked on the expedition in Morocco in
The men, who are keen climbers, trekked for
22 hours out of 48 and got to the summit of Jebel Toubkal at
2.15pm on March 19.
Roger, who works at the Lisburn Campus of the
South Eastern Regional College described his adventure: "It was
a hard trek through ice and snow, but the jubilation of reaching
the summit made up for the hard slog we had Dyer two days up the
mountain. We carried over 22kg each to the summit and met our
goal of :climbing unassisted there, although we did get the odd
strange looks from the local porters who kept
on offering us the option of having them carry our packs for a
The local people of the Atlas Mountains (the
Berbers) were most hospitable and could not have been more
friendly to us, and welcomed us into their homes and gave us
copious amounts of mint tea but they did try to sell us
everything under the sun — for a reasonable price."
In total the men raised over £2000 for their
chosen charities, Autism and the Scout Hall in Hillsborough.
"Both ourselves and our respective
beneficiaries are very grateful to the generosity of everyone
who pledged money to us for our trek. As for our next
fundraiser, I am going trekking in the French and Swiss Alps in
August, and who knows for next year, have not decided upon it
yet," said Roger.