Jack Bartholomew is trekking through the Sahara Desert to raise money and awareness for Star Throwers. Jack aged 19 has been a member of the Park Farm Hotel leisure team since 2012 and is a valued member of staff. His trip is self funded so any donations made will all go towards the Star Throwers charity. In Jacks words "because cancer effects everyone and he wants to help."
His 10 ten day trek begins 7th November 2014 after he lands in Marrakech with some like minded individuals using Travel and Trek. Jacks starting point of M'Hamid is a small village in the Zagora region of Morocco, 98 km after Zagora, one of the two places in Morocco where the Sahara begins. It is about 7-8 hours by car from Marrakech. It is "The end of the road" (the last point of The route national N°9), after it is only the sands of the Sahara, shepherds and caravan trails.
Jack will be covering over 70 miles during 10 days of scorching heat. With average highs of over 38 degrees celsius this surely will be a journey to test his limits of endurance.
The Sahara is the warmest and third largest desert after Antarctica and the Arctic.At over 9,400,000 square kilometres (3,600,000 sq mi), it covers most of North Africa, making it almost as large as China or the United States. The Sahara stretches from the Red Sea, including parts of the Mediterranean coasts to the Atlantic Ocean. To the south, it is delimited by the Sahel, a belt of semi-arid tropical savanna that composes the northern region of central and western Sub-Saharan Africa.
Some of the sand dunes can reach 180 metres (590 ft) in height.The name comes from the plural Arabic language word for desert.
The Sahara is a harsh environment with extreme conditions. It is the world's largest subtropical hot desert, and the world's hottest desert. The Sahara has mainly a subtropical, hot desert climate.
Star Throwers is a cancer support charity in Norfolk dedicated to caring for people affected by cancer.