After work on Friday evening I made my way to a deserted camp site close to the Brecon town centre to set up camp and wait for Shaun & Steve D to turn up. Shaun turned up to assist in erecting the tent which made life a lot easier than putting up a 6 man tent on your own. That evening Shaun and myself went for a few drink and awaited the arrival of Steve D. Morning came and despite the frosty start a very frosty start -2C! – it was a beautifully clear day as we set off from our campsite for a 25km walk taking in 3 peaks, finishing on Pen Y Fan.
Pen Y Fan is the highest mountain in South Wales at 2,907 feet, and the highest in Britain south of Snowdonia.
We camped out on the Saturday night, cooking on an MSR stove similar to those we’ll be using on our Magnetic North Pole Expedition. On Sunday with long drives ahead of us, we did a shorter 11km walk up the back of Pen Y Fan to Corn Du, following the gentle southerly ridge down towards Merthyr Tydfil.
When time allows, long walks in the mountains carrying weight, is some of the best training we can do. Camping in cold weather – albeit a lot warmer than the temperatures we’ll be experiencing – is also a good help and experience in using essential kit like the MSR stove will be invaluable.
In all though, a beautiful weekend in the Welsh Mountains!
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