Monday, January 14, 2008

Brecon Beacons

Gem and I (Daryl) took a little jaunt off to mid Wales at the weekend to work off some Christmas excess and to rid myself of no sport cabin fever...
Booked oursleves into a sumptious double en-suite beauty courtesy of the YHA at the foot of Pen Y Fan and headed off in our wonderful little hire car

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On Saturday morning we were expecting some sunshine....Maybe not then. Arrived to glorious snow instead and set about our planned route up to Corn Du, onto Pen Y Fan and then Cribyn. After some testing navigation in the nigh on zero visibility we got onto our summit ridge only to be buzzed repeatedly by the mountain rescue chopper-bit disconcerting really!! Anyway got up Corn Du and then Pen y Fan to be met by some major winds and hail-lovely, missed out Cribyn as light was fading so headed back down to finish the loop and eat some sausages...

Sunday saw us tackle something a tad gentler in the shape of Sugarloaf as the forecast 60mph gusts didn't inspire us to get up on anymore ridges. This actually turned into a cracker as we had awesome views all the way up (+no camera battery!!) and then some epic winds on the final haul to the top which actually had us on the floor a couple of times-Gems fault not mine of course-ahem....pretty sketchy at the top actually so had a quick peek and then headed down into rain being driven into our faces-yes I love Welsh weather.

Back into the beauty-cup of tea, gingerbread man, home. Job Done..


bit of clear sky-kind of



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