Wild Camping #microadventure – Brecon Beacons

I have great admiration for those that push boundaries and themselves beyond what ‘people in the street’ think is possible. One of those people is Alastair Humphreys: http://www.alastairhumphreys.com

He is an self made adventurer who inspires me to go out and enjoy life with what little time I have available; so this post is dedicated to him, pictured below on one of his #microadventures.

#microadventure

#microadventure

I’m always checking the weather forecast for opportunities to get out in the hills. Not that I am a fair-weather hiker but as I get older I want a bit more sun on my back!

I saw an opportunity this week and decided to head back down to my old stomping ground: The Brecon Beacons central area around the twin peaks of Corn Du & Pen y Fan.

Brecon Beacons Central Area

Brecon Beacons Central Area

Storey Arms to Corn Du

Storey Arms to Corn Du

The plan was to have a one nighter somewhere near the summits of Corn Du or Pen y Fan so I took the shortish route up from Storey Arms and up to Corn Du.

Path to Corn Du

Path to Corn Du

It’s kind of a nice feeling to meet everyone coming down as you head up in the late afternoon sun, knowing that you are probably going to be probably alone as night falls.

Path to summit

Path to summit

A few others were heading up to catch the sunset as I got on top of Corn Du. As usual I had probably packed too much and was feeling the strain of a heavy pack but I had 4 litres of water with me…and a wee dram!

Llyn Cwm Llwch

Llyn Cwm Llwch

The view from Corn Du rarely disappoints and this one was not an exception. I decided to press on up to Pen y Fan and take in more views of this wonderful national park.

Upper Neuadd Reservoir and Taf Fechan

Upper Neuadd Reservoir and Taf Fechan

The ridge eastwards

The ridge eastwards

There were a few folks still about and I didnt want to set up camp yet so I decided to wander back westwards and onto Craig Gwaun Taf to the south and look for a suitable spot. I thought it would give me good views of the summits at daybreak too.

Golite Shangri-la 3

Golite Shangri-la 3

I soon set up camp with a superb view of Corn Du and Pen y Fan. This was the SL3’s first outing and I soon realised I needed more pegs in a strongish breeze….note to self for next time. It’s a pretty luxurious shelter for one though and I was mightily impressed with it.

lonely micro cloud

lonely micro cloud

The sun was soon setting and the temperature dropping but I was able to light the stove in the tent with the door unzipped at the top….chicken curry and wild berry yogurt with coffee and a dram…perfect!

sunset

sunset

A few more pictures then inside for a warm.

I did have to get up in the night and adjust a loose peg as the wind was gusting and attempted to take a picture of the amazing night sky but failed on the latter…must bring tripod next time.

sunrise

sunrise

The sunrise was beautiful and despite the cold I took loads of pictures while breakfast waited a while. A few patches of old cornice lingered on the ridge.

cloud inversion to the west

cloud inversion to the west

A cloud inversion was forming to the west over Fan Fawr.

pink snow

pink snow

More sunrise pictures looking east along the ridge towards Taf Fechan.

twin peaks with SL3

twin peaks with SL3

The sun soon hit the twin peaks to the north and it started to get warmer!

Corn Du & Pen y Fan

Corn Du & Pen y Fan

Packed and ready to go

Packed and ready to go

I had breakfast and packed up ready to go before  a quick ‘melfie’ (mountain selfie!) despite a bad hair day I was happy with my overnighter.

last views north

last views north

Catching the last views north, I headed down the quick route into the foggy bottom that was the A470.

wild pony

wild pony

I encountered some wild ponies on the track down and met a few early starters on their way up.

into the fog

into the fog

Fan Fawr above the clag

Fan Fawr above the clag

Fan Fawr

Fan Fawr

When I got back to the car it was a cold and foggy day down below and the sun was a distant memory…drove home in 4 degrees all the way 😦

Go on….have a #microadventure…you know you want to:

“This is the year of the microadventure: a whole year when, instead of exotic foreign adventures, I am committed to trying to encourage people to get outside, get out of their comfort zone, go somewhere they’ve never been, go on a microadventure. An adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.

You do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to do an expedition.
You do not need to be an elite athlete, expertly trained, or rich to have an adventure.”

Thanks Alastair!

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