The whole of the 45km route I walked over two days!
I have finally nearly caught up with last year’s back-log of walks for this blog. There is only one more after this one so I’m nearly there!
The plan is to release Day 2 later on this week, just prior to my departing to Wales once more for three days in Snowdonia!
This walk was completely centred around climbing Pen Y Fan, the highest hill in the Brecon Beacons at 886 mtrs elevation. It currently represents my highest hill climb to date, though if things go to plan next weekend, I should beat it! 🙂
As usual, here are a few photos from my Facebook Walking journal detailing this trip!
The kit I took up with me on my 2 day Brecon’s walk! This was one of my lightest loads, weighing in at only around 14 kg’s!
Day 1’s route. I walked 21.4 km with 841 mtrs of elevation gained and 246 mtrs of elevation lost.
The elevation profile. This walk was all about climbing Pen Y Fan the highest hill in the Brecons. This is my highest record hill climb to date at 886 mtrs – that is until next week (June 2013), as I plan to hike up Mount Snowdon in Wales! 🙂
Having been spoilt by the wilderness of Dartmoor earlier in that year (2012), I was acutely aware that this journey seemed to be a follow-that-trail journey, which in some ways I felt detracted from it.
The view over Pontsticill Reservoir. In the centre in the background I could see the peak on Pen Y Fan looming…
I loved the architecture of this lake pump house!
I’m still on paths, but at least they are now a little rougher! The surrounding scenery did more than make up for the path walking. And once again Pen Y Fan’s peak puts in an appearance…
The view over the Pentwyn Reservoir! I just loved the autumnal colours of the trees here.
By this stage of the walk, things were getting muddy and the tracks were looking more like the tracks that I’m used to!
A view of the lower Neuadd Reservoir, looking Northward. Once again in the far distance on the left, Pen Y Fan’s peak makes an appearance!
It’s kind of weird walking across these type of dams. I’m used to the all stone ones that feel more like a bridge crossing!
The hill climb ‘proper’ has started, even though most of the trip has in fact been up hill!
A view to the West down onto the Upper Neuadd Reservoir!
That peak up ahead is Bwlch ar y Fan – and yes I will be going up there!
This is the view Northward, looking down at some of the elevation I have gained. I now need to hang a left Westward and start my climb up to Pen Y Fan.
The view East toward Fan y Big. I felt seen off, as I appeared to be the only person climbing with a large rucksack – I guess nobody else was intending to camp up top!
Nearly there to the first peak!
Having a quick breather on the way up!
We are starting to come on the level with Fan y Big to the East. This apparently puts me up at around 719 metres!
To the South the Upper Neuadd Reservoir has fallen quite a ways below me!
To the NorthWest are the peaks of Pen Y Fan on the left and Crybn on the right. Although the walk up to Crybn is easy from here, I have to abandon it as I am running out of time before the sun sets. This was down to arriving in Merthyr Tydfil over 3 hours late thanks to some public transport issues…
The gorgeous view Northward!
I now start the climb on Pen Y Fan. It has a great stone track which makes ascent a lot easier than it would have been. However, as can be seen here, it is quite steep!
The sun starts to go down. I figured if I continued I would be in a position of having to make camp in the dark. So instead, I look for a spot to make camp…
And this is my camping spot! Right on the edge of a ridge line! Great view from up here though!
The view Northwards over the Akto tent.
The view out of the tent as I wait for the water to boil!
A beautiful sunset over the Akto tent! It’s occasions like these that really make multi-day walking worthwhile!
And tonight’s supper is Chicken Curry – my favourite!
As the sun went down these two cyclists stopped off for a chat. They had apparently carried their bikes all the way to the top, just so that they could enjoy the ride downwards! Absolutely mad in my book! 🙂
The sky presents a brilliant sunset light show!
Camping near the peak of Pen Y Fan!
Just gorgeous! The one memory I do have of this walk was getting up in the middle of the night to empty my bladder, only to be presented with the best view of the Milky Way I had ever seen! What’s more it seemed to touch down behind Pen Y Fan’s peak, in effect silhouetting it. That image will be with me forever!
The overnight camp spot, right on the edge of a ridge-line!