TrekFest Training Round 2 – Brecon Beacons Horseshoe Ridge
More ‘harsh terrain’ training in prep for June’s mammoth charity hike took place on Saturday and, this time, we decided to make things a little harder by deciding to take on the Brecon Beacons Horseshoe Ridge route and by adding on an additional 1.4miles. This pushed the day’s route to 10.4 miles. I believe the saying goes something like “Practice Hard, Play Easy”…that was the idea anyway. Thankfully, the weather decided to give s a helping hand and made things even tougher…
The terrain for the day was to be a mix of steep climbs, mountain paths, as well as a mix of scrub and boggy marshland. Add to that approximately 20ft of visibility throughout most of the day, gale force winds, -0°C temperatures, ice, snow (even our water bottles started freezing up)…well, you get the picture. It was harsh. Proper harsh.
That said, the winds did die down and the fog did dissipate, and we got to enjoy some amazing views! A tiring trek, but still no blisters…so it looks like we’re going to have to push harder again next week…
Training Distance Covered To Date- 17.4miles
Heading off from the car at the Lower Neuadd, and conditions were as foggy as last week. Unable to see the ridge we were headed for, we hit the map for directions… — Lower Neuadd Reservoir, Brecon Beacons.
Did I mention the first climb was steep? We practically reverted to using our hands to ascend…it was a tough slog. The gale force winds were so strong a waterfall was actually blow back UP the mountain! So tired on the climb, I didn’t both with a photo! — Gareth Rowlands ascending Graig Fan Ddu, Brecon Beacons.
If this was a movie, it’d probably be called “The Most Awesome Hiker Known to Man”. Before hitting Corn Du, we decide to add three miles to our 7.4 mile journey by heading down to the Storey Arms burger stand… — Descending Bwlch Duwynt, Brecon Beacons.
From the Storey Arms we head up Y Gyrn trail towards Corn Du. This trail wasn’t too bad, but the final 73 meters to the summit was HARD. With the ice and gale force winds really becoming a problem we practically reverted to ‘crawling’ tactics — Y Gyrn Trail, Brecon Beacons.
We didn’t take any photos on Corn Du due to the high winds. It was tough to even take a step forward at several occasions. Here Gareth Rowlands (also taking part in the 54miler) hits the summit of Pen y Fan. — Pen Y Fan summit
Finally, and before we reach the car, the first summit destination which was blocked by fog earlier in the morning comes into sight. That was ONE HELL OF A STEEP CLIMB!!! NOT enjoyable, but a great accomplishment! — at Tor Glas Trail, Brecon Beacons.