Saturday, 3 April 2010

Brecon Beacons Day 2

We woke early party due to the heavy rain and partly due to it being quite cold in the bothy.  However due to the rain being quite heavy, we opted for a leisurely morning and didn't actually leave the bothy until about 10:30ish.

We headed up the slopes to the west of the bothy, with the snow being thigh deep in places and just a dusting elsewhere!  The first hill of the day, Garreg Las, was a short detour to the SW but as it was below the cloudbase we did get some excellent views from it's summit, which has two large ancient cairns.

After returning to the bwlch, there was a bit of ascent up to the top of Waun Lefrith.  We then walked east along the escarpment to Picws Du, enjoying good views down to Llyn y Fan Fach :)

Unfortuantly, the cloudbase now dropped and it became windier and started to snow lightly.  We continuted east to climb the two tops of Fan Brycheiniog in the cloud.  Descending south to Bwlch Giedd was in near white out conditions so some map & compass work was required to confirm that we were heading in the right direction.

We then had a short climb up to our final hill of the day, Fan Hir, from where we glimpsed occasional views of the valley below through gaps in the cloud.

On the descent to Glyntawe, the weather improved and we could make out the first hill for tomorrow.  We stayed at the campsite in Glyntawe, where we had no troubles pitching our new tents before heading to the pub for some Hobgoblin :)

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