Black Mountain Weekend
Sorry, this event has been cancelled.
The Black Mountains of South Wales are home to some of the most spectacular mountain ridges and lakes, and we will be staying at a former Inn, which is now a Hostel close to the mountain Fan Brycheiniog at 802m, the highest point in S.Wales
What are we doing?
On arrival on Friday, we will get settled in and mingle, make new friends or reminisce with friends of old. We will have a briefing once most people have arrived, after the buffet dinner where the plan for the weekend will be detailed.
On Saturday we have a very skilled mountain leader that will be leading a walk up into the stunning Welsh Black Mountains. Don't forget cameras and go pros as there will be many picture opportunities.
On Sunday, after clearing the hostel, there will be an option of going on a relatively short walk. This is to allow people to get home at a reasonable time.
But of course, if you just fancy taking easy and relaxing in the hostel, just switch off maybe read a book or two that's fine it's all optional. Or if you fancy making your own plans, thats fine too but dont be afraid to make suggestions to the event leader, we welcome ideas, suggestions etc.
Aside from all of that, we have plenty of lovely food to get on the cooker and no doubt some games in the hostel to keep everyone laughing from dusk till dawn and beyond.
So come on, make a long weekend in beautiful South Wales.
Dogs: This event is not suitable for dogs.
What to bring
As it's a YHA, all bed linen is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel(s), your washing kit and clothes to wear about the hostel.
Depending on what activity you plan to do, you'll need to pack according to the weather. Here’s a standard checklist;
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
The event cost includes breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday evening and tea/coffee throughout the weekend.
Dinner on Friday evening will be a buffet. Please bring a contribution to feed about 2-3 people please. I will most likely be bringing cake.
You will need a packed lunch for Saturday and Sunday daytime - fridge space will be provided where available.
You are welcome to bring your own soft and alcoholic drinks for the weekend.