Black Mountains Winter Wild Camp (South Wales)

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Wild Camping
Jan 17

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27km (17 miles) 45 hours

You need to be a winter mountain walker with experience of using an ice axe and micro-spikes / micro-crampons; you also need to be an experienced wild camper to participate in this event. If you are unsure whether this event is suitable for you, please do contact the event leader. 

You need to be appropriately equipped (including micro-spikes or micro-crampons) and keen to participate in the event in challenging weather. If there is a risk of lightning or extreme winds, we may need to shelter for many hours or curtail the event.

All except the last 3 pictures were taken during a pre-walk of the event in December 2017, during which we had near perfect conditions. If we are very fortunate, we will get to hike and camp in snow; it’s rather more likely to be very wet and somewhat windy.

This will give you an idea of the environment

Following a chip shop supper in Crickhowell, it will be a 5 minute drive to the secluded layby where we will leave our cars at the hike start point. Then in darkness a steep ascent to the ramparts of the ancient Crug Hywel hill fort to get to the top of Table Mountain (451m). Another 340m of ascent will get us over Pen Cerrig-Calch (701m), to then find a place to sleep at an altitude of about 650m if the weather is kind. We’ll get up at 6:00am and then to the top of Pen Allt Mawr (719m), for an early morning panoramic view across all of the Black mountains; followed by Pen Twyn Glas (646m) and Mynydd Llysiau (663m) to get to the highest summit Waun Fach (810m). We then continue over Pen y Gadair Fawr before finding a suitable place to spend our second night high in the mountains. The next day we have Pen Twyn Mawr (658m), Disgwylfa (540m), Crug Mawr (550m) and Blaen-yr Henbant (498m) to contend with, before descending to go over the Upper Cwm Bridge over the Grwyne Fechan, past the ancient church (first recorded in 1060) and into the village of Llanbedr and on to our cars.


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