Black Mountains Winter Wild Camp (South Wales)
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This will give you an idea of the environment https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-33506589
You need to be a winter mountain walker with experience of using 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.
The first eight 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.
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.
Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on this event.
Photo Credits: All photos taken by Paul Ridealgh; permission is granted to OutdoorLads for further use.
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- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
- You must also immediately self-isolate and not attend the event if you or someone in your household or support bubble shows coronavirus symptoms or tests positive. You can find the NHS self-isolation guidance here.
- The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and a loss or change to your sense of taste and/or smell.
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- All are required to practice social distancing – staying 2m (not 1m) apart at all times, including the lunch stop. Remember: Face, Hands, Space.
- Unfortunately, there won’t be any planned pub / café stops en route or at the end, and please don’t share sweets or snacks with others – we’re sorry!
- Please bring your own hand sanitising gel for your own use throughout the day. Use of face coverings is at your own choice, but please bring one with you just in case it's needed. Please bring any other PPE items required. Bring a disposable bag for any used PPE.
- Members are advised to bring their own small first aid kit for personal use..
- Be aware that opportunities for toilet stops may be minimal if facilities are closed.
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What to bring
The "booklet produced by OutdoorLad Paul", found here should give you an idea of what to bring.....
Please do contact me with any questions.
Bring normal winter mountaineering and wild camping equipment, bearing in mind the following…….
You MUST have micro-spikes or micro-crampons and you MUST have sunglasses/goggles.
You need a robust, compact tent.
Consider including a few “blizzard” tent pegs.
I will use walking poles and may carry an ice axe.
Where we're likely to be camping, it's unlikely to get below minus 12 degrees, however, since we're likely to spend quite a lot of time in the tents, it's worth having a good sleeping bag, insulation from the ground and down jacket.
Carry a few pairs of gloves and socks.
Food & drink
Bring enough food to cover your needs for the duration of the event There is no possibility to obtain food once we have left Crickhowell. Once we have gained height, we will sometimes be able to obtain water by descending to springs (you will need to make your water safe to drink.).