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Beacon Black Mtn Traverse 2 day
An awesome weekend's trek that will see us trek out and around the amazing Pen Y Fan Horseshoe, and across the outlying peaks of Cribyn and Fan Y Big, before dropping back down into the Usk Valley. Here we shall spend one night under canvas (tents provided). The following day we shall be climbing high once again over on to the Black Mountains to summit the final peak of Pen Alt Mawr - before dropping back down again to our final rendevous point, for tea!
The total ascent for this challenge is over 2000m, meaning it is like climbing one and a half times Ben Nevis - but in addition, we are also covering a hefty 50km - or just over 30 miles. This is no mean feat - and will take us up to a full 8 hours each day. But come the end of this challenge you will have linked together the two finest ranges of hills in South Wales - and will be the proud completer of the unique Beacon Black Mountain Traverse. Don't take this one lightly - it is a serious event - and deserves training and focus to see it through.
Arrive at event start - 08:30 for event briefing
Start Walking – 09:15
Walk encompassing the classic Brecon Horseshoe of Pen-Y-Fan, Corn Ddu, and Cribyn, this is a route to remember. Walk may include river crossings and possible encounters with boggy terrain!!!
Expected arrival back in Usk Valley - around 17:00 - to strike camp - and then head out for dinner. You'll probably be thinking about an early night!
Continue to climb up and over Black Mountains. Departure time - approx 09:00 Expected arrival on summit ridge of Black Mountains - around 12:00 - continue to reach summits of Pen Alt Mawr and Pen Cerrig Calch before dropping down via Table Mountain (Not the South African One!!!) - then descend finally into Crickhowell. Expected end of trek - around 16:30
In Crickhowell we shall convene in a local pub for some well earned refreshments! Drivers return to collect cars. Team depart in the evening to home. Team highly recommended to share driving on way back - and to take some caffeine on board.
A good campsite with washing facilities is included for Saturday night (although washing facilities may be busy!) You will need to bring towel (if you would like to wash!) and a warm sleeping bag. Your breakfasts are also provided.
Adventure Café will provide tents (2-3 man) and you will be expected to share a tent with a fellow participant.
What is a Level 2.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
For this type of challenge - you can expect either distance (up to 12 or 15 miles), or altitude gain - around 1000m. But not both! If you climb, then the distance will be less, if you cover the distance, then the altitude gain will be little. Typically conditions underfoot will be good - although there are exceptions to this. If you encounter rough conditions underfoot, then the distance / altitude will be reduced. These events would suit someone of good all round fitness, who takes exercise regularly - without neccessarily being of high fitness.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.5 ‘Trek’ ?
You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular walks and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country walks of up to 7+ hours or 15+ miles in the lowland English countryside.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Travel insurance is required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
Pre-event information pack, Qualified Mountain Leaders (& trained assistants if necessary), appropriate safety equipment, return transfers at the end of the challenge for drivers, tents & campsite, breakfast.
Excluded From Trip
Lunches, Dinners & Snacks
Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc
Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)
Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s)
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery
Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife
Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
At most times of year the weather can go either way from warm temperatures to freezing cold – so be ready for anything – make sure you pack according to the list! Remember that layers are the key, allowing you to adjust your level of warmth more easily.
We will almost certainly experience a little rain during the weekend, so make sure you have suitable waterproof gear—both jacket and trousers.
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