Quick update on the weekend’s trip. I managed to get out and about to the Black Mountains on Saturday night with a walk around on the Sunday. The walk in to Pen-y-Gadair fawr was done in the dark which although seems daunting is actually quite easy from the car parking spot in the Grywne Fawr valley. Nothing much to report apart from the fact that I bivvied with a tarp in the night and it was fine. However, I wasnt too sure about the weather and so took my 3m x 3m tarp which I used as a basha type set up. Good job too because it was very cold overnight (about -2deg C) and there was a fair breeze with a heavy dew forming in the night that froze over. Still, after decreaking my bones and warming up with coffee and porridge the sun came up into a brilliant blue sky. Perfect
I made my way along the ridgeline over Waun Fach and on to the Rhos Dirion promontory. Waun Fach is always a bit of a mixed bag with regards to terrain and today was no exception. Its a bog in simple terms but the frost overnight turned it into a mix of crunchy and wet slurping ground. It was here I decided to test how good my selection of pegs was for saturated ground 🙂
After that interlude I wandered back down the Grywne Fawr valley bed toward the reservoir. At the head of the reservoir is a rather nice little bothy. I really like this bothy even though its only about 12 foot by 8 foot in size internally. It has a nice woodburner and a big window and thats about it!
After this, another short leg past the reservoir and back towards the car. By now the late morning sun was climbing high in her sky and the early frost giving way to a beautiful day.
Well, only a short trip but it felt good to be out. The night was cold but dry and the best bit was a chance to further test my peg pulling experiments. Oh and I have managed to persuade my kids to come out with me this weekend to stay in the bothy on Saturday night.
Should be fun 🙂