Norman and Elan took advantage of a weekday off to head into the Brecon Beacons with little in the way of crowds.

A break in the clouds on Fan y Big Starting off from the Neuadd Car Park, we headed up to the tram track to take us along to the old tunnel at the head of the Brecon Mountain Railway, before taking the road to the Blaen y Glyn car park. From here we ascended into the clouds up Craig y Fan Ddu and on to Waun Rydd, before following the horseshoe west to Fan y Big. Visiblity of less than 40m occasionally broke to ~100m, and was accompanied by gusting winds of up to force 6. At one point before lunch a gap in the clouds allowed us to glimpse Brecon, but this disappeared too quickly for us to get the camera's out.
Norman taking shelter for lunch on Fan y Big
A quick stop for lunch just before the summit of Fan y Big, then dropping down to the Roman road which we followed above the reservoirs back to the car. It was one of the rare days where you see a few small groups in the distance, but where you don't actually get to pass people as you're walking


Below is an animated track of our route, taken from the data provided by a Suunto Ambit3 Peak





Elan's Jetboil teabreak Kit List:

We both had Rab Vapour-Rise Pants on; while Elan was using an Odlo Evolution Baselayer, and an Arcteryx Procline Hoody, the Arcteryx equivilent to the Rab Vapour Rise Pullover that Norman was using, over a Helly Baselayer. Both carried Deuter packs; Norman a Futura Pro and Elan used a Guide 45+, and the Jetboil Flash provide Tea for lunch.

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