• Grwyne Fawr Reservoir Wild Camp

    Another challenging wild camp at Grwyne Fawr Reservoir in the Black Mountains to the east of the Brecon Beacons. As usual the weather was fine when I left home, but the mountains have other ideas. It had been snowing and some of it was starting to melt, which made it a bit tricky.

    I was stopping to take photos on the way up (…well how can you not get distracted by those views) and by the time I made it to the spot I had planned to pitch up, the light was starting to fade. Not a problem, all I had to do was cross a small stream and trek up a small hill and I was there. Oh no, because of the snow melt, the small stream was not so small, so I could not cross where planned. I had to follow it up on uneven snow covered ground until I could find a spot to cross the stream. At this point the light was starting to go and I was running out of energy, my legs getting weak, so it was quite tricky. Luckily I found a crossing a few hundred metres upstream, then made my way back down to where I planned to camp. I arrived at my spot just as it was getting dark and put my tent up under torch-light.

    The next problem was that my air mattress had a puncture, great! So just a thin foil mat and my sleeping bag to keep the freezing ground at bay. Yeap, it was a cold night and a lot of shivering was done to keep warm. Waking up in the morning and seeing the view of the lake made it all worthwhile though.