Mountain Training in The Brecon Beacons

 

Mountain Training in The Brecon Beacons

      Price £80-180

 

The Brecon Beacons / 1-2 Days
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Whether you are planning a trekking trip to Nepal, climbing Kilimanjaro, or perhaps attempting a UK-based challenge such as the 3 Peaks Challenge or Welsh 3000s, it’s essential to ensure that you are well-prepared and in suitable physical condition.

In our experience, many people underestimate the fitness levels needed to participate in mountain-based events.

 

Testimonials:
“Just want to say a huge thanks to Nick at Fitways Adventures for a brilliant day on Saturday in the Brecon Beacons. 6.5hrs of hard walking but worth every minute and a great training day to prepare for the big challenge of the 3 Peaks in July!! Just need to get my knee sorted out and then ready to go, Go, GO for it”

Overview

Brecon-Beacons

Days: 1 and 2 day options

Grade: Moderate

Max group size: 7

Who suits this trip:  No previous experience is requires for this trip

Location:  For groups of 5 or more we are able to run mountain training events in other locations including the Lake District and the Peak District. We can also run trips on weekdays and weekends other than those listed. Please contact us to discuss your needs

 

 

Why Attend a Mountain Training Day?

There is a saying in mountaineering that the best way to prepare for climbing a mountain is to climb a mountain. While training in a gym, or going for long walks on the flat is good for developing base fitness, there is no replacement for spending several hours on terrain similar to what you will encounter during an event.  A summary of the benefits of attending a mountain training day has been listed below:

 

 

It will give you an opportunity to select and test out your equipment.  This is particularly important with footwear – while you may have no problems with your boots when walking for several hours on flat terrain, blisters can quickly appear when trekking up and down steep terrain.

You will be able to fine-tune your nutrition and hydration strategy.  This is extremely important for endurance events.  You will also have the opportunity to discuss this in more detail with your Group Leader who will be able to advise you on the optimum approach.

You will be trekking on steep terrain for between 5-7 hours. This is not really possible to replicate in a gym.

People frequently overestimate their fitness levels.  Mountain training days will give you (and your leader) the opportunity to objectively assess exactly where you are.  By knowing this well in advance, you can then implement a training program that will ensure you are sufficiently prepared for whatever it is you’ve set your mind on.

Hints and tips. We will show you how to save time and improve efficiency when on the mountains.

Excellent preparation for a team event. If you are preparing for a team challenge, mountain training days are an excellent way of building the team and give you experience in working alongside your fellow team members.

They are a fantastic day out. Keep in mind you will be training in some of the most beautiful areas of the British Isles.

1 Day

1 day in The Brecon Beacons

This day will start at Storey Arms Car Park (LD3 8NL).  You will be given a team briefing at 10:00am and the trekking will commence at 10:30am (so be ready to hit the hills).  We will be walking for around 6 hours (including a 30 minute lunch break).  The route will take in 4 significant peaks:

  • Corn Du
  • Pen y Fan (at 886 meters this is the highest mountain in South Wales)
  • Cribyn
  • Fan y Big

During the day, we cover approximately 19km on a range of mountain terrain. The day will end at 5:30pm following a 30 minute debrief.

 

 

Included in our 1 day training event:

  • Safety Briefing
  • Packed Lunch
  • Tea & Coffee on the mountain
  • Fully qualified first-aid trained Mountain Leader/s
  • Guidance on nutrition & hydration in the mountains (Qualified Sports Nutritionist)
  • Advice on training for mountains when you’re away from mountains (Qualified Personal Trainer)
  • Advice on outdoor clothing & equipment
  • Basic navigation instruction
  • Emergency equipment & procedures
  • 6-7 hours of mountain walking
  • 15% Cotswold Outdoors Discount Voucher
 

 

Travel & Logistics

Unless previously agreed the single day events don’t include transport. We’ll communicate details of the start location (which will include parking) prior to the course start date.

2 Days

2 days in The Brecon Beacons 

On the first day, you will complete the hike described in the 1 day trip. We will then drive to our B&B and enjoy a well-deserved dinner.  Day 2 will commence at 8:00am and we will spend 6 hours trekking in the Western region of the Brecon Beacons, taking in additional peaks including Fan Frynych, Fforest Fawr, Fan Nedd. The day will end at around 3:00pm, giving you plenty of time to get home at a sensible hour.

 

 

Included in our 2 day training event:

  • Pick-up en route between Maidenhead and the event location
  • Safety Briefing
  • Packed lunch for both days
  • Tea & Coffee on the mountain
  • Fully qualified first-aid trained Mountain Leader
  • Guidance on nutrition & hydration in the mountains (Qualified Sports Nutritionist)
  • Advice on training for mountains when you’re away from mountains (Qualified Personal Trainer)
  • Advice on outdoor clothing & equipment
  • Basic navigation instruction
  • Emergency equipment & procedures
  • 6-7 hours of mountain walking
  • B&B on Saturday night – twin room (£20 single room supplement)
  • 15% Cotswold Outdoors Discount Voucher)
  • Drop off after the event en route between the course location and Maidenhead

Not Included on the 2 day event 

  • Evening Dinner
 

 

Travel & Logistics

For 2 day events, our package includes transport.  We would be delighted to pick you up in our comfortable vehicle en route between maidenhead and the event location.  We encourage you to take advantage of this service – both from a cost and environmental perspective.  Alternatively, you can meet your Mountain Leader at the start of the event – full details (with directions & parking information) will be communicated in advance of the event.

Travel to the Brecon Beacons

Depart Maidenhead:  6.00am
Arrive Brecon Beacons:  9.30am

The Route we will be taking:

M4 Maidenhead to Cardiff (Junction 8 – 32)
A470 Cardiff to Brecon

Locations to consider

  • Reading Services  (M4, Junction 11-12)  RG30 3UQ
  • Membury Services  (M4, Junction 14-15)  RG17 7TZ
  • Chieveley Services  (M4, Junction 13)  RG189XX
  • Magor Services  (M4, Junction 23A)  NP26 3YL

Note:  If you would like us to collect you from an alternative location, please contact us to discuss options.

Driving independantly to the Brecon Beacons Start Point

The route starts at the car park on the far side of the forestry plantation from the Storey Arms (SN 983203 or post code LD3 8NL), which is on the A470 between Brecon to the north and Merthyr Tudful to the south.

If coming from the south i.e. if you’re coming along the M4, take Junction 32 (ST 142 816) near Cardiff and head north along the dual carriageway, the A470, to Merthyr Tudful. At Merthyr, there is a roundabout which has four exits; take the second exit and stay on the A470 which at that point is no longer a dual carriageway (SO 028 077), for around 10 miles to the car park which is located on the opposite side of the Storey Arms Outdoor Education Centre.

If you are parking in this area, make sure you lock your car and hide all valuables. It is well known in the mountaineering community that these remote car parks provide easy picking for thieves, so preferably leave valuables at home or at least hidden from view.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Available Spaces
17 March, 20187
1 day in the Brecon Beacons£80
24 March, 20187
1 day in the Brecon Beacons£80
7 April, 20187
1 day in the Brecon Beacons£80
14 April, 20187
1 day in the Brecon Beacons£80
12 May, 20187
1 day in the Brecon Beacons£80
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Note – The group size for this trip is 5 – 14 people

 

Location:For groups of 5 or more we are able to run mountain training events in other locations including the Lake District and the Peak District. We can also run trips on weekdays and weekends other than those listed. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Extra Info

Equipment List

  • Map – This day is a great opportunity to focus on your nav skills
  • Compass
  • Gloves
  • Warm Hat (covering ears)
  • Warm top (2nd fleece would be ideal)
  • Quality Waterproofs (Jacket & Trousers)
  • Backpack (35 – 40 Litres) Do ensure your equipment is in a waterproof bag
  • Mobile phone (in waterproof case)
  • Blister plasters (suggest Compeed)
  • Personal First Aid kit (Your Leader will carry a Master First Aid kit)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle (1.5-2Litres)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Optional: GPS
  • Optional: Walking poles

Equipment to be worn on the hill

  • Walking boots & socks
  • Walking trousers – no jeans
  • Base Layer (T-shirt or long-sleeved top – not cotton)
  • Sports top or fleece (not cotton)
  • Windproof jacket

Stuff to leave in the van

  • Change of clothes
 

 

Maps that cover the Brecon Beacons

OS 1:25k Explorer Series OL 12 Brecon Beacons National Park
OS 1:50k Landranger Series 160 Brecon Beacons / Bannau Brycheiniog

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