Mountain Training in The Brecon Beacons

Mountain Training in The Brecon Beacons

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.

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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”

Price:
£70
Days:
1 Day Event 
Daily walking time:
6 hrs
Altitude:
up to 1,400m
Grade:
Moderate
Max team size:
12
Available Dates:
15 September 2018
09 March 2019
23 March 2019
30 March 2019
06 April 2019

Note – The group size for this trip is 5 – 14 people

Who suits this trip

This is a fairly tough mountain day and isn’t suitable for anyone who hasn’t previously set foot on mountain terrain.

Who suits this trip

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.

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 in The Brecon Beacons

This day will start at Storey Arms Car Park (LD3 8NL).  You will be given a team briefing at 09:30am and the trekking will commence at 10:00am (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 around 4:30pm following a 20 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 our 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.

Travel & Logistics

Unless previously agreed our single day events don’t include transport.  This day will start at Storey Arms Car Park (LD3 8NL). Your Mountain Leader will meet you in front of Storey Arms Outdoor Centre. You will be given a team briefing at 09:30am and the trekking will commence at 10:00am. We’ll communicate full details of the start location (which will include parking) prior to the course start date.

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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