Monday, and heading up to the South Wales Caving Club to meet a guy to discuss some filming. A production company are doing a series called 'Connies Wales' in which singer/actress Connie Fisher meets various people around Wales, and they want to do a piece on the cave rescue team. (Underneath South Wales Caving Club can be found the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave system - currently over 70km of surveyed cave passage. You can go for a virtual tour at www.ogof.net .)
|The SMWCRT Landy|
With some time to kill I go for a run from the caving club cottages. These border the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu National Nature Reserve that backs onto the Pant Mawr Moor - a pretty wild and expansive place. Snow is still on the ground but temperatures have warmed. The run is only about 6 miles but it takes over an hour in the slush. To add to the fun its grey and drizzly....
Wednesday is the day of the filming. I head up to the caving club early stopping on the way to run up to Llyn y Fan Fawr and the Fan Brychieniog ridge. This is a magical place, even more so as its a perfect running day as clear, cold and I have the mountain to myself. Conditions are crisp and frozen, and the snow that is still on the ground crisp to run on. Just brilliant.
|Fan Hir and Fan Brycheiniog - Mynydd Ddu fabulousness!|
|Ice shapes on the Nant y llyn|
|Llyn y Fan Fawr|
|looking back to Fan Brycheiniogs along the ridge|
The afternoon onwards is then spent filming with the production company. We spend the evening filming a cave rescue practice in the cave. The walk up and back from the cave is bitterly cold, but our return is rewarded by the moon in a clear night sky.
Saturday arrives and with some family free time available, and a dog desperate to get out of the house, its a dash up to the Beacons. It looks good from a distance with a hard frosty covering and a beautiful wind free day. Knowing the Central beacons will be busy I select one of the quite 'backvalley' routes up to the main ridge. Its soon obvious the recent 'snow' was more a freezing rain. Conditions on the tops are hard. The patchy snow frozen with a solid unpredictable crust that frequently catches the ankles when it fails to take the body weight.
|Frozen Juncus reeds|
|Along the edge of Cefn Crew looking towards Corn Du|
|A very busy Corn Du|
|Hard frozen ridge paths make for a good slither,,,,,|
|On the return back to the car - just me and the dog again.|
The return to Cardiff sees a swift trip to upandunder to purchase some Kahtoola microspikes! It was definitely very iffy on the tops today and I was pushing my luck a bit trying to hurtle around in fellshoes!
|Microspikes would have been a good idea!|
Sadly things have warmed up again and the snow and ice gone, but I optimistically watch snowfore-cast.com for signs of fresh frozen fun......