A few close friends and family stayed at Tir-Y-Cym, a self-catered cottage owned by Beechen Cliff School (Bath) which sits in a small forest within the Brecon Beacons National Park. It was originally a hunting lodge, and is a beautiful building with big thick walls made of local stone. The forest track was icy and pot-holed and the cottage needed the wood burner at full tilt to get it warmed, but we had it cosy in a few hours.
This was a chance to brush up on some navigation and also for a little night nav. On Sunday we took ourselves up onto the moor and did some point to point navigation with a focus on estimating time over short legs. I’m good at pacing, less good a estimating timing - which is important for races and over longer legs when you’d really rather not keep count of your paces. I do find combining toggles with a clicker helps me pace distances over 1km, which is good for low visibility situations.
A night nav session rounded off the weekend, we spent a couple of hours picking out features around Cribarth. Its a landscape pitted with interesting land marks both natural and man-made which makes for for fun navigation. Also makes you realise the importance of a good head torch, especially one with the ability to narrow the beam and pick out features in the gloom (something LED torches are not too good at). I’m reasonably pleased with my Myo XP, but I’ll be trying out the Hope Vision 1 soon which at 240 lumens could make all the difference on short sharp night nav adventures - yet the battery life will limit its use.
On the subject of kit, also looking forward to a night out under the stars in Alpkits bivvy bag, which looks to be a bit of a bargain, costing £30 and weighing in at 400grams. Will update the blog on how I get on with this new bit of kit. Hoping to use it for some long distance trail running once the weather warms up a bit!