Tuesday, 11 February 2014

GW/SW-001 Pen Y Fan

Summit Information for GW/SW-001
Pen y Fan - 886m, 8 points
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 53 2 N, Longitude: 3 26 12 W
Grid Reference: SO 012216, QTH Locator: IO81GV 
Today's Sunrise: 07:33 UTC, Today's Sunset: 17:22 UTC 

After a bad start to the day with snow falling at 200m the sky suddenly cleared and the sun could be seen for the first time in ages. I bundled the kit in the car and headed off to Pen Y Fan.  After parking up the car I started my way up the track.  Visibility was excellent and it wasn't long before many snow covered summits came into view.   By the time I reached 600M the snow was getting thicker and several passing walkers told me that conditions higher up were quite poor.  As I pressed on the wind started to pick up considerably, and by the time I reached the foot of Corn Du it became clear that an activation of Pen Y Fan was not going to be possible today.
As I was most of the way up I decided to continue on to the summit and take some photographs.  As I cut around the base of Corn Du through knee deep snow  I was sheltered from the wind for a while but it soon picked up again as I started climbing Pen Y Fan.  It was so windy at the summit that most of the snow had blown off leaving a thick layer of Ice.  It was difficult to stand still to take a few photos, never mind setting up antennas so I started my way back down without even taking my rucksack off.  "Ill be back"


  1. As gutting it must be after getting there you made the best choice, some great pictures though..

    Steve MW0BBU.

  2. Hi Mal

    Sorry about the activation. Great pictures.

    Allan GW4VPX