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"