Monday, 23 February 2015

GW/SW-003 Fan Brycheiniog


Summit Information for 
GW/SW-003  Fan Brycheiniog 
 802m, 8 points
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 52 56 N, Longitude: 3 42 30 W
Grid Reference: SN 825218, QTH Locator: IO81DV 
Today's Sunrise: 07:10 UTC, Today's Sunset: 17:45 UTC 

Saturday 14th Feb.  GW6OVD/P & GW7RKC/P

It's been a very busy couple of months since my last post in October and it doesn't look like things are about to change any time soon.  Never the less I've still managed to squeeze a few activation's in and now its time to get the blog going again.
Today Andy (GW7RKC) and I set off for one of our favorite summits, Fan Brycheiniog  SW-003.  This summit has an amazing view over the lake and the valley below,  or so I am told! This is my forth activation of SW-003 but on every previous visit visibility has been very poor.
As we arrived at our usual parking spot SN 852 217 the WX was not looking very promising. Visibility was down to 100m and it was raining.  Drawing on past experience I decided to ditch the walking boots in favor of wellies as the approach to the lake is wet under foot at the best of times and we've  had quite a lot of rain recently.



As we approached the frozen edge of Llyn Y Fan Fawr the rain had stopped but visibility was down to about 20m.  From here the path climbs steeply to the summit 200m above, As a lot of work has recently been done to improve the path it should have been an easy climb, but recent deep snow drifts on the face of the mountain had totally obscured the path.
  






We carefully made our way up but with no path or footprints to follow it took us a further half hour to reach the summit.  Once there We took advantage of the cairn to get out of the cold wind and got the kit set up for a 2m activation.













                                                                                



Andy working a S2S contact with Viki, MW6BWA/P       who was up on Cordon Hill  GW/MW-013.
We were also lucky enough to work S2S with Allan GW4VPX/P who was on Drygarn Fawr, GW/MW-003
and Rod M0JLA/P on MW-013
Along with many of our regular contacts and some new ones it all came together to make a very enjoyable day.




The visibility did improve briefly giving us a glimpse of lake Liyn Y Fan Fawr 200m below but it wasn't to last.











 Date:14/Feb/2015 Summit:GW/SW-003 (Fan Brycheiniog) Call Used:GW6OVD/P


TimeCallBandModeNotes
11:23zMW0PJJ144MHzFMphil
11:27zGW7MMG144MHzFMPhil
11:28zGW0GVY144MHzFMChris
11:33zGW6DGU144MHzFMRoy
11:34zGW4VPX/P144MHzFMAllan S2S GW/MW-003
11:38zMW6BWA/P144MHzFMViki S2S GW/MW013
11:39zMW0JLA/P144MHzFMRoy S2S GW/MW-013
11:42zGW4KYT144MHzFMBrian
11:43zEI9GLB144MHzFMJim
11:46zG0LGS144MHzFMStewart
11:48zG0RQL144MHzFMDon
11:59zG4AZS144MHzFMAdrian
12:00zGW0IRT144MHzFMPhil
12:08zM0KRP144MHzFMRod
12:11zMW0CXH144MHzFMPeter
12:16z2E0ZST144MHzFMSteve
12:24zMW0PJJ144MHzFMPhil
12:25zMW3DLA144MHzFMAled
12:27zG7JMZ144MHzFMJohn
12:30zMW0WEE144MHzFMAndy
12:32zG4EIA144MHzFMMartin
12:36zMW6WFB144MHzFMLaurie
12:37zMW0COD144MHzFMCliff

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