Camping in the Breacon Beacons – PES Summit 10
17 Jul 2015
In the first week of the summer holiday, PES Summit 10 headed to the Breacon Beacons for their annual summer expedition. One of the group’s ‘fire-leaders’, Adam Bradley has written about his experiences on the trip. We hope you enjoy reading.
“After a long coach journey and a large Tesco shop for the trip, the Summit 10 group arrived at the first campsite, excited for the challenging expedition ahead. We pitched tents and had our first night under canvas.
When we had got our bearings and adjusted to our hiking rucksacks, all the fires made good progress and reached a rhythm of hiking, setting up and packing down. We were travelling through the beautiful Brecon Beacons, which provided some excellent photo opportunities.
There were many (literally) high points of the trip, but the most impressive was Pen y Fan, which we summited on the second day of the trip. It stands at an impressive 886 metres. There were also some very striking ridgelines, which we walked along and which offered great views of the Beacons.
Although it is not the easiest task to cook dinner for up to seven people using only trangias, we always ate well and those cooking were able to develop their improvisational skills. Porridge was the staple of our breakfasts, with wraps assembled on the hill for lunch.
By the end of the trip, we had covered innumerable kilometres and spent six nights in tents, and everyone had a great sense of achievement having completed an expedition of near Duke of Edinburgh gold award standard two years early. The week was rounded off with gorge walking, a very enjoyable activity which involved a lot of jumping into water. I am sure that everybody who completed this week of hiking found it fun and is glad that they did it.”