Walkers take Brecons in their stride

Adventurous walkers were exposed to the infamous Brecon Beacons weather on Saturday as they tackled Santa’s Revenge; Life Survival’s first social event for 2011.

Participants had travelled from as far as Bedfordshire, Liverpool and Sheffield to experience some of Britain’s most distinctive mountains with their plane-cut edges, horizontal terraces and flat summits.

The morning began in glorious sunshine as walkers headed over Corn Du, Pen y Fan and Windy Gap but were welcomed to different weather at the top of 642.

With the cloud dropping, visibility down to 10 metres and the winds rising up to 40 mph, the group experienced the remoteness of the Brecon Beacons and famous challenging weather conditions first hand; they also discovered why the National Park is used for military training.

However, the weather didn’t dampen the spirits as Andy Peace explained, “Having put my trust in the Directing Staff at Life Survival on several occasions, I had no hesitation in them guiding me on my first trip into the Brecons. The harsh weather conditions that greeted our group on windy ridge just echoed the guy’s expertise in their field as they guided us along with great confidence. Pure class !!!”

After the walk the group headed back to the bunkhouse to get changed before setting off to a Thai restaurant for a “social”.