This afternoon I climbed Pen Y Fan, the tallest mountain in South Wales, and the tallest in southern Britain. Compared to the likes of Snowdownia and the other mountains of the Three Peaks Challenge, it's a baby, but it was a hell of a challenge to climb.
The peak of Pen Y Fan is 886m above sea level, and it's a 2-mile climb to the top. The group I was with managed the ascent and descent in about an hour and a half, which was quite good.
I realised that I need to do some serious endurance training. Even with the two hiking sticks I bought yesterday (expect a full review of the kit I used in the coming weeks), I was flagging at two points during the climb.
There's a point in the ascent of Pen Y Fan where the mountain opens out and you begin to walk along the ridge before the final ascent. That's where the wind, rain, sleet and snow (yes, there was snow) conspire together to batter you into oblivion. It was crazy. Luckily, there weren't any zombies on the trail, but the fog was so thick you never know ...
But I managed it. I was cold, wet, tired and a little sore, but it was damn good fun and I'm looking forward to doing it again in 2 weeks' time (this time I'll be doing the climb with my brother Shaun of Valleys Shutterbug, so expect to see some kick-ass photos next time around).
Have you tried hiking or mountain climbing?