Brecon Beacons 8 Peaks Challenge

Posted on December 28, 2005 in ClimbingBrecon BeaconsKilimanjaroTrainingSport

As final preparation for the Kilimanjaro climb I went climbing in Brecon Beacons (South Wales) with a friend Chris Williams. We climbed 8 peaks and covered a distance of 15 miles in a time period of 8 hours. Conditions were pretty bleak, the temperature never went above zero celsius and on the peaks the temperatures were in the region of -5 without windchill. Whenever we climbed a peak our water froze whilst reaching the summit.

The pic below shows me on top of Fan y Byg at 2,358ft.

Richard Byrom on top of Fan Y Byg

The peaks we climbed were:

  • Corn Du x 2
  • Pen y Fan x 3
  • Cribyn x 2
  • Fan y Byg

As shown in the graph below, total ascent distance worked out at 2km and considering that on the the Rongai route for Kilimanjaro we will be ascending 4km over the entire climb we effectively climbed 50% of Kilimanjaro in one day.

Brecon Beacons 8 Peaks Elevation Profile

You can download more pics of the climb here as well as a Google Earth KML for the route we took.

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