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Ascent of Chwarel y Fan on 2015-02-21

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Date:Saturday, February 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Chwarel y Fan
    Location:UK-Wales
    Elevation:2228 ft / 679 m

Ascent Trip Report

A charming TH, but it ended up being a private trail that didn't lead anywhere. Went back to the road and walked up to "The Grange" - a trekking place that offers horse and pony rides, some cool old vehicles in the lot made for some nice pictures. From The Grange there is an obvious trail that follows up to the ridge where Chwarel Y Fan lies. A somewhat steep switchback trail that follows a few cairn markers to the ridge. Go left at the top and the first bump on the ridge is Monmouthshire's highpoint, Chrawel Y Fan. There I saw the only other people I'd see all day, out with their dog. I dropped my pack at the cairn marker on Chrawel y Fan and went full stride down the ridge towards the other peak, Bal Mawr. It felt like more of a distance than it looked to the eye, but was a fantastic run. I enjoy the feeling of running on a ridge with no pack, especially after hiking with one to this point. You feel light and free. I made it to the Bal Mawr cairn and took in the views. Really nice. I'd say better than Chwarel y Fan and worth the journey. England is visible to the East, and today was very clear, making for a great view. I ran/hiked back to my pack, took a quick break, had some Cliff Nar Shot Bolcks that were sitting in my bag.... Disgusting.... Can't believe I used to love those things. So artificial and chewy and they stick to your teeth. I prefer real food.

I started going down the opposite direction of the ridge. I noticed tire tracks from a fat tire bike, man it would be sweet to be riding one of those up here. It was now 4:30pm and a hail/snow cloud was heading my direction, and it was a good 2 miles before the next peak. I had a map, compass, headlamp, and warmer clothes packed, so I felt ok continuing for a bit.... But when that could and I met, I decided that was my cue to go back. Retracing my steps through the wet boggy and snowy landscape, I returned down the trail I came. I noticed the steepness of the trail more on the descent, as the rocks were very slippery. As I was walking through the Grange I stopped for more photos. A couple of ponies that were nearby ran up to me and I gave them some sugar candy that I had (and really didn't like). I got back to my car and the farmer was out chasing sheep around with his dog. It was a pretty funny sight.

On the drive back I stopped at Llanthony, where there are fairly intact ruins of a 12th century abbey, an establishment for Belgian monks back in those times. Really nice photo ops. There was a restaurant built into the ruins, which was super charming inside but they didn't start serving until 7 and it was only 6. Made it back to Cardiff by 7pm.

On all the peaks lies peace
-Goethe
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