Hi and welcome to our fourth Hi-Endurance challenge, the “Cambrian Endurance Dark Moon Series” which will be held in the last weekend in October annually.
This is our most challenging series to date, and is definitely not an event for the inexperienced or the faint-hearted, and is only recommended for those physically able with extensive experience in similar hi-endurance events.
The gruelling 40 miles point-to-point route across some of the most challenging terrain in the Cambrian Mountains starts-out at dusk and must be completed before dawn. The challenge is for the Participants to carry a 25kg load, navigate their own way and complete it unsupported through night against the clock.
“As the participants push through this course enduring the familiar burning sensation in each and every muscle in their body, each step will remind them of the easy option to drop out, whilst their heartbeat intensifies sounding like a heavy drum beating deep within their chest in the total silence and darkness in the wilderness of the Cambrian Mountains” ….. are you up for this challenge??
To enter the Cambrian Endurance Dark Moon Series, as a minimum standard the participant must have successfully completed the Cambrian High Walk (Winter or Summer series) and also the Cambrian Endurance Spartan Series, or similar load-bearing hi-endurance events against the clock organised by others in the Brecon Beacons or Elan Valley.
The main Entry Category for this challenge will be: Self-supported load-bearing – in this category the participants must carry a weighted Bergen/Rucksack of 25kgs that includes essential safety and mountain equipment, but excludes food and water for consumption; and will also navigate their own way over the full course from Start to Finish.
For those who are unable to partake in a loadbearing capacity, but still wish to test themselves on this challenging route, a secondary Entry Category is offered in: Self-supported clean fatigue - in this category the participants are not required to carry the 25kgs required in the load-bearing category, but must still carry suitable mountain rucksack containing essential safety and mountain equipment plus the required food and water. Yet again, participants in this category will navigate their own way over the full course from Start to Finish.
A recommended itinerary of required equipment and rations will be provided in the Event Pack two weeks prior to the Event. For those who require guidance or a refresher in Navigation and associated skills, a pre-event Navigation Day Course can be organised at the participant’s request.
The course starts at Pont-rhyd-y-gores and heads North-East along the South bank of the Afon Ystwyth to reach Cwmystwyth, and then from Cwmystwyth heads North-West through the Wood passing Rhos Nantperfedd then Truman to reach Ysbyty Cynfyn.
From Ysbyty Cynfyn the route heads West to Ystumtuen and then North-West over the Llywernog Wind Farms, passing Esgair Grolan to Llyn Blaenmelindwr, then heads North-East to the Southern side of the Nant-y-moch Reservoir.
The route then follows the Southern side of the Nant-y-moch Reservoir heading East to Mon and then South to Lle’r-neuaddau and then heads South-East along the foothill of Bryn Llwyd to head East through the Dyll Faen Wood to reach Eisteddfa Gurig and the side of the A44.
From Eisteddfa Gurig the route continues East to foothill of Y Drum and then heads North to enter the Hafren Forest by the Old Mine. On entering the Hafren Forest the route heads East and then South-East to Rhydyronnen. From Rhydyronnen the route then heads South through Pant-yr-esgair around the Fuches to head South-East and reach Ffos-y-Ffwdan .
From Ffos-y-Ffwdan the route continues East to just past Banc Du, then South over Pen Bwlch-y-Groes and Bryn Blaen-y-Glyn to rach the road by Deildref and head Noth-East. Then leave the road and head East past Marsh’s Pool to continue North-East through Cefen-y-bwlch to the Finsish in Llanidloes.
Please note, this event is held in the Atumn and is classified in a “Extreme/Hi-Endurance” category, which requires the participants to possess a high level of fitness, have extensive experience in similar long distance trekking events, possess advanced navigational skills and a high level of physical/metal resolve to undertake and successfully complete the event in such exposed wilderness terrain with the good possibility of all the unpredictable elements of the Autumn months being against you.
It is mandatory that all participants wear appropriate clothing to suit mountain terrain and weather conditions, carry the essential personal safety and navigational equipment with a full understanding of its respective use, carry/consume hi-calorie food and adequate water to sustain themselves during the event in both Entry Categories of the event.
In respect to footwear, Participants in the load-bearing category must wear appropriate mountain boots with good ankle support; whilst Participants in the clean fatigue category may wear suitable fell-running or approach shoes. Trainers or any such unsuitable footwear will not be permitted.
There will be no exceptions in these requisites, where participants who do not comply will not be permitted to partake in the event. Sorry, but this is primarily for your own personal safety, and also to alleviate the risk of you compromising the safety of others.
With an Ascent +2,356m and -2,353m (of elevation gain), this route will push the participants to their limits, test their perceived boundaries, and push them beyond their wildest expectations.
A support team of Directing Staff will monitor progress of the participants throughout the course (Sweeper Teams following behind participants and mobile units positioned at key Rendezvous Points), whilst intermittent Check Points will record progress and monitor participant welfare from Start to Finish.
A memento of the event will be given to all participants, whilst the 1st, 2nd & 3rd best times over the course will receive certificate for their efforts in both categories.
• EVENT DATE: Saturday 28th to Sunday the 29th of October 2017
• CATERGORY: Extreme/Hi-Endurance • VENUE: Cambrian Mountains
• PARTICPANTS: Minimum 35 Entrants
• COST: £75 per entrant
Sorry, no Children below the age of 16 years due to Safety Reasons. Young-persons from 16-18 can only partake in the “Self-supported clean fatigue” category. All young-persons between the ages of 16-18 years must be accompanied by their Parent or Guardian for Safety Reasons.
Also, can all those who are interested in partaking, kindly visit our event Facebook Page, like the page, and confirm their intent to partake on the Facebook Page Event section as well, as we are looking to build a Facebook Community following for the Event. All notifications and updates respective to the Event will be posted on this Event Facebook Page.
event organising team reserve the right to change sections of the Route or Check Point Locations prior to the Event, due to terrain associated restrictions or any other factors that could compromise the safety and welfare of the participants and support staff alike.
For further information or specifics regarding the Event, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are up for the challenge, we look forward to seeing you there...The Organising Team