Hello and welcome to the "Cambrian High Walk - summer series" which prequalifies participants to progress through the "High Walk" series of events. Most of you who find this challenge of interest would have heard of, know of, or have partaken in the infamous Military Selection Event over Pen-y-Fan in the Central Brecon Beacons. The Cambrian High Walk is of the same calibre, if not slightly more strenuous, which will test the participants stamina and will-power against the clock over the challenging and wild terrain in the Cambrian Mountains.
The course starts off by the side of the A44 by Pont Eisteddfa-Gurig and ascends steeply up the Southern slope of Pen Pumlumon Fawr (the highest mountain in the Cambrian Range at 752m) to reach the summit, and then descends down the Northern slope into Craig-y-Fedw.
From Craig-y-Fedw the route continues North-West over part rough track and part wild mooreland terrain skirting the foothill of Carn Hyddgen, then Bryn over Moel, to the next challenging ascent up Foel Fras to reach the summit at 529m.
The Participants then turn around on the summit of Foel Fras and retrace their steps back over the same route, to return to the Finish back at the side of the A44 by Pont Eisteddfa-Gurig.
Don't underestimate this event just because it is categorised as a prequalification event for the High Walk series! With an Ascent +1146m and -1148 this route has marginally more Elevation Gain than the Selection Route over Pen-y-Fan which has an Ascent of +1142m and - 1127m over the 25km course; but as the profiles confirm it will push the participants to their limits, test their perceived boundaries, and push them beyond their wildest expectations. This is not an event for the inexperienced or the faint-hearted, and is only recommended for those physically able with suitable experience in similar hi-endurance events.
The challenge is intensified for participants in the main "load-bearing" category who will carry a 35lb(15.8kg) load across the course. Those who still wish to test themselves on the course without carrying a load, may enter in the "clean fatigue" category. You may Walk, TAB, Run or crawl the course, but it must be completed in under 6 hours!
A support team of Marshals and Directing Staff will monitor progress of the participants throughout the course, whilst intermittent Check Points will record progress and monitor participant welfare.
A recommended itinerary of required equipment and rations will be provided in the Event Pack 5 days 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.
Please note, this event is held in Summer and is classified in a "Hard" category, which requires the participants to possess a high level of fitness, have extensive experience in similar long distance trekking events, possess good 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 elements of the season 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.
A unique memento of the event will be given to all participants who successfully complete the event, whilst the 1st, 2nd & 3rd best times over the course will receive a unique certificate for their efforts in both categories.
Also, can all those who are interested in partaking, kindly visit our Cambrian Mountain Events 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 our events. All notifications and updates respective to the event will be posted on this Facebook Page.
The 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.
If you are up for a challenge come and join us for a fantastic day on the Cambrian Mountains that will push you to the limit and test your boundaries. Have you got what it takes ..... do you dare?!
• CATERGORY: Hard/Hi-Endurance
• VENUE: Cambrian Mountains
• PARTICPANTS: 25 Entrants
• COST: £45 per entrant
Sorry, no Children below the age of 13 years due to Safety Reasons. Young-persons from 13-18 can only partake in the "Self-supported clean fatigue" category. All young-persons between the ages of 13-18 years must be accompanied by their Parent or Guardian.
We look forward to seeing you there ..... The CME Organising Team
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Facebook Page for Cambrian Mountain Events
If you are up for the challenge, we look forward to seeing you there...The Organising Team