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WALES 2020/21: Beggars Can't Be Choosers

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BobinCH wrote:
@Mike Pow, top effort! Did your bases take a hammering or is there something soft under there?


Cheers

Barely a scratch. Picked a careful route.
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WEDNESDAY 09 DECEMBER 2020

Day 5 for the 2020/21 Winter Season in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Calm & clear in the pre-Dawn light but then the mist rolled in and bedded in for the morning with just the odd spotlight of sun penetrating the gloom

And always where I wasn’t

But every cloud has a silver lining, and mine was bumping in to photographer Darren Thomas (@darren_thomas_photography) on top of Pen-y-Fan

Absolute pleasure to meet him, his shot of me waiting for the light is the fourth in this series

Take a look at his body of work, it’s tremendous

The turns were great though

Images here

https://www.instagram.com/p/CI-8ufnD5YY/
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MONDAY 28 DECEMBER 2020

Day 6 for the 2020/21 Winter Season in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Calm & clear in the pre-Dawn light but then the mist appeared and settled in for the day

Bumped in to Nerys’ nephews Will and Greg on the way up and then skied with Chris and gave a lesson on how to manage the Beacons snow and terrain to Jess

Great effort from Jess on her first day skiing in the Beacons, and only her second day on skis

The turns were great though, all the way back to the bridge

Images here

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJnYy_6jmor/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJXCgV2j2Mz/
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I'm delighted to be able to report that I interviewed @Mike Pow in Episode 65 of The Ski Podcast, when he revealed all his 'skiing in Wales' secrets...

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We've had a cold couple of weeks in Wales with the mountains consistently sub-zero. Fantastic conditions in the Western Beacons in particular - allowing for some lines that are not usually possible! The snow is also building up nicely in the more 'snow sure' Central Beacons for when temperatures creep up a little bit next week..

My partner Jess has been up (after one lesson in Tamworth), she's had a lesson in the Central Beacons from @MikePow and is now starting to link parallel turns, controlling speed in more marginal snowcover using the terrain and just gaining loads of confidence!

Despite all the restrictions etc, interest in the Welsh Backcountry scene has been huge.. like 1980's rope tow level huge snowHead

Here's some of what we've got up to:


http://youtube.com/v/jZyDblzzwk4


http://youtube.com/v/DOEZVGIdRXg

https://www.instagram.com/chrismorrismighty/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2749455438626326
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I hope the local police have the sense to give special priority access passes to @Mike Pow and Co

What they are doing is a national service on behalf of the rest of us!
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Fantastic !
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WEDNESDAY 30 DECEMBER 2020

Day 7 for the 2020/21 Winter Season in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Grey skies but good visibility across the Western edge of the Brecon Beacons

Great turns with Chris (@chrismorrismighty) including a very nice descent of Fan Foel above Llyn Y Fan Fawr

Photos of yours truly taken by Chris

Images here

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJwFiU3DYfg/

Video clip of Me on Fan Foel here

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJx0Z1zjTCp/
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Great stuff Mike. Very jealous, but keep turning for the rest of us!
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iainm wrote:
Great stuff Mike. Very jealous, but keep turning for the rest of us!


Thanks.

More to come Smile
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https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/i-was-surprised-by-how-clear-it-was-stunning-photo-of-snowy-wales-taken-from-dublin-39969920.html
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dublin2 wrote:
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/i-was-surprised-by-how-clear-it-was-stunning-photo-of-snowy-wales-taken-from-dublin-39969920.html


Amazing
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Looks more like a New Zealand scene
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SATURDAY 02 JANUARY 2021

Day 8 for the 2020/21 Winter Season in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Arguably the most beautiful sunrise I’ve experienced in the Brecon Beacons National Park

The sky was alive with colour

There wasn’t a breath of wind

And the rising sun warmed the snowy slopes in a perfect alpenglow

Onwards and upwards

Images here

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ-fbuID4Qc/


But what a difference a couple of hours can make

I set off from the Llyn y Fan Fach car park in Llanddeusant around 6am to catch sunrise coming up over Fan Foel and then make ‘golden hour’ turns on the snow covered slope

I was in position, waiting for Chris (@chrismorrismighty) to launch the drone, when the skies darkened; we lost the light; and big, dry flakes started tumbling out of the sky

After consulting the radar map we could see the next front was rolling in quicker, earlier, and with more force than forecast

So it was combat skiing in low light back to the car to avoid getting stuck in the Llanddeusant valley

There was close to 5cm on the car and road when I set off for home with many not heeding my warning to turn around

The uphill sections had traction, but on the downhill I was freewheeling in neutral, handbrake on, steering with and against the slide to avoid the ditch and hedgerows

Any touch of the brake would send the car skidding

Those who left after me were stuck and/or had slid off the road, and it was a long wait for the local farmers to pull them out

Although the Western Brecon Beacons is on the doorstep of ‘civilisation’, when the weather turns it becomes wilderness very, very quickly


http://youtube.com/v/-RSIAxGuRCI
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Stunning, really stunning, pictures on your Instagram
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rungsp wrote:
Stunning, really stunning, pictures on your Instagram


Thanks very much

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Marvellous Mike Pow - thanks for posting Smile
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@Mike Pow, Fantastic. I remember walking the area not long ago and thinking it had potential. As you say, I imagine the lanes must get tricky once the snow comes down.
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mountainaddict wrote:
Marvellous Mike Pow - thanks for posting Smile


My pleasure.

Stay tuned Smile
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AndAnotherThing.. wrote:
@Mike Pow, Fantastic. I remember walking the area not long ago and thinking it had potential. As you say, I imagine the lanes must get tricky once the snow comes down.


Cheers

Short but very, very sweet. The lake backdrop is hard to beat.
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TUESDAY 05 JANUARY 2021

ICE STATION BRYCHEINIOG

Day 9 for the 2020/21 Winter Season in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Chris (@chrismorrismighty) & I met up with photographer and YouTube vlogger Gareth Danks (@gareth_danks) for what we were all hoping would be another spectacular sunrise, and great sunlit turns off Fan Foel

It started off well but as soon as we got to lake level the visibility became like being on the inside of a golf ball!

We waited out the storm at ‘Bar Brycheiniog’ (images 2, 3 & 4) but with no end in sight to the biting winds (-10 C at best) we skied back to the car following the path

Rocky but manageable

Images here

https://www.instagram.com/p/CKGMz6ljqi9/


To see the conditions see the video from Gareth’s YouTube channel


http://youtube.com/v/eyHDxq5MClc&t


Gareth’s Instagram account (@gareth_danks) has loads of tremendous photography

https://www.instagram.com/gareth_danks/?hl=en

Fan Foel is teasing us

Maybe next time
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