Monday, 11 May 2015

JT Expeditions weekend - Brecon Beacons.

Hi all
 So I was lucky enough to be able to spend last weekend with JT Expeditions, this was a all down to friend winning a competition with MERRELL but as they were unable to attend they passed it on to lucky me!

The weekend involved me and a guest (my nephew Alex) arriving in Bwlch on the Friday night and staying at the Star Bunkhouse then to take part in walking, trail running and climbing/abseiling over the Saturday and Sunday.

On arrival a great start the Star Bunkhouse is a really nice venue, easy to find plenty of parking and inside loads of walking info, and the facilities were perfect there, good rooms and downstairs a large kitchen to prepare group meals and large dining area. Pete the owner is a friendly host and if your lucky you'll get see his two Labrador's :)

Next up Jake from JT Expeditions he is a top bloke, really friendly and enthusiastic about what he does, his outdoor interest are really varied, and he runs courses and expeditions from trail/mountain running, hill walking and climbing to mountain biking pretty much anything you want do out on the hills or mountains he caters for, He also runs international expeditions (yes I want go on one already!).

We were joined on the weekend by Christina and awesome American girl who has had some great outdoor sports adventures, On the Saturday we headed out and did a hill walk Pen Y Fan, it was worth going for this alone the views were stunning and Jake provided plenty of info on the local area (which just made me want to come back and walk other routes). We then headed back for tea and cake and later went for a short trail run/jog in perfect weather just to take advantage of getting out and seeing more views and enjoy the weather. There is a pub opposite the Star Bunkhouse which does great food so we enjoyed a meal there that evening.

Sunday morning we travelled to Symonds Yat for climbing, again this Forest is a truly stunning location, Jake gave clear tuition and soon had everyone understanding and had everyone confident in the gear and got rid of any nerves in the group. The climbing was great fun and a chance to learn some new skills, followed by the abseiling which gave a great view of the river.

I had a great weekend and I would certainly recommend a trip to the Brecon Beacons, and definitely would use JT Expeditions and the Star Bunkhouse, I will again in future.

a very fun and different way of exercising.
Happy running all, thanks for reading