The only day free was Saturday, so I arranged with friends and family to climb up to the Preseli Mountain Summit. They did warn me to wait for better weather, however I explained that this was the last day available to do it with the Baton. So, off we went, planning to only call off the climb only if the conditions were too foggy or boggy, which would make the climb dangerous.
I warned the kids that it would be VERY cold, wet and windy. They put on many layers and waterproofs and thermals and we were off.
That morning at home it had been dry, cold but Sunny. These conditions would have made it a near perfect climb.
We arrived up the Preselis and were pleased to see that there was good visability. We realised how windy is was when we struggled to open the car doors. Cold, bitter wind.
Then, as soon as we got out from the car, heavy, large hail stones started pouring down on us. It was so painful on the bare skin of our face and hands (I was attempting to put my gloves on as it started).
We got back into the car and waited for it to pass. Of course it kept on going and we realised that it could start again when we were high up the mountains and make it difficult for us to find our way back. Between the wind and the hail, we couldn’t see or hear anything else going on around us.
Eventually it calmed. The kids still didn’t want to give up, so we negotiated and decided to go for a “short walk” up the mountains and back to keep everyone safe.
I love climbing the Preseli’s but it is so tiring and hard work when the wind is trying to blow you back down again. We were weak with laughter.
Danny protects his face from the hail and cold wind. I’ll be packing balaclavas for us all next time!
We climbed so far, took some photos, then
rolled flew walked back down again. We knew it was time to walk back when Caitlyn warned me that Danny was starting to turn a little blue. His sisters are well trained at keeping an eye on him discretely as he doesn’t like a fuss.
We went back to the cars to get warm. Mum and my sisters had the right idea – hot chocolate and biscuits. I nearly offered to hold someones drink just to get my fingers moving again.
As we sat in the car warming up we could see the sky turning bright blue and sunshine coming out across the mountain! We were tempted to go back up now conditions looked better but there would no longer have been time to get back before dark safely.
It was amazing to see the different types of weather happening up there in a short amount of time. I can see how climbers can easily get into trouble if the weather changes suddenly.
So, the Baton did not get all the way up to the Preseli Mountain Summit. However, it did get to see a true part of Pembrokeshire before I passed it onto Debbie and that made it worthwhile.
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I will be walking up there again as soon as the weather is more suitable – I predict my next post about the Preseli’s will be us Sledging down it as it looks like we may get snow soon!
Thank you to Mum, Jo, Ceri, Makala, Danny, Rebecca and Caitlyn for coming up the mountains with me, and to Granny and Grampy for looking after Izzy!
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