Sunday 30th August 2009 was the last of our scheduled four days of walking
and camping in South East Wales. There remained one summit to do that Jimmy
needed as a catch-up to his Dad's uniques, and one right next to it that would
be a new one for us both, and would make a good 'double'.
After collecting more goodies from the campsite shop, it was a short drive to
the summit that towered above our campsite. Jimmy directed me along the country
lanes to SO160283, the col between Mynydd Troed GW/SW-009 and
Mynydd Llangorse GW/SW-015. The drive
took only minutes from the campsite, allowing us to claw back the time expended
in breaking camp and loading the car.
Unfortunately, and despite the gloom and drizzle of the morning, it seemed
plenty of others wanted to do this pair of Marilyns as well. The surprisingly
large numbers of horse-riders, mountain-bikers and hikers who had walked up the
road to the saddle were not a problem. But those who had driven to this point
had taken every possible parking spot, and there weren't any alternatives
anywhere near on the narrow lanes up and down the hill.
I did notice that a chap was sat in the passenger seat of one car. I said to
Jimmy that he was probably waiting for someone, and that they were unlikely to
be long, if someone was waiting for them. Sure enough, a family group was
shortly seen descending Mynydd Troed, after which they got into the car and
drove off. We quickly nabbed the new - and only parking position.
Mynydd Troed is very close to the col, but a fair old vertical height must be
gained. The path starts as grassy and fairly steep. It then goes steeper, and
steeper still! However, the really steep bits are actually rather easy, for it
has those eroded "footprint steps" which dramatically tames the climb. Just
beneath the main summit ridge, a more graded path gives and option to spiral
into the summit, and this option was taken.
On the summit, were two deep holes. Jimmy and craig were already in the
bigger one, with the beam set up above them just outside the hole. I plonked
Liam in there with his pastie and DS game as well, while I set up the 40m dipole
and inserted myself into the smaller hole.