Almost my first ice climb…

The obligatory early morning winter start...

We headed off to the Brecon Beacons this morning to have a shot at climbing the Torpantau Falls (grade III**). This is a relatively low waterfall at around 600m altitude which has come into condition fairly often in recent years, but never in December, for a long time, as far as I am aware!

Unfortunately, as none of us has climbed it before and we had to be away fairly early on, we did not manage to get on it. Instead, we investigated the small falls on the Nant Bwrefwr, which are slowly forming at the edges, and made a short walk around the area.

It was worth it for the outing in the Brecons, which are now in the bleak midwinter, with the wind sweeping in, dark clouds dumping snow and paths iron-hard with ice. However, we were not a little frustrated and vowed to return soon.

Here are a few photos of the lower falls:

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