The Elmgreen School 2018

Ethan McFarlane, Dania Shepherd, Lorenz Lacey, Harmonie Clarke

Brecon Beacons

Their story, in their words….

For our Mark Evison project we decided to travel to Brecon in Wales and complete a hike up the Pen Y Fan Mountain which is located in the Brecon Beacons national park. We believed this would be a challenge for all of our group as none of us has had any major hiking experience and little camping experience. As well as this Pen Y Fan is labelled one of the most challenging mountains in Brecon meaning we threw ourselves in at the deep end. We had to camp at a campsite in Brecon called Pencili Castle where we had to cook our meals with a small gas cooker.
To get to Wales we needed to take a coach to Cardiff and from Cardiff take a taxi to Brecon where our campsite was located. Once we got there we pitched our tent and walked around the area to make sure we was familiar with our surroundings.

The next day we embarked on our hike up Pen Y Fan which was 7.4 miles away from our campsite pencil castle. The hike was proved to be very challenging due to how steep some of the surfaces were and the duration of time that we had to walk. We managed to complete the hike and return to the campsite where we prepared our dinner. The next day the strain from the hike had taken its toll so we took that day as an opportunity to explore the area a little bit more and gain an appreciation for how people outside of big cities live.

We were very glad we took this opportunity as this isn’t something any of us would have done normally. We were able to see parts of the UK we would never be able to see without this opportunity and also accomplish something as challenging as hiking up a mountain. The whole experience was a life lesson for all of us and we are all thankful to the Mark Evison foundation for allowing this trip to happen.