Epic fail?

I seem to have racked up errors this weekend. Here are the lessons I've learned:

  1. Check race details before setting off. I drove to Llandegla on Friday night, only to find that the second Dash in the Dark had been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
  2. Ensure adequate nutrition. No milk at all in my parents' house meant that breakfast of cereal and/or porridge was off. I replaced these with a Cadbury's Caramel egg from a petrol station.
  3. Don't jump on your equipment. A boot / buckle / floor interface resulted in pieces of broken rucksack plastic all over the car park before I even set off.
  4. You can tie yourself into your rucksack if the waist strap buckle is broken. But it's hard to get back out again. Very hard.
  5. Weather forecasts can be wrong. This weekend, for example, where cold temperatures and lots of snow will in fact turn out to be boggy and very warm.
  6. Website 'location' features aren't necessarily evil. It turns out a friend was in Cwm Idwal at the same time as me this morning, but neither of us realised. Maybe some advertising beforehand wouldn't have been a bad idea.
Corner Gully, Cwm Cneifion. This was one of the more complete gully lines. © Haydn Williams 2012

Corner Gully, Cwm Cneifion. This was one of the more complete gully lines. © Haydn Williams 2012

Nevertheless, I had a nice wander up to Cwm Cneifion even if there wasn't anything climbable and so I had to retrace my steps back to the car. Welsh Winter remains elusive this year, but there's time yet (ever the optimist!).

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