general advce needed
Hi David, that is a heck of a long way! Hope you're fit! In case you're not aware, the hills of mid Wales tend to be very wet and boggy, and though there are tracks, they're not always the same as those you find in the Beacons or Snowdonia. Monks Trod is a clearly defined path, but can be very boggy.
I agree with Rob about not overdoing it and spoiling your first wildcamp. But the Elan Valley and Pumlumon are wonderful places for wildcamping - but absolutely no fires, there have been serious damaging upland fires there in the last few years.
Yeah, isn't it fantastic? Proper spring at last! I'm going up to the area over the Jubilee BH so though we probably won't be going as far as the Teifi Pools, I'll let you know what it's like underfoot.
These longer days I tend to do about 7 or 8miles before lunch and a snooze, then a little less before finding a spot to pitch. Probably 15 miles in all over 10 hours would be my top with a 50 ltr pack. That's fair weather and long days, just bimbling along and enjoying it. Boggy ground, poor weather, too much up and down would all reduce that. But I'm getting on a bit now.
I reckon you might want to allow a bit mre time, or less miles - but given that you're young, enthusiastic, and generally up for it you'll do fine. Report back!
Some good points about not being overly ambitious on distance but if it's your first wildcamp, are you going to have at least one trial night using only the kit you intend to take?
The Cambrian mountains isn't a very good spot to discover that you can't actually get a good night's sleep on your chosen mat or that cooking with a single burner on a windy hillside is a lot trickier than on a stove in a kitchen.
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