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Safety and Teamwork for students visiting the Brecon Beacons


The Adventure Leadership Programme Students (ALPS) were called upon to put their navigation skills into use during their hike in the Brecon Beacons. Poor visibility due to heavy fog and mist meant that they could only see a few metres ahead of them. It was a great time to use their map reading and compass skills to ensure they were on the right path. As they neared the summit of Pen Y Fan, the conditions worsened. As well as being -8 °C with the wind chill factor, the previous day's heavy snow and ice made condition treacherous. So the group turned back at just 100 metres below the summit, learning that it is more important to come back safely than to take unnecessary risks. As the weary hikers completed the day, the fog finally lifted and the magnificent Brecon Beacons were finally revealed.  

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