Although the Beacons look beautiful they can be deadly, the weather can change so easily so be prepared with good clothing and let someone know where you intend going.
If you are on your own try to summon help by using a whistle or torch or flares or mobile phone.
To contact rescue services get to a phone and dial 999 and ask for Police they will call out the Mountain Rescue teams - try and give them an accurate map reading or description of the location of the injured or lost party. Remember you are likely to be talking to an operator unfamiliar with the Brecon Beacons locality.
- mobile phone coverage is patchy in the Brecon Beacons as in other mountain areas of the UK. As a general rule you are more likely to get a signal on high ground than in a valley or below a mountain ridge.
The Phonetic Alphabet:
If you have to spell out a difficult Welsh name of a location which may not be easily recognised then the phonetic alphabet may be helpful. Carry a copy with you and memorize it.
A-ALPHA B-BRAVO C-CHARLIE D-DELTA E-ECHO F-FOXTROT G-GOLF H-HOTEL I-INDIA J-JULIET K-KILO L-LIMA M-MIKE N-NOVEMBER O-OCTOBER P-PAPA Q-QUEBEC R-ROMEO S-SIERRA T-TANGO U-UNIFORM V-VICTOR W-WHISKEY X-X-RAY Y-YANKEE Z-ZULU
I had hoped to do some nice hiking tours in the Brecon Beacons, but I was warned not to go when it had been raining. The mountains are not very high, certainly not when you compare them to the Alps, but steep. There are no trees growing on them which increases the danger of falling. Since I had looked at the weather report for a couple of days before I was leaving, I knew that rain was predicted. So to save me from any temptation I left my hiking shoes at home. I tried to walk one easy trail, but had to go back because it was too slippery in the mud. During my stay there there was a report in the news that a man had had to spend the night out in the mountains, after he had fallen.