Tempted by Afan tomorrow alone - any advice?
MountainPete Posts: 418
edited August 2010 in MTB rides
I'm tempted to drive to Afan forest tomorrow to ride the Skyline trail. I've been to Afan a couple of times with other riders, but never alone; anyone advise me against going on my own, or is it a common practice?
i'd say do it, just make sure you tell people where you're going and what time you're expected back etc etc and make sure you have your phone
http://mbwales.com/en/content/cms/News/ ... What_.aspx
Not huge amounts but some of the best parts
Anyway, just consider when on your own that if you have a smash you are literally on your own. Unless some kind soul happens to come past.
Take a charged phone, emergency contact details you can carry on yourself, and maybe keep the number of the local ranger or whatever. Plus a map and GPS is handy so you can guide the ambulance to wherever you are in the depths of whatever forest. Having been involved with that a couple of times now for others, it can be tricky trying to describe where you are in relation to a tree that looks like every other tree.
All that said, I'm sure you'll find people here willing to join you. There's a South Wales thread somewhere here too.
I work for the emergency services, acurate directions are critical. If ride on your own you have to have a rough idea of your location at all times, so if you need help you can direct it to your location.
Managed the Skyline in 3hrs 30min which I was quite happy with! It didn't feel like an outrageous pace, but I didn't really stop so I think that helped out :-)