How difficult is the Fan Dance?

Arguably the most difficult part of the Fan Dance is the return to the summit up perilous Jacob’s Ladder, a stone staircase that makes it possible to manage the severe gradient. Usually, during any race, I try not to think. From that moment on, finishing the race would come down to being able to control my thoughts.

How long does the Fan Dance take?

The candidates climb Pen y Fan’s west slope (facing Corn Du) and then descend on the far side, known as Jacob’s Ladder. The rest of the route follows the old Roman road before going back on itself for the return leg. Candidates are allowed 4 hours 10 minutes to complete the route regardless of weather.

What is the Fan Dance Brecon Beacons?

The Fan Dance is a 24k route march in the Brecon Beacons that is infamous within the ranks of all UK Special Forces. Test your strength of mind traversing Pen y Fan and the associated terrain before taking on the evil that is Jacob’s ladder on the return leg.

How long does it take to hike Pen Y Fan?

two hours
How long does it take to walk up Pen y Fan? Taking the easier route starting at the Storey Arms, allow two hours to comfortably walk to the peak of Pen y Fan. You need a reasonable level of fitness but many families with young children regularly walk this route.

How much weight do the SAS carry on the fan dance?

Consists of six endurance marches culminating in “The Long Drag,” a 20 hour navigational test carrying 55 pounds, rifle, food and water over the highest peaks of the Brecon Beacons.

What is Japanese fan dance called?

Bon Odori is a folk festival celebrated in Japan in May. The group dancing often makes use of paper fans, either an open sensu or a flat paper fan. Dances are circular, energetic and light-hearted. Put these basic moves together to create the repetitive choreography of the Bon Odori dance.

Is Pen y Fan a hard walk?

If you don’t feel comfortable climbing Pen Y Fan, it is not a failure to stop; it could be the correct decision to make. No matter what the guidebooks say, this is a hard and demanding walk and not a stroll in the park as some hardened walkers portray it to be.

How do you train for fan dance?

Assuming you can run at least 80% of your race distance on the flat that would be a good starting point. If not then building up from your longest run distance by 10% on the long run each week would be a good start whilst doing 1-2 shorter 3-8mile runs mid-week. Start adding hills into the shorter tempo runs.

Has Pen y Fan killed anyone?

Two friends have told how they were climbing a mountain peak at the same time lightning struck killing two people in a freak mini storm. Donna Cavanagh and Olivia Howell were just minutes away from Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons today when the tragedy happened.

Is Pen y Fan harder than Snowdon?

Keen hikers claim there is a hike in Snowdonia even harder than the popular Pen-y-Fan trail. In fact Facebook group Walking in Wales agree that Cadair Idris is one of the best albeit most difficult treks in Wales. “Pen-y-Fan is just a path if you go the normal route.

How much weight do you carry on the fan dance?

Do the SAS train in the Brecon Beacons?

The majority of military deaths in the Brecon Beacons are thought to have taken place during SAS selection or training. A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: “Our deepest sympathies remain with the families and friends of those who have tragically lost their lives.