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PhilR

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PhilR says:

Eventful trip to the Black Mountains

Hi all,
I had a really eventful trip to the Black Mountains on Sunday the 11th. A friend and I went for a walk around Grwyne Fawr Resevoir from Mynydd Du Forest which included Waun Fach, the weather was pretty nasty on the tops, very wet and windy. Anyway my poor dog Megan; unfortunately she got too wet and cold and started dropping off the pace, we cut the planned route short by coming straight down the Grwyne Fawr to go past the bothy etc. However during our descent Megan’s condition worsened and we made the decision to carry her, whilst carrying her she had a fit / seizure, quickly getting the survival bag out and placing her in it we made our way to the bothy utilising a fleece jacket & a sturdy Lidl carrier bag of all things, we put her in this and holding a handle each got her off the hillside and back to the car. Taking her to an emergency vets on the way back home; she had hypothermia which brought on the fit. Thankfully 48 hours later she had made a full recovery and looking at her now you won’t think she had been through any of this traumatic experience. It really was touch and go for her & was an emotional rollercoaster of a day, firstly I felt terrible and responsible for getting her in this state, but also delighted that our actions out on the hill helped save her.

So keep an eye on your dog if you are taking it out during these cold months. They can’t tell you how cold they are but their body language can, it was a very rapid decline for her and the symptoms Megan showed were: obvious signs of being cold like shivering, she also dropped off her usual pace and when she caught up just lay down. Also don’t forget that survival blanket, mine is never out of my rucksack, and never will be from now on having been through that!!

If you would like to read the extended story then it is here on my blog.

I will be going back to the area on the 27th Dec to return the fleece to the Bothy.
 

http://philrmountainadventures.blogspot.com/
 
cheers2u

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cheers2u says:

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glad it all turned out OK, Phil.

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PhilR

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PhilR says:

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cheers2u said:

glad it all turned out OK, Phil.


 

Thanks mate, so am I. At one point I thought I'd lost her. Don't wish to go through that again thats for sure.

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mikebennett

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mikebennett says:

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well done, i always walk with my dogs (both huskies) its so difficult to tell how they are doing, just goes to show the importance of knowing your dog, i always make regular food a nd water stops just for them but i might be a little more carefull in future.

Like you my survival bag never really leaves my backpack but its also important to carry a first aid kit thats usable on your dog, one of mine ripped his side open on a branch, very nasty and the use of my kit was sufficent but since then ive carried cohesive bandbages and the likes just for them.

Hope shes ok now and back on the hills soon

 

all the best

 

mike

ElizabethS

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ElizabethS says:

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My dog is another one that handles cold weather well (he's been down to -10 C or below) he's a collie but he doesn't hill walk now because he really doesn't like open spaces, but when he did we always took a first aid kit for him as well and booties, and we'd have enough spare clothing to do him (he's too big to carry far). Glad to hear your dog is okay. 

twiglegs

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twiglegs says:

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Bloody hell, that was a close one. !

Good thing you recognised the signs early.

 

Btw, thanks for posting the story here, and not just a link to your blog, too much of that these days imo.

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Screaming Tree

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Glad you and the dog got back ok mate

PhilR

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PhilR says:

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Thanks everyone for the comments, Thankfully it has turned out ok, but it was a horrible experience to go through. Megan is perfectly fine now back her usual self dropping the tennis ball at my feet, hinting. . I thought it was an interesting story worth sharing. Also a good reminder to people with dogs of what could happen especially during the colder months.

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cozy

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cozy says:

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Interesting post Phil

glad the dog was Ok in the End  

i was on pen y gadair fawr the weekend after you and it was quite a different world to what you had, Knee deep snow, wind, snow showers, our plan was to walk to waun fach from pen y gadiar fawr to waun fach and the bothy for tea and ciggies, Made it half way to waun fach before being beaten by the conditions so dropped down to the reservoir dam.

still it was a fun Afternoon/night bimble

 

 

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Screaming Tree

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 Looks good Cozy

PhilR

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PhilR says:

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Thanks Cozy, Wow what a difference a few days make.

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PhilR

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PhilR says:

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Firstly Happy New Year to everyone.

As promised I returned the fleece we borrowed from the bothy, which since "that" visit with the dog it has been stripped and painted with 3 new chairs in place, very nice. Some pics of the walk attached

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cozy

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cozy says:

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Nice one Phil

Have they repaired the death trap table in there ?

it once collapsed on me whilst pouring a nice cup of tea, that cup of tea ended up warming the flagstones

PhilR

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PhilR says:

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Cozy, from memory that table is the only thing that has survived from my previous visit, however it may well have been repaired as my flask of hot chocolate survived being placed on it.  it is a rickety old thing though. There are 3 posh new chairs, better than the 3 legged school chair that was in there.

I've added a pic of the inside

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cozy

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cozy says:

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Cheers Phil

ooooh they are posh, wonder how long they survive as they look very burnable. lol

 

 

 

Pill Harrier

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Pill Harrier says:

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I'm glad your hound recovered well, Phil. It's a couple of years since I visited grwyne Fawr Bothy (2009) but it's in a much better state now than it was then. The internal looked like it had recently been trashed when we visited.

I hope to get to that neck of the woods this weekend for a walk and will check how its looking.

 

Mark

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PhilR

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PhilR says:

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Pill Harrier said:

I'm glad your hound recovered well, Phil. It's a couple of years since I visited grwyne Fawr Bothy (2009) but it's in a much better state now than it was then. The internal looked like it had recently been trashed when we visited.

I hope to get to that neck of the woods this weekend for a walk and will check how its looking.

 

Mark


 

Thanks Mark, Yeah the bothy was in a much better state even between my 2 visits, whoever cleared it out will not be short of super noodles for a while as there where loads of packets in there on the first visit. If you do go in you will see I have logged my visit and the tale of what happened in the book. Enjoy your walk 

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Pill Harrier

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Pill Harrier says:

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Got to Grwyne Fawr today Phil - beautfiul weather. We reached the Bothy at 9am and the chimney was smoking. Inside were 3 guys merrily cooking bacon on a stove! It looked in fairly good fettle. No pics of the inside due to bacon cooking activity - trip report and pics on my blog though.

Had a great walk in great conditions!

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cozy

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cozy says:

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Paid a visit to the bothy on Sunday and someone has sawn the legs of the nice new chairs

place was a tip, beer can everywhere etrc and lots of mouse dropping on the table.

Shame with this bothy is that its well known to the local assholes  and i dont mean the mice

PhilR

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PhilR says:

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That is a shame, you did say it would happen when I posted the pic of them. 

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