Ascent of Coety Mountain on 2014-12-06
|Date:||Saturday, December 6, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1896 ft / 577 m|
Ascent Trip Reportfrom Wentwood I drove up to the mining town of Blaenavon, stopping in the historic heritage town of Usk on the way over (simply because the name was weird and I was driving straight through it - it was actually a cute little town. Had some lunch, coffee and Welsh cakes).
Blaenavon is an town formed from a mine which is no longer active (coal mine, ended in 1984), so towns like these tend to be somewhat regressing... many abandoned buildings, and seemingly lower standards of living. I parked at an apartment complex in town and made my way up to Coity Mountain - it's obvious enough, just west of the town and go straight up... I probably took an unconventional route as I hopped a couple of barbed wire fences to make the ascent. The climb was really grassy, with ferny foliage everywhere making for a slow (by my standards) hike. Once up on the ridge I saw a cairn to the south in the distance, so I decided to make my way to that first, thinking it would be a registered peak. Alas, it's not in the PB database. I followed the mowed-down foliage trail north to get to the Coity Mountain high point - it's a 2 for 1 highpoint as it lies on the border of Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen. That's about the best redeeming factor of this hill - otherwise it's a pretty dull hike, with no good trail and not even a marker at the summit. You would think the fact that's it's a unique double-highpoint it would have some sort of identifier! I stood on the summit for less than a minute and decided I had enough and made my way back to the car. I took my time on the descent, using the "track back" function on my watch - I'm really liking that feature of the Suunto Ambit 2... it calculates the route you took and navigates you back to the start... really useful on these hikes/runs where I kind of just go all over the place.
Glad to bag county highpoints #8 and 9, but I don't think this spot merits a 2nd visit. Glad to get it out of the way. I was planning on doing the Merthyr Tydfil high points, but the sun was already down by the time I got done. 3 CoHP's in a day is good in my books.
Although at times county highpoints are less exciting peaks, there is always something to be learned with these experiences.
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