Awoke early which can only mean one of two things; I felt the mattress and it was dry so I must be going camping! After picking up a few essentials and re-packing my rucksack again for the third time I went to catch my lift to Conwy.
It was a beautiful spring day with barely a cloud in the blue sky and the sun felt warm for the first time this year. My lift dropped me off above Conwy town and I put on my rucksack which still felt heavy despite me leaving a lot of my winter gear at home. And so I set off on the road for a mile or so uphill then turn off onto a farm track and a half hour slog before my first glimpse of Tal y Fan (2,001 ft)
The next few miles are a steady climb to the foot of the mountain on mostly grassy tracks. The mid afternoon sun and lack of a breeze make it perfect walking weather and I make good progress stopping at the base of the mountain for a coffee and to enjoy the view over to the Great Orme and Llandudno in the distance.
Onwards and upwards! I realize that time is not on my side so I decide to take the most direct route which also happens to be the steepest. I pass some grazing wild ponies who don't even acknowledge my presence. Twenty minutes of sweating and heavy breathing I arrive at the plateau below the summit ridge and search out a suitable spot to pitch the Starlight. I find a flat spot below a rocky outcrop with stunning views over Anglesey. Five minutes later the Starlight is pitched as the sun is beginning to set.