Definitely do this before you die

I first slept out under the stars back in June 1975 on Carnedd Llewelyn.

Sleeping out on Carnedd Llewelyn in June 1975

Sleeping out on Carnedd Llewelyn in June 1975

I was on a course at Plas y Brenin and we slept out on the mountain during a little expedition.

Since then I have slept under the stars on many occasions all over the world. These days we have elective sleep outs when the fancy takes us. The weather was very good last week so we took ourselves all of 5 minutes walk from our house and slept out on the cliffs.

The main criteria for an elective sleepout is the weather. No rain on the forecast is good and together with light winds and mild temperatures – a comfortable night can be expected.

The location should be safe – away from the top and bottom of cliffs and encroaching water. It’s also good to avoid animals. Other things to avoid are long grass or ripe crops – just in case the farmer starts to harvest before you wake in the morning. (Yes, this has happened to us!)

It was a clear night and at about 10pm the Flower Moon rose in the East.

Flower moon rising

Flower moon rising

Despite the moon it was very dark.

Very dark!!

Very dark!!

By 01:30 the moon was shining over the sea.

Moonshine

Moonshine

It got quite cold and damp, despite there being no rain. Light appeared in the sky at 05:00.

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First light

First light

By 05:45 it was light with a low mist hanging on the coast.

05:45 with a light mist

05:45 with a light mist

By 07:30 the first dog walkers were appearing so we picked up our sleeping bags and wandered off home for breakfast.

Time to get up and go home for breakfast, all of 5 minutes away!

Time to get up and go home for breakfast, all of 5 minutes away!

 

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