Moel Siabod is a mountain in Snowdonia, North Wales, which sits isolated above the villages of Betws-y-Coed and Capel Curig. At 872m it is the highest peak in the Moelwynion mountain range. Ascending made for hard work even before I got to the arete. I suffered a painful diaphragmatic stitch on the way up but was able to clear it using some Kokyu Ho breathing exercises & a break. On the top there was still snow, quite thick in places, but melting optimistically in the sun to serve as an harbinger of spring. Ploughing through the snow along the ridge, every so often you would go in deep up to your thigh, which was the first time I had hiked such deeply snow capped summits. Down on the level again there was a pretty cafe which served stone baked pizzas. We sat outside enjoying the lazy rays of the sun, breathing in the sweetly ascending log smoke, and watching Moel Siabod dissolve ominously into the dusk. Quite an intense walk, but that was the first of the season out of the way, and looking forward to more to come.