The unseasonably warm March weather caused members to flock to the Lakes, eager to bag an early route. Saturday was bright and clear but over optimism led us to choose Little How as a destination. The clouds soon turned the sky grey and by the time we were gearing up, we were wearing five layers and had thick socks under our rock boots. Its never a good omen when you have to stop half way up a climb to put on gloves. At the end of the route we had a unanimous vote to retreat which was followed by tea in the warmth.

Sunday brought clear blue skies and the promise of a much warmer day. Raven Crag was soon swarming with parties basking in the sun and enjoying the delights of Evening Wall and Original Route along with an creakingly slow accent of Subsidiary Ridge by yours truly. It would appear that I haven’t forgotten how to climb during my lay-off, I’ve just buried the memory deep in my subconscious and it takes time to bring it all back up to the surface!