How is your head for heights?
After our walk, I took a scramble around the side of Shepherd's Crag in Borrowdale, to join the lads on the top of their climb.
It was a long way up!
I like heights, but my stomach did turn a little queasy as I walked past the edge to reach the top of the route.
I'm told that it's a three pitch climb, which means that it is normally climbed in three stages, with the lead climber stopping at a suitable point to fasten in and set up a belay for the follower. When the follower has climbed up to join the lead, they usually change roles so that they don't have to swap the belay plate between harnesses whilst hanging onto a rock ledge.
The lads hung around on the top for a short while because Mark had a 'Hex' jammed fast into a crack on the rock face and he wanted to abseil down to retrieve it before we left, but, meanwhile, there was another group of climbers coming up.
When, eventually, the route was clear, Ben was on belay duty for the abseil.
Much to his delight, Mark did manage to loosen the Hex and bring it up. As he pointed out, he's a student... he can't afford to leave equipment behind!
There will unquestionably be a quorum of quality Q posts over at Miss Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday. Why not take a quick shufty?