Lots of plans were made due to the dropping temperatures during the week and the amount of snow that fhad fallen . Top of the list was a brisk walk up High Raise, followed by a skiing down Stake pass. This plan was quickly put on the back burner after waking up and not being able to see the end of the garden path due to the thick fog! Plan B was hatched which involved a hike up the Struggle, practising navigation and if the weather was still bad at the top we would head to the Kirkstone Inn for a warming pub lunch...
Approaching the top of The Struggle, the fog started to thin out to reveal Raven Crag high up to our left. A bearing was taken as we disembarked from the road to wade through thigh deep snow up to the cove just to the right of Raven Crag. Navigation was made easier by following some steps kicked into the snow by two chaps who had made their ascent with no crampons or axes (proper 'ard chaps), just ahead of us. We admired the ice falls along our route, and then made our way up the gully at the back of the cove.
Topping out was a wonderful surprise as we were greeted by clear blue skies with the surrounded by peaks just poking out of the low cloud and fog below.A quick bite to eat was combined with slight emergency as the flask of tea was knocked down the slope we had just come up, like a bullet out a gun. So we packed up and headed back down through the fog, to find the pub for a pint by a warm fire
Just goes to show how different the conditions can be on the tops can be, and not always for the worse!