In order to enter into the scrambling mindset straightaway we took the more adventurous option of ascended via Stickle ghyll (keeping dry), boulder hopping and easy scrambling on good rock.
Soon we were resting at the picturesque Stickle tarn and looking over to the main event of Jack's Rake. Whilst walking over to the base of the climb it began to snow!! We were well prepared and wrapped up ready for the cold, so we pressed on.
The initial section of the climb is easy but has lots of loose rock, so care is needed the whole time. Due to some rock being damp we took care to place feet well and always find good, positive handholds. About a third of the way up I noticed a large rockfall had happened (I had always advised people not to use said rocks due to their instability) and the debris now fills the 'Rake'.
Again, due to slippery rock and chilly fingers, we roped up for the crux section by the Rowan tree and again for the final climb as Natasha decided she wanted to climb a more direct and more difficult route, nice one.
A warm sense of achievement came once at the top and enjoying a lunch break, this had been on Sam's bucket list for some time I think. Well done both.
A stroll back to the New Dungeon Ghyll via Stickle tarn finished the day off rather nicely.
Really good to see you both again.