I had a real comedy of errors back in March. My wife and I were on a Mercian Mountaineering Club meet at the Agnes Spencer Memorial hut in Patterdale, and there was plenty of snow on the hills. My game plan was to do LD-018 Stoney Cove Pike, I had stripped down the gear, even taken the internal batteries out of the 817 to save weight as I would be carrying crampons and a walking axe (for safety, I don’t know how to arrest a slip with walking poles but I am an artist with an axe! ) So after a hasty breakfast we go to the car - and only then do I discover that my boots are still at home! This means a hasty re-think, I have my Karrimore walking shoes but no way will they take crampons, so instead we head for LD-037 Little Mell Fell with the intention of doing both Mells. So, I get to the top of Little Mell Fell, set up the antenna for 5 MHz…and discover that the power lead is not in the rucksack, though it had definately been checked into the rucksack at home - and of course I hadn’t replaced the internal batteries! So, a quick cup of coffee and back down to the car with my tail between my legs!
Later I found the lead lying on the floor of the hut, it had been hooked out when the ice gear was removed! Oh yes, there was time to do Little Mell Fell the next day, but not Great Mell Fell, as we moved on to stay for a couple of days in Cockermouth.