Well that was fun. Set off from home in light rain. It had stopped by the time we arrived. Took new route to summit - route classified as “never again!”. Tricky ascent in steep forest. Activation was enjoyable - started on 40SSB with 9 QSO (testing the theory that family members might find this more interesting). Conditions good to GW (!) with four worked in a row. Quick sortie onto 40CW added 17 more contacts. Lewis pottered about drinking hot chocolate, taking photos and listening to his MP3 player.
Decided on different route back. Lewis suggested we should descend at the very steepest point (starting off nearly vertical). No responsible parent would have agreed, a point which unfortunately struck me two minutes too late to turn back. More stumbling down steep woodland ensued. We were encouraged by the thought of a meal in the Bickerton Poacher. This was excellent and rounded of a super little trip.