Trying to keep a reasonable distance between us Paul went first, then Rod and then myself in third place.
Only a fool would try to rush their way up here, I was thinking to myself as we make slow but careful progress up Lord's Rake. Progress that went hand in hand with the high levels of concentration each of us must have been putting in to the event. Despite this conversation continued to flow with ease.
We chose the right hand side of the rake for our ascent so we could hold onto the slippery rocks to keep us firmly in place each time we felt the ground sliding away beneath our feet. Every now and again some of the larger stones would roll down behind us as we disrupted what was quite unstable to begin with. And, on one occasion I was forced to shout "that wasn't me" as a particularly big slide happened across to my left.