Having navigated and survived, the climbers traverse, we drew breath and admired those human beings for whom clinging to a piece of rock by their finger nails is counted as leisure. Our work was still not done and we turned to complete the climb onto the Bowfell summit via the Great Slab.
The Great Slab is not actually a slab as such but an exposed stratum of rock, seemingly sliding off the side of Bowfell. Nonetheless it is hugely impressive. It comes into view, the farther you climb. However during the ascent, our minds were concentrated solely on getting up, slithering as we did from time to time, hands and knees virtually at other times. Finally, dodging one or two people, who, inexplicably, were choosing to descend via this route, we stood on the summit plateau.