Before leaving Keswick this morning to return to Lochaber I headed down to Shepherds Crag with Jane. It was pretty damp and uninspiring but we headed up Donkey’s Ears a Severe neither of us had done before. It was great fun, a bit slimey, with wet hand and footholds (note to self; anything that bright a green is bound to be as slippery as it looks) but never boring. The second pitch hand traversing below the ‘ears’ and the crux pitch- another slippery traverse in a good situation- were well worth doing. Felt nice to move on rock again after the winter...... but it’s not over yet. Starting on Saturday I have a week of winter courses left to go!