Strike 1: Meig Crag. Slime in the crack on the cleanest rock, big wet streaks, lichen, bracken, ticks, midges.
Jamie B excavating slime from the crack
3rd try: Glenmarskie, slight breeze holding off the midges. I took us up some hideous lichenous slabby thing totally failing to trust my feet on anything, Jamie led well on a cleaner steeper HVS, Davey swatted midges and flicked ticks off. Then we legged it before the gate was locked at 5pm. Can't win them all.
Mmmm.... moss.... lichen.....
Much cleaner HVS
Here is another book to add to your booklist: http://www.rmbooks.com/book_details.php?isbn_upc=9781927330159
and I thought this explanation of risk and mountaineering in the Guardian was a good primer for the public at large: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/15/pete-beaumont-free-in-the-mountains