A wintry scene was to greet us as we arrived in the Langdale Valley on Saturday 14 March, but a look up towards Pavey Ark found the face to be bare. A good indication that the Rake would be do-able as an early season “summer” scramble rather than a winter climb.
A steady pace up to the tarn found the rock at lower levels to be dry and grippy underfoot, but on arrival at the foot of the Rake the run off from rent snow melt was evident.
Undeterred, we continued up the rake easily passing the worst of the greasy areas. It was notable that there was still ice visible on the wall to the right, and again on the blocky steps at the top.
With decent views and a pleasant light breeze, extending the walk out to Stakes Pass and descending the Cumbria Way soon returning to the Stickle Barn for a pleasant, rehydrating pint.