Thanks, Esme! Yeah, it was a bit surreal walking past these people with casual clothes on. Like you hear about people climbing mountains in totally inappropriate gear but when you actually see it first hand it doesn't seem real, especially after the ridge we'd crossed and the blasting we'd had along the way.
Some people would have full winter gear, crampons, axes, ski goggles... and then there'd be a couple with jeans and trainers and a little backpack that you'd use to carry books to school or something. I'm not one to exaggerate but when we were coming down the Pyg, at the top where it's really steep, and the snow was packed down hard into ice I really was expecting to see the two guys ahead of us have some sort of accident. I'm being completely serious when I say that one of them was wearing loafers, like these!
The way the side of the mountain was iced over, if he'd started to slide he wouldn't have stopped. There's be literally no way of stopping himself. Madness!