I have had time to assess yesterday’s activities, and feel that a detailed, accurate account is called for.
Weather conditions were not ideal. A howling wind had built up since the beginning of our walk and darkness was beginning to descend. Finding ourselves stranded at the top of Mt Everest was not what we’d expected. Everybody was panicking so I had to take charge.
Immediately issued instructions which The Fairy followed. Think she was relieved to have me in command. Thought it best to have the less confident ones go first, so kept The Fairy in front of me. Did this on purpose to ensure I was always on the higher ground. Better for checking out the terrain and providing guidance.
Wasn’t easy keeping control of them all. Harder still to keep them calm. The Fairy in particular was flapping and approaching the task too quickly. This is her inexperience showing. It took all my strength to slow the whole party down to a safer speed. Fortunately got everyone down in one piece, to everyone’s relief.
Delivered a full de-briefing before allowing the expedition to continue. Had stern words to say to Big Rabbit who had not followed a single one of my instructions, and had instead treated the whole incident like a walk in the park.