On probably the wettest day of the year so far Chris and I headed out to do some work towards his MIA assessment. In response to the forecast we headed to the north east Lakes to Swindale and Gouther Crag but the break in the rain never materialized. With water pouring down the crag the original plan to bag some routes in was quickly shelved. Instead after a quick ascent of Truss Buttress (VD) we looked at a number of rescues and the fundamental skills required to carry them out quickly and efficiently. Between the squalls we looked at hoisting & lowering plus counter balance and assisted abseils.