Thanks, Simone. How redolent these are of the Scottish mountains in a failed winter - something which was not unknown even in my own climbing days, a century or so ago. The squelch of boots in ankle-deep mud, the drumming of the rain on your hood and backpack, the smell of over-heated rain-gear, the miserable food-stops - it's all there in your pictures, not as visible entities but certainly in spirit. I remember it only too well.
But #5 is a fine piece of work which I think would stand up well to some more vigorous post; the same is true of #6, with its essential boulder and sprig at the base of the shot.
I'm amazed at the lack of snow. Our hills here had much more snow than that over last weekend, and still do, after a week of mainly thawing conditions. Again, the contrast with my own climbing days is very telling (all global-warming deniers, please read on). I came home to Scotland after my first trip to Japan, in April 1975 and celebrated by setting off on the 1st of May to do a solo round of all the 4000-foot tops in the Cairngorms. Skiing was in full swing as I took an early chairlift up to the top station, from where it is an easy 30-40 minute walk to the summit of Cairngorm itself. From there the plateau spreads out massively east and south. I might have been in the high Arctic, not Scotland - unbroken snowfields reached to the horizon in three directions; cover was deep and total; short cliffs and crags were banked right up by snowdrifts; lochs could identified only because the covering snow was dead level like the ice it rested on; in the three days I spent up there, I never saw liquid water. And this was May, not March, not even April. On another occasion I was in Aviemore when it and Braemar recorded -27degC, and on yet another trip I was in Aviemore again, in early June, to do some hill-walking with a friend. We stayed in a b&B and in the morning found that 6" (15cm) of snow had fallen. Most roads were closed, and the bottom station of the chairlift was reporting a fall of 18" (45 cm). These things just do not happen now.