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The meet took place in the George Starky Hut, in Patterdale, on the last weekend in September.  The meet was extremely well attended, with a total of 33 attending for, at least part of the weekend.

On both days, the weather was very pleasant, allowing a good number of climbs and walks to be completed.  These included a large group ascending Pinnacle Ridge, on St Sunday Crag followed by Dollywagon Pike, Helvellyn and Striding Edge.  Attached picture shows Kate Ross and Margaret Graham on Pinnacle Ridge.  A small group climbed Westmorland’s Route on Dove Crag, who note that he classic route could benefit from more traffic.  Another group went to Black Crag at Wrynose , with Adele long leading an impressively tenacious ascent of a dripping wet Ann's Agony (HVS 5b); the others did the unprotected Glass Slipper (E2 5b), but only on a top rope!  Walks included Place Fell & Hallin Fell, where a herd of red deer was spotted, Sheffield Pike, Hart Crag and Fairfield. Paul McWhinney and a group did some abandoned mine exploration above Glenridding, whilst others cycled or even found it warm enough to swim in mountain streams. 31 sat down to  a three course dinner, on Saturday evening, followed by much conviviality and some brief, or not quite so brief, presentations about some of the club meets or expeditions.  It was a very successful meet and the same venue and weekend 23rd to 25th September, have been booked, for next year.

By John Kentish