For most of the period of this meet, the only people staying in Low House were my family and visitors I had invited. On the first night we were joined by several members recuperating after the Karrimor Mountain Marathon. The event had been abandoned because of high winds and torrential rain. When we arrived on Sunday, many roads in Cumbria were closed by flooding, and we could only reach Coniston via Newby Bridge and Greenodd. On Sunday evening the lake level was the highest I have ever seen, with water lapping against the terrace at the Bluebird Cafe and the jetties submerged. During the following days the weather turned unusually cold for the time of year. Climbing with freezing fingers is not my idea of fun, and as I didn'’t want the children to be put off by such an experience, we settled for a range of low-level walks. Our most adventurous excursions were an ascent of Loughrigg Fell and a circuit of the upper part of the Coppermines Valley. On our last night we were joined by a number of people who had arranged to come a day early for the Hut Maintenance meet over the subsequent weekend. R L

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