16-18 February 2001

Fleetwith PikeA more basic and smaller hut than we had become accustomed to on the previous few trips, but nevertheless a fine hut in a good location. We were rewarded with fantastic weather on the Saturday, with clear, sunny and rather unseasonably warm conditions. Andrew and Karen went for a stroll up Grisedale Pike. Gordon and Margaret did Causey Pike, with a walk along the ridge to Crag Hill. Peter, Gordon T and Alan K went seeking out what little snow there was and ended up on Scafell, with Peter injuring his leg on the way back (once all the difficult stuff was over, of course). Nigel and Alan G walked to Buttermere and back.

HaystacksMeanwhile, Christine, Ian, Adrian, Joann, Niall, Simon C and Carmen walked up Red Pike and High Stile; upon which we parted company. Simon C and Carmen went on to complete the Buttermere Round (going over Haystacks and Dale Head), making the most of the fabulous conditions. There was a long delay before food was served in the evening due to the length of walk the chefs had opted for and the amount of food to be prepared! Thanks to all the helpers who speeded up the process; eventually chicken and vegetable curries were served, followed by fruit pies and custard. A stroll to the pub was needed to help walk the food off!

Troutdale PinnacleSunday was a cloudier but still dry day. Christine, Ian, Adrian and Joann went canoeing on Derwentwater - narrowly missing being capsized by the wake of passing boats. Gordon and Margaret went for a walk up Robinson. Simon C and Carmen went rock climbing, up Troutdale, an 8-pitch 3-star Severe with some very exposed situations (swearing was probably heard around the valley)!

A very enjoyable trip which unfortunately due to circumstances proved to be the last to the Lakes for a long time.