Pike o'Blisco, from the Band

Pike o’Blisco, from the Band on Bowfell.

Height: 2304 feet above sea level in the first edition, but this has been raised to 2313 feet in the second edition.

Volume: Book 4 (The Southern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 23rd August 2012 (walk 64). Second visit: 13th March 2018 (walk 143).

Pike o'Blisco subsidiary summit

The subsidiary summit of Pike o’Blisco.

Bagged as numberFirst round: 201 of 330. [ << Cold Pike (200)  (202) Branstree >> ]

Second round: 136 of 330. [ << Burney (135)  (137) Great Carrs >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Came up from Red Tarn. Descended to Great Langdale (via Wall End).

Second visit: Reversed this.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “This peak has great character, for shapeliness and a sturdy strength combine well in its appearance, and [a] splendid cairn etched against the sky is at once an invitation and a challenge – while the man has no blood in his veins who does not respond eagerly to its fine-sounding swashbuckling name, savouring so much of buccaneers and the Spanish Main. There are higher summits all around, some of far greater altitude; but height alone counts for noghint, and Pike o’Blisco would hold its own in any company.”

Mickleden and Pike O'Blisco

Mickleden and Pike O’Blisco, from the climb up Troughton Beck (Pike o’Stickle). Picture taken on walk 10.

What I say: Don’t know about the Spanish Main, buccanneers; the weather on the first occasion I ascended definitely wasn’t Caribbean – more the Pirates of Cape Wrath. And although it does have a fine summit and – hurrah! – I actually got to see the view from this one (well, most of it) being on top of a pointy mountain is fine until you start to wonder what the descent is going to be like. And on a wet and windy day like it was, slithering down sharp rocks loses its appeal after a while, particularly as the last act of what had been a long hike (and a very long and tiring four days).

However, my second visit was done in far more clement conditions and confirmed that this is a fine climb up from Langdale. Some very mild scrambling is required but nothing awkward or dangerous. Well worth a visit (on a decent day).

[ << Pavey Ark     Pike o”Stickle >> ]

View to Pike o'Blisco

View over to Pike o’Blisco, from Black Fell


2 Responses to “Pike o’Blisco”

  1. […] basically because I spent too much time taking photographs. The original plan was to go up Pike O’Blisco as well but in the end just did not leave myself enough time, so that latter fell did not get […]

  2. […] it was still a fine day to be out on walk 143, which took in four summits from The Southern Fells: Pike o’Blisco, Great Carrs, Grey Friar and Swirl How. All over 2,300 feet, which makes a change from other recent […]

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