Pike o'Blisco, from the Band

Pike o’Blisco, from the Band on Bowfell. Picture taken on walk 34.

Height: 2304 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 4 (The Southern Fells)

Date climbed: 23rd August 2012 (walk 64)

Pike o'Blisco summit cairn.

Pike o’Blisco summit cairn.

Bagged as number:  201 of 214. [ << Cold Pike (200)  (202) Branstree >> ]

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

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 when 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 this was, slithering down sharp rocks loses its appeal after a while, particularly as the last act of what has been a long hike (and a very long and tiring four days).

Am I complaining too much? Probably – I am sure this is a good climb and it’s certainly an attractive peak. Like the nearby Crinkle Crags, however, I think I should just come back here in good weather and try it again some time.

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

View to Pike o'Blisco

View over to Pike o’Blisco, from Black Fell


One Response 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 […]

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