Langdale Pikes and Mickleden.


Many Lakeland views deserve a 3:1 panoramic format and the Langdale Pikes shout out for it. There are a number of options that work ok, depending on the viewpoint. Halfway up Pike o' Blisco is one and the top of Side Pike is another, both offer good bivi spots for the early light. I keep reading on OM about tarping and how those who do use tarps would not use anything else, but I'm still not convinced that it is the best option for the UK climate. Down in the valleys, ok, it would be a good choice. Up on top with driving rain.....hmmm...I don't think so! My Goretex twin-hooped Mountain Range bivi bag is pretty bomb-proof and comes in at around 1 kilo, but the miniscule weight of a tarp is tempting for more sheltered sites. Maybe something like the GoLite Hut1 would be good, all-up weight with groundsheet is around 600grammes, 150 grammes extra for a pair of Hampton poles! I need to see one in action.

This shot was from a nice little bivi platform directly above the NT Langdale campsite on Side Pike.

Fuji GX617, 90mm lens with centre nd.
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