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#56582 - 26/06/10 09:11 PM Re: Ultralight advice? [Re: Dargie25]
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The quick answer is, if you can avoid school holidays, yes.

Are you thinking about fewer walkers from the point of view of camp sites etc, or from the point of view of solitude?

If the former, provided you are content to stay on the smaller sits such as Keld and the Lion, you won't notice much of a difference in summer. They (generally) have sufficient space to accommodate all comers regardless of the day you start. (Serviced accommodation is completely different however).

If it is solitude you are after then the day matters little. If you set off at a weekend you are walking between other departing walkers, occasionally catching one up or being passed by one. Not a real issue at all and you will generally be glad of swapping tales with the folks that you do meet along the way.

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#56600 - 27/06/10 01:39 PM Re: Ultralight advice? [Re: slowcoach]
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Re: sun cream. Why not get the proper type for active sports thats water/sweat resistant. Available in lightweight handy tubes of variable sizes - you wont get any lighter than those in the link.
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#56816 - 29/06/10 07:45 PM Re: Ultralight advice? [Re: Slogger]
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The Jam finally got here and iv got to say I'm very impressed with it, suffice to say its very comfortable carrying 8kg despite being a flameless pack, well worth the money IMO.

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#56823 - 29/06/10 09:38 PM Re: Ultralight advice? [Re: Dargie25]
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Does anyone think it might be possible to reach the haystacks in one day by taking the path up red pike and over high crag?? Wild camping around Blackbeck tarn nearby looks gorgeous and would be a fantastic first night.

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#56824 - 29/06/10 10:08 PM Re: Ultralight advice? [Re: Dargie25]
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It's certainly possible, though you pose the question as if it might be a stretch for you..? If you're hill legs are in good shape there's no reason not to make it your target.
Good to hear you're 'clear for take-off' now at least,
cheers
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#56825 - 29/06/10 10:11 PM Re: Ultralight advice? [Re: lightweightmick]
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Cheers Mick, I'll certainly aim for it, but if I get up red pike and feel burned for the day its no loss, camping at Bleaberry overlooking Buttermere looks just as scenic. Re-looking over pictures of the route now I'm feeling almost giddy with excitement laugh

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#56828 - 29/06/10 11:41 PM Re: Ultralight advice? [Re: Dargie25]
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Thats some slog up a long steep almost pathless Fellside up to Red Pike, but the sudden views down into Buttermere on a clear day are well worth the effort. Be prepared for a leg burner.
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#56830 - 30/06/10 01:47 AM Re: Ultralight advice? [Re: Slogger]
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We're planning on getting to Haystacks our first day... sort of. We're travelling up and then walking part way round the coast to Tarnflat Hall and then setting off proeprly the next day for Haystacks. There's no need to go up the side of Red Pike though, if you look at a 1:25k map there's a path coming off the main path up to Blacksail that goes up to Scarth Gap between Haystacks and Seat which is much easier than the Red Pike route.

If you do get a bit tired you can camp at Low Gillerthwaite Field centre.

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#56843 - 30/06/10 10:07 AM Re: Ultralight advice? [Re: mickey]
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mickey, sounds like the path I used:

here (from 3.12)

9 weeks ago now on the last day's recce. I remember looking up to Red Pike from Haystacks and thinking 'no way' lol!
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#56846 - 30/06/10 11:41 AM Re: Ultralight advice? [Re: lightweightmick]
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Hehe it does look very steep on the map, we'll see how I feel when I'm standing at the bottom and looking up. At the very start of the vid mick, is that the sort of pace you had to keep up the whole walk to try and make it in 5 days? Interesting by the way smile

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