Pint of Bisto?

Spending my early years on the west coast of Cumbria, I was in my twenties by the time I really got to know Langdale - Ennerdale, Wasdale and occasionally Eskdale all being much easier to reach. I returned to Lakes and Langdale specifically with all the trappings of a climber, intent on classics such as Bracket and Slab - the first multi-pitch route I completed and others like Kipling Groove which followed a little later. And for many years, New Year's Eve was spent in 'The Old'...always a rowdy night and followed more than once by the complete failure of various revellers to find their tent. Which for my own part had more to do with the single-pole tent's diminutive size and the fact that it was flattened and buried under six inches of snow, than the quantity of beer consumed. Nevertheless, there appeared to be an uncanny connection between the two. Happy days.
Away from Gimmer and the major crags, were two in particular on the southern slopes of Pike of Blisco where I spent many warmer afternoons - Glass Slipper, a classic E2 on Black Crag whose mythical gear placements foiled my attempts on more than one occasion. Back in 'The Old' such days were inevitably followed by detailed descriptions of exactly where the wire placement was to be found (there was only one piece of gear on the route), and exactly how useless it would be in the event of a fall. Sadly it was not during one such animated debate following a pint or three that Pike of Blisco was mistakenly referred to as the Pint of Bisto, but following a run which took in the rocky summit as the last of many on a long hot day last summer. For whatever reason, the name has stuck. 
On a much colder day more recently I followed a similar route, running from 'The Old', along the Cumbrian Way and up Stake Pass before turning for Rosset Pike, eventually taking in Broad Stand, Esk Pike and Bowfell.
The Band, backed by Crinkle Crags and Bowfell, Rosset Pike the lower summit to the right of the obvious col.
Nearing the top of Stake Pass...
...and looking back towards the Langdale Pikes.
A little higher, and perfect neve made for easy going in the Nortec crampons - miniature crampons which have proved their worth time and again on winter runs.
Ill Crag, seen from just beneath the summit of Esk Pike.
And looking back Great End, Great Gable just visible. The climb up Esk Pike was a delight on the hard packed snow, contrasting completely with the boulder strewn slopes which must normally be contended with.
A long view to Scafell Pike and the East Buttress of Scafell.
And finally, descending The Band from Bowfell as the late afternoon sun catches the northern flank of Pint of Bisto.

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