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March 8, 2010

Squeezing every minute out of a weekend backpack

by backpackingbongos

I write this in a daze of tiredness, today at work has been a hazy fuddle.  I arrived home last night at 12.30 am after a superb weekend backpack around some of my favourite mountains and lakes.  Sunday was one of those days in the hills that is almost too perfect.  Snow on the ground, blue skies and the spring sun making it feel almost like summer.  A day you want to drag out for ever, which we inadvertently did!  Was it too long looking at the views, a lack of fitness or not really taking into account that there are miles and then there are mountain miles?  The day was ended walking by torch light for a couple of hours, finishing in trying to work out how to get through a farmyard with lights coming on and what seemed like hundreds of dogs barking.  I can navigate off of the hills fine but through a farm?

A stunning wild camp was also had, although temperatures really plummeted by early morning.  The reward was probably the clearest sky I have ever seen in the UK.

Anyone fancy a guess as to where the above camp is?  Extra points if you can name the two mountains and the lake!

A trip report later in the week.