York Alpine Club Blog

for members to let us know what they have been up to

Windy Wharncliffe

July 9th, 2016 by Carmen

HimmelswillenHimmelswillenTuesday night saw a good turnout head for Wharncliffe crag (Northern Peak District). It was a lovely sunny evening with no fear of midges given the blustery wind.

Many of the uber classics such as Himmelswillen and Tower Face saw multiple ascents – the total star tally must have been rather high with good routes such as Great Buttress, Beta Crack and Remus also being climbed.

Rob was seeking out […] Read the rest

Highcliffe Nab

June 23rd, 2016 by Puma

Highcliffe CrackSomeone on UKC posted about cleaning Highcliffe Nab which was all the motivation I needed to suggest this as a venue. Despite my last couple of suggests, who’ll forget Wainstones in the clag after getting most of the club to drive through sunny country side to get there, people joined me.

Heart Throb CrackFrom a distance the crag look green (luminous), closer inspection was more promising. There are plenty of routes to […] Read the rest

The end of winter

May 19th, 2016 by Simon C

Snowdon HorseshoeThe May Day bank holiday meet returned to Bryn Brethynau near Capel Curig, and hopes were high for some Spring sunshine and warm rock. The weather had other ideas however!

On Saturday, Dave D, Carmen and I did a clockwise circuit of the Snowdon Horseshoe, which was very much in winter condition with fresh snow from about 600m. It was sunny though, with the occasional shower, and cloud bases most […] Read the rest

Wolds 20

May 15th, 2016 by Carmen

P1010934Early Saturday Morning – Pete Walker, Simon and me set off to Millington to participate in an event being organised by fellow YAC member Warwick.

It is a friendly low key event around the Yorkshire Wolds with running or walking options on both the 13 mile or 20 mile courses. Also with 2 refreshment stops – including yummy cakes en route and some tasty hot food at the finish. What […] Read the rest

Making the most of ……..the mist

May 15th, 2016 by Carmen

P1010894Given it had been wet on Tuesday evening – a few of us (Russ, Mike, Paul, Jamie, myself and Dave W) headed out on Thursday instead for a climb. Paul suggested Wainstones – so that became the destination. The forecast did suggest it was going to get cloudier the further North you went…and it was correct. But we didn't expect the cloud base to be so low- below crag level.  […] Read the rest

Making the most of the sun

May 12th, 2016 by Simon C

Ladhar BheinnWith warm summer's weather forecast for the weekend, Carmen and I took the opportunity of a quick trip to Knoydart to finish off one of our last remaining Munros, Ladhar Bheinn (which as you'd expect is pronounced "Lar-venn"). After a short 7.5 hour drive on Friday evening we camped at Kinloch-hourn.

TribblesAn early rise on Saturday morning to beat possible late-afternoon rain saw us walking by 7.30. Cloudy and cool […] Read the rest

dry rock at last

May 5th, 2016 by pebbles

summat on cubic blocafter dithering about interminably spring has finally arrived, fashionably late. Me Jim and Helen celebrated by going to Brimham, takinglengthy diversion via pately bridge – wtf? the only roadworks can be avoided by going via summerhouses instead which is much shorter. be warned….Anyway, we eventually arrived, slightly grumpy, but dry grippy rock and t shirt weather got rid of our grumps and we managed 4 routes, accompanied by cuckoos, swallows […] Read the rest

Alpine lakes

April 26th, 2016 by Mike Shaw
SAM_3116After a wet start to the weekend a blue sky day was forecast for the Sunday so Dave W and I made plans to head to the lakes for the day. Dave was keen to tackle a long mountain route and suggested Gillercombe Buttress ....

A dozen Brimham stars

April 19th, 2016 by rob s

Paul's email arrived with my bucket of tea and a glorious morning. After the usual organisational faff Paul, Mike S and I arrived at Brimham just before noon.

Mike has done no real routes at Brimham so we set off looking for classics that weren't too green and damp after yesterday's downpour. Rough Wall was greasy so we trundled along to Cracked Buttress which takes no drainage and the open […] Read the rest

Scottish winter skills course – February 2016

April 18th, 2016 by Peter Walker

As part of the Glencoe meet in mid February based at the SMC Lagangarbh hut below Buachaille Etive Mor, we had arranged for a couple of days with IFMGA Mountain Guide Graeme Ettle.