York Alpine Club Blog

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

Newlands Valley

December 12th, 2021 by alan k

The Carlisle Climbing Club hut in the Newlands Valley is a bit of a throwback to a bygone age of (Victorian) endeavour! Hard to get to, a two kilometre track at the end of a narrow country lane, no electricity so heating by a pot bellied stove only, and lighting by gas lamps! These hardships only added to the experience of the […] Read the rest

Happy Birthday YAC

November 30th, 2021 by rob s
cakeFounded 40 years ago YAC celebrated its anniversary with a meet at the excellent, large K-FellFarers hut at the head of Borrowdale. With some restrictions still in pace we couldn't use all of the places but that still meant nearly 30 people attending over the weekend.

Mid Wales

October 1st, 2021 by Simon C

Originally scheduled for last year, we finally managed our planned return to the excellent Bryn Hafod hut in the beautiful Cym Cywarch valley. We'd hoped to climb on the Cywarch crags, perhaps even managing an ascent of Doom from which we retreated on our last visit due to wet rock. But heavy rain over the previous couple of days ruled that out, so on Saturday, 6 of us drove west […] Read the rest

Bank holiday in a hut – hooray!

September 15th, 2021 by Peter Walker

After the last 18 months or so, the lifting of restrictions meant that the possibility of hut meets going ahead again became a reality in August, and a small group headed to the Yorkshire Ramblers’ Club Lowstern Hut just outside Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales. The weather forecast was looking good, and we made plans on friday evening while settling in and poring over maps and guidebooks as usual.

Saturday […] Read the rest

A pleasant evening wandering

July 22nd, 2021 by Peter Walker

5 of us (Myself, David, Justine, Andrew and Rebecca) met on a scorching summer evening at Kirkham Abbey, between York and Malton, for one of the midweek evening walks. As we crossed the river Derwent a boat load of people floated downstream past the Abbey making quite an idyllic scene. 

After crossing the railway we headed up a steep climb through the woods and then turned left to follow a […] Read the rest

Scuggy Sunshine

July 3rd, 2021 by rob s

Thunderstorms were forecast for later in the day so Guido, peri and I got an early start to Scugdale for a quick hit on the sandstone. We started on the usual easy stuff and ticked the routes we knew well, despite some curious aspects of Franco's new guide,.

After an hour or so we were delighted to be joined by team strong, Russ and Sarah, not by arrangement but by […] Read the rest

Baked Flakes

July 1st, 2021 by rob s
Peri and I headed over to Crookrise to join in with a FRCC day meet. Leaving York in cloudy weather we had extra clothes incase but once near Skipton the weather changed and it was toasty.

England 2, Germany 0, Almscliff 3

July 1st, 2021 by rob s
jamie climbing Jamie Peri and I made it to Almscliff this weeks outing, and were rewarded with a quiet evening until about 8 or so. ...

Wainstones Evening

June 25th, 2021 by Peter Walker

We took advantage of a good forecast and late summer sunsets to make the longer drive up the A19 to the Wainstones on the north side of the moors. We were 8 by the time Jamie arrived.

For some of us it was the first time back on rock for quite some time, so took it steady and got back into the swing of things, with even the lower grades […] Read the rest

Off our Trollers

June 18th, 2021 by rob s
Mike, Marianne and I headed out on a grizzly morning with a promise of improving weather for a day of bolt clipping near Appletreewick in the Dales. We were not disappointed as the weather steadily improved.