York Alpine Club Blog

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

Scottish Islands Part 1 – Arran Easter

May 21st, 2017 by Carmen

14 of us headed to Arran for Easter – camping at Lochranza.  The ferries from Ardrossan were all booked up well in advance so whilst some of us went over that way – others headed in from the North from Kintyre.

The campsite grew rather wet and squelchy over the course of the weekend – with a few tents requiring shifting to higher ground.  However, Sunday was the only wash […] Read the rest

Pothole damage

May 12th, 2017 by Puma

Carmen, Dave and Donal, proving that some of us managed a whole route.

A sunny Wednesday evening found Dave W, Donal, Rob, Carmen and Me at Almscliff. Whilst Dave, Donal and Carmen went ticked off ZigZag, Crack of Doom and Fluted Columns Rob and I hit Pothole direct. I manage the first move, after several attempts, after several more attempts I had it nailed. Unfortunately by this time I lacked […] Read the rest

Lakes 42

April 26th, 2017 by Carmen

Lakes 42  (08/04/17)

Quite hard! – Simon’s post race analysis made it 40.5 miles and 3000m ascent.

 

The weather was great, dry and bright – would have been grim in the rain. It was very cold and frosty to start with (breakfast was 4:45am) for the 6am start from Askham, but things warmed up fairly quickly in the morning. We returned in one piece – 12 hours 36 […] Read the rest

Big Hills, Big Skies, Big Day

April 4th, 2017 by rob s
After reading a report on Walkhighlands.co.uk (recommended for record keeping) about a Grey Corries traverse from Glen Nevis I was keen to repeat this as it seemed to describe a more interesting outing than the usual route.

Spring had sprung at slipstones

March 31st, 2017 by Carmen

With a glorious forecast Karl, Mike, Jamie, me, Peri and Crofty went to Slipstones last Saturday.  We were all overdressed (in varying degrees) for the Summer like weather and even complained it was too hot – in March!  We were not alone the red goat had gone on mass as well.

Lots of bouldering, some roped climbing & lots of sleeping by various members of the party.

Mike chose a […] Read the rest

Banff Mountain Film Festival – York Barbican Weds 8th March

March 15th, 2017 by Peter Walker

A great turn out from the club for the first Banff mountain film festival to visit York. 17 members went along to enjoy the 7 films featured in the ‘blue’ programme. A good variety of adventure sports were featured including climbing in Tasmania, mountain biking, extreme skiing in the alps, kayaking through Papua New Guinea, trail running, a documentary on threats to an Alaskan salmon river from a proposed dam […] Read the rest

Winter adventure talks series 2017

March 15th, 2017 by Peter Walker

In the winter months of 2017, the club ran a monthly ‘adventure talks’ social evening at the Falcon tap pub in Micklegate, York. The idea being that we have a couple of short talks by members or visiting speakers about a trip they’ve been on, and get a chance to have a drink with friends, meet new members and find out more about what people have been up to, hopefully […] Read the rest

Ben Broken

February 17th, 2017 by rob s
Karl and I headed for the Southern Highlands last weekend for a bit of walking as the weather looked ok, if a little windy. ...

Simons Seat Sunday

February 15th, 2017 by Carmen

Simon and I decided to get out for a walk on Sunday. Given the rather grim forecast I was surprised that 2 other members were willing to join us (Gordon & Peri). Our walk started from Barden Bridge near Bolton Abbey. We set off with no sign of snow and only slightly drizzly conditions – hopes of a wintry walk were low. However, I was enjoying the bird life – […] Read the rest

January Wales Meet

February 4th, 2017 by Carmen

For the January meet we decided to try a different hut: Tal-Y-Braich, situated between Llanberis and Bethesda. Meet got off to an interesting start as we managed to lock ourselves out within 10 mins of arriving – doh. Just as well it was a dry, clear evening.

Nice little hut with a large wood burning stove. Living/dining area would be rather cramped if full – but good beds and view. […] Read the rest