York Alpine Club Blog

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

Richard Payne Meet 2020

April 7th, 2020 by pebbles

Almost the last meet til….well, who knows? I'm writing this in the middle of the Covid 19 lock down and suddenly the opportunity to get rained on in Scottish woods feels like something I'd fight werewolves for. So anyway, there we were up in Scotland from February 13th to 15th on the inaugural Richard Payne Meet, renamed to commemorate club member Richard Payne who was tragically killed by an avalanche […] Read the rest

January Blues (skies)

March 1st, 2020 by rob s

Our last pre-Brexit meet was to the Climbers Club hut Grange, Borrowdale in North Lakes. A fine hut we have stayed at before and a good turn out for a walking weekend with haggis supper. We were joined by a couple of CC members which made for a feast of fun on Sat night.

Sat was clear and dry but very cold with a chilly wind, climbing would technically have […] Read the rest

Every season except winter

January 11th, 2020 by Simon C

This year we had the biggest New Year meet turn out for years, filling Blackrock Cottage and with people camping in vans and even staying at the ski centre up the road. So it shouldn't have been surprising that we also had some of the worst weather, with a massive thaw stripping pretty much all the remaining snow, and heavy rain and strong winds putting the high summits out of […] Read the rest

Coniston Coppermines

December 18th, 2019 by Jayne
The hut from over the valley

This Autumn has been exceptionally wet and there was no let up all weekend for the December Coniston Coppermines meet. It was fully booked with 16 sleeping in the hut and Peri in her van.

Wet walkers

There was poor visibility, very wet underfoot, strong winds and clothing was tested to its limits with constant driving rain. But it didn’t stop a large group walking up Coniston Old Man then onto Wetherlam. […] Read the rest

Duddon Valley Camping

September 30th, 2019 by rob s
After a hut booking cock up (not our fault) we decided to head for the same location but camp at the excellent Turner Hall campsite for the September meet.

Needle in the Sky

August 30th, 2019 by Dave Wiffin

Best laid plans and whatnot meant that after a few weeks of team shuffling, three of us went on a lightweight, faff free and cheap week-long trip to the Swiss Alps. More precisely, Myself, Mike S and Russ W drove across to the Salbit Area near Andermatt. The area is famed for its granite rock climbs on 3000m mountains and there is an amazing amount of rock out there. Unfortunately […] Read the rest

Summer Langdale

August 29th, 2019 by Mike Shaw

The club's July meet was in Langdale at the Robertson Lamb Hut. Currently undergoing some renovations this huts in a great location for lots of accessible climbing, scrambling and walking and should be even better when the renovations are completed.

The walkers in the party Andrew and Karen, Pete and Oifie, Donal and Dave D all headed out in good time on Saturday morning to complete their various excursions.


With […] Read the rest

Crafnant Valley – June Meet

July 27th, 2019 by Carmen

Not sure what happened to everyone else, but only 5 of us made it to the meet in Wales. The hut is situated in a lovely location and weather was good on the Friday evening. Simon & I were surprised to arrive first but Donal, Peter E and Anne had travelled together taking a slight detour en route to the hut. We were able to spread out and have a […] Read the rest

A Cold Bank Holiday

May 11th, 2019 by Simon C
On Beinn a Chaisteil, with Beinn Dorain behind

We were supposed to be spending the early May Bank Holiday weekend in the Arrochar Alps, climbing on the Cobbler, but the weather had other ideas.

Forecast temperatures on the crag were due to be a few degrees below zero, so a new plan was needed! For most, that plan involved staying at home. Rob and Mike climbed on Llanberis slate, but […] Read the rest

Bank Holiday Snowdonia Tick Frenzy

May 7th, 2019 by rob s
looning about

Not the nasty little buggers wot bite ya legs (which are out in force) but those climbs that have been on your list for a while... in my case nearly 30 years !