York Alpine Club Blog

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

Needle in the Sky

November 4th, 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 !

North Wales Nav weekend

May 1st, 2019 by Mike Shaw

On the weekend of the 6th of April six YAC members headed to North Wales to attend a Navigation course at Plas y Brenin. We based ourselves at the Dolgam campsite near Capel which I would highly recommend, really nice clean site with great facilities.

Saturday dawned and for a change we were hoping for low cloud and poor visibility to make the most of the Nav course, the sky […] Read the rest

Ogwen Valley – March 2019

March 30th, 2019 by Carmen
MCNW Hut

Last weekend we had a trip to the MCNW hut in North Wales. Always keen to try a hut we haven't stayed in previously. It proved a bit of a squeeze but we all fitted in. We were rather lucky with a Spring like Saturday and a more wintry feeling air on Sunday – but dry both days.

On Saturday Dave W, Karl and Russ went for a […] Read the rest

Sumer is a-cumen in

February 26th, 2019 by Simon C

No cuckoos yet, loude or otherwise, but the skylarks were singing their hearts out on Sunday as 6 of us drove down to Stanage for the day.

Warmer than most summer's days, it was great to be out climbing (and occasionally failing to climb) in the sun. Various routes were led, a few were backed off, Karl surprised himself by leading an HS before collapsing in a heap, Mike led […] Read the rest

Snowless in Elphin

January 3rd, 2019 by Simon C
Arkle
Arkle

For the 2018/9 New Year meet we returned to the excellent little hut in Elphin, up in the far northwest of Scotland. One of these days we'll get there to coincide with some good winter's weather, but not this time, mild weather through December led to largely snow-free conditions.

Of course, that didn't stop us 9 of us making the long journey north, and it's a fantastic place to […] Read the rest

Costa de Langdale

November 30th, 2018 by rob s
Langdale in November, pack your waterproofs and hope for the best. Except we should have packed our shorts and vests cos this was incredible weather.