York Alpine Club Blog

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

Clapham – Yorkshire Dales Meet

November 6th, 2016 by Carmen

The October meet had us returning to the hut in Clapham.  There was an interesting start to the meet when we couldn't get into the hut!  A few phone calls later (and the correct code) we were in!p1040296

Forecast was good for Saturday with mild and quite sunny conditions on the card.  So the climbers after a relaxed start (myself, Dave W, Rob, Justine, Gav and Karl) headed off to […] Read the rest

Bryn Hafod Meet 2016

September 27th, 2016 by Jamie B

10505245_1724819451076031_5260905827964329654_oSeptember saw YAC heading to a new location, Bryn Hafod near Dinas Mawddwy in mid-Wales on the southern edge of Snowdonia. This place really is a world away from the popular tourist spots of the northern part of the national park. The hills may be less craggy and imposing but the rolling slopes and tranquil green valleys combined with the absence of crowds create a beautiful, peaceful setting. The hut […] Read the rest

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


July 5th, 2016 by Simon C

Combe GhyllAfter a long absence, June's hut meet returned to the Fylde MC hut at Stair, in the Newlands Valley.

The forecast was for a mixture of sunshine and showers, but we decided to risk a spot of climbing anyway and headed for Raven Crag. I was tempted by Raven Crag Gully, which has long been on my to-do list as a summer route (we've done it in winter), but it […] 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

Compleat at last

June 18th, 2016 by Simon C

Finished!Just 6 Munros left to do as we headed to Scotland for our annual week's trip. The plan was to finish them over the Bank Holiday the following weekend, when the club was staying at Glen Affric, as 5 of the 6 comprised the Cluanie Horseshoe, which is best done from the north. This needed good luck with the weather though, it would be thoroughly miserably doing a long hill […] 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