York Alpine Club Blog

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Langdale Weekend

June 17th, 2021 by pebbles
walkers on summit viewing hills
Bowfell summit

A group of us headed up to Greater Langdale for a camping weekend of cragging, biking, scrambling and walking. It felt great to be back in the hills after such a long, covid-enforced break, and we had accidentally picked a weekend of great weather. A whole bunch of people headed out on a big hill walk over Bowfell and various other peaks on Saturday, while others variously went […] Read the rest

Quick trip to the Cliff

June 16th, 2021 by rob s
Richard on Low man

four of us made it to Almscliff last night in the first of hopefully weekly socially distanced evening meets outside. The sun was shining, as was the polish on the routes and it hasn't got any less steep in the last year!

Now we have very successful weekly walk events, the weekend camping the climbers are able to get together in small groups and enjoy the summer… […] Read the rest

Little did we know . . .

November 20th, 2020 by Simon C
The Hut

The March meet was at a new hut for the club, the Peter Llowarch Memorial Hut near Capel Curig. Due to a combination of injury, prior engagement, and looking at the weather forecast, attendance was the lowest we've had for some time, with only 5 making the journey.

The first difficulty was finding the hut, which involved parking by a farm and walking down a track. We arrived in 3 […] Read the rest

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