York Alpine Club Blog

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

There's no way this is 4c …. Crookrise

May 18th, 2018 by Puma

Having given it a sufficiently long time for the memories of previous visits to Crookrise to fade a few of us headed there (Russ, Carmen, Simon, Peri, Jamie and Paul) to try out luck with an average weather forecast. As it turned out the weather was glorious, warm with lovely blue skies. The routes turned out to be tougher and bolder than remembered, with plenty of them offering little gear […] Read the rest

Inspired by Rob and Will ….

March 12th, 2018 by Puma

Inspired by the conditions reported by Rob and Will we set off to try and get a last lakeland winter route in at Great End. As it turned out Jamie and I weren’t the only ones inspired, the place was heaving and Window Gully had a cue of at least 3 people, after gearing up this had increased to 6 and counting. As an alternative we headed up South East […] Read the rest

Mad Dogs and Englishwomen go climbing on Red Tarn Face …

February 5th, 2018 by rob s
... but we didn't, we went to Brown Cove Crags. On a stunning Mike (being only slightly ill) & I (Rob being only slightly stupid and be awoken at 6.30 in PJs) responded to Dave W's call to hills and headed over to the Lakes. Parking in the layby we walked through Swirls car park - which is now free (well the machine has been busted for months apparently) and upto the cove in improving weather.

A swim up Blea Water Gill

January 25th, 2018 by rob s
On Sat. Peri, Mike, and Rob did the early(ish) start and drive to the Lakes to check out Blea Water for some winter climbing ..... The walk-in should take about an hour to the tarn and large snow deposits had made the hills very pretty but the walking awkward, the snow was soft and deep a but fortunately, there was a trail to follow...

Lakes meet in January 18

January 20th, 2018 by Carmen


12 out of a possible 18 of us made it on the Lakes meet in the end with various ailments causing last minute drop outs. The semi-healthy remainders made it to High House – a great spot in Seathwaite (just past the farm) which was soon cosy downstairs thanks to the 2 pot bellied stoves.

Unfortunately, as per YAC tradition things had warmed up a bit prior to […] Read the rest

Pendulum Gully

December 19th, 2017 by Mike Shaw

On Saturday Dave W and I headed to the Lakes to make the most of the wintry conditions before temperatures were set to rise. We decided to head to Scrubby Crag to look at Pendulum Gully, a route we attempted in January but due to poor visibility ended up climbing a nondescript gully and ramp further to the right.

An early start meant we were parked and ready to go […] Read the rest

Wales Early December Meet

December 10th, 2017 by Carmen

Seven of us made it to Wales for the early December meet – only to find that the cold conditions earlier in the week had gone and were replaced with somewhat milder and damp conditions- doh.

Not deterred by the damp – Paul, Rob and Mike went to do the grade 3 scramble the ridge on Carnedd y Filiast.  However, low cloud and a misreading of the guideback saw them […] Read the rest

Patterdale Pogg-out

November 23rd, 2017 by Mike W
This weekend we were at patterdale in the Cleveland clubs hut, but without the drunken offensive violent member in tow. Friday night's entertainment was Richard H's Pizza Carbonella. ... read more

The stars are out at Eastby

November 6th, 2017 by Jamie B

Unknown climber on Nose Climb
On Sunday Dave W, Mike Shaw and myself headed to Eastby. Rather a poor turn out given to gorgeous weather, but this may have had something to do with Dave's email getting caught by most people spam filters.

I arrived a little late to find Mike, having warmed up on Eastby Buttress (VD ***),  heroically retreating off Whaup Edge (VS 4b **) with some pathetic excuse about bold, unprotected moves […] Read the rest

Not so Long Sally

November 2nd, 2017 by Mike Shaw
With a good forcast for Sunday Rob and I made plans to head to the peak and Gav would meet us there.