Would you like to join?
The Club caters for all, young and old, expert and novice, and we boast a broad range of interests and experience. You are welcome to join us.
To find out more about becoming a member look at our membership pages or contact our New Member Co-ordinators Dave & Audrey Girt, using the form on the contact page.
Mid Week Lunch Meet – Tuesday 12th March, 12 noon
The Hermit Inn
Members past and present, guests and web behaved Grandchildren are most welcome, for an afternoon of gourmet eating and scintillating conversation.
The weekend meets list and mid week lunch meets for 2019 is now available to download Click Here
Wednesday Night Climbing Meets
FREE – Learn to Lead Climb Indoors
Wednesday 23rd January 17.00 hours
Wednesday 30th January 17.00 hours
ROKT Climbing Gym
These meets are designed for climbers that can already competently climb indoors on a top rope. You should be able to correctly tie into a harness and also belay safely before joining this meet.
There is no charge for the instruction but you will need to pay the entrance fee at the venue (approx £8). A session like this would usually cost around £90 per person!
The club can provide all equipment including ropes. You will need to bring your own climbing shoes or hire them at the venue (approx £3)
The Yorkshire Mountaineering club is an affiliated member of the British Mountaineering Council and insurance for this activity is provided by the BMC for YMC members and Aspirant members
The YMC and BMC recognise that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.
Meet co-ordinator is Jonathan Carter
Thursday 14th February 2019 at 8.15 pm
Thornfield House, Bruntcliffe Road, Morley, Leeds. LS27 0QG
Sandwiches & chips will once again be provided on the night
The next photo show is on Thursday 14th February 2019, however the show can only go on your tales of adventure.
Did any of you have an expedition or adventure you would like to share with the club? We would like to see and hear your stories of your adventures, expeditions and/or technical climbing expeditions throughout the country or the world.
If you feel you have something to share, please feel free to get in touch with me Natasha Cook if you have anything in mind.
Photo Show co-ordinator
Walking Meet – Settle. Scaleber Force, Attermire Scar & Catrigg Force.
Sunday 3rd February 2019
Location: Settle Public Car Park. OSGB SD819 635 adjacent to Co-Op store and garage & railway viaduct.
Sat Nav: Google search gives post code of BD24 9JE for Sat Nav users. (Whitefriars car and coach park)
Meet Coordinator: Henry Beevers
Route: About 15.2k (9.5 miles) & 500m (1,640ft) of ascent. Mainly on good paths and tracks.
Facilities: Public toilets & shops at the start point.
Note: Please take appropriate footwear and waterproofs for the weather forecast.
The meet will start at the main pay and display public car park in the town of Settle. (toilets, garage & shop in car park)
The proposed route crosses the town centre and climbs south east up to view Scaleber Force waterfall. Travelling north to Attermire Scar the route passes Attermire Cave, Victoria Cave, Jubilee Cave before heading to Stainforth Beck to view Catrigg Force waterfall above Stainforth village. Crossing Winskill Stones the Pennine Bridleway is then followed back to the start point.
Further information on the meet can be obtained from the meet coordinator – Henry Beevers
The walking route will be an anticlockwise route of about 15.2k (9.5 miles) taking in about 500m (1,640ft) of ascent.
Refreshments afterwards at The Golden Lion, Duke Street, Settle. BD24 9DU.
Scottish Winter Meet
Friday to Monday 15-18th February 2019
Thruscross Reservoir Meet
Sunday 24th February 2019
Walking Meet –
Lofthouse & Ramsgill Environs.
Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales
Sunday 10th March 2019
Location: Park in Lofthouse village public car park (Memorial Institute adjacent to Crown Hotel).
Sat Nav: Google search gives post code of HG3 5RZ for Sat Nav users.
Meet Coordinator: Kath & Graham Willis
Route: About 14.5k (9.1 miles) & 470m (1,541ft) of ascent. Mainly on good paths and tracks.
Facilities: There are no public toilets or shops at the start point. Nearest in Pateley Bridge
Note: Please take a packed lunch, appropriate footwear and waterproofs for the weather forecast.
The meet will start at the main village car park at the Memorial Institute adjacent to the Crown Hotel. Should the car park be full there is additional roadside parking a short walk away, outside the village on the Middlesmoor road and a public car park a little further on the same road by the entrance to the Studfold Farm caravan site and activity centre.
The proposed route will follow a section of the Nidderdale Way path on the south of River Nidd to the village of Ramsgill where we will cross to the river. We then ascend the moor using the estate tracks and climb up on to Fountains Earth Moor and across to Sypeland Crags and the two wind eroded stones known as ‘Jenny Twigg & her Daughter Tib’ (photo on notice). After lunch we’ll travel north to pick up another track that will lead us west to the Shooting House above Thrope Farm. Descending to the farm we’ll then follow the Thrope Lane (green lane track) back to the start point.
Further information on the meet can be obtained from the meet coordinators – Kath & Graham Willis –
The route is about 14.5k (9.1 miles) taking in about 470m (1,541ft) of ascent.
Refreshments afterwards at the Crown Hotel, Middlesmoor. HG3 5ST – www.crownhotelmiddlesmoor.co.uk
Walking Meet –
Dove Stone Reservoir & Saddleworth Moor
Sunday 24th March 2019
Time: 09:45 for 10:00am
Start: Peak District National Park – Binn Green Car Park off the A635 road crossing Saddleworth Moor above Dove Stone Reservoir. Arrive early as car park can get full.
OSGB Grid Ref: SE 017 043.
Sat Nav: Sat Nav users – nearest post code is OL3 7NN
Meet Coordinator: Kath & Graham Willis
Route: About 14.9k (9.2 miles) & 556m (1,825ft) of ascent.
Facilities: The public toilets in the car park have been closed, nearest in main car park by dam wall. There are no shops or other facilities at the start point.
Note: Please take a packed lunch and appropriate footwear & clothing for the weather forecast. Some mild scrambling, ‘hands-on rock’ may be required for a short section in Greenfield Brook although most areas can be bypassed. If in spate on the day the brook may be difficult to cross in its lower reaches and a detour may be needed, walking poles would be very useful.
The planned route from car park will take us north alongside Yeoman Hey & Greenfield reservoirs. We then climb steeply (for a short time, some boulders to clamber over) up the side of Greenfield Brook towards Birchen Clough before crossing the stream and again climbing steeply over grass (for a short time) up to the clough edge path that takes us to the Raven Stones & Memorial Cross and on to Great Dove Stone Rocks & Bramley’s Cot. We then head south to cross Charnel Clough to Chew Reservoir embankment.
Our return route will be west crossing the Wilderness, Chew Hurdles, Chew Green and Rams Clough then dropping directly down into Chew Piece Plantation or via Alphin Pike to the sailing club for ice cream. Crossing Dove Stone Reservoir embankment we then follow the waterside path back to the start point.
Refreshments afterwards at the Huntsman pub on the A635 (SE107082) www.the-huntsman-inn.com
‘Speakers From The Edge’ Tour
Hold Fast: Yosemite to Everest to Meru
Wednesday 17th April 2019 at 7.30pm
Other venues around the UK are also part of the tour – See website below for details
7th – 14th September 2019
This years club overseas trip will be to Austria and the beautiful Obergurgl region. During the trip there is the two day option to climb the Grossglockner.
Flights – Manchester- Innsbruck 7th – 14th September currently £151 + bag with Lufthansa via Frankfurt
Car hire – approx £75 per person (subject to numbers)
Mountain hut – 1 night – climbing Grossglockner (3798m) Austria’s highest peak. Ice axe and crampons required and knowledge how to use. (See the link below)
Accommodation for the remainder of the week – this will be very much dependant on how many go but as per previous trips the cost will be kept as low as possible
ÖTZTAL ON THE ROCKS – rock fax app (free)
In the Eastern Alps’ largest mountain range, the Ötztal Alps, you will find huge natural rocks. And it’s not just “normal” rock but the world’s unique Ötztal crystalline comprising mainly granite faces among countless other special types of rock. Not without reason Ötztal is considered THE ultimate granite climbing area in Tirol! The world’s climbing elite describes the Ötztal as a true Climbers’ Paradise offering also top infrastructures.
In the 19 climbing gardens with about 750 routes for climbers of all skill levels, sports climbers can choose from an almost endless vertical playground of several difficulty grades. There is no lack of variety as the climbing gardens are spread all over the valley.
Secured by wires and steel ropes, climbing fans can choose from 8 scenic via ferrata tours in the Ötztal. Handholds and hooks help to reach the top of the route safely. A helmet, a harness and snap links are absolutely required for via ferrata tours: never forget, safety comes first!
You will need to arrange your own travel insurance and please ensure it covers you for the activities you are taking part in.
The club does have a number of helmets and harnesses you can use free of charge along with any climbing kit needed.
If you are interested in this trip please let me know ASAP so I can start to make enquiries about accommodation and we can also get the flights booked before the prices start to increase.
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jonathan Carter
Winter Trek Mount Toubkal
One of our new aspirant members is looking to winter trek Mount Toubkal in Morocco in January/February next year and is wondering if any other members are interested in joining him.
Toubkal is North Africa’s highest (4167m) peak and is a non-technical trek in summer but will require crampons and an ice-axe to ascend in the winter.
He is looking to travel/guide with KE Adventure over eight days at a cost of £525pp (exc. flights/personal kit)
Details are below:
The more people interested the greater chance of haggling like a proper Moroccan!
Please get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or email to get more information.
2018 Photo Competition Winners
LW SMITH TROPHY Best 3 photos
1st Laurie Morse
2nd Peter Tennant
3rd Steve Bostock
DAVE STOTT TROPHY Best Mountain Landscape
1st Steve Bostock ‘Rannoch Moor’
2nd Laurie Morse ‘Everest and the South Col’
3rd Peter Tennant ‘A Moment of Clarity on Schiehallion’
GOLDEN PEG TROPHY Best Climbing
1st Laurie Morse ’Almscliffe’
2nd John Hunt ‘We never had slopers in my day’
3rd John hunt ‘Richard Allen in full focus on Hadouken (6a), Kirkstones, Ilkley Moor.’
ERNEST SHEPHERD TROPHY Best Print
1st Laurie Morse
HUMOUR Most Humorous photo
1st Laurie Morse; ‘The AA said they were busy and may be a while’
Well done to all the winners and runners up and thank you to everyone who entered in this years’ competition.
If all the winners would like to contact Andy Summerskill to arrange collection of your cash prizes.
The next Photo Competition will be back on 10th October 2019 as in previous years, I will look forward to all of your entries and remember you have to be in it to win it.
Photo show co-coordinator