Previous Trips


Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-11-12

Eskellent day on the North York Moors

Some of the minor crags on the North York Moors are a bit too far east for some members for summer evening meets and too small for long summer days. However, they are closer than most major venues and are worth a day trip when the days are short in Autumn and Spring.

Grey Crag

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-08-09

Grey Crag, sunny day. 21st July 2013

Six of us set off from Scotch Corner in Phil’s people carrier. Phil was keen on a visit to Eagle Crag above Buttermere for some hard routes and some shade from the July sun. The rest of us voted for the nearby Grey Crag, a series of four buttresses up the northern spur of High Stile. It has a wide range of grades which include some splendid lines on grippy volcanic rock. The trek up to the crag took around 90 minutes, quite a long haul with climbing packs under the hot sun. A cold wash in the stream near the head of the corrie provided some welcome relief. We arrived at the base of the crag shortly before midday where we were met by Andy and Astrid who were already on a route.


Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-05-28

Stanage, 19 May - by H Middleton

Eight of us in two cars were pleased to find that the further south we drove the better the weather became then, on our arrival at the Popular End, we found that there were still parking spaces available. These things are not easy for a meet leader to organise but it was done.


Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-05-18

Sardinia was the destination for the latest S.O.C. climbers trip and my first.

There were ominous signs as we left on Saturday morning Harry laced up with pain killers for a bad back and Sandra having to pull out at the very last minute when her daughter was very ill. Nine of us then arrived at Caglari airport in the rain and had the windscreen wipers on most of the journey to Cala Gononi. We had afew worrying moments finding our apartment empty and deserted, but the owner Franco duly arrived with his interpreter who explained( with difficulty) the extremely complicated local waste recycling arrangements. We finally settled down and relaxed  with the wine and beer Franco had bought for us in what tuned out to be a very pleasant apartment.


Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-05-07

The Pie and Peas at Scugdale saw about twenty climbers come out of hibernation. It turned out to be a pleasantly warm evening, rather a surprise after all the previous cold weather. The following weekend nine of us jumped straight into summer by flying to Sardinia for a week.

In contrast to last year the Wednesday meets have been dry although not particularly warm. The Sundays have been weather affected but we did manage a camping weekend at the Roaches in Staffordshire.


Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-03-06

Phil, Bruce and I arrived at Glenridding at 10.30am to tackle Helvellyn. The weather forecast was for hill fog and poor visibility. That sounds about right for Helvellyn I thought. We followed the classic route of Hole in the Wall, Striding Edge and  Swirral Edge. Striding Edge had a covering of snow not a vast amount but enough to keep the crowds at bay which is always good.


Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-02-06

January has seen limited activity from the climbers. Ray, Harry, and Calum showed supreme optimism heading for the Peak, diverting to Brimham and doing three routes before finally admitting defeat and going to Harrogate wall.

Several of us had an exiting day scrambling up Jack's Rake in Langdale. Livened up by the early arrival of the forecast snow. Ian and Neil joined Mark on his winter trip to Fort William. A poor forecast had put off several people including me, but they were rewarded with a good day on Saturday climbing several single pitch routes.

Jack's Rake

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-02-06

It was a full car that Phil drove to Dungeon Ghyll comprising of Janet, Callum, Bruce, Ginny and me. The last time I did Jack's Rake was on a hot summer day so I was excited to see the Rake in winter conditions. We made steady progress for most of the scramble only needing ice axes at the very end.


Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-12-10

nov 2 052 2Winter is getting underway and rock climbing is becoming the preserve of the hardy. A sunny day on 18th November saw three hardy souls head for Wharncliffe near Sheffield to get the best of the winter sunshine.

Crinkle Gill

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-12-10

Crinkle GillThe Mountain weather forecast for the Lakes said high winds on tops, difficult walking conditions. So I rang Pete expecting  a more benign alternative, but no Pete had been doing his research," Crinkle Gill, should be sheltered until we get to the top then if it`s too exciting we can come straight down, come on don`t be a wimp"  Feeling unable to decline the challenge I met Carol, Neil and Pete at Scotch Corner.