Previous Trips

Tophet Wall and the Napes 24 July 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-08-06

As the forcast for the West was the best, Paul and myself headed off to tick the lakeland classic Tophet Wall, HS***. We parked the car at Seathwaite and approached via Styhead Tarn and the climbers traverse. We arrived at the crag atfer approx 1 hour 45 minutes, feeling a tad damp in the arm pit department! Luckily though, there was only one team on the climb - Carmen and Simon from York Alpine Club.


Paul lead the way and strung together the first 2 pitches into one, leaving the hand traverse and pinnacle for myself.

Peel Crag/ Crag Lough 31st July 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-08-06

At last I had a free, probably dry Sunday, and so there was no excuse not to go climbing.  Dave had decided to switch his ‘Dales’ meet to Northumberland, Peel Crag/ Crag Lough under the Roman Wall, just north of Bardon Mill. Paul and I met up 8:30 at the agreed secluded lay-by on the A68. When Dave arrived we had already decided that we would quite like our cars still to be there at the end of the day, and so our first task was to find a not-so-secluded lay-by.


Stanage, Peak District Sunday 3 July 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-08-06

Harry’s meet to Stanage was scheduled for wall to wall sunshine, so a relatively early 8am rendezvous at Bedale was agreed or a very early start in Sandra’s book! After a short detour to pick Phil up, who then kindly offered to drive, we we’re off (Sandra, Harry, Phil and Davey).

Corvus, Raven Crag Borrowdale, Sunday 26 June 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-08-06

The weather had put the dampeners on my second attempt to hold a weekend camping meet at Buttermere. Paul and I had done an Easter recognisance of Buttermere, climbing Mitre Buttress Direct and Oxford and Cambridge on Grey Crag. The mountain location was superb and the rock was reassuring under foot. We had looked across at the steeper lines of Eagle Crag and decided we would hopefully return at the end of June but the weather had other plans.

Bamford, Northumberland, 5 June 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-06-12

Sandra's meet at the mysterious Bamford.............not in the guide book.......? Luckily, venue selection was again left to Ray and we ended up on familiar ground at Bowden Doors. Sheltered and warmish conditions were enjoyed until 12.30hrs, then the rain we had left behind in Durham eventually caught up with us. Not to be out done by the Sundays inclement conditions, we headed South in search of divine inspiration, which we located in the form of Newcastle Climbing Centre.

Jack Rock, Northumberland, 15 May 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-06-12

Ray's trip to Kyloe Crag subsequently changed to Kyloe in the Woods due the the level of precipitation and eventually ended up at Jack Rock, which is situated in a unique location on the South bank of the river Coquet (famed for its salmon fishing). The crag also has a number of interesting fossils and ancient cup and ring marks inscribed upon it. Leaving our fishing rods in the car we enjoyed dry conditions offered by the large over-hanging trees and ticked off Wet Fly (HVS 5a**) and High Board (HS***).

Kalymnos April 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-05-16

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No, it’s not a doctored photo! Anyone who’s been to Kalymnos will instantly recognize the island of Telendos in the background. This is Harry descending after having climbed Trela 7a in the Grande Grotta, more of which later.


Twistleton Scar and Ravenswick Quarry

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-10-10

Well here we go for two firsts, I’ve now put my name to a couple of Sunday climbing meets – I won’t claim to have organised them - and this is my first contribution to the website.


Sunday 10th October

A day of blue skies, sunshine and some unexpectedly warm rock which came together with a very strong wind, from which we were somehow miraculously sheltered. Climbers included Keith and Sue, Rob Butler (who must get his membership form finished), Helen Tait, Colin Binks, Mark and myself.

Dow Crag - A Classic Day Out

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-06-20

The programme said Dow Crag - Keith B and the weather was forecast to be nigh on perfect. With no callers it looked like we were on our own so an early start was agreed 'Meet Bowes @ 08:00. Passing along Thirlmere it was evident by the low water level in the reservoir that we had a long dry spell.  We commented on the fact that it was probably 14 years since we had seen Thirlmere as low.

Tulloch Station Lodge; Deighton's Winter Munro

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-02-13

Once again we used Tulloch Station Lodge as our base and very good it was too! This year for various reasons the party size was reduced to 18 of which 11 were SOC members---then another 5 were unable to go because of accidents and illnesses!
A full programme however was enjoyed by those who did make it!.