Yorkshire Ramblers' Club



The Yorkshire Ramblers' Club (YRC) is the second-oldest
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club in England, the oldest being the Alpine Club. Founded in 1892, the YRC is still a highly active club mountaineering and caving in the UK and all over the world.


On 13 July 1892 four
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gentlemen met at the home of a Mr. Herbert Slater in
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to discuss the idea of forming a club for individuals interested in promoting the idea of walking and the study of the countryside. At an open meeting held at the Skyrack Inn,
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on 6 October 1892 it was unanimously decided to form a club to organise walking and mountaineering expeditions and encourage the study of
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. The name of the club was picked from others including The Three Peaks Club, but Yorkshire understatement prevailed and the name Yorkshire Ramblers' Club was chosen. Consequently, "greater attention was paid to climbing the
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", in both the club's earliest days and today with the adjoining Scottish Borders also continuing to be of particular interest to the club.

Cave exploration

The Yorkshire Ramblers were major exponents in early cave exploration both in
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and in
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. Beginning in 1907, members of the Yorkshire Ramblers' Club took a close interest in
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, Ireland (later
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) with occasional forays into Counties Leitrim and
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. Their work included surveys of
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and its feeders, the first complete descent of Noon's Hole and many other pots. From 1950, in association with the Craven Pothole Club, they considerably extended the Marble Arch system and opened up new ground in Counties Sligo and Cavan. From 1935 to 1937 the club was active in the Burren,
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and recorded the first descent of Pollelva (1935) and discovery of part of Upper Pollnagollum (both later linked to become the longest cave in Ireland), as well as exploring some of the pots on the west side of Slieve Elva (Faunarooska, etc.), Coolagh River Cave and Ballycasheen, near Corofin.


Besides caving the club has a long history of mountaineering in the Alps and the greater ranges. Recent trips include... Himalayas: Kanchenjunga base camps, Nepal2015; Mera Peak, Nepal 2012; Dorje Lapka, Nepal 1995; Nubra, India; Sikkim, India Andes: Bolivian Apolobamba 1988 (AJ 1989 247-249); Bolivian Cocapata, Real and Occidental; Bolivian Quimsa Cruz 2010; Peruvian Cordillera Blanca 1964
YRC article
Arctic: Svalbard 2006, 2008, 2010; Greenland's Liverpool Land 2014 US south west: several visits between 1996 and 2010, ridge climbing and trails; 2015 rock climbing and backpacking in the Wind River range Africa: Morocco; Malawi 2013 Europe: Bulgaria, Romania, France, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Spain, Austria, Ireland, Iceland

See also

* Caving in the United Kingdom



* {{Citation , last=Coleman , first=J. C. , author-link=J. C. Coleman , title=The Caves of Ireland , publisher=Anvil Books , location=Tralee, County Kerry , date=1965

External links

Yorkshire Ramblers' Club official site

The Alpine Club official site
Climbing organizations Sports clubs in Yorkshire Caving organisations in the United Kingdom