The YRC has always been an exploration club, not just a climbing, caving or mountaineering club.  You only need to read the early Journal articles and lecture programmes (in Club Proceedings) to see a membership fascinated by exploring the unknown both physically and intellectually.

The club has reflected it members with the focus of effort moving between climbing and caving as members came and went but from the very beginning it has been a collaboration.  So the first descent of Gaping Ghyll (or Gill as it is now known) saw the mountaineer Cecil Slingsby as part of the above ground party, and similarly the ardent caver Earnest Roberts spent many days mountaineering.

This is the paradox and joy of the unique position that the YRC fills.