Meet photos in 2016

Brecon Beacons Meet, October Tatra Meet, September Ailefroide Meet, August Cogne Meet, July N Wales Meet, June Kintail and Skye Meet, May Derbyshire Mayday Meet Annual Dinner, February

Meet Reports

2017 Reports

Scotland Meet, Skye and Kintail, May
Derbyshire Meet, Hurdlow, May
Isle of Man Meet, Douglas, April
New Members Meet, George Starkey Hut, April
Blacklunans Meet, Scotland, March
Annual Dinner Meet, Lake District, February

2016 Reports

Brecon Beacons Meet, Wales, October
Beer Meet, East Devon, September
Tatra Trek, Poland, September
Alpine Hotel Meet, Cogne, Italy, July
N Wales Meet, June
Skye Meet, May
Derbyshire Meet, Mayday Holiday weekend
New Members Meet, Patterdale, April
Fassfern Meet, Scotland, March
Annual Dinner Meet, Lake District, February


Photo Archive 2001 to 2015

Meet reports 2001 to 2015.

We have started a pdf archive of books and Journals that give an insight into the Association in its earlier days.

To start the archive off we have a copy of the "Inauguration of the Cabane Britannia, 1912.

There are also Journals from 1975 to 2008.

Please let Mike Goodyer know if you change your address or e mail to ensure that you still receive Newsletters.

Last Updated: 1 August 2017


A mountaineering club with a strong interest in UK and alpine activities

Upcoming Meet

Summer Meet, George Starkey Hut, 14 - 20 August

The meet will take the usual format, with a communal meal on the Friday evening. Contact Judy to book onto the meet.

Alpine Meets

The Camping Meet will be from 15 July to 5 August in Vicosoprano, Bregaglia, Switzerland. As usual it is a joint meet with ABMSAC, AC, FRCC, Climbersí Club, SMC, LSCC, Wayfarers and Yeovil MC.

The autumn Alpine Trek will be on 9 to 16 September in the Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria - based in Bansko. Judy Renshaw is the meet organiser. Pirin Adventures will do a tailor made package, including accommodation and transport etc. We intend to organise day hikes, some overnights in huts.

Latest News 1 August

We are very pleased to announce the latest updates to the George Starkey hut.

Six new windows have been fitted to the east side ( facing Side Farm) and the south side (adjoining the Old School House). See the Link which shows the pictures of both the old windows and the new ones fitted. The south end domed window looks so good it's a pity it's not more visible. This same window was leaking and causing damage to plaster on the end wall below it and this will be made good as part of the job.

In addition, the exterior of the hut and downstairs lounge area will be painted. Also the existing lighting will be replaced with long life lighting which is very easy to access and replace (which the existing light bulbs are often not)
Total project cost c£9,000.
This decorating work to be completed before the maintenance meet, see below. This means that the jobs for the maintenance weekend will be smaller and all doable within the weekend.

There will be a joint ABMSAC/AC Hut Maintenance Meet at the George Starkey Hut over the weekend of 1-3rd September. This meet will be organised by David Dunk (AC) and Marian Parsons (ABMSAC/AC).

Bednights will be free to those willing to put in a day's work. There is no pressure to spend the whole weekend working: one day work and one day play is fine!
A free meal will be provided on the Saturday night. Mike Parsons has his 75th birthday on 1st September and wants to celebrate a bit, so there will be some free wine/beer too!

A list of jobs is being prepared and tools purchased.
Jobs will be allocated according to what people feel they can do. H&S is taken into consideration, so no high ladder or roof work.

Please book with Marian Parsons.

Forteen members enjoyed the May Day weekend in the Derbyshire Dales. Climbing at Froggart, cylcing on the trails and hill walking was matched with good food and drink. See report with photos.

The Hotel based meet in Selva Gardena went very well, with 34 attendees - the most since the centenary meet in 2009. As you know, itís a lovely area, with lifts in all directions and an incredible variety of walks, some repeating parts of the 2001 and 2006 Dolomites treks. We had sunshine every day and the hotel was excellent. Several attendees stayed on for a few extra days, and were totally exhausted by the 10th day walking. Pamela will prepare a meet report in near future.

Advance notice of next years Hotel based alpine meet - We will be staying in Mayrhofen in the Zillertal, from Friday 29 June to Friday 6 July, in the 4* Hotel Kramerwirt. A fact sheet willbe available later in the summer.

A new edition of WALKING in the HAUTE SAVOIE: SOUTH, revised and updated by ABMSAC members Alan Norton and Pamela Harris, has just been published by Cicerone Press. The book is available from Cicerone Press for £14.95, with a 25% discount until 30 June.
The companion guide Walking in the Haute Savoie: North has been similarly revised and will be published on 15th November.

Report with photos of the Skye and Kintail Meet in May is now available. See Facebook for more photos.

Report with photos of the Isle of Man Meet at the end April is now available.

Report on the New Members Meet at the beginning of April now available. See our Facebook page for more photos.

The next winter season London social meets to be held in the Civil Service Club, Great Scotland Yard, SW1A 2HJ will be on Tuesday 3 October, Monday 6 November and Monday 4 December in 2017. In 2018 the meets will be on Tuesday 2 January, Tuesday 6 February and Tuesday 6 March. Please make a note of the dates in your diary. More details: London lectures

New guide book "A Week in the Parc Ela" has been published by member Geoffrey Pocock.
It describes a week in the largest Swiss park: two day walks from Bivio, the pearl of the Graubunden, and a five day tour of the Park making use of hotels and huts. This is a region largely unspoilt by winter sports with a profusion of flowers and a wide variety of fauna. It is a walker's paradise.
This booklet has a concise description of all seven days' walking with 10 maps and 10 illustrations.
It is available from Amazon for £5.22 plus P&P.

Past news

Club information

How to join us

Committee whos who

The web site for the Swiss Alpine Club has links into pages for the separate Sections.

A source for all types of climbing information, access and insurance in the UK is the BMC

George Starkey Hut

The hut is in Patterdale near Ullswater, at the heart of the Lake Districtís Eastern Fells. It is ideally placed for the High Street range to the East, whilst from the front there is a splendid view of Helvellyn and its neighbouring fells: to reach them, all you have to do is put on your boots and walk from the hut.
From 1 July we have a new hut partner, the Alpine Club. We have taken this opportunity to change the name of the Limited Company that runs the hut on behalf of the two clubs. The new name is George Starkey Hut Limited.

There are rock climbing and mountain biking opportunities from the front door, canoeing and sailing on Ullswater and pony trekking locally.

The hut has up to 20 places that are bookable by clubs and groups and a members room with eight places.

Please check hut availability by reviewing calendar for 2017 or 2018 before booking.
Please note that on special occasions the members room is not available, this for example will cover when school/youth groups have booked. These times are shown on the calendar.

For Hut bookings contact Marian Parsons