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2019 Meet Reports

Alpine Hotel Meet, Klosters, July
N Wales Meet, June
M'goun Trek, Morocco, June
Glenfinnan Meet, May
Derbyshire May Day Meet
New Members Meet, GSH, April
Pitlochry Meet, Scotland, March
Annual Dinner, Glenridding, February

2018 Meet Reports

Montserrat Meet, Spain, November
Strathpeffer Meet, Scotland, October
Presidents Meet, Patterdale, October
Brecon Beacon Meet, Wales, October
Beer Meet, Devon, September
Mayrhofen Meet, Austria, June/July
N Wales Meet, Rhyd Ddu, June
Ullapool Meet, Scotland, May
Derbyshire May Day Meet
New Members Meet, Patterdale, March
Annual Dinner, Glenridding, February
Killin Meet, Scotland, January


Photo Archive 2001 to 2017

Meet reports 2001 to 2017

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.

One of our members, James Bogle, has written up the History of the Association and this was published in 2005.

There are also Journals from 1975 to 2013.

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

Last Updated: 30 August 2019

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

Upcoming Meets

The final Beer Meet is 13 - 15 September. Contact James to book your place.

Brecon Beacons Meet is 4 - 6 October. There are up to 14 places booked at the New Inn bunkhouse at Bwlch. Contact Paul to book a place for this meet.

Presidents Meet is 18 - 20 October at the Hut in Patterdale. There will be a communal meal on the Saturday eveining prepared by our cook! Contact James to book a place in the hut for the weekend.

Scottish Autumn Meet based in Fort William. This is a “book your own accommodation” meet based on the Shearings Caledonian Hotel for 3 nights from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October inclusive on a half board basis.

Advance notice of the Alpine Hotel Meet 2020 - The meet will be based at St Luc, Val d’Anniviers, Valias, Switzerland from Saturday 4th to Saturday 11th July. There will be an optional add-on at the end of the week to Saas Almgell. Pamela has produced preliminary information sheet. If you are interested please let Pamela know by the end of September.

Latest News 27 August

The Klosters Report, is now available. Photos of the Celebratory meal are available. Additional photos of the meet will be added soon!

In February the Committee introduced a Development and Training package to encourage members to develop their skills. We have received a report from Celine, who took part in a Plas Y Brenin five day Mountain Skills training in May and a summary of a navigation course undertaken by Howard.

The N Wales Report and photos are now available

The Glenfinnan Report and photos are now available.

The Derbyshire May Day Meet Report is now available.

The M'goun Trek Report is now available.

In June the President, James, was invited to the SAC General Assembly meeting in Lugano. His report is attached.

The Journal has been sent to members at the end of June.

London lectures The third lecture will be on Monday 2nd December entittled "AV2² or Alta Via 2 times 2!", presented by David Beer.

There is a light hearted gallery of photos of members using their new buffs around the world. Photos from the recent new members meet are now posted - can you identify everybody? If you have any photos please send them to the Editor.


In the May edition of Les Alpes statistics have been presented for the 2018 overnights in SAC huts. The Britannia Hut came out top again, with a total of 7565 overnights (3153 winter and 4412 summer). The next highest was the Lämmeren Hut with 7138 overnights (2727 winter, 4411 summer), then the Konkordia 6688 (2969, 3719), Blümlisalp 6567 (112, 6435), and only two more over 6000, Terri 6038 and Kesch 6021, both in Graubunden. Thanks to Pamela for sending this in.

At this years AGM in February Andy Burton was elected Treasurer and Paul Stock was elected Meet Secretary. This election has meant that James is able to stand down as Treasurer after 16 years to concentrate on his role as President and Andy has now passed on the Meet Secreatary role after six years. A big thank you to both James and Andy. We welcome Paul to the Committee.
In addition,the committee proposed the introduction of a Development and Training package to encourage those who wish to develop their skills. The aim is to increase skills, promote the ABMSAC and increase membership. Details of the package have been finalised by Paul Stock and the committee and are in the financial assistance process document. The committee have now recieved applications from members.

The Annual Dinner was held at the Inn on the Lake at Glenridding over the weekend 1-3 Febraury. Snow fell on the Tuesday before and we were rewarded with fine clear days, but with patches of deep soft snow. The weather broke on the Sunday. Many members took advantage of the good weather and arrived earlier in the week. The hut was almost full!

On the Sunday morning of the Annual Dinner weekend a group of us met at the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Centre and handed over a donation cheque for £450. The Mountain Rescue Team had already decided to buy a specialist new lightweight 'Cas Bag'. The 'Cas Bag' will be used on rescues during the Spring and summer months.

Cicerone Press, the UK's leading outdoor activity guidebook publisher, will be 50 years old in March. They are planning celebrations through the year, and have already begun with the publication of a commemorative book, Fifty Years of Adventure, adding to their range of around 400 titles. The book has a range of over 50 interesting articles from guidebook writers accompanied with great photos.

A reminder: We have been invited to join in on the series of lectures organised by AC/SMC/JMCS in Edinburgh and Hathersage, Derbyshire by the AC this autumn/winter. Hopefully members who live in the area will be able to make use of this new venture.

A brief update on the Britannia Hut from the July edition of the Geneva Section monthly Bulletin. Many thanks to Pamela Harris-Andrews for the update.

Past news

George Starkey Hut

The hut is in Patterdale near Ullswater, at the heart of the Lake District’s 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.

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


Since mid 2016 we have had a new hut partner, the Alpine Club. The hut is run on behalf of both clubs by a limited company, George Starkey Hut Limited. The Chair is Mike Parsons and Marian Parsons is the Hut warden.

The hut has a Members Room with eight beds and a further 20 beds that are bookable by clubs and groups.

Members can now book directly through the Hut website. Before booking for the first time please register on the system.

Please note that the key box code for the GSH was changed in earlier this year, so if you are booked into the hut and don't have a key make sure you get the new code from the Hut Booking Secretary.

Increase in hut fees for 2019. After the AGM of the George Starkey Hut the Directors agreed that from 1 January 2019 the rates will go up for members from £6 to £7 per night and for non-members/guests from £11 to £13.

For any questions about registering or booking please email the Hut Booking Secretaries on

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At the February 2019 AGM the committee proposed the introduction of a Development and Training package to encourage those who wish to develop their skills. The aim is to increase skills, promote the ABMSAC and increase membership. Details of the package have been finalised by Paul Stock and the committee and are in the financial assistance process document. Heather Eddowes, Vice President, will coordinate the scheme.
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