Meet photos in 2020
annual dinner
Meet photos in 2019

Lakes Snowdonia Mgoun Glenfinnan annual dinner
2020 Meet Reports

Annual Dinner, Glenridding, February

2019 Meet Reports

Fort William Meet, Scotland, October
Presidents Meet, Patterdale, October
Brecon Beacons Meet, October
Beer Meet, Devon, September
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

Club information

How to join us

Committee whos who

ABMSAC Membership Information

Renewals - Over the past few months, the club has been migrating its membership database to a proprietary system (MemberMojo), both to provide increased functionality, and to improve the resilience of that function into the future.

Ed, the membership secretary, is pleased to let you know that we will be using this new system for the upcoming 2020 subscription renewals. Please expect an email from the club with the MemberMojo logo also on it in mid December. This will give you details of your subscription renewal for 2020, and how to pay it. For 2020, as in previous years, payment options will be either by bank transfer or cheque. Depending on the desire from members, it may be possible to offer some additional payment options in future years.

The system will offer a number of other advantages, including the ability to keep your own contact details up to date.

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.
Download a copy of the Application Form for financial support.

Our Data Privacy Policy is available to view.
Please take time to read the policy and make sure that you give your permission to show all or some of your details in the Journal and to send you electonic news updates.

ABMSAC Child Protection Policy and consent form.

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


Photo Archive 2001 to 2018

Meet reports 2001 to 2018

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.

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

Upcoming Meets

The Scottish Winter Meet at the Highland Hotel Strathpeffer, 20 - 23 March and the New Members Meet at the George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, 27-28 March have both been cancelled due to the ongoing and developing Coronavirus outbreak. Attendees have been informed by the meet leader.

New Meet

Bank Holiday Meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, 28 - 31 August. Judy has made a booking for up to 10 people to do the guided walk across the notorious Morecambe Bay (safe with a guide) on Sun 30 August over the Bank Holiday weekend. In addition there are 8 places booked for members and guests in the hut for the weekend. Contact Judy to book a place.

Latest News 24 March

Yesterday the BMC advice to all climbers and hill walkers is now simple: climbing and hill walking are not activities requiring essential travel. Stay local, and put your climbing and hillwalking on hold. This applies to all types of climbing and mountain activities, from bouldering to ski mountaineering.
Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO, said:“We never thought we’d be asking the outdoor community not to go climbing or hill walking, but that’s our current advice. It’s time to put it on hold.”

The Scottish Winter Meet and the New Members Meet have been cancelled. All other meets are on hold at the moment. Should anything change with regards to Club meets then the attendees will be contacted by the meet organiser and information will also be placed on the club website.

The Committee has produced some advice to club members attending club meets during the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Please read the note.

The Annual Dinner was held at the Glenridding Hotel over the weekend 1-2 Febraury.
This year the weather was not kind, with high winds on the tops and squally heavy showers and variable visibility lower down! Nonetheless between 40 and 50 members and guests toughed it out and enjoyed a great weekend.
We were delighted to have David Johnson as our guest and in the cosiness of the Hotel Library heard about his Arctic expeditions.

Meet report and photos of the dinner are now available


Closure of George Starkey Hut - In the light of Government advice on dealing with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, we are closing the Hut from 18 March and will review the situation at the end of April.
Please keep up to date by viewing the Hut website

Meanwhile in Switzerland: The latest developments regarding the spread of the coronavirus and the severe measures taken by the Swiss Federal Council have prompted the Central CAS Association to react.
The central association of the CAS has issued an official communication which recommends the closing of the huts, the stopping of any section activity, all the local meetings, all races of all types and all climbing wall activities. This is from March 16 until April 30. The situation in Switzerland will be reassessed in mid April and a new press release will be issued the week of April 20.

Membership renewals - Over the past few months, the club has been migrating its membership database to a proprietary system (MemberMojo), both to provide increased functionality, and to improve the resilience of that function into the future. See further details in the club section in the left column.

The Alpine Hotel Meet 2020 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. There are still a few places left for the week at St Luc next summer, and if anyone is interested in joining the group from Saturday 11th July for a few days at Saas-Almagell (and a trip to the Britannia Hut) without going to St Luc first, that is also possible. Pamela has produced preliminary information sheet. If you are interested please let Pamela know as soon as possible.

In February 2019 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.

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.

The Brecon Beacons Meet Report is now available.

The Report of the last Beer Meet is now available with some photos.

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

The N Wales Report and photos are now available.

The M'goun Trek Report and photos are now available.

The Glenfinnan Report and photos are now available.

The Derbyshire May Day Meet Report is now available.

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

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

Closure of George Starkey Hut - In the light of Government advice on dealing with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, we are closing the Hut from 18 March and will review the situation at the end of April.
Please keep up to date by viewing the Hut website

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 Tony Westcott (AC) 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 2019, 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.

After the 2019 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

Last Updated: 24 March 2020