2021 Meet Reports

North/South Day Walks, April

North/South Day Walks, May

Recent walks to follow

At the start of this year we have started to collect walks that have been completed on Meets.
If you visit the area you may want to review the walk.
To kick off the idea here is the first day meet: Combe walk in April

The Day walks in May:
Derwent Edges walk
Pepperpot Hill walk

Once you have opened the walk you can download it in .gpx file format for using on your GPS, mobile or mapping software.

2020 Meet Reports

Autumn in Zermatt, October

Southern Day Meet, Corfe Castle, 26 September

Northern Day Meet, Derbyshire, 26 September

Day trip to Patterdale, 13 September

GSH Meet, Patterdale, 23 August

St Luc in the Time of Coranovirus, July

New Members Virtual Meet, March

Annual Dinner, Glenridding, February

Club information

New membership enquires

Current members

Committee whos who

Development and Training package
The aim is to provide financial assistance for training courses to increase members skills.
Heather Eddowes, Vice President, is coordinating the scheme.

The latest report on the training completed by members is available.

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.

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 2020

Meet reports 2001 to 2019

Treks 2001 to 2010

We continue our pdf archive of books and Journals that give an insight into the Association in its earlier days.

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

We have a copy of the "Inauguration of the Cabane Britannia, 1912.

There are also Journals from 1909 to 1919, 1920 to 1929, 1930 to 1939, 1940 to 1949, 1950 to 1959, 1960 to 1969 and 1970 to 2020.

I hope that you enjoy dipping into the archives.

The chapters from the Centenary DVD are now loaded on YouTube.

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

England went into a National Lockdown on Wednesday 6 January. On Monday 22 February the government published its plan on how England will exit lockdown. We are using the BMC plan for England and Wales for organising our meets.

The next meet is to the Cotswolds on 26 and 27 June.

Hotel Alpine Meet to St Luc in August - With the uncertainity of travel and group meetings during the Covid-19 restrictions this meet has been cancelled.

To fit in with the governments roadmap of relaxing restrictions we have moved the following multiday meets:

The Rhyd Ddu Meet has been moved from June to 2 - 4 July.
Up to 16 places are booked in the hut. To book a place please contact Andy and pay the £10 hut fee to the club account.

The New Members meet has been moved from March to 19 - 22 August.
George Starkey Hut Maintenance Meet on 26 - 29 August. Book with Marian Parsons.

Dates for the autumn - We are starting to book speakers for next autumn London Lecture Programme. We hope that they can be held at the Civil Service Club in London.
Future dates are Tuesday 5th October,Tuesday 2nd November and Tuesday 7th December. We have a speaker for the talk in October. We are looking for volunteers to give a talk, preferably in London, on the later dates. If you wish to give a talk please contact Don Hodge.

The Braemar Meet scheduled for May has been postponed to next year.

Should any further meets change then the attendees will be contacted by the meet organiser and information will also be placed on the club website.

Latest News 8 June

Our first weekend meet in over a year was to Derbyshire on 4 - 6 June. Up to 11 attendees enjoyed a camping weekend at the popular Royal Oak site.

Report and photos to follow soon.

If you are missing your annual trip to the Alps then yuo can relive some old trips by delving into the new Cicerone book on 50 best walking routes in the Zermatt and Saas Fee area. The link also has a short YouTube video. Enjoy.

Everest in the 20s - 2021 marks the centenary of the first British expedition to Everest.
To commemorate the occasion The Alpine Club is hosting what looks to be a fascinating exhibition 'Everest by those who were there' at its London premises.
The exhibition uses the words of expedition members from 1921, 1922 and 1924 - the last including the fated Mallory and Irvine attempt on the summit. Irvine's ice axe, retrieved a few years later, is one of the exhibits. As well as diary entries and hand-written notes, visitors can explore the art works and photography produced on the expeditions, as well as clothing and equipment used on the mountain.
The exhibition opens to the public on the 21st June and can be visited on Tuesdays and Wednesday between the hours of 12:00 and 17:30 until October 17 (closed during August). Viewings can be made at other times and days by prior arrangement. The AC recommends that whenever you plan to attend, you contact admin@alpine-club.org.uk in advance.

From Monday 17 May there is limited availability (Rule of 6) at the hut for members of ABMSAC and AC only.

We are using the BMC plan (issued 18 May) for England and Wales for organising our meets.
In addition here is the latest info for Scotland (updated 14 May).

Reports of the North/South Day Meet in May are now available. The meet took place on 11 May. Ten members meet up for the Nothern Meet and seven attended the Southern meet.

Continuing our digital archive Ed Bramley has added a video to YouTube for the 2010 trek to the Atlas Mountains.
For a more cinematic viewing you can connect to YouTube on any smart TV and type ABMSAC into the search and the treks from 2001 to 2010 will come up. The 2010 trek, the most recently added, has a soundtrack.
In the coming months more treks will be added to the Treks page.

Reports of the North/South Day Meet in April are now available. The meet took place in good weather on April 13. Twelve members meet up for the Nothern Meet and seven attended the Southern meet.

The 2021 Journal has now been published and sent to members.

The BMC are organising a ‘Million Mile Mountain Clean’. Andy has asked if members could help in their local area.

A life member of the Association, Timothy Smith, passed away in July 2020. He was a member of the SAC (Monte Rosa, Sion Section) since 1956. His exploits included many alpine ascents from the 1950s through to visits to Tibet, Lhasa and the Himalayas through to the 1990s.
He painted many watercolours, from his photographs, of mountains that he visited over the years. His wife has given permission for some of Timothy’s paintings to be on the website for members to enjoy.

The "Who's who" profile has been updated to show the new appointments

BMC multiple membership refund form is now available for this year.

The Committee has produced some advice to club members attending club meets during the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Please read the note.
Worth a read before you venture out for a day on the hills.

Past news

George Starkey Hut

Time to get up to the hills . . . From Monday 17 May there is limited availability at the hut for members of ABMSAC and AC only.
Members please check availability on the hut website.

It is hoped that the Hut will open for groups from 21 June, although it maybe at a reduced capacity.

We are pleased to let you all know that with the current government Covid restrictions the hut is now available to:- 6 unrelated people OR 2 household bubbles. In addition, you must read, and agree to, the GSH COVID procedures and conditions.

Watch the hut website for changes in this dynamic situation. More bed nights will become available as lockdown restrictions allow.

Advance booking is absolutely essential. To book go to the hut website and click on Member Bookings.

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 Hut warden is Marian Parsons.

The hut has a Members Room with eight beds and a further 20 beds in two rooms. Under current Covid-19 restrictions clubs and groups are not allowed to book into the hut.

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

From 1 October 2020 the overnight rates were increased to £9 per night for members and £16 for non-members/guests.

For any questions about registering or booking please email the Hut Booking Secretaries on george.starkey.hut@gmail.com.

Last Updated: 8 June 2021