2021 Meet Reports

N/S Day Walk, April

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 for organising our meets.

The next meet is the Derbyshire Meet on 3 - 6 June. There is a choice of camping or bunkhouse.

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.
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.

More 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 May

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.

The reportsThe 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 North/South Day Meet is on May 11. For further details contact Andy (North) and Julie (South).

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.

We are using the BMC plan (issued 14 April) for England for organising our meets.
In addition here is the latest info for Wales (9 April) and Scotland (updated 16 April).

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

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.

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

The Annual General Meeting was attended by around 30 members on Saturday evening, 6 February, via Zoom.
Andy Burton was elected President for the next three years, with Ed Bramley becoming Treasurer and Julie Freemantle the Membership Secretary. We wish them all success in their new roles.
The Treasurer reported that the finances were in good shape. The proposed amendments to the Rules of Association were passed.
James Baldwin, as Director of GSHL, gave an update on the Hut agreement and the maintenance work currently being carried out. In addition, Heather Eddowes has agreed to be Chair of the Hut Management Committee. 
James was thanked for his last three years as President. Both James and Belinda have a long relationship with the ABM, going back to the 1960s, between them they have served 29 years on the Committee and organised meets. A big thank you to you both.
The minutes of the AGM were circulated to members in the latest Newsletter.

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.

Pamela has sent me details of a new guidebook of the Lake District from Lesley Williams, co owner of Cicerone and a guest at our annual dinner in 2019. Lesley gives an insight in preparing a guidebook for publication and a short video promotes the new book, out in April.

Past news

George Starkey Hut

We are pleased to inform you that the hut will re-open to members from Thursday 15th April.

Bookings are for ‘1 bubble’ for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Stays can be extended by one more night either - Thursday night or Monday night subject to the previous or following booking. In the first instance a gap of 72 hours will be left between each booking.

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: 13 May 2021