Meet photos in 2020

annual dinner
Meet photos in 2019

Lakes Snowdonia Mgoun Glenfinnan annual dinner
2020 Meet Reports

Autumn in Zermatt, October
Southern Day Meet, Corfe Castle, 26 September
Day trip to Patterdale, 13 September
George Starkey Hut 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

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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 2018

Meet reports 2001 to 2019

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.

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

The remaining meets this year have been cancelled.

The Annual General Meeting will be on the Saturday evening, 6 February, via a Zoom meeting. The Agenda and full details of how to access the meeting will be sent out to all members in the Newsletter during December. 

The Meets Programme for 2021 is being put together, with a mixture of day and weekend Meets. The Programme will be posted this month. We hope that we can get the opportunity to get together more often next year.

In addition to the Meets Programme if any members want to organise day walks in their area please let Paul know.

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.

Latest News 3 December

The George Starkey Hut has reopened for members from the end of lockdown, Wednesday 2 December. See below for more details.

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

Here is the latest info (2 December) from the BMC on lockdown restrictions in England and Wales.
In addition here is the latest info (25 November) for Scotland.
Worth a read before you venture out for a day on the hills.

Pamela Harris has recently received an appeal from the Himalayan Trust and wanted a wider audience for the appeal.

There is a short film about the work of the Trust.

Pandemic on top of poverty means that for families in the remote mountain villages of Nepal, where you have supported our work in the past, will be an uphill struggle to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 – but the Himalayan Trust UK is committed to being there for the families and communities in Taplejung on their journey.
It hasn’t been an easy year for any of us, and for many in the UK there are still worries and challenges ahead. We hope that you and your family are safe and well at this time, and finding ways to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on your own lives.
If you can, please do consider making a donation for families in the mountain villages of Nepal this Giving Tuesday. And if you are unable to at this time, perhaps you would kindly share this film with others and help spread the word. If you follow us on social media, a ‘like’ and a ‘share’ would be hugely appreciated.

The walk North and South Day Meet took place on 26 September, as planned. A report and photos of the walk from the Peak District are now available.

The winter series of London lectures have now been scheduled until March 2021. The talks will be via Zoom and we are giving all members the opportunity to watch the presentation.
As there is a limit to the number of people at the Zoom meeting we need to know in advance if you want to be included (registered). Details of how to register for each talk will be emailed to members about one week before the talk and registration is on a “first come first served” basis. The limit is 25, after which members will be put on a waiting list.
The first lecture was on Tuesday 1 December. There were over 120 attendees to hear Steve Kentish's interesting account of his traverse of the Pyrenees on ski and foot.

Pamela Harris has written an article for Cicerone Press about her travels to the Cevennes.

Pamela Harris visited Zermatt in October and has written about the trip in Autumn in Zermatt.


The Membership Secretary has added "How to" guides for accessing the Current Members Database. Thanks Ed for these guides.

The 2020 Journal has now been published and sent to members.

The walk North and South Day Meet took place on 26 September, as planned. A report and photos of the walk from Corfe Castle are now available.

Ed has written a short account of a day visit to the George Starkey Hut in September.

Judy has written a short account of her visit to the George Starkey Hut in August.

There is a light hearted gallery of photos of members using their buffs around the world, which has been updated. If you have any photos please send them to the Editor.

The final batch of Journals, the 1960s are now available. They show several far reaching changes to the Association. Membership was at a high with over 700 members annually. Many members were now from outside London and wanted more than the London centric activities that the Association provided. Weekend meets in huts were started and organised outside the usual venues. In the mid 60s the Journal was totally revamped.
The Journals from the 1950s include insights into the pound devaluation leading to the currency crisis in the mid fifties, curtailing trips to the Alps to the Jubilee Celebrations in 1959.
The Journals from the 1940s include insights into the drastic reduction in membership during the war with a great recovery afterwards and the setting up of the summer Alpine Meet from 1947.
The Journals from the 1930s include insights into the effect of the financial crash on the Association and the expansion of activities in the UK.
I hope that you enjoy dipping into them.

Past news

George Starkey Hut

From Wednesday 2 December the George Starkey Hut is reopened for members only.
Only a member of the ABMSAC or AC, and their family or household group or "bubble" can stay.
Advance booking is absolutely essential.
The Hut is only available for weekends or long weekends only, leaving 72 hours between visitors to allow any Covid-19 risk to be absolutely minimal.
Reopening details are on 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 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 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

Last Updated: 3 December 2020