Hello, and thank you for taking an interest in our club. If you are thinking about joining our club, please read the information below to help you in your decision.

We are a national UK mountaineering club with a strong interest in alpine mountaineering, particularly in Switzerland. As you can see from the meets list and write ups, we are an active club, with a diverse and well attended range of meets, including a significant number to the European Alps and beyond.

Our club offers two categories of membership. The first is an affiliate membership, which is the basic membership category for all club members. People can also become ordinary members, which then additionally includes membership of a section of the Swiss Alpine Club. The club rates for the current year are given on the attached sheet.

Full SAC membership does bring a discount in some huts in the Alps (as does membership of other alpine organisations). In addition, there is a monthly magazine, Les Alpes/Die Alpen, and a SAC section Newsletter several times a year. If you are thinking of joining solely for obtaining hut discounts, please be aware that you would need to be using huts for at least two weeks each year, before this became a lower cost option than paying the higher hut rate.

Membership of the ABMSAC also provides affiliation to the British Mountaineering Council(BMC). This entitles members to purchase comprehensive mountaineering insurance through the BMC. You should note that membership of our club does not include any mountaineering insurance.

Our objectives are to encourage the natural progression to climbing in the Alps through membership of the Swiss Alpine Club and to provide opportunities as a British Club for members to meet together and enjoy mountaineering activities both in Britain and the Alps.

The Association organises a comprehensive programme of meets throughout the year.

During the winter months there is a series of meets in Scotland to make best use of any snow and ice conditions. During the rest of the year there are meets in England and Wales, typically in the Lake District, North Wales, Yorkshire, Dartmoor and the Peak District. These meets are based in climbing huts or bunkhouses.

The highlights of the year are the Alpine Meets. Every year there is a meet in the Alps based on reasonably priced hotel or self-catering accommodation. There is a separate camping meet and at the end of the season the annual alpine walking tour using climbing huts and bunkhouses.

The Association does not provide any formal mountaineering or climbing training but members have a wealth of experience that they are happy to pass on to the less experienced.

Social Events

During the winter The Association promotes a series of lectures in London. The programme is run in conjunction with the London sections of three other major mountaineering clubs.

We hold our Annual Dinner and AGM in Patterdale at the end of January/start of February.

There an Alpine Reunion Meet in the autumn.
There is also an annual Hut Maintenance Meet, though this is not strictly a social event.


All members of the Association receive regular Newsletters via post or e mail to keep them up to date with activities and events. In addition the Annual Journal is published each spring with a full review of members’ activities over the previous year.

If you would like to join our club, the only stipulations we make are that you should:
• Have a genuine love of the hills and an interest in Switzerland and the SAC, and
• Have been on a club meet, before formally becoming a member of the club.
To cover this second point, once you let us know you have a potential interest in the club, we can then set up with you to attend one of our meets as a guest.

If, having read this, you would like to join us, please drop me an e-mail using the following link, membership@abmsac.org.uk and we’ll get in contact with you.
Many thanks,
ED Bramley - Membership Secretary

BMC multiple membership refund form If you are a paid up member of more than one BMC affiliated organisation, you can reclaim the additional membership payments you have made. To claim a refund, please complete the form and return it to the BMC.
To qualify for a refund the BMC must receive your claim by the 30 June 2016.

Please note: if you have claimed back your multiple fees previously, there is no need to make a new claim. The BMC will check your data and provided all your organisations have paid your subscription to the BMC for the current year, they will send you an automatic refund after 30 June 2016.

Whos who on the Committee
President - Mike Parsons Vice President - Jim Strachan Secretary - Dick Murton Membership Secretary - Ed Bramley Meet Secretary - Andy Burton Hut Booking Secretary - Marian Parsons Editor- Mike Goodyer

The President - Mike Parsons

Mike was elected President at the 2015 AGM in February and will serve the next three years.

Mike comes from an outdoor background and is well known both for his business and sporting interests. From 1960-1997 he was the Chairman, MD and co-owner of Karrimor International Ltd. Mike was responsible for a significant amount of innovation in the outdoor industry including the Karrimat in 1967, the world’s first integrated hip-belt soft packs in 1974, KS-100e, the world leading pack fabric standard in 1976, KSB’s, the first fabric boot in 1981 and new lightweight equipment brand OMM.

He is a part time university lecturer - Innovator in Residence at LUMS (Lancaster University Management School). In addition, he was co-author of “Invisible on Everest, innovation and the gear makers.” The only book on the history of innovation of outdoor clothing and climbing gear.
Mike is currently working a new start up called Outdoor Gear Coach, writing and editing ebooks.

Mike was born and bred in a bike store, started life as a road biker, then later become involved in sking, alpine/Nordic/telemark, fell running, rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, paddle (sea kayak) and of late, some horse riding with Marian.

Mike has climbed in all seven continents: Greenland, Spitzbergen, Lapland, Patagonia, Antarctica, India/Ladakh, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, New Zealand, USA and the European Alps(over 15 seasons).

His trips have led to several first ascents on 20 virgin summits in Greenland and Khirgistan; dog sled journeys in Spitzbergen and Lapland; sea kayak trips around the western Isles - Mull, Scarba, Jura, etc. and horse riding trips in Kyrgyzstan, Pyrenees, Gredos mountains, Poland South Wales and Scotland. Mike has also completed 40 + 2 day mountain marathons KIMM/OMM’s

As well as being a member of the ABMSAC Mike is a member of the Alpine Club and an individual member of the BMC.

Vice President - Mr Jim Strachan

Jim started mountaineering in the mid sixties as a member of the Ferranti (Scotland) Mountaineering Club, climbing and hill walking mainly in the Scottish Highlands with the odd foray to the Lake District and Ireland. Rock climbing was practised at the artificial wall in the Commonwealth Stadium in Edinburgh with odd evenings to the crag on the south face of Traprain Law in East Lothian.

Having first attended ABMSAC meets in the late seventies he joined the club in 1982 and attended meets in Switzerland , Austria, Italy and Crete. He has served as a committee member and member of the Hut Management committee. He completed the Scottish Munros in 2008 and still does most of his walking with other members of the club in the Scottish highlands.

Secretary - Dick Murton

Dick was first introduced to the mountains on a ski trip to Switzerland, in the days when ski length was determined by holding your arm above your head, and the standard issue was wooden skis and soft boots. Family walking and ski holidays followed by an introduction to rock and ice climbing whilst in the Scouts established mountaineering as his main hobby.

He joined the SAC in 1976, prior to his first proper climbing trip to Tasch, in the Zermatt valley, with Jeff Harris, eventually the pair decided to try an ABMSAC alpine meet and went on to become regulars. Having got involved in mountain rescue, fell running, cross country ski touring, rock climbing and sailing Dick found his time in the alps restricted and stopped attending meets for a few years. Later having acquired a bad back and dodgy knees requiring him to cut down his activities he joined one of Alasdair Andrew’s trekking meets and began to visit the Alps regularly again.

Dick moved to Chesterfield in autumn 2014 so regular walking is now mainly in the Peak District, also a good area for a little gentle mountain biking.

Membership Secretary - Ed Bramley

Ed was elected Membership Secreatary at the 2015 AGM in February and will serve the next three years. Ed has been the Membership Secretary and temporily covered in April 2014. He has just retired as our President. He is also a current Director of ABMSAC Ltd.

Ed began his climbing and walking career in the Peak District in the early 1970’s as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award, whether it was navigating over the peat bogs of Kinder, or climbing on the Derbyshire edges with the Meadows’ Boys Climbing Club. In his University years, he specialised in glaciology, and was involved for two summers in studying the Gorner glacier above Zermatt, which allowed for the ascent of a number of peaks in the area.

Ed has been a key participant of the club trekking meets for over 10 years, and has organised those meets for the last five years. As part of the centenary celebrations of the club, Ed and a number of other club members trekked an extended Haute Route, from Chamonix to the Britannia Hut.

Nearer to home, in Yorkshire, he can still be found climbing and walking regularly in the Yorkshire Dales.

Meets Secretary - Andy Burton

Andy has been a member of Sektion Monte Rosa of the SAC since 1975.

His interest in walking and all things outdoor was kindled at an early age by his parents, and friendships with like-minded schoolfriends in their teens led to a trek along the Bernese Oberland chain after ‘A’ Levels with one of them (the Editor!), and a love of Switzerland and the mountains matured out of all this.

A year at Kingston Polytechnic where as Treasurer of the Mountaineering Club Andy was introduced to rock climbing by another lifelong walking friend, saw lots of climbing and very little study with the inevitable exam results. Disappointment was assuaged by another trip to Switzerland to explore the Zermatt valley as well as some time spent in the Engadine learning some new skills on snow and ice.

This then formed the pattern of holidays both winter and summer with partner, friends and later family invariably focussed on visiting some hilly or mountainous areas in either the UK or Europe.

Andy has been a regular user of the George Starkey Hut over the last 38 years. He has over the years organised several family meets at the Hut over October half-term,encouraging all who attended to join the Club, and camping meets in Derbyshire in May.

For the last twelve years he has regularly attended the trekking meets instigated by Alasdair Andrews with both old and new walking and climbing partners, and as a result has found himself fully drawn back into this new role.

Not far from home in Nottingham Andy can regularly be found in Derbyshire walking, or climbing, or cycling with friends and family as he has done since he was a young boy.

Hut Booking Secretary

Marian has taken on the role of Hut Booking Secretary in April 2014. She also is the Warden of the George Starkey Hut.

Editor - Mike Goodyer

I've been a member of the ABM and SAC since 1975 and served on the committee previously as Meets Secretary and President.

I was introduced to the outdoor life and camping through Scouts and family sailing holidays in my youth. I discovered mountains during a winter Outward Bound Course at Brathay Hall in Ambleside in my teens.
Since then I have walked extensively in the UK and Europe, rock climbed in the UK, Europe and the USA, spent several winters in cold gullies and faces in Scotland and France, visited the Alps many times and raced across the fells.

I set up and maintain the web site and currently edit the Newsletter and Journal, bringing all communications under one roof. In addition, in late 2014, along with Mary Eddowes, we launched our Facebook page.