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 school friends 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 grew out of 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 focused on visiting some hilly or mountainous areas in either the UK or Europe.
As a regular user of the George Starkey Hut for over 45 years he has organised several family meets at the Hut over October half-term, encouraging all who attended to join the Club, as well as camping meets in Derbyshire in May. Since 2000 he has attended the trekking meets, originally instigated by Alasdair Andrews, then through supporting the next trekking Meet organiser, Ed Bramley, he organised a trek in the Mattertal in 2015.
From 2013 until 2019 he was the Meet Secretary.
At the AGM in 2019 Andy took on the role of Treasurer, and in February 2021 became Club President.
Introduced to the hills and mountains through an Outward Bound course in 1968 Heather developed her interest in hill walking and climbing through the OUMC and Oxfordshire CC Outdoor Education. Two years in Lausanne and a member of SAC Diablerets Section meant ski touring and climbing in the high Alps could be a weekend activities. They were - nearly every weekend!
Back in Britain in 1983 and which club to join? The ABMSAC of course! Once the new, young family were established in Uxbridge the Eddowes became regular members of the meets programme. Now based in Knutsford the Peaks, Snowdonia and even the Lakes are much more accessible.
Heather has served on the committee, on and off, since the late '80's as member, Membership Secretary, President and now Vice President.
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.
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, as part of the Gorner Glacier Project, which is now the longest running alpine glacier project in the world. The occasional ‘rest’ day allowed for 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 several treks. 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. More recently, his trekking exploits have included three visits to Morocco with ABMSAC, most recently in 2019 to the M’goun area.
Nearer to home, in Yorkshire, he can still be found climbing, walking and cycling on a regular basis.
Ed was president of the club from 2012-15 and was also membership secretary from 2015-2021, when the membership database was launched.
Paul was elected at the 2019 AGM.
Paul was introduced to rock climbing at the age of 12 by his Birmingham based youth club. They mostly climbed in Derbyshire or North Wales. Since then Paul has always been interested in the mountains.
He joined the Royal Navy in 1973 and spent 23 years in the Submarine Service. Being based in Scotland, Barrow and Plymouth he managed to keep a healthy involvement in mountain activities. Early in his naval career he belonged to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Mountaineering Club but as his family got older he spent most of his time with them in the Uk or the Alps.
After retirement from the Royal Navy Paul continued his working career with the Defence Science and Technology Laboatory and retired in 2016. Paul has been fortunate in recent times to become a member of ABMSAC and this has allowed him to continue his love of the mountains.
I've been a member of ABMSAC for 3 years being introduced to the club by Jeff Harris and Julie Jones. I have had the pleasure of organising the Annual Dinner for the last three years
I own a training company which provides courses to housing associations and local authorities and I currently live near Salisbury Wiltshire. I lived in Perthshire, Scotland for 6 years where I was able to indulge in my love of mountain walking.
I’ve been walking in the outdoors for over 30 years mostly in Scotland and am slowly working my way through the Munro’s - 11 more to go! I also enjoy long distance trails and and am walking the South West Coast Path as well as many other trails in the south.
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.
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.
James was elected President at the 2018 AGM in February and served for the next three years.
James first two forays into the Alps were on hitch hiking tours to Greece via Yugoslavia in 1961 and 1962. He walked from Kandersteg and up over the Gemmi Pass as a cheap alternative to using the tunnel. His first ABMSAC meet was to Fafleralp in 1967 where he and Belinda were baggage handlers for the Bietschhorn climb. After a period in Africa he joined the ABMSAC in 1985 and attended the 75th. Anniversary of the Club in Saas Fee and has been a regular attendee on ABMSAC meets in the Alps, England and Wales. In the last ten years he has joined them in Scotland and organises, with Belinda, the annual Beer meet enjoying the ups and downs of East Devon and Dartmoor. James was Treasurer of the club from 2005 to 2019 when this role was passed to Andy Burton.
James is a keen fell walker and has led many groups to Wales and the Lake District including four to the George Starkey Hut of which he was a director of the Limited Company until February 2021.
James is currently on the executive of Devon Area Ramblers and is past chairman of the East Devon Group.
Pamela’s love of walking began as a teenager with rambles on the Wiltshire Downs and family holidays in the Bernese Oberland. On graduating from university she moved to Switzerland, where she still lives after a career of working in international schools.
Skiing and walking in the mountains soon became regular activities, and after joining the SAC in 1975 she graduated to climbing as high as possible, often on skis. A long overland trip, culminating in the trek to Everest Base Camp, led to further Himalayan treks and membership of the Alpine Club.
Her first contact with the ABMSAC was in 1999 on the Tour of Monte Rosa, which led to friendship and later marriage to long-time member Alasdair Andrews. Every summer she helped Alasdair to organise hotel meets and treks in different parts of the Alps, Dolomites and Pyrenees, including the club’s centenary celebrations at the Britannia Hut. Together she and Alasdair furthered the club’s links with the SAC, visiting the central committee in Bern, the Geneva Section’s ‘locale’ and the Grindelwald Section’s centenary celebrations.
In addition to attending meets in the Lake District and Scotland, in 2007 Pamela organised a trek for ABM members to Everest Base Camp, and in 2011 she organised a less strenuous trek in Bhutan.
Since Alasdair’s untimely death she has continued to organise the hotel-based meets in the Alps each summer up to 2019, and in the past few years has been kept even busier revising the Cicerone Press walking guides in Provence, the Haute Savoie and the Dordogne.
Pamela was a member of the committee from 2011 to 2020.
Marian is the Warden of the George Starkey Hut.
George Starkey Hut Limited Directors:
ABMSAC - Andy Burton, Dick Murton, Ed Bramley
AC - Vic Saunders, Trevor Campbell Davis, Sherry Macliver
Hut Management Committee:
ABMSAC - Heather Eddowes (Chair), Derek Buckley, Don Hodge, Ian Mateer and Marian Parsons (Hut Warden)
AC - John Evans, Tom Curtiss and Paul Hudson
Updated 16 February 2021