James was elected President at the 2018 AGM in February and will serve 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 has been 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 is a director and Company Secretary.
James is currently on the executive of Devon Area Ramblers and is past chairman of the East Devon Group.
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, 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 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.
Nearer to home, in Yorkshire, he can still be found climbing and walking regularly in the Yorkshire Dales.
After covering the job from April 2104 Ed was elected Membership Secreatary at the 2015 AGM.
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 for over 40 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.
He has regularly attended the trekking meets, instigated by Alasdair Andrews, with both old and new walking and climbing partners. All this led to Andy being the Meet Secretary from 2013 until 2019.
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.
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.
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, 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 has been a member of the committee since 2011.
I was a member of the Loughton Mountaineering Club and I’ve been a member of the ABMSAC for the last year. I own my own training company. I currently live in Southampton, but did live in Scotland in Perthshire for 6 years. I’m also a keen outdoor photographer.
I’ve been walking in the outdoors for over 30 years mostly in Scotland.
I’m still bagging the Munros - only 16 left to do. I do loads of bagging with Jeff Harris, in fact we were in Scotland in October 2017 in Knoydart. I enjoy mountain biking as well and walking any sort of Trail, currently making my way around the South West Coast Path.
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.
Mike has been Chair of the GSHL Directors since the new arrangement with the Alpine Club in 2016 and will serve until mid 2019.
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 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.
Marian is the Warden of the George Starkey Hut. She was Hut Booking Secretary from April 2014 until February 2018.