2017 Meets - Home and Abroad

Meet and Venue
Meet Leader
February 3-5
The Annual Dinner and AGM, Inn on the Lake, Glenridding
Brooke Midgley
March 18 - 21
The Whitehouse, Blacklunans, Glenshee, Scotland
John Dempster
March 31 - April 2
New Members Meet,George Starkey Hut, Lake District
Mary Eddowes
April 27 - May 1
Douglas, Hotel based meet, Isle of Man
Judy Renshaw
April 28 - May 1
Bunkhouse/Camping Meet, Royal Oak, Hurdlow, Derbyshire
Andy Burton
May 14 - 20
Isle of Skye and Kintail, Sligachan Bunkhouse and Ratagan YH
Judy Renshaw
June 2 - 4
George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, Joint meet with AC
Sandy Allan (AC)
June 23 - 25
Rhyd Ddu, Oread Club Hut, North Wales
Ed Bramley
June 30 - July 7
Hotel based Alpine Meet, 3* Hotel Astor, Selva/Wolkenstein, Val Gardena, Northern Italy, N Italy
Pam Harris - Andrews
July 15 - August 5
Camping based Joint Alpine Meet, Camping Mulina, Vicosoprano, Bregaglia, Switzerland
Keith Lambley
August 14 - 20
ABMSAC summer meet, George Starkey Hut
Judy Renshaw
September 1 - 3
Hut Maintenance Meet, George Starkey Hut
September 9 - 17 Judy Renshaw
September 15 - 17 James Baldwin
September 23-25
Alpine Reunion Meet, George Starkey Hut,Patterdale
John Kentish (AC)
October 6 - 8
New Inn, Bwlch, Brecon Beacons
Paul Stock
October 13 - 16 Philip Hands
October 20 - 22
Annual Buffet Meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale
December 28 - January 2 Judy Renshaw

Please book direct with the Meet Leader, unless otherwise stated. Contact numbers are in the Newsletter or Journal.

London Lecture Programme for 2017/18

Lectures for the winter season will be on Tuesday 3 October, Monday 6 November and Monday 4 December in 2017. In 2018 the meets will be on Tuesday 2 January, Tuesday 6 February and Tuesday 6 March. Please make a note of the dates in your diary.

Details of lectures booked to date:

Tuesday 3 October: Snowcaps on the equator by Peter Payne: Africa’s three glaciated mountain areas and the world’s second biggest river and second largest tropical rainforest all lie within a few degrees of latitude of the equator. An account of climbs on Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya and the Mountains of the Moon from the 1990’s, before ‘climate change’, and of a journey ‘east along the equator’ up the Congo River, with some current updates.

Monday 6 November: TransAlp Ski III, 2017 by David Hamilton: David will talk about the third leg of his project to make a winter ski crossing of the Alps from the Mediterranean to Vienna. His route crossed the Engadin, Silvretta, Ötztal, Stubai, Zillertal, Hohe and Niedere Tauern ranges: 746km with 39,800m of ascent over 49 days with less than average snow cover.

Monday 4 December: Still Unexplored Vishnugarh Darh by Susan Jensen: The Vishnu’s Fortress is a ridge of mostly un-climbed peaks under 6000m lining the south of the Panpatia Glacier in Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India, a reasonably accessible part of the Himalaya. Susan will give an account of potential climbing objectives from an expedition cut short by the illness of her companion.

See News section for full details.

Meets in 2017

ABMSAC Annual Dinner and AGM, 3 - 5 February.

Brooke Midgley has once again organised our club dinner at the Inn on the Lake, Glenridding, Saturday 4th Feb. 7:00pm for 7:30pm, after the AGM at 6pm. Dinner at the advantageous rate of £28.50 (same as last year) for a 4 course menu with coffee/tea. Pleasebook with Brooke by 1 January 2017
Rooms: Brooke has again arranged a reduced price of £65pp per night for B&B (but extra for lake views).
You are responsible for arranging your own accommodation. If you want a room, ring the Hotel: Tel no. (Freephone) 0800 840 1245, mentioning ABMSAC for the reduced rate.
Alternative accommodation in various guest houses and B&Bs, or the Glenridding Hotel which should be fully re-opened if anyone wishes to stay there for old times' sake.

The George Starkey Hut is available as always, please book with Marian Parsons preferably by email.

The Whitehouse, Blacklunans, Glenshee,Scotland, 18 – 21 March

From the Cottages and Castles brochure John Dempster has identified another house. This is the Whitehouse at Blacklunans, which is off Glen Shee, reasonably situated for the Southern Cairngorms and the Angus Hills, and of course skiing. It seems a comfortable house and sleeps 10, albeit with three doubles.

This Meet is already fully booked.

New Members Meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, 31st March - 2nd April

This Meet is designed to encourage prospective New Members to attend and hopefully join the Club. Mary Eddowes and her core group of friends prepare a meal on the Saturday evening for everyone, and weather permitting a varied programme of walks is run by Mary and her advisers from the Hut over this weekend introducing new attendees to both the Ullswater valley, our Hut and the ABMSAC.

Contact Mary to book a place on this Meet, and come along and see if you enjoy the experience as much as we all do.

Douglas, Isle of Man, 27 - 30 April

The meet is based at the Silvercraigs Hotel, Douglas. Eight former TCC members have already booked onto this meet.
Some people intend to fly there and use local buses and trams to get around; others may take a ferry. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and Manx Ferries both appear to run ferries from Liverpool and Heysham.

If you wish to join this meet contact Judy Renshaw for further details about the meet and Hotel options. No deposit is needed at present.

Bunkhouse/Camping Meet, Royal Oak, Hurdlow, Derbyshire, 28 April - 1 May

The Meet is essentially the same as usual using the bunk barn or camping. The format is to eat in the pub on the Saturday evening, and have a private barbeque on the Sunday evening. There will be a small charge for the BBQ. Activities over the weekend include mountain biking, outcrop climbing and walking.

Details of Royal Oak can be found on www.peakpub.co.uk, telephone 01298 83288.

There are 14 places reserved in the bunk barn, and camping is also available. Camping has to be booked direct by the attendees, and the camping fee has to be paid upfront and in full. A 50% non-refundable deposit of £10 per person per night secures a place in the bunk barn.

If you are camping please let the meet leader, Andy Burton, know so he can include you in the Saturday and Sunday meal plans. Standard pitch costs are £20 per night.

Sligachan, Skye and Kintail, 14 - 20 May.

After returning to Skye last year after a break of several years we're heading back for the same area this year.
Ten places are reserved in the self-catering Bunkhouse at Sligachan for the first four nights then the last two at the Ratagan Youth Hostel Kintail. A light breakfast included at Ratagan.

The meet is a six night meet at around £18-20 per person per night. We intend to eat out in the evenings and self cater for breakfast and lunches.

People to make their own travel arrangements. Some intend to fly to Inverness and hire a car from there. So some car sharing can be arranged.

Contact Judy Renshaw to book your place on the meet and to confirm your travel arrangements.

George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, 2 - 4 June

This joint ABM/AC meet is for climbers making the transition to Alpinism from the indoor climbing walls and the British hills.
Sandy Allan, Vice President of the AC has agreed to be Meet leader.
Book the hut with Marian.

Rhyd Ddu, Oread Hut, North Wales, 23 - 25 June

The meet will take the usual format, with Ed providing a communal meal with wine on the Saturday evening.
Several members may stop over either on the Thursday night or Sunday. When booking with Ed please let him know if you want to stop over the extra night.

With the Hut, a large House really, being situated right by the Rhyd Dhu path up Snowdon, and the Mountain Railway station, this venue provides a variety of excursions for everyone, literally from the front door.

The Hotel Alpine Meet, Val Gardena 30 June - 7 July

The Meet will be based in Selva/Wolkenstein, situated at a height of 1566m in the Val Gardena, in the Dolomites of South Tyrol. Accommodation has been reserved in the 3* Hotel Astor which is in a central yet quiet location close to the shops, bus stop and lifts.

See attached PDF for more details.
If you wish to attend please contact Pam Harris-Andrews before end of November.

Alpine Camping Meet, Vicosoprano, Bregaglia, Switzerland, 15 July - 5 August

As usual it is a joint meet with AC, ABMSAC, FRCC, Climbers’ Club, SMC, LSCC, Wayfarers and Yeovil MC. Location – Camping Mulina in Vicosoprano, Bregaglia, Switzerland.
Although it is not essential to book please let Keith know if you are coming.

For further details contact the coordinator: Keith Lambley

ABMSAC Summer meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, 14 - 18 August.

After the success of the meet last year we are repeating this summer visit to the Lakes.
The whole hut has been reserved for ABM members to enjoy some summer days out on the fells. It is intended to have a communal meal in the hut, probably on the Friday evening.
Judy Renshaw is Meet leader. Please contact her if you want to attend.

Walking in the Pirin Mountains, Bansko, Bulgaria, 9 - 16 September

Bansko is located in the S.W. of Bulgaria and borders Greece and Macedonia. Pirin Mountains remain one of the vastly undiscovered mountain ranges of Europe. Activities can include horse-riding, kayaking or white water rafting, wild camping and survival, waterfall and Gill scrambling; and rock climbing in the Pirin and Rondopi Mountains.

Judy Renshaw, the meet leader, knows Liz Anderson who runs Pirin Adventures. Liz will do a tailor made package, including accommodation and transport etc. We can choose a package to suit us, including day hikes, some overnights in huts. The package will include for breakfast and lunch to be available in Bansko but that we eat out when staying in the town. (Meals are generally good and inexpensive there, Bulgarian Lev was worth 43p in late November)

The estimated cost will be £480 per person, excluding flights.
Details of a proposed itinerary are presented on Pirin Adventures website.

Contact Judy to book a place and arrange deposits. A detailed itinerary will be finalised nearer the time.

Flights need to be booked separately. EasyJet or Wizz, which have been OK fly to Sofia from Gatwick or Luton. If people want to go on flights at different times, we will have to review the possible transfer arrangements, as Bansko is 2-3 or so hours from Sofia.

Beer Meet, East Devon, 15 – 17 September

This Meet is run by James Baldwin in its usual format, with him and Belinda leading attendees through the delights of this part of the country over the weekend.
If you have not been you should, this one is a little gem, with the potential for some quite strenuous walking along the Coastal path and inland, as well as ammonite/fossil graveyards, and cream tea emporiums to savour.

Alpine Reunion Meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, 22 – 24 September

This Meet is intended to allow those who attended the Vicosoprano Camping Meet in the summer to gather together again, share photographs and stories, enjoy a communal meal on the Saturday evening, and spend some time on the Fells too!

The Meet Leader is John Kentish, so please book your places with him.

Brecon Beacons Meet, New Inn Bwlch, 6 - 8 October

After the successful meet in 2016 we are going back again! There are up to 14 places provisionally booked at the Beaconsbackpackers bunkhouse at the New Inn at Bwlch.
The full cost of accommodation is £22 per night, including breakfast.
We intend to eat at the pub in the evenings.

Please book with Paul Stock. Paul will need a non-refundable 50% deposit to secure a place.

Autumn Scottish Meet, Strathpeffer 13 - 16 October

This is a “book your own accommodation” meet based on the Shearings Highland Hotel Strathpeffer for 3 nights from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October inclusive.
Strathpeffer is conveniently situated for the Strathconon and Glen Strathfarrar hills, the Fannaichs and the Beinn Dearg group of hills.

To book, contact Shearings on 0844 8246350 or the website

Currently, the cost is £110 per person sharing a double/twin room and £125 for a single room, for the 3 nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Please let Philip know when you have booked and let him have a note of your booking reference so that he can arrange the seating for dinner.

The Presidents Meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, 20 – 22 October

This Meet, formerly known as the Annual Buffet Party, is essentially our own Reunion Meet, where members can share photos of their exploits during the year, in and around a communal meal on the Saturday night, hopefully as in the last two years, prepared by our own Chef, Andy Hayes, and talk about plans for future adventures.

ABMSAC Twixmas meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, 28 December - 2 January.

The whole hut has been reserved for ABM members to share days out in the fells.
It is intended to have a communal meal in the hut on New Year’s Eve.

Judy Renshaw, is the Meet leader. Please contact her if you want to attend.