2022 Meets - Home and Abroad
Meet and Venue
Meet Leader
January 11Paul Stock, Andy Burton
January 28 - 30Julie Freemantle
February 8Paul Stock, Andy Burton
March 8Paul Stock, Andy Burton
April 8 - 10Mary Eddowes
April 12Paul Stock, Andy Burton
April 14 - 18
Joint ABMSAC/AC Easter Meet George Starkey Hut Patterdale
book your own
May 6 - 8
Peak District Meet Ollerbrook Farm Stables Bunkhouse, Edale
Andy Burton
May 22 - 28
Scottish Spring Meet, Braemar
Judy Renshaw
June 1 - 5
Rhyd Ddu, Oread Club Hut, North Wales
Ed Bramley
June 25 - 26 Mike Goodyer
July 9 - 16
Alpine Hotel Meet Kandersteg Switzerland
Paul Stock
July 2 - 23
Joint Alpine Camping Meet Camping du Glacier D'Argentière
Paul McWhinney (AC)
August 24 - 27 Heather Eddowes
September 3 - 9 Paul Stock
Sept 30 - Oct 2 David Clear
October 14 - 16
New Inn, Bwlch, Brecon Beacons
Paul Stock
October 21 - 23
Presidents Meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale
Andy Burton
November 8 Paul Stock, Andy Burton
December 13 Paul Stock, Andy Burton
December 26 - January 2
Joint ABMSAC/AC Twixmas/New Year meet, George Starkey Hut
Book your own

Please book direct with the Meet Leader, unless otherwise stated. Contact details are on the members database.

London Lecture Programme for 2022/23

The dates for the autumn talks are Tuesdays 4th October, 1st November and 6th December.

Tuesday 4 October: ‘TH Somervell - Mountaineer, Surgeon, Artist’ presented by David Seddon (ABMSAC)

Tuesday 1 November: Mad Dogs and Englishmen: Cambridge High Atlas '21 - Eve Seymour and Joe McDermott

Tuesday 6 December: Walking the Wainwright Coast to Coast route - Judy Renshaw

See News section for full details.

Meets in 2022

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.

Day Meets have been a successful part of our excursions in 2021 and we are planning to continue them over the coming winter and next autumn. If any members want to help organise the day walks in their area please let Paul know. About two weeks before the day meets the venues will be posted on the website.
Please contact the organisers to confirm your attendance (use members database for email addresses).

The AGM and Annual Dinner will be on Saturday 29 January at the Inn on the Lake in Glenridding. The AGM will be at 5:45, followed by a 4 course dinner at 7:30pm. The cost of the meal will be £31 per person.
Full details and a booking form for the dinner were sent out with the December newsletter.

Refresh/Improve your skills Meet, April 8 -10

This meet is the first of its kind. We have a maximum of 12 places (some places still available, Editor, February) for free practical training with IFMGA guides from Mammut Mountain School during the day on Saturday with an evening lecture for all meet attendees.
There will be morning and afternoon sessions during the day with an option of 4 different sessions to choose from.
Sunday is a free day for travel arrangements or the chance to practice your newly gained skills.
Mary plans to go up on the Thursday and head out for a Friday full day hike. All welcome to join.

Training session options:
Walking Skills - movement, pace, equipment, nutrition, walking poles
Steep Ground Skills - safety, short roping, abseiling
Micro Navigation - specific and precise navigation and limited visibility operations
Hazards and emergencies in the mountains - planning for safety

Food: Friday eve: Pub dinner or bring your own. Saturday: Communal meal £5 per head

Accommodation: George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, Cumbria' I will book beds and you will be invoiced post meet for the nights you stay.

1. Send Mary an email to book stating which 2 sessions you’d be most interested in. She will book beds and you will be invoiced post meet for the nights you stay.
2. Pay £50 returnable deposit to ABMSAC (account no: 00823845, sort code: 30-99-98) and confirm with Mary when you have paid this.
3. Please refer to the Covid advice for this meet.

Ollerbrook Farm, Derbyshire, May 6 - 8

There is a new venue for this years Peak District meet in Edale. Accommodation is in The Stable Bunkhouse, Ollerbrook Farm, Edale (Telephone: 01433 670235).

The bunkhouse has the capacity to sleep 14 people. There are four bedrooms, three sleeping four people, and one sleeping two.
Each bunk has a mattress with fitted sheet and a pillow with pillow case. Please bring your own sleeping bag and personal towels.
It is centrally heated with a dining area and well-equipped kitchen. There are three newly refurbished showers and toilets situated both up and downstairs. All heating and electricity is included. There is adequate space to dry wet coats and walking boots within the bunkhouse and car parking outside for 6/7 cars.
There is lovely outside sitting area to the rear of the bunkhouse, suitable for BBQ.
There is a no smoking and no pets policy within the bunkhouse.
We can arrive after 4 pm on the Friday and leave by 10 am on the Sunday. We need to leave the accommodation in a clean and tidy condition.
We also have a small croft at the back of the bunkhouse which would be suitable for extras in the group for camping, for a small additional charge.

The village of Edale is less than 10 minutes walk away with a post office and general store and two pubs and two cafes that serve food.

The railway station is situated within the village and within easy walking distance of the Bunkhouse. Edale is the start of the Pennine Way and is an ideal base for all outdoor activities including walking, climbing, cycling and horse riding.

In order to reserve your place on this meet please pay £35 into the ABMSAC account No. 00823845/ Sort Code: 30:99:98 under the reference Peak Meet 2022, and email the meet organiser Andy Burton.

Come join us in the beautiful and varied Peak District.

Braemar Meet, May 22 - 28

We still have 4 places left for this meet, in log cabins at Braemar Lodge, 6 Glenshee Road, Braemar AB35 5YQ. Please let Judy (Meet Organiser) know by Weds 13 April if you would like to attend. We have booked for 6 nights 22-27 May, leaving on Sat 28th.

You will be in the heart of the Cairngorms with plenty of opportunities to tackle Munros, Corbetts and other walks in the area.
No deposit is needed at present but we do need a firm commitment by email to Judy.
Further details will be sent to attendees nearer the time.

Rhyd Ddu, Oread Hut, North Wales, June 1 - 5

This popular meet will be running over an extended period, from the Wednesday evening to Sunday, to coincide with the Queens Jubilee.
On the Saturday evening, there will be a Jubilee themed communal meal.

There are 16 places available. The cost of the meet is £30 per person or £10 for the Saturday meal only.

Given the limited number of places and that this is a bank holiday, places are only being offered for the full duration of the meet.
To secure a place, please contact Ed Bramley, who will then send you the appropriate BACS details, so you can make your payment to confirm your place.
(Please note: this is a different payment arrangement to the one we have used for this meet in the past)

Cotswold weekend, June 25 - 26

This year the meet will be based around Winchcombe, Moreton in Marsh and Bourton on the Water area. As before there will be a walk on each day in different locations.
There is a variety of accommodation available for attendees to book.

Please contact Mike Goodyer if you want to come along.
Attendees will get details of the routes will be available nearer the time.

Joint Alpine Camping Meet Camping du Glacier D'Argentière, July 2 - 23

It isn't often that we have the main summer meet in the Arve Valley, but in 2015 we had a popular (and successful) meet and a return is overdue.

There is a wide range of opportunities, a good mix of easy and hard classic mountain routes, lots of sport and trad climbing in the Aiguille Rouge with superb views over the Mont Blanc range, copious valley cragging for when the weather is not so good, walking, mountain biking and canoeing.

Argentière is quieter and more convivial than Chamonix, which is only a short bus ride away. The campsite (Camping du Glacier D'Argentière) is friendly with good facilities including Wi-Fi, bread in the morning, and an occassional pizza van.
We will have the group tent as a focal point.

Contact the Meet Organiser, Paul McWhinney (AC) to book a place on the Meet.

Alpine Hotel Meet, July 9 -16

The Meet will be in Kandersteg staying at the Hotel Alfa-Soleil (Meet details).
This Hotel is a charming, family-run 3 star hotel. The half board arrangement offers a choice of 3 different main courses from their two 4 Course menus.
The Hotel has many amenities such as a small fitness suite, indoor swimming pool and Finnish sauna. Every room is equipped with telephone, radio, television, private safe, hair dryer and bathrobes. The hotel is also used by other hiking companies such as Headwater.

We have reserved 20 places and to secure a place please pay your deposit by 20 March and let Paul Stock know that you coming.

Further details will be given, nearer the time, to those booking on the trip.

Hut Wardens Tidy Up Meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, August 24 - 27

This is an invitation/appeal for volunteers.
The broad objectives are to compliment the extensive professional work done to upgrade our hut, improving overall comfort, cleanliness and creating a good club ambiance. This is YOUR hut, please take the opportunity to contribute to its well being.

There will be a couple of free bednights for each attendee.
There is no pressure to spend the whole meet working: one day work and one day play is fine! There will be a list of jobs, and meet members can self-select according to their skills and capabilities. Tools and any paints, cleaning materials, cutters, strimmers, are provided.
Lift shares may be available from London or Penrith (or elsewhere), for those who may wish to book cheap advance train travel.

The meet will be organised by Paul Hudson. Please book with Paul.

Picos de Europa meet – Casa Gustavo Potes, September 3 - 9

This meet is rearranged from last year.We have several beds booked at the venue. Please confirm with Paul if you want to attend this meet.

Roving Meet, Reeth, North Yorkshire, 30 September - 2 October

A new meet to visit a lovely part of the Northern Yorkshire Dales around Reeth.

A booking for 8 members in 2x4 private rooms has been made at the Grinton Lodge YHA, near Reeth for 2 nights from the Friday.
The reception is open from 5pm and there is free parking at the Hostel. Breakfast is available from 7.30 each morning.
The cost per person is £53.55 for 2 nights. Please contact the meet organiser to book a place on this meet.

For more details see Grinton Lodge Hostel

Brecon Beacons Meet, New Inn, Bwlch, 14- 16 October Unfortunately there is a large Mountain Biking event on the weekend of the 7-9 October 2022 and a lot of the bunkhouses have been booked up including the New Inn. So I have managed to book us in for the following weekend 14-15 October 2022.

There are 10 places booked at the Beaconsbackpackers bunkhouse at the New Inn at Bwlch.
We intend to eat at the pub in the evenings.
Please book with Paul Stock.

Presidents Meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, 21 - 23 October

The Presidents meet, to be held in the George Starkey Hut, is an opportunity to enjoy good fellowship and a chance to put your views about the club to the President and/or committee at an informal gathering.

We will be having a communal meal on the Saturday night. There will be a charge of £10 per person for the evening meal. Wine will be supplied by the club.
Please book with the President. To help the chef please confirm any allergies or special diet requirements.
If any attendee is travelling by train to Penrith, then please let him know so transport can be arranged.
Andy will collect hut fees by BACS.