2018 Meets - Home and Abroad

Date
Meet and Venue
Meet Leader
January 16-19
Killin, Scotland
Roger James
February 2-3
The Annual Dinner and AGM, Inn on the Lake, Glenridding
Julie Freemantle
March 23 - 25
New Members Meet,George Starkey Hut, Lake District
Mary Eddowes
March 30- April 2
Joint ABMSAC/AC Meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale
Mike Parsons
May 4-6
Bunkhouse/Camping Meet, Royal Oak, Hurdlow, Derbyshire
Andy Burton
May 19-25 Judy Renshaw
June 8-9
Rhyd Ddu, Oread Club Hut, North Wales
Ed Bramley
June 22-23 David Dunk
June 29 to July 7
Hotel based Alpine Meet 4* Hotel Kramerwirt, Zillertal, Austria
Pam Harris - Andrews
July 7-28
Joint Alpine Camping Meet, Camping Attermenzen, Randa, Valais, Switzerland
Keith Lambley
August 20-26 Judy Renshaw
August 31-September 8
Hut based Trekking Meet, Argentiere, Chamonix, France
Andy Burton
September 14-16 James Baldwin
September 21-22
Alpine Reunion Meet, George Starkey Hut,Patterdale
John Kentish (AC)
October 5-6
New Inn, Bwlch, Brecon Beacons
Paul Stock
October 19 -20
Presidents Meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale
President
October 26 -28 Philip Hands
November 1-4
Monserrat, Catalonia, Northern Spain
Andy Burton
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 2018

Details of lectures booked to date:

Monday 8 January: Travels in the Mountains of Northern Nigeria by Stuart Beare (ABMSAC).

Tuesday 6 February: The Cross – Swiss Walk by Ken Baldry (ABMSAC)

Tuesday 6 March:Everest and Beyond: the changing face of adventure by Matt Dickinson

Please make a note of the dates in your diary.

See News section for full details.


Meets in 2018

Killin, Scotland, 16 - 19 January

This mid week meet is staying at the Bridge of Lochay Hotel in Killin. Rooms are avialable at £55 a night for a double/twin room for two.
It is a good area for hill walking with lots of Corbetts to tick off. Please contact Roger James on his mobile to reserve a place. At time of going to press there are up to seven people booked onto this meet.


ABMSAC Annual Dinner and AGM, 2 - 4 February.

Our annual club dinner has been arranged at the Inn on the Lake, Glenridding, on Saturday 3rd February. 7.00pm for the 7.30pm. The AGMs will be at 5pm (GSH Limited) and 5:45pm for the ABM.

We are delighted to announce our Guest Speaker for the evening is John Cleare.
John is internationally known as photographer of mountains and wild places and is a very good speaker and story teller.
As cameraman and sequence director his film and TV credits include Clint Eastwood’s ‘Eiger Sanction’, BBC’s ‘Last Blue Mountain’, ‘Old Man of Hoy’ and ‘Matterhorn Centenary’ among many others. Notable among his more than 30 expeditions to the world’s major mountain ranges are the 1971 International Everest Expedition and the Anglo-Polish Himalchuli attempt of 1978 (leader). He is an ex vice-president of the Alpine Club and an ex president of the Alpine Ski Club.
He has written more than 25 mountain related books.

A four course dinner menu with tea/coffee has been arranged at the advantageous rate of £29 per person. Please book with Julie Freemantle by 1 January 2018.

Rooms at the Inn have also been secured at a reduced price of £65.50 pp per night for B&B in a standard fell room or £80.50 pp per night B&B for a lake view room.
You are responsible for arranging your own accommodation.
If you want a room at the hotel please call them in (Freephone) 0800 840 1245, mentioning ABMSAC for the reduced rate.
Alternative accommodation in various guest houses and B&B’s or the Glenridding Hotel is available, check out the internet for availability and prices. The George Starkey Hut is available as always, please book with Marian Parsons preferably by email.


New Members Meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, 23 - 25 March

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.


Bunkhouse/Camping Meet, Royal Oak, Hurdlow, Derbyshire, 4 - 6 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.


Forest Way Bunkhouse, Ullapool, 20 - 25 May

This meet is staying at the Forest Way Bunkhouse www.forestway.co.uk, about 9 miles south of Ullapool, at £17.50 ppp night. It is close to very large number of Munros and Corbetts, some can be done from the door. Also An Teallach is not far away. Please contact Judy Renshaw if you want to come along.

Rhyd Ddu, Oread Hut, North Wales, 8 - 9 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.


George Starkey Hut maintenance meet, Patterdale, 22 – 24 June

This is a joint ABM/AC Hut Maintenance Meet, bednights will be free to those willing to put in a day's work. There is no pressure to spend the whole weekend working: one day work and one day play is fine! A free meal will be provided on the Saturday night. Jobs will be allocated according to what people feel they can do.
The meet will be organised by David Dunk and Marian Parsons. Please book your bedspace with Marian Parsons.


The Hotel Alpine Meet, Mayrhofen, Zillertal, Austia 29 June - 6 July

The summer’s hotel alpine meet will be based at Mayrhofen in the Austrian Tyrol, last visited on the 2003 meet. Mayrhofen is an attractive alpine resort and an excellent centre for walking, climbing and mountain biking. It has two cable cars going up to 2000m, and higher villages and other lifts can be accessed in the side valleys by a good bus service.

Accommodation has been reserved in the 4* Hotel Kramerwirt, in a central yet quiet location. The hotel has a large and comfortable lounge area, a lively outside terrace-bar, a health centre and free parking. All rooms are en-suite, with free wi-fi, most with a balcony. There will be a hot and cold breakfast buffet and a 4-course dinner, with vegetarian options.
The cost per person for dinner, bed and breakfast in a double/twin room is 525 euros, with a few single rooms available at 630 euros.
The hotel reservation includes free entrance to the swimming pools in Mayrhofen and Hippach, and free entrance to the Nature Park Centre at Ginzling, with participation in the walks of the Nature Park programme.

A 6-day Zillertal Activcard is available for 63.50 euros, giving free use of cable cars, buses and trains in the valley.
Mayrhofen is easily accessible from Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich airports, changing trains at Jenbach in the Inn Valley.
For further information and a booking form, please contact Pamela Harris by email.
At time of going to press I understand that this meet is full and taking reserves!, Editor.


ABMSAC/AC Summer meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, 20 - 26 August.

After the continuing success of this meet we are repeating this summer visit to the Lakes.
The whole hut has been reserved for 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.


Hut based Trekking Meet, Argentiere, Chamonix, France, 1-8 September

This years September Meet, traditionally a trekking from hut to hut affair, in line with the format of the last couple of years successful meets in Poland and Bulgaria will be based in one place.
The Chamonix valley has some lovely walking in and around the 2000 metre level on both sides affording great views of either the Mont Blanc massif or the Aiguilles Rouges. These can be readily accessed or retreated from using the well-placed lift infrastructure, or for those wishing to prepare and acclimatise themselves to go higher as the week progresses, offer good uphill training too.

During the week, weather permitting, there will be the opportunity to do walks to huts on either side of the valley to enable attendees to ascend at least a couple of peaks over 3000 metres, Mont Buet being just one example at 3099 metres.
There are other slightly different but nonetheless challenging walks to the dinosaur footprints and the Emosson Dam. Visitors staying in the valley are entitled to a guest card which allows free bus and train travel between Servoz and Vallorcine, whilst the Mont Blanc Multipass offers 2 and 3 day non-consecutive lift passes for100 Euros.

The accommodation booked to date comprises of a five bed apartment and a 7 bed apartment in Lagrange Vacances Le Cristal d'Argentière Rue Charlet Straton, Argentière, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, 74400, France.

So far Andy has 7 expressions of interest (15 May).
If you have not already reserved a place please contact the meet organiser Andy Burton. To secure your place a deposit of £100 per person should be made to the organiser by Friday 6th July 2018.


Beer Meet, East Devon, 14 - 16 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, 21 - 22 September

This Meet is intended to allow those who attended the Randa 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, 5 - 6 October

This is our third visit to the Brecons in as many years. 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.


Strathpeffer Meet, Scotland, 26 - 28 October

This is a “book your own accommodation” meet based on the Shearings Highland Hotel Strathpeffer for 3 nights from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 October inclusive.
Strathpeffer is conveniently situated for the Strathconon and Glen Strathfarrar hills, the Fannaichs and the Beinn Dearg group of hills.

To book, Shearings can be contacted on 01942 417754 or at www.shearings.com.
Currently, the cost is £95 per person sharing a double/twin room and £110 for a single room, for the 3 nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Please would you let Philip, the meet organiser, know when you have booked and let him have a note of your booking reference so that he can arrange the seating for dinner.


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.


Details of the remaining meets will be posted when they are available, Editor