Photos of meets in 2013

Locheil Meet, Scotland, March 2013 Photos of meets in 2012

Beer Meet, Devon, September 2012 Gressoney la Trinite Alpine Hotel Meet, July Britannia Hut Centenary - June 2012, Journey to the Hut Britannia Hut Centenary - June 2012, Sunday Celebrations

Photos of meets in 2011

Summer Alpine Meet - Ailefroide, France Bhutan Trek, April
Scottish Winter Meet - Onich, Feburary

Rhyd Ddu Meet, June Annual Dinner Meet, Glenridding, February Tarbet Meet, Scotland, October 2012 Karwandel Trek, September Innertkirchen Alpine Camping Meet, Switzerland, July Britannia Hut Centenary - June 2012, compare 1912 with 2012 Video of the first 30 seconds of our helicopter ride back to Saas-Fee Frontier Trek, Pyrennes, September Summer Alpine Meet - Fiesch, Upper Valais, Switerland Derbyshire Meet, April

If you have any photograghs that you would like to include please e-mail to the editor as a JPG file of up to 6 inches by 8 inches (landscape or portrait).


We are a national UK mountaineering club with a strong interest in alpine mountaineering. As you can see from our meets programme and reports we are an active club, with a diverse and well attended range of meets. How to join us

George Starkey Hut
The hut is in Patterdale near Ullswater, at the heart of the Lake District’s Eastern Fells. It is ideally placed for the High Street range to the East, whilst from the front there is a splendid view of Helvellyn and its neighbouring fells: to reach them, all you have to do is put on your boots and walk from the Hut.
There are rock climbing and mountain biking opportunities from the front door, canoeing and sailing on Ullswater and pony trekking locally.

For Hut bookings contact Marian Parsons

Committee whos who

Members of the ABMSAC who wish to become a member of ABMSAC Limited can download and complete an application form and forward it to the Company Secretary.

If you have a change of address or e mail please let Mike Goodyer know. This will ensure that we can forward Newsletters etc to you.

The web site for the Swiss Alpine Club has links into pages for the separate Sections.

A source for all types of climbing information/access/insurance in the UK is the BMC


Bhutan Meet, October
Beer Meet, Devon, September
Solden Meet, Austria, September
Hotel Alpine Meet, Saas Almagell, Switzerland, July
Rhyd Ddu Meet, Wales, June
Peak District Meet, Derbyshire, May
Torridon Meet, Scotland, April
Locheil Meet, Scotland, March
Annual Dinner Meet, Lake District, February


Tarbet Meet, Scotland, October
Beer meet, East Devon, September
Alpine Trek, Karwendel, Austria, September
Camping Alpine Meet, Innertkirchen, Switzerland, July
Hotel Alpine meet, Gressoney la Trinite, Italy, July
Britannia Hut Centenary Celebrations, June
North Wales Meet, May
Derbyshire Meet, May
Scottish Winter Meet at Inchree Centre, Onich
Annual Dinner Meet, Lake District, February

2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001

We have started a pdf archive of books and Journals that give an insight into the Association in its earlier days. In the coming months we will add more copies of our older Journals from the sevenities.
To start the archive off we have a copy of the "Inauguration of the Cabane Britannia, 1912.

MEETS 2014

For all our UK and Alpine meets for next year see the Programme.


Over 250 friends and climbers met up in Yeovil on Monday 24 March for the Memorial Service for Mike Pinney. It was a sad, but uplifting service. Many thanks to all the ABM members who attended.
More details will be in the Journal.
A memorial website has been set up for friends to leave tributes.

Upcoming Meets

The next meet is in Derbyshire staying at the Royal Oak in Hurdlow over the May Day weekend, 2-5 May. Please send £7.50 per night to Andy Burton by Easter to secure a place.

Roger James is looking to organise a Meet in September (proposed dates 20-27)- to Assynt and the Far North. Accommodation will be booked by Roger and there will be a mixture of communal dining - in some style - and eating out. Numbers will be limited and reservations will be accepted in the order in which they are received. Book with Roger.

Andy has a proposed itinerary for the Via Ferrata meet in Cortina d' Ampezzo in September. Please reserve your place by sending Andy Burton £25 deposit and a copy of your flight booking, and Via Ferrata Insurance cover for the whole trip. Please note that current climbing insurance, helmet, harness and proper via Ferrata kit, including gloves are required. Note from EditorThis meet is already half full.


The Journal is in prepartion but publication will be delayed until May due to unforeseen circumstances. Many thanks to members who have sent in articles and photos. Editor.

The AGM and Annual Dinner was a sucess, despite the poor weather. Professor David Collins gave a very informative and interesting talk on his glacier research and comments on climate change. Many thanks to Brooke for another good Annual Dinner. Dates for next year will be confirmed soon.

Reports Section has been updated with new Meet Reports.

Details of the 2014 summer Alpine Meets are now available in the Meets programme.

SAC commemorative stamps The Swiss Post Office has issued SAC commemorative stamps to celebrate 150 years of the SAC.

The magazine “Hello Switzerland” recently ran an article about the Centenary of the Britannia Hut and the Associations involvement with it.

Parking in the Peak District Andy Burton recently parked at the Birchens car park and a parking meter was being installed there.
The former North Lees estate land management has been entrusted to a partnership between the National Trust and the RSPB. Andy rang the RSPB rep for the area and they confirmed that all the car parks that they take over will be free of charge to either RSPB or National Trust members on displaying a current membership card in their windscreen. This will eventually encompass the whole area from Stanage right down to Birchens.

If you have any comments on the site please mail the Hon. Editor

Last Updated: 12 April 2014