Photos of Meets

Meets in 2016

Cogne Meet, July Kintail and Skye Meet, May Derbyshire Mayday Meet Annual Dinner, February

Meets in 2015

Braemar Meet, October Gala Dinner, Geneva, October Presidents Meet, September Mattertal Trek, September Alpine Camping Meet, Summer Peak District, May Fassfern Meet, March Annual Dinner

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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 and insurance in the UK is the BMC


Photo Archive 2001 to 2014

Meet reports 2001 to 2014.

We have started a pdf archive of books and Journals that give an insight into the Association in its earlier days.

To start the archive off we have a copy of the "Inauguration of the Cabane Britannia, 1912.

There are also Journals from 1975 to 2008.

Please contact the Hon. Editor if you have any comments

Last Updated: 18 October 2016


A mountaineering club with a strong interest in UK and alpine activities

Meets for 2016

The Annual Buffet/Presidents Meet will be at the GS Hut on 21 to 23 October.

For all our UK and Alpine meets see the Programme.

Advance notice of 2017 Meets

Below are the dates and venues for the Annual Dinner, Hotel Alpine Meet and the Autumn Trek.

ABMSAC Annual Dinner and AGM, Saturday 4th 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.
•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 dinner booking form will be sent out along with further details in the November Newsletter.

The Hotel Alpine Meet will be from Friday 30th June to Friday 7th July will be based in Selva Gardena, 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.
The Hotel wants to have an idea of numbers by the end of September 2016. If you wish to attend please contact Pam Harris before end of the month.

The Alpine Camping Meet will be from 15 July to 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. For more information contact the Coordinator, Keith Lambley on

The Autumn Alpine Trek/Meet will be on 9th to 16th September in the Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria - based in Bansko. Judy Renshaw is the meet organiser. Pirin Adventures will do a tailor made package, including accommodation and transport etc. We intend to organise day hikes, some overnights in huts.

The full 2017 Programme will be be published by the end of October.

Latest News 18 October

George Starkey Hut in the SAC monthly journal! Each month the Swiss Alpine Club Journal LES ALPES includes an article entitled ‘An Historic Milestone’, featuring an event which happened the same month in the past. For October 2016 the article features the George Starkey Hut, as it was inaugurated in the month of October.
Written by SAC historian Daniel Anker and translated by Pamela Harris, the article also has a link to the ABMSAC website and is accompanied by a photo of Marian Parsons, the ‘hut warden’, opening the door of the hut.

Report of the Beer Meet in September is now available.

At the end of June Mike Parsons took several photos of the Hut after completion of 'Phase 1' of the renewals/upgrade.

journal The Journal was sent to members end of June, Editor.

A new walk has been set up to encourage visitors to the Ullswater area - the Ullswater Way. The walk makes use of the lake steamer for shorter walks or you can try the full 20 walk. Details are on

The BMC were looking for members to raise £100,000 for environmental projects on some of Britain's most iconic peaks with their new campaign Mend our mountains.
The ABMSAC donated £1000 towards the appeal. You will be pleased to know that over £100,000 has been donated/pledged to the BMC. For more information go to

You might be interested to read the article Pam Harris wrote on Bhutan, entitled 'Bhutan Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon', that has been recently published on the Blog site of Cicerone Press.

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.
From 1 July we have a new hut partner, the Alpine Club. We have taken this opportunity to change the name of the Limited Company that runs the hut on behalf of the two clubs. The new name is George Starkey Hut Limited.

There are rock climbing and mountain biking opportunities from the front door, canoeing and sailing on Ullswater and pony trekking locally.

The hut has up to 20 places that are bookable by clubs and groups and a members room with eight places.

Please check hut availability by reviewing calendar for 2016, 2017 or 2018 before booking.

For Hut bookings contact Marian Parsons

Meet Reports

2016 Reports

Beer Meet, East Devon, September
Alpine Hotel Meet, Cogne, Italy, July
Skye Meet, May
Derbyshire Meet, Mayday Holiday weekend
Fassfern Meet, Scotland, March
Annual Dinner Meet, Lake District, February

2015 Reports

Braemar Meet, Scotland, October
Beer Meet, East Devon, October
Mattertal Trek, Switzerland, September
Alpine Camping Meet, Argentiere, July/August
Alpine Hotel Meet, Madonna di Campiglio, July
Rhyd Ddu Meet, Wales, June
May Day meet, Hurdlow, Derbyshire, May
New Members Meet, Patterdale, April
Fassfern Meet, Scotland, March
Annual Dinner Meet, Lake District, February