Meet and Venue
|February 1-3|| |
The Annual Dinner and AGM, Glenridding Hotel
Scottish Winter Meet, Loch Eil.
|April 20-27|| |
Torridon, s/c cottage; also B&B or YHA
|Margaret and Jim Strachan|
|May 3-6|| |
Derbyshire: Bunkhouse/camping at Royal Oak, Hurdlow
|June 7-8|| |
Rhyd Ddu, North Wales, Oread Club Hut
|July 6-20|| |
Hotel based Alpine Meet, Saas Almagell, Switzerland
|July 20-August 10|| |
Camping based Joint Alpine Meet, Attermenzen, Randa, Zermatt
|August 31- September 14|| |
Camping based Joint Meet, Otztal, Solden, Austria
|September 6-8|| |
Beer Meet, Devon
|September 27-28|| |
Annual Buffet Meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale
|October 18-21|| |
Oban Meet, Hotel based
|October 25-26|| |
Alpine Reunion Meet, George Starkey Hut,Patterdale
Alpine Trek 2013 -time and venue to be arranged
June 7-8, Rhyd Ddu, Oread Club Hut.The usual format, with a communal meal in the hut on the Saturday evening. Hut bookings to Ed Bramley.
July 6-20, Joint ABMSAC/AC Hotel Alpine Meet – Saas Almagell
Introduction - Since the Swiss Alpine Club is celebrating its 150th anniversary next year, the 2013 meet will be held in Switzerland at Saas-Almagell, an excellent centre for both walking and climbing. It has the bonus that next summer all hotel reservations will include free transport within the Saastal, for both postbuses and uplift facilities. The buses include all those between Saas-Balen, Saas-Fee, Saas-Grund, Saas-Almagell and Mattmark. The uplift facilities include the cable-cars and chairlifts from Saas-Grund to Kreuzboden and Hohsaas; from Saas-Almagell to Furggstalden & Heidbodme; and from Saas-Fee to Plattjen, Hannig, Felskinn and Längflüh, as well as the Alpine Metro to Mittelallalin at 3500m. The lifts provide easy access to higher walks and to the 4000 metre peaks and involve a considerable saving, compensating for the more expensive hotel accommodation in Switzerland.
Access - The Saastal is easily accessible by both car and public transport. There are daily flights from most UK airports to Geneva, and then a direct train to Visp and postbus up the valley, a journey of approx 3 hours 30 mins. Other resorts in the Valais, such as Zermatt, can easily be reached.
Accommodation has been reserved at the 3* Hotel Monte Moro where we stayed for the ABMSAC centenary meet in July 2009 hotel. This is situated in a quiet location close to the centre of the village and the bus stop, and has private parking, lounge, drying room, south-facing terrace and free Wi-Fi access. All rooms have private facilities and most have balconies.
There will be a buffet breakfast and a four course evening meal.
The cost for dinner, bed & breakfast is SFr 88 pppn, with a single supplement of SFr 12 pppn, and a reduction for those sharing rooms for 3. This price includes the visitors’ tax, and is a 12% reduction on next summer’s published prices, based on a group of 20.
Britannia Hut Visit - During the meet it is proposed to make a one-day group excursion to the Britannia Hut to see the solar panels funded by the ABMSAC for the hut’s centenary in 2012, and the plaque commemorating this.
CERN Visit -
Our member Niels Doble, a physicist who has worked for many years at CERN, has offered to organise a visit to CERN on the afternoon before the meet starts, Friday 5th July.
The visit is free and would be in English, starting at 2:00pm and lasting about 3 hours; it will hopefully include one of the LHC caverns. He suggests that those interested meet about 12:00 and have lunch in the CERN cafeteria beforehand. Since the visit is limited to 12 persons, please indicate your interest at the time of booking on the meet.
Reservations should be sent to Pam enclosing the booking form in the December Newsletter and a cheque for the admin. fee of £10.00 per person, made payable to Pamela Andrews. Since we have stayed at the hotel before no deposit is required, but they would like an idea of numbers by early February.
Individual hotel bills should be paid directly to the hotel during the meet.
Insurance, guide books and maps -
Appropriate insurance cover is essential, for accident, illness, rescue, repatriation, travel, cancellation, etc. Please note that if you intend to go high using mountaineering equipment you should make this clear to your insurance company.
Suggested guide books -
Valais Alps East, by Les Swindin & Peter Fleming, published by the Alpine Club.
Walking in the Valais, by Kev Reynolds, published by Cicerone.
Valais East, by Michael Waeber & Hans Steinbichler, published by Rother.
Via Ferrata Switzerland, by Iris Kuerschner, published by Rother.
The best map is the Saas-Fee Hiking Map 1:25,000 published by Rotten Verlag. This has walking and ski routes superimposed and also lists various walks and places of interest.
In addition there is a 1:60.000 Zermatt-Saas Fee Hiking Map published by Kummerley & Frey.
This is a joint meet with AC, CC, FRCC and Wayfarers. Attermenzen is in the Zermatt valley half way between Randa and Tasch. This is a location we have used a number of times over the last 30 years (last time 2006). There is now a regular minibus service to Zermatt which avoids having to get to/from Tasch station.
Suggested Guide books - Alpine -
AC Valais East & West - only a few available, so buy soon to avoid disappointment.
Issue 2 of Martin Moran’s 4000m peak guide is now available.
Rock climbing - Plaisir West, and SAC Valais.
For more details and booking please contact Mike Pinney.
August 31- September 14, Solden Campsite, Otztal, Austria. Joint Camping Meet with AC/CC/FRCC.
Further details from Jeff Harris.
September 6-8 - Beer Meet, Devon. A weekend of walking around the dramatic coastal scenery around the village of Beer. Details from James Baldwin.
September 27-28 - George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, Annual Buffet Meet. Ed Bramley will finalise plans for the weekend in the New Year.
October 18-21 - Bay Great Western Hotel, Oban. John Foster has arranged a hotel-based meet for three nights from 18th October. This is a self booking meet.
Bookings can be made on the Internet by going to www.bayhotels.co.uk/home or by phone on 08444 999 356. The hotel is charging £33 per person per night (in a double or twin room) for half board, but by using the discount code DSD253 when booking this can be reduced by 10% up to the end of February. After you have booked for this meet please let John know so that he can try to arrange for everyone to sit together for meals.
Using Oban as a base gives access to the Ben Cruachan area, and the Beinn Sgulaird/Ben Fhionnlaidh summits. It also allows easy access via ferry to Mull, Lismore, and Kerrera, and access by road to the archaeological hotspots around Kilmartin. Finally one can drive across the “bridge over the Atlantic” to visit Seil island and Easdale.
October 25-26 - George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, Alpine Reunion Meet. The usual get together with a communal supper on the Saturday evening. Book hut places with Mike Pinney.
Mid - late February 2014 - Proposed Trek to Morocco. The President, Ed Bramley is looking to make a return trek to Morocco in February next year in conjunction with KE Adventure travel. The trek will be to the Anti Atlas, including Jebel Sahro for 8 days, followed by the Edge of the Sahara ( or dunes of Chegaga) for a further 8 days. As well as undertaking the whole trek of 15 or 16 days, there would also be the option of participating in one half only.
Details of the Jebel Sahro part of the trek are:
From the edge of the Dades valley, traverse south for 4 days through the Sahro, crossing remote uplands and camping beside summer settlements. Summit of Kouaoch (2,600m). Trek continues via twin towers of Bab n' Ali.
Details of the edge of Sahara part(or dunes of Chegaga):
On to the edge of the Draa valley. Walking for about 6 / 8 hours a day, with camel drivers, camping each night in the dunes.
Hiking each day is along little used trails in the region, includes crossing some of the biggest dunes in the region, which can be over 200m high.
There will be a maximum of 12 places available on the trek.
If you definitely want to either join in the whole trek, or one of the two halves, please let Ed know. Bookings are on a first come first served basis!
Find out more about the treks with the following links: