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BMC Governance Review Group Newsletter: May 2017

Thu, 01/06/2017 - 15:16
On 23 April 2017, the National Council of the BMC proposed the setting up of a committee, with an independent chair, to carry out a review of the structure, aims and governance of the organisation.

Trad youth meet: North Wales 2017

Wed, 31/05/2017 - 01:00
The BMC & DMM are teaming up to offer youth climbing weekends in 2017. They are based at climbing huts and involve a weekend of classic climbs, a good social and an evening lecture by a DMM sponsored climber. The next meet will be held in the Llanberis Pass on 2-3 August.

Latest online news from the Peak Area: June 2017

Tue, 30/05/2017 - 13:29
The June 2017 issue of the BMC Peak Area Newsletter is now online, keeping you informed about what’s happening in the region, including details of the next BMC Peak Area Meeting.

New proposals: A threat to Welsh National Parks

Tue, 30/05/2017 - 11:43
Back in March the BMC and other environmental and recreational groups raised concerns about proposals regarding the future of Welsh National Parks. The Welsh Government is debating these proposals on June 6th. Your help is needed to safeguard National Parks in Wales; please use your voice to protect the family of National Parks. Please act before 6th June and read on to see how you can help.

Get skilled up with the BMC on a club member training course

Tue, 30/05/2017 - 01:00
Are you a BMC club member wanting to learn new skills? Come along to one of our safety training courses to learn about outdoor first aid or improvised rescue for climbers.

Bouldering bronze for Emily Phillips at European Youth Cup

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 15:04
Emily Phillips came third in the latest IFSC European Youth Cup for bouldering in Soure, Portugal, and Hannah Slaney came fourth in her category, narrowly missing out on a podium place last weekend.

IFSC World Cup back in the UK - EICA, Ratho - 23-24 September

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 17:11
International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup Lead, Speed & Paraclimbing Cup will be held at Edinburgh’s International Climbing Arena:Ratho from 23 – 24 September 2017. This is the first time the World Cup in Lead & Speed has been held on British soil since 2003 and the first time the Paraclimbing Cup has been held in Scotland.

BMC summits Mount Everest with Scott Mackenzie

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 15:25
BMC member Scott Mackenzie recently journeyed to the top of the world, and was kind enough to take us along for the ride! His recent summit of Mount Everest took him past the infamous Hillary Step, which is reported to have changed as a result of the 2015 earthquake. We tracked Scott down to find out more.

Secretary sought for BMC organisational review

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 16:02
We are seeking a volunteer for the role of secretary in the independently chaired review of the BMC’s governance and organisational structure.

British-based climber completes two new routes in Baffin Island

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 13:29
Scottish resident and big wall climber, Marek Raganowicz, has added two demanding aid routes to the overhanging Ship's Prow in Baffin Island.

Pembroke Festival of Climbing

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 12:40
The first ever BMC supported Pembrokeshire Festival of Climbing is being held this weekend at Bosherston in south Pembrokeshire. Organised by keen local climbers and with a great forecast, good tides, lots of bacon butties and a free talk by BMC ambassador James McHaffie this promises to be the "mother" of all climbing meets!

BMC Manifesto: General Election 2017

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 01:00
Ahead of the election on 8 June, the BMC is challenging politicians to recognise the huge value of outdoor recreation in their manifestos and policies, while also understanding the need to protect the special qualities of the outdoors for the benefit of all.

Army of outdoor enthusiasts harvest a panda’s worth of rubbish from the Peak District

Fri, 19/05/2017 - 18:49
Parts of the Peak District attract more than their fair share of rubbish – but after well over 100 volunteers blitzed a litter hotspot in the Peak District, one particular corner is looking a lot better.

Alex MacIntyre Hut 2017 Annual report

Mon, 15/05/2017 - 01:00
The Alex MacIntyre Memorial Hut is located between Glencoe and Fort William in the Western Highlands. Jointly owned and administered by the BMC and the MCofS, the management team held its AGM last April.

This Girl Can: Get back into climbing

Mon, 15/05/2017 - 01:00
At the recent This Girl Can photo-shoot we met Nikki who used to climb in her 20’s but then work, family and new hobbies came along and she hasn’t climbed for a few years. We caught up with Nikki to find out more about her climbing plans.

Emily on climbing through pregnancy

Mon, 15/05/2017 - 01:00
After the BMC's This Girl Can Climb photo shoot we caught up with Emily to chat about her experience continuing to climb through her pregnancy.

Will Sim and Greg Boswell climb two new routes in Alaska

Wed, 10/05/2017 - 16:33
Wil Sim and Greg Boswell have recently climbed two new routes from the Buckskin Glacier in the Central Alaska Range, which lies 15 miles southeast of Denali; the main peak in the range is the Moose's Tooth. The first route is an 'outrageously good' line on the Bear's Tooth, and the second may be the first ascent of a peak. Sarah Stirling gets the low down, and finds out why they named the routes Beastiality and Shark Fishing.

Women's Sport Week 2017

Wed, 10/05/2017 - 16:24
Women’s Sport Week is taking place from 19th to 25th June this year and we really want to make some noise about all the amazing work and opportunities in climbing, hill walking and mountaineering.

Strathfarrar Estate: access arrangements

Wed, 10/05/2017 - 01:00
Are you intending to visit Strathfarrar Estate in the Scottish Highlands? Read on to find out how to access this remote and beautiful area throughout the year, as vehicular access to the estate is subject to seasonal conditions.

Maddy Cope joins the 8c club

Wed, 10/05/2017 - 01:00
Less than a handful of British women have climbed 8c, and even fewer have climbed a British 8c. The latest to crack the grade is Sheffield-based Maddy Cope, who climbed Freerider in Yosemite last year, then spent the winter training for Bat Route 8c at Malham. Sarah Stirling interviews this impressive all-rounder, who is planning to quit her day job and spend more time outside.

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