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Meet the face of the new Honda Civic

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 01:00
You might have seen GB Climbing Team member Imogen Horrocks on the telly. She stars in a new ad for the Honda Civic, called Up, filled with stunning scenery and spicy-looking climbing moves. Sarah Stirling finds out her take on it.

Climbing opportunities for everyone

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 01:00
Climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities that are incredibly fulfilling as well as physically and mentally demanding. People of all ages, abilities and backgrounds can enjoy these activities and disability needn’t be seen as a barrier to participation.

How to: provide inclusive activities

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 01:00
For providers of climbing, hill walking and mountaineering activities there is a wealth of information available to support you to ensure your activities are accessible. To make it easier, we're gathering the information here.

Lead Cup and Open Youth Boulder competitions - April 2017

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 01:00
The competition season started with a bang last weekend with the first round of the BMC Lead Cup at Reading Climbing Centre and the Open Youth boulder competition at the brand new Oakwood Climbing Centre - read the full report below.

Check your Friends! Wild Country issue notice for inspection

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:42
On 31 March, manufacturer Wild Country issued a voluntary notice for users to inspect Friends size 2,3 &4 purchased in 2016-7.

This Girl Can Climb: Lisa

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 01:00
We met Lisa when she joined the This Girl Can photoshoot at Manchester Climbing Centre. After hearing how she started climbing as a family activity, and how she still climbs with her son Oliver, we wanted to find out more. Here she tells us a little about her introduction and subsequent passion for climbing.

Ian Smith, Lynn Robinson receive George Band Award 2017

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 01:00
The 2017 BMC George Band Award goes to guidebook gurus Ian Smith and Lynn Robinson for their outstanding contributions to the BMC and mountaineering over many years. Congratulations! Let's have a look at why they were nominated for the award.

How will Brexit affect sport climbing grades?

Sat, 01/04/2017 - 01:00
In view of the current climate, the BMC decided to poll its membership on the question of grades. Should British grades come first? Is there room for foreign grades taking over our routes? The results are in and it’s time for Operation BFG.

Rope shear fear: could it happen to anyone?

Fri, 31/03/2017 - 12:34
After the unfortunate recent rope shear incident involving Michele Caminati, the BMC would like to highlight the dangers of rope failure and how everyone should be wary of it.

First aid & mountain medicine weekend in the Peak District

Thu, 30/03/2017 - 01:00
Join top doctors for a one-off weekend of UK and high altitude first aid in Hathersage this June.

BMC helps fund Mountain Heritage move to secure our history

Wed, 29/03/2017 - 15:04
Mountain Heritage Trust moves into stunning new base at Blencathra – with help from the BMC.

That's a wrap: Women's Winter Week 2017

Wed, 29/03/2017 - 13:01
The first Women's Winter Week ushered in a momentous start to March, which saw mountains of fun with positive, inspirational women and support from male and female supporters alike. So what went down during these five days of skills, thrills, and chills? BMC ambassador Mary-Ann Ochota reports.

Welsh National Parks under threat

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 10:31
A new report commissioned by the Welsh Government recommends sweeping changes to the core purpose and governance of National Parks and other protected landscapes in Wales. The Future Landscapes Wales report has raised serious concerns amongst conservation bodies and recreation groups about the very purpose and future protection of these special places.

Big Mountain Weekend: The Arc'teryx Lakeland Revival

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 01:00
What is the Arc'teryx Lakeland Revival and where did it come from? We asked former grit kid Katy Whittaker why she's turned to championing the Lake District.

Latest online news from the Peak Area: April 2017

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 16:55
The April 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.

Mega Mums: Celebrating Mother's Day

Sun, 26/03/2017 - 00:00
We'd like to say a big Happy Mother's Day to all the Mega Mums out there. Here's a massive dose of inspiration for everyone with this collection of films and stories from amazing adventurous mothers.

Step into Spring: 8 tips to get ready for hill walking

Sat, 25/03/2017 - 00:00
The clocks are going forward, the snowdrops are out, the evenings are lighter, the pigeons are doing courtship sexy dancing – it must be Spring! For those of us who aren’t winter walking warriors, this is our time. BMC ambassador Mary-Ann Ochota shares her checklist to make sure you're all set. Let the walking begin!

Crags that are actually on beaches

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 00:00
There aren't many things better than climbing a route, lowering off and jumping into the sea as a cool down, says BMC ambassador Steve McClure. For the family climbers, having a beach to keep the kids occupied is perhaps the best way to get a day's climbing in. Building a sandcastle to avoid the hard start may offer an advantage, too! So where are these perfect venues? Let's find out.

Performance sport climbing days for young people

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 12:24
These courses will be run by Ian Dunn who has many years of experience sport climbing. Ian has been the Manager of the GB Junior Climbing Team and is a Development Coach. Ian really enjoys sport climbing and has climbed extensively in the UK, Europe and Thailand, he also loves passing on knowledge to others and seeing climbers push themselves and achieve their goals. Ian has run many workshops and Sport Climbing Courses for The BMC. For more information see the parents guide:

Exciting news: BMC buys Crookrise crag, Yorkshire

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 10:24
To protect future access for climbers and walkers, the BMC has bought Crookrise Crag, a nationally-important grit crag in Yorkshire.