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On July 8, 21-year-old Anna Taylor climbed her second-ever E8, Disorderly Conduct in the Lake District. Leo Houlding commented: "Good job Anna. I think that's the only route at Reecastle I haven't done... the hardest one!" Anna has been ticking off loads of E6s and E7s this year, confirming her as one to watch. On July 4 she put up a new route, Priceless, E7 6b, at Thang Crag in Langdale. Sarah Stirling finds out more about her.
"Time was ticking very fast and I was in a pumpy position facing a fall onto a sky-hook. If it fell off... I searched for a panic slap option." Steve McClure talks about doing something few have done, onsighting E8. Steve also offers his thoughts on climbing dangerous routes as a dad.
Introducing a new programme of skills-training courses specifically designed for members of BMC affiliated clubs.
For the first time ever, adidas Ticket to Rockstars is coming to the UK and inviting amateur climbers to become a part of a worldwide community. Participants will be able to compete for wildcard entry into one of the most spectacular events of the pro-climbing calendar, the adidas Rockstars final held in Stuttgart, Germany.
For the first time ever, we saw British athletes compete in both the women’s and men’s final of an IFSC Lead World Cup when the GB Climbing Team headed to the legendary mountain town of Chamonix. With both Molly Thompson-Smith and Will Bosi making it through semis, we were excited to see how they’d do in the finals.
Huge success for the GB Paraclimbing Team in the first of two competition events in the calendar: the Paraclimbing Masters in Imst, Austria. Seven podium places and great results all round is really positive for the team ahead of the Paraclimbing World Championships in Briançon, France, next week on 15-18 July.
An amendment has has to be made to the GB National Development Squad Selection Policy ahead of this weekends IFSC promo event, the Flatlander cup in Arnhem, Netherlands.
Our International Meets are week-long gatherings of climbers from all over the world, with the aim to showcase the uniqueness of British climbing and connect climbers from across the globe. Find out a bit more about them from local hosts and international attendees below!
The BMC Incident and Near Miss reporting system has now been up and running for three months, so we thought we’d take a look at the response so far and encourage anyone involved in an incident or near miss to share their experience.
It was with great pleasure that BMC President Lynn Robinson awarded Martin Wragg Honorary Membership of the BMC at our AGM weekend in Buxton. Here Lynn sits down with David Brown to interview Martin and find out what this award means to him, and also to discover how it all began.
All sports need role models and climbing and hill walking are no exception, so we’re excited that seven of Britain’s top climbers, one of Britain's most well respected hill walkers, and Britain's well-loved TV archaeologist turned adventurer, have all agreed to be part of our inspiring team of BMC ambassadors.
Young guns and canny veterans are lining up to try and take the crown this year at the La Sportiva BMC British Bouldering Championships 2019, which will take place on 6-7 July. Find out more about who's gunning for the top at the #BBCs2019. And don't forget, you can watch the livestream of semi-finals and finals on BBC Sport on Sunday!
The annual event which selects athletes to the GB National Development Squad takes place on 9-10 November 2019. But in addition this year, it will be a technical and tactical profiling event. All athletes who take part will receive a film of their climbing over the two days and feedback on their performance through a individual feedback report identifying areas to develop.
A key objective of the BMC Talent Development strategy is to develop grass roots and regional talent systems through targeted performance coach education, which forms the backbone of GB Climbing Talent Development. The GB Climbing Talent Hub Scheme was presented at the ABC conference on 28 June 2019, and will provide a direct link between walls, squads and GB Climbing.
On June 25, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted unanimously in favour of including sport climbing in the summer Olympic Games in Paris. Surfing, skateboarding and breaking (break-dancing) have also been provisionally voted in. If sport climbing does make it to Paris 2024, the competition format is likely to be different, allowing more athletes to compete and offering more chances to win medals.
Last week, Paul Tierney summited every one of the 214 peaks that feature in Alfred Wainwright’s iconic, seven-volume guide to the Lakeland fells - in one go. It took him six days, 6 hours and 5 minutes. The Lake District resident broke Steve Birkinshaw’s record by almost seven hours and raised over £28,000 for the charity Mind, UK.
This June saw 30 doctors, nurses and paramedics converge on Hathersage in the Peak District, to teach and share the latest knowledge about the practice of mountain medicine in the UK and abroad. BMC Honorary Medical advisor Dr David Hillebrandt reports:
The classic VS climbs, Shadrach and the Brothers at Craig Bwlch y Moch are sadly no more. As previously reported, some very loose dangerous blocks were identified on these routes. After a thorough inspection, the BMC had no option but to commission a professional rock-engineering company to remove the blocks. Further works remain to be done and the area remains unstable - keep clear until the works are completed!
Climbing with children requires an entirely different approach. In celebration of Father's Day, a range of dads offer their advice on encouraging kids into the sport without putting them off: Mountain Guide Jon Bracey, BMC Ambassador Steve McClure, BMC CEO Dave Turnbull, Outdoor Event Consultant Matt Heason and Mountain Instructor Matt Woodfield.
On 5 June, blind GB Paraclimbing Team member, Jesse Dufton, led every pitch of the classic East Face Route (E1 5b) on the Old Man of Hoy, placing all his own gear. Here's how he did it and a bit more about the Loughborough-based climber. This isn't Jesse's first sea stack. It's not his biggest achievement, either...