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Montane sponsor new-format GB Ice Climbing Team

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:54
The BMC is pleased to announce that Montane is supporting the GB Ice Climbing Team as the official kit sponsor for the next two competition seasons.

2019 National Competition Schedule

Mon, 10/12/2018 - 12:35
The BMC is pleased to present the Calendar for National competitions in 2019.

Climbing listed to receive backing by Aspiration Fund for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Fri, 07/12/2018 - 16:53
The new Olympic sport of climbing will receive £192,500 investment from the Aspiration Fund along with 14 other sports.

Have your say on the future of our National Parks and AONBs in England

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 14:52
The Landscapes Review of designated landscapes (as outlined in Defra's 25 Year Environment Plan) was launched in May this year and an independent panel was set up to try and find out what the public think works well and what could be improved in England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

Welsh trad climbing: join the BMC International Meet 2019

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 10:00
Connect with international friends, climb with like-minded people, go wild over Welsh trad: the BMC International Meet 2019 is returning to North Wales.

Introducing Connor Hearson, youngest person to free the Nose, and Dad Jim

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 00:00
Yosemite climbing has come a long way since 1958, when the first ascent of the Nose was established over 47 days of aid-climbing. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first free ascent of the Nose – achieved by Lynn Hill in ’93 (“It goes, boys!”) – and a new record has just been set. Connor Herson has, at 15, become the youngest person to free-climb the route. According to his Dad, “Most importantly, no days of school were missed in the sending of this route!” Connor climbed it over three days starting on November 17.

How to: Give feedback on the work of the ODG

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:49
The Organisational Development Group (ODG) wants to hear from you! There's now a website where you can find all the documents relating to the work the ODG has done so far, and you can comment on each document and article. Find out how to give your feedback:

BMC office: Christmas and New Year closure

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 00:00
The BMC office closes for Christmas and New Year at 12.30pm on Monday 24 December 2018 and will reopen at 9.00am on Wednesday 2 January 2019. For information about BMC Travel Insurance during the holiday period, read on.

Frances Bensley: the third British woman to boulder 8B

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 00:00
Frances Bensley has repeated the boulder problem Fat Lip 8B at Raven Tor in Miller's Dale, a route first climbed by Steve McClure in 2007. She is only the third British woman to climb the grade: the others were Shauna Coxsey and Mina Leslie-Wujastyk. Frances also redpointed her first 8b+ sport route this year, in Siurana. Does she have any tips for us, in general and for this route? Apparently it's all about wearing a particular climbing shoe on your right foot!

How to become a Bouldering Coach: 10 tips from Mountain Training

Fri, 30/11/2018 - 15:35
Do you love bouldering? Love teaching others? And love watching the progression of new climbers from beginner to advanced and beyond? Then you should think about doing a coaching qualification with Mountain Training. Here’s 10 things you’ll need to become a Bouldering Coach.

Pete Whittaker's Big Link-Up in Yosemite

Thu, 29/11/2018 - 00:00
Pete Whittaker has done it again! Yet another gruelling challenge has crumbled beneath the grim, relentless determination of the UK's most masochistic mountaineers. Pete was back in Yosemite on another solo mission, but this time just one granite wall was not enough – he had his eyes on both El Capitan and Half Dome. Sarah Stirling reports.

BMC Hill Walking Symposium: freedom, adventure, environment and community

Wed, 28/11/2018 - 18:06
Greater access freedoms, richer landscapes, and a more vibrant, engaged and adventurous outdoor community. This is the inspiring vision which emerged after 50 people converged on the Peak District last weekend for the first ever BMC Hill Walking Symposium.

BMC Board of Directors: October meeting summary

Wed, 28/11/2018 - 11:20
The main points discussed by the BMC Board of Directors during the October meeting.

BMC Festive Hamper

Wed, 28/11/2018 - 00:00
This festive season, the BMC is offering you the chance to win something from our 'Hamper' - a massive raffle competition that is our largest gear giveaway ever. With over 150 individual items, 50 guaranteed winners and more than £2,500 worth of prizes, it's not one to be missed.

Freeze forecast: live Lake District winter conditions monitoring

Wed, 28/11/2018 - 00:00
Did you know that you can check the winter conditions in the Lake District from anywhere? There are live monitoring systems on Great End - one of the most reliable Lakes winter crags, and another on Helvellyn - an incredibly popular but also botanically sensitive winter venue.

Spend it better this Christmas: save on cards and give to Mend Our Mountains

Tue, 27/11/2018 - 11:09
This Christmas we are encouraging supporters to save paper and postage on Christmas cards and donate towards Mend Our Mountains instead. Here's how you can help us spread the word with free digital cards.

Castle Rock comes tumbling down

Mon, 26/11/2018 - 16:54
The long wait is over: at 2pm today the big block on Castle Rock in the Lake District finally detached from the crag and fell onto the scree slope below. Climbers are warned to continue to stay away – the remaining face is loose and rock is still falling off.

The legacy of Peter Hutchinson, founder of Mountain Equipment and PHD

Mon, 26/11/2018 - 00:00
Peter Hutchinson, founder of the brands Mountain Equipment and then PHD, passed away on Friday 2 November 2018, aged 81. Peter was hands-on at the forefront of outdoor down gear manufacture from the very beginning of the industry until the modern day. When other outdoor brands grew big and moved production overseas, Peter saw a different way. A more sustainable and personal way.

GB Climbing Selection Documents

Fri, 23/11/2018 - 14:30
Ever thought about joining the GB Climbing teams but don't know how to get there? This page contains all the necessary information which is outlined in each section document- whether Ice climbing is your passion or you are a young climber looking to join the Development Squad.

Winter skills films series one: The Basics

Thu, 22/11/2018 - 00:00
Confused by crampons? Hacked off by axes? Afraid of avalanches? In association with the Association of Mountain Instructors, Lowe Alpine and DMM, BMC TV presents four series of winter skills films to help you get it white.