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First senior IFSC World Cup in 14 years on British soil

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 18:13
International rock-stars are set to descend on Scotland as Edinburgh plays host to the first senior IFSC World Cup since 2003. With some top local contenders – such as Edinburgh resident Will Bosi – and all our psyched athletes at the Paraclimbing Cup too, there’s ample to get excited about this weekend.

Down with animal cruelty: The no fluff story

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 11:22
Is wearing down set to become as controversial as wearing animal fur? As animal welfare charity PETA campaigns for it to be banned, Sarah Stirling finds out the facts behind the feathers.

First timers: the Schools Climbing Festival in the North West

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 01:00
Do you remember your first climbing experience? Almost 200 young people from across the Fylde Coast got their first taste of climbing at a festival held at Blackpool Sixth Form College.

Vincent ‘Vin’ Machin (1931-2017)

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 15:39
The BMC is sad to announce the death of honorary member Vin Machin, who passed away on 6 September, aged 85.

How to bag the Wainwrights: a beginner's guide

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 16:27
It's no easy feat, but with a little advice, organisation, knowledge and determination, climbing The Wainwright Fells is doable for almost anyone. Whether hills, peaks, or mountains are your bag, this beginner-friendly guide from Jamie Knop aims to teach you about the fells and how to plan for and complete them.

Mend Our Mountains supporter climbs every summit in England and Wales

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 14:34
An epic mission to climb every mountain in England and Wales has seen an adventurer walk over 1,000 miles, ascend the height of Everest five times over, and wild camp in the hills more than 50 times.

British Lead and Speed Climbing Championships 2017

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 01:00
Britain's premier lead climbing competition takes place at Awesome Walls, Sheffield on 7-8 October, alongside the British Speed Climbing Championships and a round of the IFSC Paraclimbing Cup.

BMC calls members to support New Access for Wales

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 01:00
Truly radical and exciting proposals for extending and improving access to the outdoors in Wales have been put forward by the Welsh Government in its consultation paper: “Taking Forward Wales’ Sustainable Management of Natural Resources”. Read on to see how climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers can support this.

Gear warning: Totem issue recall of Basic cams

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 12:58
Are you an owner or user of Basic cams manufactured by Totem? If so, you should check to find out if any of your cams are affected by the recall issued by them on 12th September.

Make winter count: with a BMC skills lecture

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 01:00
#MakeWinterCount and get tooled up with all the skills at one of our winter lectures this November. Tickets on sale beginning of October.

20 things NOT to do on your first sport climbing holiday

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 01:00
It's suddenly got very autumnal: time to head to Spain? Pros from Steve McClure to Jim Pope and instructors including Jon Gupta and Rich Mayfield offer their top tips of what NOT to do on your first sport climbing holiday. Even sponsored heroes and mountain guides were beginners, once...

Will Bosi makes Combined finals IFSC Youth World Championships 2017

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 17:53
Two weeks ago, hundreds of young international hopefuls arrived at the IFSC Youth World Championships 2017 in Innsbruck. After 12 days of hard competition, and with multiple semi-finalists and finalists, GB Climbing Team member Will Bosi qualified for the Olympic format Combined finals in an exciting conclusion to this phenomenal event. Read on for the report:

Reach's Annual Climbing Competition - 29th October

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 16:12
The Reach’s annual climbing competition is on Sunday 29th October 2017. The event attracts over 200 competitors each year and is great fun for all ages and abilities. To add to the fun this year, the competition will have a Halloween theme. So dress up scarily to snatch the best dressed prize.

Adam Ondra climbs 9c - how do British climbers measure up?

Fri, 08/09/2017 - 01:00
He's done it. Adam Ondra has climbed 9c. But just how impressive is this step forward in sport climbing? And how do us Brits measure up against the mighty Ondra? Sarah Stirling offers some perspective and gathers some opinions.

Alpine skills: 6 tips for multipitch abseiling

Thu, 07/09/2017 - 01:00
You've completed your climb and you're several pitches above the valley floor.Time to abseil. Mike Margeson provides some valuable tips on how to get down in one piece, and recalls a couple of near misses.

What is the South West Outdoor Festival?

Wed, 06/09/2017 - 16:03
It’s only the second ever South West Outdoor Festival, so what can we expect? Aside from all the usual activities, the BMC will be there too with an army of guest speakers and skilled adventure professionals to host talks, skills sessions, and film showings. Find out more:

Mega medal haul for Japan, USA in Boulder World Youth Championships 2017

Wed, 06/09/2017 - 01:00
Nine medals for Japan and four for USA, together the two powerhouses of bouldering won 13 of the 18 medals on offer. Several from the GB Climbing Team climbed well enough to make semi-finals, and all put on a sterling show in the spotlight against the world’s best youth climbers. Read on for the report.

Latest online news from the Peak Area: September 2017

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:23
The September 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.

Tell us about your volunteer experience

Fri, 01/09/2017 - 01:00
Volunteers are crucial to the BMC, we couldn't survive without volunteers giving their time and support. To ensure we're doing our best and meeting the needs of BMC volunteers we have put together a volunteer survey.

How to use your Cotswold Outdoor, Snow+Rock discount

Fri, 01/09/2017 - 01:00
It’s easy to save the price of your BMC membership and much more with our discount scheme. Get up to 20% off at our recommended retail partners Cotswold Outdoors and Snow+Rock. Find out more below.