£2500 of prizes up for grabs with the James Brownhill Memorial Fund

Posted by Jonathan Garside on 18/02/2015
James mountaineering in Argentiere

Roll up! Roll up! Camping and climbing equipment worth over £2000, and £500 worth of other prizes, are up for grabs in the James Brownhill Memorial Fund Easter raffle!

The James Brownhill Memorial Fund (JBMF) was established in 2011 in memory of young mountaineer James Brownhill, following his death climbing the Frendo Spur in July that year.

James was an avid climber and mountaineer. His love for climbing led him to develop skills in every climbing style but Alpine and traditional climbing were his true passions. His family established the fund to encourage and foster a higher level of safety, good practice and sustainability within university climbing clubs.

University club members can access subsidised Mountain Training courses at Plas y Brenin. In the last three years, twenty-five students have benefited, improving their own skills, and supporting their clubs.

University Club volunteers can apply for bursaries to undertake courses at Plas y Brenin to consolidate and develop their skills for teaching new club members. Find out more about the great work being undertaken in James' memory.

JBMF Easter Raffle

Perfect for club trips, the JBMF have been generously donated a Vango Lumen V500 Airbeam tent, plus sleeping bags, airbeds and a ground sheet worth over £1200. Plenty of space for five people, and even better, no poles! Instead some clever technology means you simply pump your tent up in a few minutes!

The climbing gear prizes are bundles of kit each worth over £300. One prize is an Edilrid via ferrata kit, and the other a 35m Sterling rope. PLUS, each prize includes: a training board, hald balm, Metolius chalk, chalk bag and bouldereing bucket, an Evolv beanie, climbing pants and a belay plate.

Other prizes include ladies & gents Berghaus jackets, a case of wine, £50 of supermarket vouchers, a lightweight junior goal & net, and in case you get rained off in the Peak District, two cases of Thornbridge beer and brewery tour tickets are up for grabs too. 

Don't hang around as the draw takes place on 6 April with tickets available from James's father, Gbrownhill880570@aol.com

Find out about the JBMF on BMC TV

Improve your alpine skills at a BMC Lecture

Advance planning is the smart way to make your alpine dreams come true.  Refresh your skills at a revamped BMC Alpine Skills Lecture this March. New speakers Calum Muskett and Steve Long will show you all things alpine with practical demos and audience participation. 

Are these lectures for me?

The lectures are for both novice and experienced alpine climbers and will cover:

• The "honey pots" and why you might benefit by avoiding them
• Preparation, fitness and acclimatisation
• Valley accommodation, huts and bivis
• Alpine hazards and how to manage the risks
• The speed v backup spectrum: techniques for effective movement

Berghaus free prize draw

The lectures are sponsored by Berghaus and there will be a free prize draw each night with a chance to win lots of Berghaus goodies!

Dates and venues

All lectures start at 7.30pm and last approxiamtely two hours with a half-way interval.

Manchester: Tuesday 10 March
Manchester Climbing Centre, St. Benedicts Church, Bennett Street, Manchester, M12 5NH

Nottingham: Wednesday 11 March
Nottingham Trent University (Clifton Campus), John Clare Lecture Theatre 005, Lee Westwood Sports Centre, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
Location map

Bangor: Thursday 12 March
Bangor University, George Building, School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Holyhead Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2PZ
Location map

Plymouth: Tuesday 17 March
University of St Mark & St John, Room 525, Kirby Cudmore Building, Derriford Road, Plymouth PL6 8BH

Bristol: Wednesday 18 March
University of Bristol, Lecture Theatre 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UB

London: Thursday 19 March
University College London, Christopher Ingold Building, Auditorium XLG2, 20 Gower Street, London, WC1H 0AJ
Location map

Buy your tickets now!

Tickets cost £5 BMC members, £7 non-members and £3.50 if you purchase 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased from the BMC online shop or by telephoning the BMC on 0161 445 6111.

Speakers

BMC Ambassador Calum Muskett is a 21 year old alpinist based in North Wales. He specialises in alpine rock climbing but also loves the colder adventures you can have mixed climbing in the Alps and further afield. Having gone through a trial and error learning process alpine climbing, Calum is keen to share his experiences to make sure that you don't make the same mistakes he did! Calum’s alpine adventures have taken him to the Mont Blanc Massif, Bernese Oberland, Dolomites, Ratikon, Torres del Paine and Fitzroy.

Steve Long is almost old enough to be Calum’s grandad. He is also based in Snowdonia and is Chair of the International Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) Training Standards. Steve has been mountaineering for over 30 years and has climbed in every continent and skied in most. He is an International Mountain Guide and works part time as the Development Officer for the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. Steve directed Conville Trust Alpine courses for several years and still teaches Alpine skills every year. Highlight ascents include the Dru in winter, Cerro Torre, Low’s Gully (Borneo), and an epic attempt on Great Trango.

WATCH: The BMC Alpine Lectures on BMC TV

WATCH: An alpine Conville course on BMC TV

WATCH: The Alpine Essentials DVD trailer on BMC TV

 



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