Young, free and skint: five ways the BMC can help

Posted by Hanna Lindon on 06/10/2015
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Young, free, single - and skint? Here’s how we can help you to carry on enjoying the mountains.

1. Discounts on gear

Flashing your BMC membership card will get you discounts of up to 20% at more than 800 outdoor shops and online retailers. We’ve even got a handy new map search facility to make finding participating stores near you even easier.

You’ll also receive 10% off the RRP in the BMC online shop, with its wide selection of maps, guidebooks and mountain literature.  

2. Subsidised courses

Keen to build your climbing or hill skills but can’t afford an expensive course? We run subsidised courses in partnership with Plas y Brenin that will help you out with everything from climbing outdoors for the first time to improving your scrambling know-how. You can also learn how to use an ice axe and crampons with aplomb on our winter skills courses.

For those who want to improve their moves locally, our Rock Out courses run out of climbing walls around the country and are designed to give keen would-be climbers their first experience of climbing on rock - at a hefty discount, of course.

3. Expedition funding

At the other end of the scale from our subsidised skills courses are our expedition grants. If you’re a BMC in member with a glowing record in the process of planning a significant international expedition then you may well be eligible for grant support. We’re particularly keen to fund younger mountaineers, who might not be able to attempt their trip without a grant. We also support the ambitions of young female mountaineers and disabled British climbers through the Julie Tullis Memorial Award.

4. Money off travel and accommodation

Whether you’re planning a climbing trip within the UK or branching out abroad, we can help bring down your costs. BMC members receive travel discounts on a wide range of travel companies, as well as money off airport parking and car hire. We’ve also teamed up with a number of accommodation providers - including Best Western and Cottages4You - to give members 10% off asking price.  Finally, why not take advantage of our club huts to bring down the cost of your trip?

5. Club perks

Joining a BMC-affiliated university club can open up even more money-saving opportunities.

“Clubs can generally negotiate a larger discount with a local retailer and negotiate discounts on climbing wall entry for their members,” explains BMC project coordinator Suzanne Jones. “You will also have access to shared kit, you can learn from more experienced club members rather than paying for instruction, and you can go on organised activity trips and holidays to keep costs down. Some clubs also have their own huts in climbing areas, saving on accommodation.”

The BMC currently has more than 70 affiliated university clubs and societies, and this year we secured £21,000 of funding from Sport England to help clubs purchase equipment, employ professional instructors and develop websites and newsletters. 


JOIN THE BMC: Save 50% on your first year's membership

The BMC works for indoor climbers like you. Benefits include:

  • Retail discounts
  • Access to BMC Travel Insurance
  • Register for Mountain Training award schemes
  • £10m worldwide Combined Liability insurance
  • £10,000 Personal Accident insurance
  • Discounted entry to many competitions

Find out more about BMC membership benefits

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