Join the BMC Young Alpinists Alpine Meet 2019

Posted by Peter Burnside on 22/05/2019

Are you a keen and confident young alpinist? Well an awesome opportunity for you has arrived. Get signed up to the upcoming BMC Young Alpinists Alpine Meet 2019 to travel and climb in the beautiful Valais region of Switzerland.

If you are a keen and competent British alpinist looking to climb big traditional routes in the Alps then put 29 July-11 August in your diary for the BMC’s Young Alpinists Meet 2019.

Open to all BMC members (individuals and affiliated club members) the meet will be based at Saas Grund, in the beautiful Valais region of Switzerland. There is no charge for the meet but participants will have to arrange their own travel and campsite fees (note lifts are free if camping in Saas Grund). The good news is that thanks to the generous support of the British Mountain Medicine Society the BMC is able to offer a limited number of bursaries of up to £300 each to assist with travel costs and camping fees.

Participants should be experienced mountaineers, competent on glacier and alpine terrain. This gathering would be ideal for those looking to expand their alpine CV with further big traditional mountain routes and will suit those looking to gain further experience to apply for Alpine Club or Alpine Climbing Group membership.

The meet is based on the ethos of a club meet where everyone is self-reliant but shares ideas on route choice, conditions and approaches. This will be an informal gathering of like-minded climbers aiming to share support, information and psyche, and is therefore not an instructional or guided week – those attending will be expected to have the skills to look after themselves in the mountains and be familiar with, and accept, the BMC Participation statement (please see below).

The bursaries are open to BMC members attending the meet and applicants should apply by email to nick@thebmc.co.uk Applications should include the following (1) name, age, address, BMC number/BMC affiliated club details (2) a brief resume of your climbing including recent alpine routes, expeditions, Scottish winter and rock climbing experience (3) your likely aims or objectives for the Meet, and (4) why you think you deserve a bursary. Deadline for the applications is 5pm on 12 June.

BMC Participation Statement
Participants should be aware that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.


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