Competition: Climb magazine goes digital and free

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Climb Magazine is running a competition to launch their first free digital edition, released next week, with the top prize being a day's climbing with BMC ambassador Steve McClure and gear from Petzl. Find out how to enter now!

In August, Climb Magazine announced the Sep/Oct 2017 issue will be the last ever printed, with future issues to be available via the Climb app.

Climb Magazine traces its roots back to the 70s and 80s, from the publication Crags through to High Mountain Sports, followed by a merger with On The Edge in the 90s. Now, the same high quality writing and photography will be available online from the Nov/Dec 2017 issue, available worldwide, and completely Free of Charge.

To launch the first free digital copy, Climb magazine are running a competition for BMC website readers to win a masterclass with BMC ambassador Steve McClure and other Petzl goodies. Read on to find out how to enter

Win a day’s climbing with Steve McClure, courtesy of the new Digital Climb Magazine

Ever fancied having one of Britain’s finest climbers holding your rope, offering you coaching tips or just helping you climb that classic route you thought you’d never do? Well to celebrate the launch of their new FREE digital only format, Climb Magazine are offering a day out in the Peak District with Climb columnist and BMC ambassador Steve McClure. In addition Climb has two other superb prizes courtesy of Petzl / Lyon Equipment

1st prize: Day in the Peak District with 9b wad Steve McClure (date to suit both parties).

2nd prize: Petzl Sirocco helmet worth £100. New model of this revolutionary ultra-lightweight climbing and mountaineering helmet weighing only 170g.

3rd prize: Petzl Hirundos harness worth £80. High-end lightweight and comfortable harness designed for performance sport and alpine climbing.

To win one of these great prizes all you need to do is answer the following question and email your answer to climbcompetition@gmail.com

“How many of Steve’s top ten European sport routes are in the UK?”

To get the answer you’ll have to read the article “Steve’s top ten European sport routes” in the latest edition of Climb which comes on 11th October. Issues are free to read online or download via the following links

Download Climb Magazine

The online version will be freely available on the Android and Apple apps from 11 October 2017, including a number of past issues. Download the app via the links below.

Google Play Store

Apple App Store

For desktop/laptop users

Refund for subscribers

BMC members that are current subscribers to the paper version of Climb Magazine will be contacted via email with the details of the amount of refund they are due, which will be paid direct to their bank account. If there are any further queries, please contact the BMC Office via email or phone.

office@thebmc.co.uk / 0161 445 6111


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18/08/2017
Now Climb has gone digital, how do we windows phone users get a copy ????
10/10/2017
Here is the text of an as yet unanswered email to Greenshires regarding their publication decision.
"1) I have subscribed for many years (on and off) to the magazine and was a customer of the earlier versions like High and Mountain etc – even (buying) Crags!...with many back issues being left at surgeries, in my Mountain Rescue Post and Mountaineering Club’s cottage where editions from last century are still in good nick and regularly thumbed! In fact, many climbing walls, outdoor centres and equipment shops cafes also retain copies of climbing comics for browsing: it is unlikely, though, that I or any of my colleagues ‘n friends will deliberately take a device into such a venue with the intention of browsing.
The exposure your magazine commands is far, far greater than your sales of copy reflect because of its accessibility as a hard product and your digital move will sorely reduce this – very few if anybody will waken a device and ‘just happen to browse’ a digital copy of Climb; whereas many pick-up the printed version and are exposed to not only your brand and the superb range of articles but also the numerous adverts. Digital reading reduces the social impact of ‘being together’.
2) The social historical value of having the printed edition lying around is immeasurable and is impossible to replicate on a device as looking over back-copies on a digital machine will require distracting actions to locate the items and to access ‘past glories’, a user is going to have to input a search instead of simply being able to pick-up a copy from a shelf and browse…often leaving it open without having to re-open it if it has been left to sleep!
3) I already use my computer and small smartphone too much: I read books and magazines for pleasure and to provide my eyes with less strain. I take printed media with me without having to bring paraphernalia like chargers etc. Your magazine and others have been constantly put into bags and cases during my travels and sometimes shared at a table with others whilst we look at the images etc. None of this can be done adequately on a phone and a laptop is unwieldy: and ‘no’ I don’t have a tablet. Most definitely, I do not want cookies from various un-related platforms (Facebook, Amazon etc.) screening my reading of Climb and then find I have to put up with targeted advertising based on the data trawled by these irritants!
The constant use of digital screens is an obtrusive strain on most peoples’ eyes & the traditional printed page is a superb way to unwind & use in places where devices can’t be re-charged or the light prevents a decent view of the screen.
Interestingly, many of my clients have commented similar views and won’t become new subscribers and I know my library won’t be considering using any digital magazines.
4) This being said, I am a professional mountaineering instructor and use your magazine for pleasure & to keep abreast of the bigger picture in our sport and I will have to engage with digital editions.
3) Anonymous User
17/10/2017
Hi Keith, android phone users can get the app from Google play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.greenshirespublishing.climbmagazine&hl=en_GB and windows PC users can access the magazine via Flickread http://flickread.com/edition/ClimbMag/

Hope that helps, Ian Parnell, editor Climb Magazine

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