The George Band Award

Posted by Tony Ryan on 01/10/2018
George Band (centre) with inaugural award recipients Neville McMillan and George Steele, at the 2011 BMC Annual Dinner.

The George Band Award for Exceptional Voluntary Contribution to Mountaineering recognises people who have played a significant role in the BMC’s work over an extended period of time.

The award was established in 2010. Past recipients have included volunteers who have devoted their time and expertise to the work of the BMC on access and conservation, competition climbing, equipment, finance, and mountain heritage.

  George Band Award Recipients  
2011 Neville McMillan and George Steele Read report
2012 Dave Bishop and Henry Folkard Read report
2013 Gordon Adshead and Mark Alderson Read report
2014 John Innerdale MBE Read report
2015 Robert Pettigrew MBE Read report
2016 Ben Lyon Read report
2017 Lynn Robinson and Ian Smith Read report
2018 Dave Musgrove Read report
2019 Andy Newton and Fiona Sanders Read report

George Band Award presentation at the 2018 BMC AGM
Dave Musgrove (right) receives his award from acting president Nick Kurth.

Nomination process

BMC members can nominate a volunteer for the award. A nomination form is available to download from the BMC website towards the end of each year. The BMC Board of Directors is the awarding body, and the award is presented on the occasion of the BMC Annual General Meeting.

Find out more about the BMC Volunteer Awards

About George Band

George Band OBE (1929 - 2011) was the youngest member of the 1953 Everest expedition which saw Hillary and Tenzing make the historic first ascent. In 1955 with Joe Brown he made the first ascent of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain. A longtime supporter of the BMC, George was BMC President from 1996-1999, and was also President of the Alpine Club and chairman of the Himalayan Trust (UK). In 2008 he was awarded the OBE for services to mountaineering and charity.


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