Live: the BMC team answer your questions

Posted by Emma Travers on 03/06/2020
Dave Turnbull answers BMC members' questions

During these times of climbing and hill-walking lockdown, our dedicated team of staff has been giving weekly access updates and responding to your questions through a series of live Q&As on our Facebook page. Missed them at the time? Not to worry, you can catch up on all the answers here:

πŸŽ™οΈ  Wednesday 3rd June: Southern Sandstone: Live from Bull's Hollow

Local Area Rep Adrian Paisey reports live from Bulls Hollow Rocks, one of the Southern Sandstone crags, and answers your access questions on the skills required to access, protect and enjoy the capital's nearest rock climbing areas.

πŸŽ™οΈ  Wednesday 27th May: Reopening the Walls: With Chair of the Association of British Climbing Walls (ABC) 

Rich Emerson went live to update us on what the ABC has been working on behind the scenes to open up climbing walls safely, and ran a Q&A on what this might look like in possibly July.

πŸŽ™οΈ  Wednesday 20th May: BMC Live Update with Access Officer Rob Dyer

With England opening up for climbing and hill walking, one of our access officers, Rob Dyer, talks through questions about heading out there, bird restrictions and crag access. 

πŸŽ™οΈ  Wednesday 13th May: BMC Live Update with CEO Dave Turnbull

Following the latest government announcement that allows the gradual return to hill walking and climbing, we give you the rundown of the BMC official advice. Remember, stay within your limits to minimise risk of accidents. Avoid very popular areas: be flexible, have backup plans. Stay 2m apart from anybody outside your household, be cautious of touching shared surfaces.

πŸŽ™οΈ  Wednesday 6th May: BMC Live Update with CEO Dave Turnbull

Dave went live to tell us about the latest access updates and meetings the team have been having with National Park bodies and other outdoor organisations to create contingency plans for the eventual return to the outdoors. Find out what the updates are and how the plans are being forged: 

πŸŽ™οΈ  Friday 1 May: Hidden History in the Hills with Mary-Ann Ochota

Mary-Ann, author of Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape and Hillwalking Ambassador for the BMC revealed some of the brilliant archaeology you might spot in the British hills (and how to explore them from the comfort of your locked-down armchair for the time being). Have you ever gone for a walk and wondered what some of the weird lumps and bumps are? Whether that heap of stones is anything more than a heap of stones?  

Now's your chance to find out about burial mounds, Roman roads, ancient fields and commoners' fells. With tips on what to look for on a map, as well as when you're out in the wilds - what are you looking at, and what history does it reveal?

πŸŽ™οΈ  Wednesday 29 April: Live QnA with the BMC Access Team

BMC Access and Conservation Officer, Rob Dyer, went live to give BMC members the latest update on the BMC's advice for current outdoor access and gave you a look at what goes on behind the scenes in the access and conservation world.

πŸŽ™οΈ  Wednesday 22 April: Live QnA with BMC CEO

Dave Turnbull went live to give BMC members the latest update on the BMC's current status and Covid access situation. 

READ: What is the BMC access team doing right now?

The next BMC Live sessions are

13 May: GB Climbing are going live on Wed 13 May to answer all your questions about GB Climbing, the GB Climbing Team and the Olympics. 


Follow the BMC on Facebook to get notified of all live events. 


More FAQs about the BMC and Covid-19

🌳 Can I start climbing / hillwalking? Yes, but be cautious in your actions, respectful of local communities and vigilant in avoiding transmitting the virus. Read our latest advice for June here and for the general return to climbing here

🌳 What's the situation in Wales? Read the full June update here

😷 When and how will the walls reopen?  Read the ABC's advice for walls and watch their live update here

πŸš— What have the BMC access team been doing during this time? Read on

πŸ“œ Will the BMC keep running smoothly? Read more or watch our weekly live updates from our CEO

🏑 Do you have any advice for clubs and huts? All you need to know

⛰️ Which BMC events are cancelled? Take a look at our calendar 

✈️ I've got a travel insurance question Get your answers

πŸ›’ Is the BMC shop open? Nope - it is now closed

We hope you stay safe during this unwanted adventure and let's come together as a community to help and support each other.


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13/05/2020
Hi,

Thanks for the live updates. It would be really helpful to know if BMC-owned / run crags like Harrison's Rock are "open" - the RAD currently shows them as red - presumably closed.

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Jonathan Chittenden(staff comment)
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Hi - RAD should now be updated to reflect BMC advice.
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Please help me understand the confusing Scottish guidelines about Lockdown easing. I am desperate to go hillwalking again. Social distancing on a quiet hill would be no problem. A 5 mile limit on drive distance effectively bans all city residents from the countryside and condemns us to busy flat parks or pavements. Any advice welcomed.

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