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e-Newsletter October 2012

At the Paraclimbing World Championships in Paris last month, Fran Brown took 1st place in the female physical-disability category, to become our first climbing world champion.

We all know that replacing our dependence on fossil fuels with more sustainable energy sources is a big issue these days, but that doesn’t mean we should accept the industrialisation of some of our finest mountain landscapes - that’s why we’re backing the MCofS wind farm manifesto.

The summer might have been a washout but let’s hope for some decent winter conditions this year; our Winter Lecture series starts next month, helping you to keep your skills as sharp as your axes and crampons.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Brit Fran Brown becomes Paraclimbing World Champion
The Climbing World Championships and Paraclimbing World Championships were recently held in Paris. Nine GB Team climbers competed in the World Championships and three climbers in the Paraclimbing Championships - including Fran Brown.
BMC backs MCofS wind farm manifesto
The BMC has announced its backing for the Mountaineering Council of Scotland’s (MCofS) wind farm manifesto which calls for a moratorium on further developments in key upland areas, especially round the Munros and Corbetts which are Scotland’s highest peaks.
New GB Junior Bouldering Team to compete in Europe
The BMC is setting up a new Junior Bouldering Team to compete internationally on the European Youth Bouldering Cup circuit. This means big changes to the British Bouldering Championships and some new junior competitions.
The RAD is coming to Android
We've been busy working on building an Android app for the BMC Regional Access Database, aka The RAD. It's not quite finished, but we'd like to give the geekier - and more foolhardy - of you out there the chance to try out a beta version.
Get ready for winter with BMC skills lectures old
Are you a would-be winter warrior? Don't miss the BMC winter skills lectures this November/December: the ideal way to get set for the season.
Greenland big wall free climbing by British team
With expedition grants from the BMC, the Alpine Club, Welsh Sports Association, and Gino Watkins Memorial Fund, Lee Roberts, Dave Rudkin and Olly Sanders completed a new 800m rock route at E5 6b C1 on the northwest coast of Greenland.
Avon Gorge:  shipshape and Bristol fashion
A new BMC project, ClimbBristol, has just been launched with the aim of caring for and promoting the interests of what has been called ‘the most significant urban crag in Britain’.
UIAA issues warning over via ferrata sets
At an emergency meeting, the UIAA Safety Commission has recommended anyone with a via ferrata set checks on the website of its manufacturer to see if it is the subject of a recall notice. Several manufacturers have initiated safety recalls in the last few weeks.
BMC Facebook Experiences
The final question in our first Facebook Experiences competition is here. if you've been following the competition, then you could be in with a chance of winning the Pro-climber Experience with James Pearson.
Kop a load of the new BMC Cheshire & Merseyside Sandstone guide
Check out a few sample pages of the BMC Cheshire & Merseyside Sandstone guide that's heading your way in October.
Save even more with Cotswold Outdoor
We're excited to announce that Cotswold Outdoor is continuing its long association with the BMC by offering an increased discount of 15% to BMC members. Time to go shopping!
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