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e-Newsletter December 2012

We don’t need to tell you about the health benefits of climbing, hill walking and mountaineering, and you’re probably aware of the significant value of the great outdoors to the nation’s economy, but recent reports suggest government cuts are undermining the infrastructure needed to boost walking and its own commitments to the natural environment.

The BMC office will be closed over Christmas and New Year, but you can still buy travel insurance online for any last-minute getaways; and if you’re looking for some Christmas present ideas, pop into the BMC online shop and see what we’ve got to offer.

Season’s Greetings,
Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
New power station planned for Llanberis quarries
Recently submitted plans for a new pumped-storage power station at the Glynrhonwy slate quarries above Llanberis would create new reservoirs, a major pipeline, a possible upgrade to overhead power cables - and the permanent flooding of disused quarry sites that contain climbing routes. Elfyn Jones reports.
A health check on the great outdoors
The coalition came to power boasting it would be the greenest government in history. Yet, as new reports from Wildlife and Countryside Link and Nice reveal, when it comes to the outdoors the coalition is failing to walk the walk. Ed Douglas reports.
Winter climbing: conditions apply
The first snows of the year have fallen in England and Wales. But before you head off to the mountains, here’s a reminder from access officer Rob Dyer on the importance of minimising winter climbing’s impact on the cliff environment.
Molly Thompson-Smith: third in the world
The year's last IFSC European Youth Cup took place in Kranj, Slovenia at the weekend. The GB Climbing Team were there for a great end to the year, including a second place for Molly Thompson-Smith. She is now third in the world in her age category.
BMC Expedition planning seminar 2013 report
The BMC ran a brilliant and highly successful day-long seminar on trip and expedition planning at Plas y Brenin on 12 January 2013. The seminar was for those wanting to know more about the practicalities of planning and taking part in trips and expeditions to the Greater Ranges.
Rock Climbing Essentials DVD
Rock Climbing Essentials is the sixth title in the BMC's series of skills DVDs. Our latest film follows four climbers on single and multi-pitch rock climbs. From small moorland outcrops to mountain crags and sea cliffs, watch the steps they take for a great and safe day’s climbing.
Guidebook collecting gets its bible
Guidebook collectors are an obsessive breed. They prowl around second-hand bookshops and websites, hunting down that rare edition or previously unknown pamphlet like a lion with a gazelle in its sights. Stumbling across a rare edition means one step closer to completing their collection.
BMC Injury Prevention Symposium 2012 report
The BMC hosted its second Climbing Injury Symposium on 10 & 11 November 2012 in Sheffield. Experts from different areas of the climbing, coaching, instructional and medical worlds came together for the biennial event to discuss how to identify, prevent and treat climbing injuries.
Climbing MP named as a Sports Parliamentarian of the Year
David Rutley, the MP for Macclesfield, has been named as a Sport and Recreation Alliance Sports Parliamentarian of the Year for 2012. Co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Mountaineering Group, David Rutley has committed immense time and energy into giving climbing and hill walking a voice in parliament.
Travel insurance advice for alpine skiing holidays
If you’re heading to the Alps for a bit of skiing over the festive season, make sure you have the right insurance cover, and know what to do in case of an emergency.
BMC office: Christmas & New Year closure
The BMC office will be closed for Christmas and New Year from midday on Wednesday 24 December 2014 and will reopen for business at 9.00am on Friday 2 January 2014.
The Outdoors Show 2013
The Outdoors Show returns to ExCeL London on 17-20 January 2013. Come and visit us on the BMC stand.
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