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e-Newsletter February 2013
Welcome

Former BMC president and general secretary Derek Walker passed away in January after a short illness. A gentleman and consummate diplomat, Derek oversaw some major reforms to the BMC during his leadership. He was a great servant to British climbing and will be much missed by his many friends and acquaintances.

Winter walking and climbing conditions can be so ethereal in Britain that it’s tempting to dash out onto the hills at the sight of the first snowdrop. But make sure your knowledge, skills and equipment are up to scratch before you get to grips with the winter wonderland.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Derek Walker remembered
Derek Walker, who served as both president and general secretary of the BMC, died in January at the age of 76. A slideshow of pictures of Derek is now available below.
Outdoor pursuits debated in Commons
David Rutley, MP for Macclesfield, has championed a debate in Westminster on the Value of the Outdoor Economy to Britain, paying tribute to the contribution that the BMC and other organisations play in supporting sport-related activities.
Essential winter know-how
Heading for the hills this winter? Whether you're a seasoned winter warrior or just taking your first icy steps, we've got a mountain of essential skills & equipment advice right here on the BMC website.
RAD: Android and iPhone apps
Get all the essential BMC crag access info on your Android or iPhone phone, with our new Regional Access Database (RAD) apps.
Adventure into the outdoors with our updated South East mini-guide
If you’re based in the south east of England and want some advice on getting out on the rocks and into the hills, grab a copy of the 2015 free mini-guide, The London & South East Mountaineer.
Ella Kirkpatrick: on climbing El Cap
Ella Kirkpatrick’s story of becoming the youngest girl to climb El Cap was shown on Children's BBC in February. We caught up with her to find out more.
BMC & Climb Scotland Paraclimbing Series 2016 - Dates and Online Entry
The Paraclimbing Series is organised by the BMC, Climb Scotland, Manchester Climbing Centre, Newcastle Climbing Centre, Edinburgh International Climbing Arena and the Castle Climbing Centre, London.
Head off piste with the bmc and ski club of great britain
Are you an adventurous skier seeking to explore the mountains? Join us in the Alps, 6-13 April 2013, for the first-ever BMC members’ ski course, running in conjunction with the Ski Club of Great Britain.
Cumbria County Council says no to nuclear repository plan
Cumbria County Council's Cabinet has decided that West Cumbria should no longer be considered as a potential location for a deep geological repository to dispose of higher activity radioactive waste.
Major new route in Antarctica by Houlding and team
In late January, after a year spent organising the project, Leo Houlding, Sean Leary (USA), Alastair Lee, Jason Pickles and Chris Rabone stood on the summit of Ulvetanna, having made the first ascent of the huge northeast ridge.
BMC Coach Education & FUNdamentals workshops
Whether climbing or coaching indoors, on the crags, or in the Alps our workshops cover a range of themes that will broaden your knowledge and improve your coaching.
National Trails: a wasted opportunity?
The campaign to protect England’s National Trails gathered momentum this week as the Ramblers handed in a petition with 18,000 signatures demanding Natural England rethinks its proposals. It’s a campaign that has the BMC’s support, as Ed Douglas explains.
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