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e-Newsletter March 2013

The race to get climbing into the 2020 Olympics is hotting up, with the final decision by the International Olympic Committee due in September. Some of Britain’s best competition climbers were in London last month to showcase the sport to the mainstream media.

Join us in Snowdonia next month for an action-packed 2013 BMC Weekend Gathering & AGM. If you can’t attend the AGM in person, remember to cast your vote by proxy.  Keep an eye out for voting cards in Summit 69 which will be hitting doormats in about a week’s time.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Climbing at the Olympics: what are the odds?
Three of Britain’s best competition climbers were at the Westway in London yesterday to introduce the sport to the wider media as the countdown towards the Olympic decision continues. Ed Douglas looks at the progress being made, and at the likelihood climbing will make it.
Join us on the Jurassic – BMC annual gathering celebrates 70 years
Come along, have your say, have a climb and have your dinner. Every year the BMC host a get-together based around its AGM. It’s a chance for members, volunteers and staff to exchange ideas, have their say in how the BMC is run and, most importantly, get out on the hills, crags and seacliffs with a great bunch of people.
Planning ahead for Easter in Scotland's mountains?
The BMC and the MCofS have issued a joint safety message to help those who are planning to spend this Easter in Scotland's mountains.
Winter safety: a scary point of view
In late February, Mark R was soloing Parsley Fern Lefthand Gully when he was knocked off by a chunk of falling ice. The result was a terrifying slide down the gully – all captured by his helmet-cam. Watch the footage and read our interview with Mark to find out what went wrong.
More via ferrata sets are recalled
Following the mass recall of via ferrata sets by a number of different manufacturers last year, further testing has resulted in another round of recalls. This time, owners of rope/brake plate style lanyards are affected.
Get ready to tackle ticks
With the arrival of spring, now is a good time to brush up on your knowledge of ticks; what they are, where they live, the diseases they can carry, and how to minimise your risk of infection.
Burbage valley makeover planned for 2013
Under the Sheffield Moors Partnership, key conservation bodies, landowners and local authorities with support from the BMC have joined forces to offer a long-term strategy for some of the Peak District’s most iconic landscapes. Next up is the Burbage valley, which, as Ed Douglas reports, could soon be transformed.
Craig Ty Newydd Dyserth: access suspended
The owner of Craig Ty Newydd has placed signs on the approach to the crag stating that access for climbing is suspended until further notice. Climbers are advised not to climb here while negotiations are being undertaken.
Entries open for GB Ski Mountaineering Championships 2013
As an alternative to spending Easter Sunday eating chocolate, why not enter the 2013 British Ski Mountaineering Championships.
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