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e-Newsletter July 2013

We’re going big on hill walking this summer, rolling out a series of web articles and social media initiatives to highlight the ways we work to affect and improve the world of walking, and to get more hill walkers interacting with us.

The decision to retain the Environment Agency and Natural England as separate public bodies is welcome news, but doubts remain on the government’s commitment to the England Coast Path. We will continue to press for the roll-out of this important project.

It’s great to finally get some hot, sunny weather; stay cool this summer and show your support for British climbing and mountaineering in one of our new trad-gear-inspired T-shirts.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
The BMC: with walkers all the way
The BMC isn’t just for climbers – that’s the message behind a new push to raise awareness of the BMC’s work for hill walkers and its stance on a range of topical issues affecting hill walkers.
Natural England spared, but does coast path face the chop?
The government announced today that the Environment Agency and Natural England should be retained as separate public bodies. But with a minister casting doubt on the rollout of the England Coast Path, the future of one of Natural England’s flagship projects looks uncertain.
Hot stuff: British Bouldering Championships report + Video
Forget the strawberries at Wimbledon. This weekend, the cream of British bouldering headed to Cliffhanger in Graves Park, Sheffield for a battle of the biceps at the 2013 British Bouldering Championships.
Hill walking the peak priority as BMC visits Westminster
A busy day speaking to politicians in Westminster saw the BMC help to boost the profile of Britain on Foot and raise our concerns about how proposed legislation could hurt the interests of outdoorgoers.
Essential alpine know-how
Heading for the Alps this summer? Whether you’re a novice taking your first tentative steps on foreign snow and ice, a trekker planning a hut-to-hut walk, or a seasoned alpinist hoping to add to your collection of summits, we’ve got loads of essential skills and equipment advice for you right here on the BMC website.
Head for the hills courses
Love the idea of walking in the mountains this summer but want to have the right know-how first? Join us in the heart of Snowdonia to learn the skills you need to be a confident hill walker, at a bargain price.
Tech skills: why wear a helmet
Head hurting wondering whether to wear a helmet? Stay ahead of the game and make the decision based on the risks to you.
Everest fight: the Sherpa side of the story
As Everest drops out of the headlines for another year, expedition organisers are taking stock following the widely reported confrontation between Western climbers and Sherpas at Camp 2. In this exclusive interview, veteran outfitter Russell Brice tells Ed Douglas about how the incident impacted on the Sherpa community – and why they really feel aggrieved.
Stay cool at the crag this summer with the new BMC trad tee-shirts
Spring is definitely in the air this week, and that's got us looking forward to summer - so our sell-out summer trad tees are back. Pre-order yours from the BMC shop now!
BMC national huts: explained
Did you know that individual members of the BMC, and members of our affiliated clubs, are able to book and stay at three national huts? Two of these are located in Scotland, and one is at the Roaches in Staffordshire. These iconic and historic buildings are there for you to use and enjoy.
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