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e-Newsletter August 2013
Welcome

Four fun festivals, five weird walks and six shady crags – just some of the suggestions in this month’s newsletter to help you make the most of the summer weather.

We do like to be beside the seaside, so help us to maintain pressure on the government to push forward the England Coast Path and a permanent right of access to a coastal margin.

Want to find out what’s happening in your area? Come along to one of the BMC Area Meetings in September, to discuss the latest issues and get involved in the work of the BMC.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO
 

Latest BMC News
Four fun festivals from Cornwall to Northumberland
V Festival might think it’s clever holding its music festival in two locations over the same weekend, but BMC volunteers can top that, so we’re putting on three festivals in one September weekend, and adding another later in the month for good measure.
Five weird and unusual coastal walks
Walk the path dubbed the deadliest in Britain, receive a knighthood for the cost of a round of drinks, and literally walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs – just some of the weird and wonderful experiences to be had on our coast.
Escape the heat: six shady grit crags
If you can’t stand the heat... This year’s kitchen has been hotter than hell with endless sunshine and blockbusting temps. How long can this last? And where can you climb on grit? Niall Grimes has the answer.
Coastal access: vital to the nation
The BMC is urging MPs to keep pushing forward the England Coast Path and the right of walkers and climbers to access to the ‘coastal margin’ amid concerns the plans are stalling under the current government.
How to stay in touch with your local BMC area
Bolts; wind farms; crag clean-ups; access issues; dry tooling. If you want to make your voice heard about local climbing and walking issues, then come along to your next BMC area meeting. Here's how you can keep up to date with area meeting information.
Five reasons why you need BMC Travel Insurance
Planning an adventure? Remember to pack BMC Travel Insurance. We’ve got you covered: from bouldering in France to trekking in India, sport climbing in Thailand to new routes in the Himalaya. Here are five reasons why BMC Travel Insurance is built for the mountains.
Pope earns first top ten finish in European competition
The best of British junior climbing was on show in Imst last weekend at the IFSC European Youth Championship (lead and speed climbing) with William Bosi and Jim Pope both achieving top ten positions. Hayley McKenna reports.
One of New Zealand's biggest mountaineering challenges finally climbed
By making a successful ascent of the west face of Tutoko, Guy McKinnon has completed what had been described as one of the greatest remaining mountaineering challenges in New Zealand.
How to avoid deadly quickdraws (plus video)
Several terrible accidents have been caused by the failure of the climber's quickdraw. In each case, a weak rubber karabiner-keeper somehow ended up taking the climber's weight instead of the full-strength quickdraw sling. How can this happen? Read our explanation and watch our short film.
Complete our walking survey - you could win £350 of Berghaus kit
Are you a hill walker? Want to win £350 worth of top notch hill walking gear from Berghaus, including a super-lightweight Gore-Tex jacket? It could be yours in exchange for filling in a 10-minute BMC online survey.
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