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e-Newsletter March 2014
Welcome

Portland has been battered by winter storms, but there’s still plenty to go at when we head there for the BMC Portland Festival and AGM next month; and we’ve got a great deal on accommodation for student members.

We’re running an equity symposium in Yorkshire later this month, to provide inspiration, ideas and skills to people from ethnic minority groups who want to get more active in the outdoors.

Show your love of the Lake District with our eye-catching T-shirt design mapping the area’s mountains and lakes – available in men’s and women’s fit.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Sea cliffs succumb to super storms
Across the UK, the cost of the winter storms is being counted. But the super storms haven't just affected roads and houses - it's bad news for sea-cliff climbers across the UK. We take a look at punished Portland, battered Stackpole and more.
Come and celebrate ethnic minority adventure
The BMC Equity Symposium aims to celebrate and support ethnic minority adventure in the great outdoors. Book your place now to take part in this important event based in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on the weekend of 28 to 30 March.
BMC Portland Festival - Student deals
Going to university is an expensive business so the BMC is encouraging its student club members to join us on the Jurassic Coast in April by offering half price B&B accommodation at YHA Portland.
The future of climbing coaching
Sports coaches have existed in many sports for eons, but not in climbing. This is rapidly changing as a new wave of passionate and talented climbers are equipping themselves with the skills required to coach climbing effectively. We spoke to GB Junior Bouldering Team manager Tom Greenall to find out what these developments mean for the future of climbing in the UK.
"Extend and simplify access," - BMC urges Welsh Minister
This week, the BMC welcomed John Griffiths AM, Minister for Culture & Sport for the Welsh Government, to the prime climbing and walking venue of South Stack on Anglesey. The aim of the visit was for us to highlight the benefits of extending and simplifying access laws to the coast and countryside throughout Wales
50 shades of grim: how to go hill walking in rubbish weather
Bad weather doesn’t have to mean a bad time. Here are five tips for making the most of awful conditions.
Spring clean your climbing moves with a BMC Climbing Movement Masterclass
If you're looking to improve your rock climbing, indoors or out, then come along to the BMC Climbing Movement Masterclasses this May - run by top climber Naomi Buys.
Ueli Steck: unleashed in Scotland
Last week, Swiss super-alpinist Ueli Steck flew into Scotland for an under-the-radar mixed climbing hit with British alpinist and photographer Jon Griffith. Sarah Stirling tracked him down to find out just what he thought of our Scottish winter climbing, whether he’ll be back and what he’s got planned next.
BMC Leading Ladder Results: R1-6 and Grand Final results
The BMC Leading Ladder is a fun lead climbing competition running at 29 UK walls from 2 November 2013 to 23 February 2014. Taking part is the ideal way to get fit, and stay fit, during the indoor winter season. The 2013/14 BMC Leading Ladder culminates in the Grand Final which took place at the Beacon Climbing Centre in North Wales on Saturday with 51 finalists taking part.
Walking without a leg to stand on
Quadruple amputee Jamie Andrew gained his Mountain Leader after losing both hands and feet. Nicola Jasieniecka caught up with him to discuss climbing the Matterhorn, mountaineering for people with disabilities and his involvement with the GB Paraclimbing team.
New Lake District Wainwright T-shirts now in stock
Express your love of the Lake District with this eye-catching design mapping the region’s mountains and lakes in a way you’ve never seen before.
Get into Climbing: new special edition magazine for beginners
Are you new to climbing? Or maybe you fancy giving it a go for the first time? Then you need a copy of our brand-new special edition magazine, called Get into Climbing. This one-off publication for beginners is now available in our online shop.
Alex MacIntyre Hut AGM 2014
The AGM for Alex MacIntyre Memorial Hut will be held at the Hut on Saturday 5 April 2014. Any member of the BMC or MCofS may submit comments or questions in writing regarding the operation of the hut for consideration by the AGM.
Upcoming BMC area meeting dates
Come along to the next meeting in your area, to discuss the latest issues and get involved in the work of the BMC.
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