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e-Newsletter April 2014

Join us on Portland this month for the BMC Portland Festival and AGM; we’ve planned an action-packed weekend of climbing, walking and socialising.

How many of our seven superb summits have you climbed? Spring is here and it’s time to hit the hills, so check out the routes we’ve picked to help put a spring in your step.

It’s also a good time to make the move from indoor wall to outdoor crag; our Rock Out courses are designed to help you along the way.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Hazel Findlay wins the race to F8c
It’s no secret that British women are climbing harder than ever before. But until this weekend, only four British women had climbed F8b+ and everyone was wondering who’d be the first to crack F8c. The wait is over, and we have a winner: Hazel Findlay with her ascent of Fish Eye at Oliana.
Kick start your climbing season on Portland
Get free masterclass coaching from BMC ambassadors Steve McClure and James McHaffie. That’s just one of the attractions on offer at the BMC Portland Festival and AGM Weekend, which takes place over the weekend of 25-27 April.
Seven superb summits to climb this spring
Catch a glimpse of the Alps in Wales, see a mysterious double sunset, and climb the Yorkshire summit said to be more impressive than K2. Spring’s here, and it’s time to hit the hills.
Staden Quarry: climbing threatened by new water bottling plant plans
A new planning application for a water bottling plant at Staden Quarry (aka Cowdale Quarry) has been received by the High Peak Borough Council. The BMC’s volunteer access co-ordinator Henry Folkard recently attended a Parish Council meeting about the proposals at King’s Sterndale and takes up the story.
BMC/MCofS Junior Boulder Cup - Round 2
The second round of the 2015 BMC/MCofS Junior Boulder Cup will take place on the 6 June at The Climbing Academy Glasgow - this event will be run by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.
Glorious first of August: Gogarth fully open to climbers
As the first of August passes, most bird restrictions are now lifted at Gogarth. To celebrate, have a read of our great interview with Martin Boysen, one of the climbers who first discovered Gogarth fifty years ago. By Claire-Jane Carter.
Taking your first steps with Mountain Training...
Always thought about it but never done it? Here’s how to join the wonderful world of Mountain Training.
Warning issued over slate bolts
Climbers are warned about potential bolt failures in the slate quarries of North Wales. The BMC advise climbers to use caution with any loose expansion bolts used for protection and in particular for lower off's on popular routes. Resin bolts are not affected.
Essential club know-how
Are you a club member, on a club committee or thinking about joining a club? Whether you're new to the club game or a seasoned clubber, we've got essential skills information and advice for you.
Belay and abseil devices for climbing
A belay device is often the first hardware purchased by the eager new climber. It allows you to hold a falling partner, lower them safely and even abseil if required. Find out about the different kinds of devices.
BMC Equity Symposium: how the outdoors can overcome barriers
Spirituality, funky moss, and experiencing the outdoors as a British Asian - personal trainer Afsha Malik, who took part in last weekend’s BMC Equity Symposium, gives her impressions of the event.
Mountains of inspiration at the Keswick Mountain Festival 2014
With not long to go until Keswick Mountain Festival 2014 kicks off on the shores of Derwent Water we pick our highlights from this years line-up.
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