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e-Newsletter June 2014

Last month one of our members suffered a serious and painful encounter with a herd of cows. Although most cows are docile most of the time, they can be dangerous, particularly when protecting new-born calves; so be aware of the potential hazards and avoid an attack.

If you’re planning to climb in Cheddar Gorge this summer, make sure you are aware of the agreed access restrictions and stay off closed routes and crags, or you could jeopardise future climbing access for everyone.

Shauna Coxsey continues her strong challenge for the IFSC Boulder World Cup title, and in the European Youth Cup event in Imst, junior team captain Molly Thompson-Smith won gold for the first time.

We’re celebrating 70 years of the BMC in a number of ways this year; join us later this month at Stanage for a weekend of climbing masterclasses, guided walks and social events.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Take care around cows: warning for walkers
Each year there are reports of people who have been attacked, or even trampled to death, by cows whilst out walking or approaching crags. In 2014, BMC member Simon Coldrick was badly injured after a cow attacked him as he led a fell race on the edge of Sheffield.
Cheddar climbing access: approaching crisis point
As eight more groups of climbers are caught climbing in banned areas, Cheddar Gorge access is now approaching crisis point.
BMC insurance gets Phil out of a hole
When mountain guide Phil Dowthwaite injured his knee ski touring in the Austrian Alps, he could have waved goodbye to the summer work season. But, thanks to the swift medical treatment he received through BMC Travel & Activity Insurance, he’s back up and literally running only six weeks later.
The unmissable event for student clubs!
The BMC Student Safety and Good Practice Seminar is a must if you're involved in running a student climbing, hill walking or mountaineering club.
Climbing history on display in Keswick
Mountain Heritage Trust (MHT) has launched its first exhibition in its new residency at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery.
Brits on top: gold for Molly Thompson-Smith; silver for Shauna Coxsey
It was an exciting weekend for British competition climbing: Molly Thompson-Smith won gold in the European Youth Cup and Shauna Coxsey came second in the IFSC Boulder World Cup in Toronto, pushing her into first overall position. Mina Leslie-Wujastyk reports.
BMC ambassador James McHaffie sends Salathé Wall free
Brits James McHaffie and Dan McManus recently returned to the horizontal after spending seven days free climbing the Salathé Wall on El Capitan, Yosemite. Hazel Findlay finds out more.
The dangers of worn perma-draws
A perma-draw is a quickdraw left in place on a steep sport route. Unusual wear patterns can leave sharp edges on the rope karabiner, with devastating consequences if you should fall. Virgil Scott from the BMC Technical Committee reports.
7 skills you need to climb outside
Want to start climbing outside this spring, or need to brush up your skills after a long winter on plastic? Get a head start with BMC TV.
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