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e-Newsletter September 2014

Next month we’re debating the sometimes thorny issue of events like the Three Peaks Challenge and their impact on the mountain landscape.  Our conference – Challenge events in the uplands: managing the way ahead – is on 9 October; if you’re interested it would be great to see you there.

Our summer of climbing and walking festivals comes to a close this weekend with the Gower Climbing Festival in south Wales and the Crag Lough Clean-up Festival in Northumberland – details on the BMC website

We asked a dozen BMC members why they joined, and you can read their reasons below. Help us spread the word by telling others why you joined on Twitter @Team_BMC – I’m a #BMCmember because…

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Three Peaks Challenge: controlling the chaos in Wasdale
One of England’s grandest and most remote valleys has long suffered from crowds, cars and litter, much of it due to the Three Peaks Challenge. We meet the people spearheading a new effort to get it under control.
Shauna and Michaela: making history at the World Championships
Yesterday, for the first time in history, two female British climbers were in an IFSC World Championship final. How did Shauna Coxsey and Michaela Tracy get on? Rachel Hoyland reports.
BMC welcomes 2020 deadline for  England’s coastal path and spreading room
The government’s pledge to speed up access improvements around England’s coast has been welcomed by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) – the representative body for climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers in England and Wales.
Ropes: a new guide for climbers and mountaineers
Ever been tied up in knots figuring out the difference between a twin rope and a half rope? Well, help is at hand: everything you need to know about the various types of rope and cord can be found in our handy, free guide.
British Lead and Speed Climbing Championships 2017
Britain's premier lead climbing competition takes place at Awesome Walls, Sheffield on 7-8 October, alongside the British Speed Climbing Championships and a round of the IFSC Paraclimbing Cup.
14 reasons why you should go to the Women’s Climbing Symposium 2014
The Women’s Climbing Symposium (WCS) has gone from strength to strength (that’s core, technical, dynamic, you name it) since its first year at the home ground of its organisers Shauna Coxsey and Steph Meysner in Liverpool. Claire Jane Carter tells us why this year's WCS in Glasgow is the place to be for women climbers everywhere.
BMC launches new online media centre
A new media centre is available on the BMC website to help journalists cover stories on climbing, hill walking or mountaineering and issues affecting mountain areas.
Saving your club's treasures: expert help is at hand
Learn how your logbook could inspire a tick list for the next generation with the Mountain Heritage Trust (MHT). Find out more from MHT archivist Maxine Willett who will be hosting bespoke sessions for BMC-affiliated clubs or individuals with personal collections at the BMC office in Manchester on Thursday 18 September.
Lower-off simulators: coming to a climbing wall near you
Want to practice how to safely lower off a sport route? Try out one of our Sport England funded lower-off simulators at a wall near you.
How best to coach younger climbers? The Castle's Ben Levey offers some insights
The Castle climbing centre in North London currently supply three members of the GB youth climbing team, and one recent graduate is now on the senior bouldering squad. BMC Regional Academy Coach Ben Levey reveals how he combines sports science with a humane approach to get the best out of his young athletes.
Why I joined the BMC
People join the BMC for many reasons such as to take out BMC Travel Insurance, get discounts in shops and to register for Mountain Training awards. We particularly love that the top reason members renew is to support the work of the BMC. But don't take our word for it, read what our members have to say.
BMC conference on challenge events in the uplands
This year's BMC access conference on 9 October is set to look at the cost and benefits of challenge events in the outdoors, and how these can be managed.
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