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e-Newsletter October 2014
Welcome

The great outdoors is “the greatest free gym we have” – according to a debate in parliament last month, which saw MPs call for more support for outdoor recreation.

Our campaigning work is at the heart of what we do, so it’s great to be shortlisted for this year’s Campaigner of the Year in the annual awards run by The Great Outdoors magazine – it’s up to you to decide who wins.

Pulled a finger tendon or suffering a shoulder SLAP tear? Learn about the latest developments in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of climbing-specific injuries at next month’s BMC Climbing Injury Symposium.

We are delighted that Pat Littlejohn and Mick Fowler have now become BMC Patrons. We’re also on the lookout for an Independent Director with fundraising and sponsorship expertise to join our Executive Committee – could that be you?

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
We are being heard: MPs praise “the greatest free gym that we have”
An excellent recent discussion in parliament saw MPs involved with the BMC praise the outdoors as “the greatest free gym that we have” and call for more support for outdoor recreation.
British Lead & Speed Championships 2014 & IFSC Para Cup - RESULTS
The British Lead Climbing Championships (BLCCs) and British Speed Climbing Championships (BSCCs) took place at Awesome Walls Sheffield over the weekend of 4-5 October 2014 with the final round of the IFSC Paraclimbing Cup also running at the same venue.
Yuji Hirayama: Big Issue was just a prologue, UK trad is real climbing
Japanese climbing legend Yuji Hirayama recently tested himself on UK trad for the first time. His project? The Big Issue (E9) at Pembroke. How did Yuji get on, what does he think of our trad culture, and will he be back to test himself on grit next? Sarah Stirling interviews.
VOTE NOW: Help the BMC win ‘campaigner of the year’ award
Have you been impressed by the BMC’s campaigning work? If so, cast your vote in the annual awards run by The Great Outdoors magazine. Voting closes on Monday 10 November, so don’t delay.
High poetry: five eyebrow-raising mountain names
Strange, interesting, or just childishly amusing – to mark National Poetry Day we take a look at some of the more unusual names given to mountains across the world.
Quickdraws: a guide for climbers
Climbers use quickdraws to attach their rope to pieces of protection when lead climbing. A quickdraw consists of two karabiners connected by a textile sling. Find out about the different types and some of the key issues in this article.
Women in Adventure: part 2
Are you a film-maker with a short film about the mountain adventures of an exciting woman or women? Following on from the success of last year's competition the BMC and WomenClimb are once again teaming up with ShAFF to put more adventurous women on the big screen!
WIN TICKETS: European Outdoor Film Tour back in the UK
This autumn, the European Outdoor Film Tour is back in the UK for the fourth year running with a bumper crop of outdoor sports and adventure films. The tour kicks off at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 31 October, before heading to Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Manchester and Birmingham.
New big walls discovered in Siberia
Australians Chris Fitzgerald and Chris Warner have climbed six new routes up to 10 pitches in length on four separate granite walls in the Chukotka region of far eastern Russia.
Littlejohn and Fowler become BMC Patrons
The BMC is delighted to announce the appointment of Pat Littlejohn OBE and Mick Fowler as BMC Patrons. Both men have immense records of climbing and mountaineering achievements, and have set standards for difficulty and adventure for the best part of four decades.
BMC Coaching Symposium: by coaches for coaches - report
The many different facets of talent development were explored at this year’s Coaching Symposium, held over the weekend of 13-14 September in North Wales.
Seeking an Independent Director with Sponsorship and Fundraising Expertise
The BMC is seeking to appoint an Independent Director to our Board of Directors (Executive Committee). We are specifically seeking an individual with fundraising and sponsorship expertise and would particularly encourage applications from women and ethnic minorities.
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