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e-Newsletter July 2008

Crag clean-ups, meetings with Ministers, climbing competitions, youth meets, access and conservation issues, film-making; just some of the work being done on behalf of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers. Read all about it...

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
The interview: Dave Turnbull
A new series of interviews from Summit magazine. Kicking off with Dave Turnbull, BMC boss.
Backdale 5 years on: government must 'act now'
On the fifth anniversary since quarrying resumed at Longstone Edge in the Peak District, a major coalition including the BMC has warned the Government to ‘act now’ or lose 350 hectares of irreplaceable landscape forever.
Beginners' guide to climbing walls
Welcome to the BMC beginners' guide to climbing walls, showing you everything you need to know to get you through your first visit to your local climbing wall.
Mountain Girls
Women aren't just breaking trail in the Alps, they're blazing it. Traci J. Macnamara charts the rise of the female Mountain Guide.
BMC Youth Climbing Series results 2008
The final of the BMC Youth Climbing Series 2008 sponsored by Perkins Slade was held at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena: Ratho in conjunction with the MC of S on Saturday 28th June.
Video: Abrasion damage to ropes
Ropes very rarely break, but they can be very badly damaged by abrasion over an edge. This video recreates an incident where the sheath on a rope was severed after lowering off a climber from a gritstone route.
BMC in Westminster
The BMC recently spent two days in the House of Commons, raising the profile of the BMC and mountaineering amongst central government, MPs, DEFRA and Natural England.
The BMC and clubs
As BMC President one of my resolutions this year is to try to strengthen relationships between climbing and hill walking clubs and the BMC. Ambitious, perhaps, but the BMC and clubs have a long and intertwined history. After all clubs were largely instrumental in setting up the BMC back in 1944.
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