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e-Newsletter December 2014

The BMC turned 70 this week, but we're not planning on taking it easy in our old age. 

As the first winter snow falls, it’s time to make sure your skills are as sharp as your crampons, so take a look at our winter know-how article, which is crammed with useful advice and information.

The BMC office is closed over Xmas & New Year, but you can still take out travel insurance online for any last-minute trips; and if you’re looking for some stocking filler ideas, pop into the BMC online shop and see what we’ve got to offer.

Season’s Greetings,
Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Happy 70th birthday to the BMC
70 years ago, Geoffrey Winthrop Young – a leading rock climber, mountaineer and president of the Alpine Club – had a vision: a new body to represent all mountaineers.
Can the BMC become the natural home for hill walkers?
The next phase of the BMC’s effort to improve its work for hill walkers was launched last weekend in the Peak District.
Essential winter know-how
Heading for the hills this winter? Whether you're a seasoned winter warrior or just taking your first icy steps, we've got a mountain of essential skills & equipment advice right here on the BMC website.
How to keep hill walking over winter
Resist the lure of central heating and sofas – here’s our guide to keeping hill walking during the cold months.
Autumn Statement: some good news, but austerity still looms large
The Autumn Statement contained good news for Mountain Rescue, the England Coastal Path and green space mapping – but as austerity continues, could sport funding be for the chop?
Bouldering indoors: the low-down
Indoor bouldering is the most accessible form of climbing and requires the least amount of equipment, says Jordan Buys, one of the UK’s top climbers.
How to scramble: Crib Goch
This thrilling Grade 1 scramble in Snowdonia is one of the country’s most popular ridges - so what does it take to tackle Crib Goch?
2016 BMC Youth Climbing Series - Dates, Venues & Online Entry
The venues for the 2016 BMC Youth Climbing Series have been finalised and you can now enter online for the series.
Fantastic reductions at Expedition Planning Seminar
Amazing offer. Prices slashed for Saturday's expedition planning seminar at Plas y Brenin. This could be just the opportunity you need to take a trip to beautiful North Wales, going to the fantastic value seminar on the Saturday and then perhaps getting out on the hill, walking or climbing on Sunday.
Nominate a BMC volunteer for the George Band Award 2018
It's nomination time for the George Band Award for Exceptional Voluntary Contribution to Mountaineering. The aim of the award is to recognise people who have made a significant voluntary contribution to the BMC’s work over an extended period of time.
Christmas offers from the BMC shop
Don't let Christmas shopping stop you making the most of the winter: save time and money with these offers from the BMC shop!
BMC office: Christmas & New Year closure
The BMC office will be closed for Christmas and New Year from midday on Wednesday 24 December 2014 and will reopen for business at 9.00am on Friday 2 January 2014.
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