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e-Newsletter February 2015
Welcome

The winter season has well and truly arrived, and BMC TV is hosting a new series of winter walking skills videos to help you make the most of the conditions. Watch, learn, and above all, have fun!

We’re heading to London for the Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show later this week. Come and say hello to us on the stand we’re sharing with our friends from Mountain Training, British Mountain Guides and the Association of Mountaineering Instructors.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Winter skills videos series one: The Basics
Confused by crampons? Hacked off by axes? Afraid of avalanches? In association with the Association of Mountain Instructors, Lowe Alpine and DMM, BMC TV presents the first in our series of winter skills videos to help you get it white.
Winter skills: how to take the next steps
You’ve done the winter skills course and now you’re looking to explore the hills alone - but are you really ready? Here’s how to take the next steps.
Mountaineering is on the up
Mountaineering is among the sports showing an increase in participation, according to the latest figures published by Sport England in its annual survey of the nation's sporting habits.
Stickle Tarn goes on the market
The Lake District National Park Authority is offering seven of its properties for sale by formal tender, including iconic beauty spot Stickle Tarn. We asked Martin Curry, the NPA’s property services manager, what the sell-off could mean for walkers.
2015 Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show
The UK's largest exhibition for adventurous people, The Telegraph Outdoor & Travel Show is now in full swing at ExCeL, London, and runs until Sunday 15 February.
Support the GB Paraclimbing Team by enrolling in Crack School!
Following the success of last year’s events Wild Country are pleased to announce that they have again joined forces with the Wideboyz, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, to present another series of Crack School Masterclasses across the UK this spring.
Get ready for your alpine adventures 2016
New to alpine climbing and looking to further develop your skills? Then the BMC Alpine Skills Lectures are for you. Speakers Calum Muskett and Steve Long will show you all things alpine with practical demos.
You're invited: BMC annual gathering in North Wales
Join us at Plas y Brenin in North Wales for the BMC's annual weekend AGM gathering (24-26 April). The actual AGM takes place at 10.30 on Saturday 25 April 2015 followed by a programme of informal events and opportunities to get out to walk, climb and socialise with other BMC members.
BMC Equity Symposium 2015: Developing Outdoor Leadership
The second BMC Equity Symposium aims to empower people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to become outdoor leaders. Book now to take part in this important event based in the Peak District, on 15 to 17 May.
£21,000 available for BMC clubs again in 2016
Did you know that BMC-affiliated clubs can apply for financial support to help develop communications, buy equipment and provide instructor support to members?
Dangerous crampons being sold online
Getting equipped to tackle the mountains in winter can seem an expensive business, with the cost of boots, axe and crampons totting up to a fair sum. It may be tempting to save money by snapping up a cheap bargain online. Be warned though, this may cost you a lot more than a pair of crampons in the long run. Read on to find out more.
Use of pegs in British climbing - BMC position statement
In situ pitons (pegs) can be found on many sea cliffs and inland crags in the British Isles. In most cases pegs have been used to provide protection on rock with limited natural protection and where bolts have not been an acceptable option. Avon Gorge, Wintours Leap, Pembroke, North Devon & Cornwall and Gogarth are examples of venues where pegs are common. This article provides an update on the BMC's position on pegs in British climbing as agreed by National Council on 6 December 2014.
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