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e-Newsletter May 2015

In response to the devastating earthquakes, we are calling on the outdoor community to pledge items for an exciting charity auction to raise funds for the people of Nepal.

A unanimous result for the year's most important election – we have a new BMC president, Rehan Siddiqui, who succeeds Scott Titt, and Nick Kurth replaces Mike Watson as a vice-president.

The wait for a definitive guidebook to Peak District limestone is almost over. Peak Limestone North, the first of a two-volume series, is due out later this month. Pre-order your copy now.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Lend a hand: donate unique items to BMC eBay auction for Nepal
In response to the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the BMC is calling on mountaineers and the wider outdoor community to pledge items for an exciting charity auction to raise funds for the people of Nepal.
Interview from base camp: the worst Everest disaster in history
"All we are doing is waiting. Expecting another big shock. Reports getting worse every hour..." After a powerful earthquake struck Nepal, causing extensive damage and triggering huge avalanches on Everest, we interview guide Sean James at base camp on the north side.
Moving forward: AGM ushers in new era for BMC
Over 100 BMC members, new and old, gathered together at the BMC AGM at Plas y Brenin in north Wales this weekend, where we welcomed in a new president and vice president.
BMC/MCofS Junior Boulder Cup - Round 2
The second round of the 2015 BMC/MCofS Junior Boulder Cup will take place on the 6 June at The Climbing Academy Glasgow - this event will be run by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.
Peak Limestone North: now in stock
Like the lime? You'll love Peak Limestone North: the new definitive guide to Peak limestone by the BMC guidebook team. And the good news is that it is now in stock.
TremFest 2016: Refreshing Tremadog
It's May, it's Wales, it's time for the jamboree that is TremFest 2016! Your chance to give something back to the crags you derive so much enjoyment from. Put the date in your diary - the weekend of 7th and 8th May - when work and play combine to celebrate all that is good about Tremadog.
Scrambling skills: the grades explained
New to scrambling? The first step to becoming a rock-hopping pro is to know thy enemy. In part one of our scrambling skills guide, we demystify the grading system.
Improving communication with deaf climbers
When Suzi Rees lost her hearing six years ago, she became curious to explore how she could adapt communication methods used in rock climbing and find new ways of working with her climbing partner that made their lives easier. In Deaf Awareness Week (4-10 May), she shares her tips for communicating with deaf climbers and what the future looks like for deaf climbing.
Hill skills: how to use bothies
They’re free, simple shelters in remote country that anyone can use. But bothies can be much more than just a place to sleep – at their best they represent a culture and a community. Here’s how to join in.
Stanage sticker campaign kicks off
A new car sticker is available from the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) which gives a year's free parking at Stanage and a discount at the North Lees Campsite, in return for a £15 donation towards looking after the estate.
The Pennine Way: Finding Jerusalem among England's dark, satanic mills
Our pre-eminent long-distance trail is 50 years old today – but it represents more than just a long walk. Carey Davies reflects on the radical origins of the Pennine Way.
More counterfeit products discovered
Following on from the discovery earlier in the year of dangerous imitation crampons, gear manufacturers have since discovered and publicised further examples of imitation and counterfeit products. How can you avoid the fakes, and what should you do if you end up buying one?
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