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e-Newsletter August 2008
August is upon us, there’s not a cloud in the sky, we’re getting drought warnings and the moorland fire risk is high. Yes, chance would be a fine thing. So if you’ve not managed to escape to warmer climes I hope you manage to get out and enjoy a good old traditional British summer. Best to look upon cloud, mist and rain as a wonderful opportunity to practice your navigation skills in the hills.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO
Latest BMC News
Climbing Mont Blanc with a female twist
In July 2008, a group of 26 women from throughout Europe summited Mont Blanc to mark the bi-centenary of the first female ascent of Mont Blanc and the start of the French presidency of the EU. British representative Lynn Robinson reports on the trip.
No.10 to celebrate British mountaineering
The Prime Minister is hosting a reception for the BMC in 'Celebration of British Mountaineering' at No.10 Downing Street on Wednesday 8th October 2008.
BMC report on CROW Act published
The BMC has launched a report looking at the effects of the CROW Act over the last four years.
Longstone Edge case to go to Court of Appeal.
The BMC has welcomed the news that the Peak District National Park Authority has been granted permission to appeal against a High Court decision over alleged harmful quarrying on Longstone Edge, near Bakewell.
First aid for rock climbers
Many people have done a first aid course in the past. But afterwards it’s easy to let the knowledge slip. But just what are the basics of first aid that every climber should know?
Peregrines breed successfully at the Roaches
Following several weeks of climbing restrictions along the Upper Tier at the Roaches, the Peregrine chicks have finally fledged thanks to the co-operation of climbers, local people and visitors.
Climbing Wall Award
The Climbing Wall Award (CWA) is for people who want to supervise groups on indoor and outdoor climbing walls and towers.
A cliffhanger of a bouldering contest
The British Bouldering Championships were held over the weekend of 12-13 July at the Cliffhanger festival in Sheffield, and the competition certainly lived up to the festival’s name.
The Lake District Mountain Trial
With the plethora of fell races and triathlons on offer these days, it seems odd that fifty years ago fell racing was in its infancy and cycling was the sport of choice. Ali Bramall takes a look at one of the oldest events - the Lake District Mountain Trial.
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