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
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.
Have you ever wondered how climbing helmets are tested, or who tested your latest shell jacket? Interested in the future of bolting, or wondered why there are no standards for belay devices? Find out about all these and more at the BMC Technical Conference taking place at Plas y Brenin on 25 October 2008.
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.