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e-Newsletter November 2015

Campaigning is an important element of our work, so it was great to hear MPs praising the benefits of the outdoors and highlighting our work at the recent parliamentary debate. We’ve also been shortlisted for ‘campaigner of the year’ in The Great Outdoors Awards, and you can vote for us.

It’s Kendal Mountain Festival later this month, and there's a mint line-up of films and speakers, including Breakfast Club, a special BMC event featuring exclusive films, BMC ambassadors and hosted by Niall Grimes. To get the Breakfast Club member price, use discount code KMFBMC when you book online.

Heading off for some sun rock action this winter? We’ve got the lowdown on five super Spanish destinations that are just a little bit off the radar; and BMC ambassador Steve McClure reveals the secrets to breaking through the 7a barrier.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Breakfast Club: with Niall Grimes
Join us at Kendal Mountain Festival for another morning of mayhem. For the second year running, we’re letting Niall Grimes off the leash and setting him loose on all our latest BMC TV films, personalities and star ambassador climbers.
MPs agree: “The potential for outdoor recreation is massive”
Twenty MPs from six political parties took part in a Westminster debate yesterday which praised the huge economic, educational, environmental and health benefits of the outdoors and highlighted the work of the BMC several times.
British Lead and Speed Climbing Championships 2015 - Full Results
The British Lead and Speed Climbing Championships took place at Awesome Walls Sheffield over the weekend of 3 and 4 October 2015. The event also included the final round of the IFSC Paraclimbing Cup series 2015.
Why the BMC is a highly commended campaigner
The BMC has been highly commended as ‘Campaigner of the Year’ in The Great Outdoors Awards. Here are some examples of how we campaign for walkers and climbers like you.
Disability Symposium: learn how to support people with disabilities outdoors
Do you support or instruct people with disabilities to go hill walking, climbing or mountaineering? Get up to speed with the latest best practice at the BMC's second Disability Symposium, with talks from Eiger paraclimber John Churcher and Emmerdale actor, motivational speaker and quadriplegic Andy Walker.
South African trad climbing exchange 2016
The BMC has teamed up with the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) to champion a trad climbing exchange between the two countries.
Spanish secrets: top 5 best mid-grade sport climbing destinations
Planning a winter sport-climbing escape? Leave the crowds and polish behind with these five best-kept mid-grade Spanish sport secrets. Dos cervezas por favor.
Five ways scramblers can save money with the BMC
If your idea of a good time involves scaling Tryfan or tackling the Aonach Eagach ridge, then joining the BMC could give your finances a boost. Here’s how…
Bothying gets a boost: now why not try it yourself?
The Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and chairman Simon Birch recently the received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It seemed like the perfect excuse to quiz him about the work involved in maintaining Britain’s 'stone tents'.
Take that, world - Wired guidebook scoops international award
In the world of mountain literature, one award stands head and shoulders over all the others in terms of status and glory. The Banff Mountain Book Competition Awards, based in Canada, have long been held as the gold standard seal of approval; the Olympics, the Oscars, the Mount Everest of climbing. A victory here is a proud nod towards anyone’s work.
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