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e-Newsletter January 2016

We’ve not had much of a winter so far, but colder temperatures are forecast, so now is the time to make sure your winter skills are as sharp as an ice axe pick. Watch our latest videos on BMC TV.

What impact could the decision to permit fracking beneath Britain’s national parks have on our most celebrated landscapes? We talk to Ruth Bradshaw from the Campaign for National Parks.

BMC competitions volunteer and Climbers Against Cancer founder John Ellison has sadly died.  We remember John's many achievements and climbing friends pay tribute to his life.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Winter skills videos series two: The Basics Part Deux
Struggling to self-arrest or perhaps you’re cursing those crampons when you can’t cram them on your boots? Whatever your troubles, BMC TV’s second set of winter skills videos will help you get back outdoors this snow season.
Does the fracking u-turn threaten our national parks?
MPs have voted to allow fracking beneath Britain’s national parks - but what impact could this have on our most celebrated landscapes? Hanna Lindon talks to Ruth Bradshaw, policy and research manager at the Campaign for National Parks to find out.
John Ellison: tributes to the visionary founder of CAC
At 4am on 28 October 2012, a year after his terminal cancer diagnosis, John Ellison had a dream and embarked on a "fabulous journey". This journey achieved something incredible for the first time: uniting and channelling the positive energy of the global climbing community for a good cause.
2016 BMC Youth Climbing Series - Dates, Venues & Online Entry
The venues for the 2016 BMC Youth Climbing Series have been finalised and you can now enter online for the series.
WIN a winter course with Petzl at Glenmore Lodge
Feel the need to brush up on your winter skills? Enter this fantastic competition from the BMC, Petzl and Glenmore Lodge for the chance to win a much-sought-after two-day winter course AND a Summit Evo Petzl ice axe.
Young people: Learn to sport climb for £30
Calling all experienced indoor lead climbers. Learn how to climb outdoors on sport routes, under the guidance of an instructor, for only £30.
Harness guide for climbers and mountaineers
Choosing the right climbing harness is essential for both comfort and safety. Knowing how to use it and look after it are equally as important. Whether you're new to the sport or a grizzled veteran, our free, handy guide is packed full of useful info. Check it out now.
Angela Soper and Gwen Moffat on the BMC red carpet
Rockstars of British climbing history Angela Soper and Gwen Moffat are awarded honorary membership of the BMC.
Keypad locks for mountaineering club huts
Some clubs hire out their mountain huts to other clubs, groups or individuals. One way of allowing secure but simple access without the need to post a set of keys is to install a keypad lock. This system has proven to work well, but not all keypad locks are approved for use by the BMC's hut insurance underwriters. Read on to find out which ones are approved for use.
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