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e-Newsletter May 2016

Mend Our Mountains has raised £60,000 so far but with less than a week to go we still need £40,000 to reach our target and support vital footpath repair work across England and Wales.

May looks set to be a busy busy month – look out for the Tremadog Festival, our tipi at Keswick Mountain Festival and our roadshow in Sheffield, Manchester and Caernarfon with a certain Mr Alex Honnold.

Want to work for the BMC? We are currently recruiting a new Membership Administrator to join our busy team in Manchester.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
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.
The Alex Honnold Tour: Brought to you by the BMC
What do we want? Deep-timbred bold free-soloing Americans. When do we want them? This May! That’s right, the BMC is bringing Alex Honnold to the UK for Flying Solo, three unique events that promise to be as captivating as his virtual onsight and subsequent solo of Gaia. So what’s on the cards?
National Trust activity licence update
The National Trust recently announced the launch of a new activity licensing pilot scheme understandably led to widespread concern amongst the outdoor instructor community who use Trust land with their students. The BMC held a teleconference with the Trust to find out more about the scheme, discuss how this may negatively impact providers and present an initial case supporting free educational use of Trust land.
The BMC AGM 2016: Welcoming in the new and saying goodbye
We’re back from the BMC AGM 2016 and we can officially say it was a resounding success. This year over 100 BMC members gathered at YHA Castleton in the Peak District to welcome in a new vice president, participate in the charity auction, and to celebrate all things to do with the outdoors.
Third gold for the unstoppable Shauna Coxsey in China
Shauna wins again to take home her third gold medal this season and her fourth consecutive win after dominating in the latter stages of the competition in Chongqing, China. Another sterling effort from the GB Climbing Team during the third round of the IFSC Bouldering World Cup with the whole team making if through to semis.
Why uni climbing clubs are booming
When thinking about university sports, chances are that mountaineering and climbing won't even cross your mind. But uni climbing clubs have been there the whole time, and they're growing too. Tess Bains investigates why.
Seven climbing myths busted!
We know that there are some perceptions around climbing that may lead people to think it isn't for them: perhaps it looks too extreme, or that climbers need to be muscular and strong. Well all climbers began somewhere, and most of us started at the bottom. So we thought we’d bust a few of those myths and prove that climbing really is for everyone.
Friction blisters: prevention and treatment
Friction blisters on the feet are a common and potentially serious complication of mountaineering and other outdoor activities. Most people will experience blisters at some point in their pursuits and will adapt their socks, footwear and foot hygiene accordingly.
Black Diamond announce quality audit following further product recalls
Black Diamond have issued a recall for inspection for a number of products including Camalots, and have also announced a major quality audit of their production facilities and systems.
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