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e-Newsletter October 2016

There’s a whiff of autumn in the air, bringing ideal conditions for climbing on grit. Sarah Stirling grills some gritstone aficionados about just what makes it, according to some, ‘God’s own rock’.

Not quite ready to say goodbye to the summer? If you're planning a trip to Europe, don’t miss out on our Rocktober insurance promotion, including the chance to win a £250 Go Outdoors voucher.

Looking ahead to next month, we’re putting on some great events including the annual access conference, winter skills lecture series and climbing injury symposium.

Dave Turnbull

Latest BMC News
Yeah, but, what've you ever done on grit?
Grit season is upon us. Sarah Stirling offers an ode to why autumn is awesome for grit, with insights from and videos of aficionados including Pete Whittaker, James McHaffie, Libby Peter, Johnny Dawes, Adam Ondra and Alex Honnold.
Go big: discounts on annual BMC Alpine and Ski insurance
Go big this winter. Annual BMC Alpine and Ski insurance is only £136. Now there's no reason to stay at home.
7 reasons to try scrambling and where to start
"Light packs, lots of hills, and no cold and boring belays!" Scrambling aficionados offer their top reasons why you should give it a go this autumn, plus three favourite routes to whet your appetite.
BMC conference on upland paths: mending our ways
This year's BMC access conference on 10 November is set to focus on the erosion of paths in upland environments, practical site-based solutions as well as resource constraints that threaten the upkeep of some of our most treasured routes.
British Lead and Speed Climbing Championships and Paraclimbing Cup
The British Lead Climbing Championships, British Speed Climbing Championships and the UK round of the IFSC Paraclimbing Cup took place during the weekend of 24 and 25 September 2016 at Awesome Walls Sheffield.
Near miss for British team in Pamir Alai
Supported by a BMC expedition grant, John Proctor and Robert Taylor narrowly missed making the first ascent of the difficult north face of Muz Tok (5,066m) in Kyrgyzstan's Pamir Alai
What's been getting done on and off the ground: Autumn 2016
From the inaugral Women's Trad Fest to Julian Lines taking advantage of the full moon spring tides to DWS E7 at Gogarth; from the Wideboyz smashing the Staffordshire Nose Challenge to Joe Heeley's new E9 at Dovedale, it seems like a lot has been done recently, so here's a quick round up in social media posts from the climbers' own minds and fingers.
Jasmin Paris: smashes big three classic British records in six months
Jasmin Paris broke the female record for the Paddy Buckley round last weekend, meaning she has smashed the female records for all three of the classic British fell running challenges within six months. On top of that, she also holds the overall record for the Ramsay Round and the overall record time for all three rounds combined.
Young guns: Joe Heeley
The first in our mini-series profiling the young guns rocking the scene right now. 22-year-old Joe Heeley offers some beta for Eyes Wide Shut, the new E9 he's put up at Dovedale, some advice on how to get into new-routing, and talks about the mental side of climbing, how he trains, the role of social media at the top of the sport, and why the future of climbing could be indoors.
Get skilled up with the BMC on a club member training course
Are you a BMC club member wanting to learn new skills? Come along to one of our safety training courses to learn about outdoor first aid or improvised rescue for climbers.
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