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e-Newsletter February 2017

Our Great End Winter Conditions monitoring system is now up and running, providing temperature data from one of the Lake District’s most reliable winter crags, to enable better decision-making before heading out for a winter climbing day – good news for climbers and rare plants.

In the North Pennines, thanks to your donations to the BMC Access and Conservation Trust, we’re supporting repairs to a section of the Coast to Coast walk, one of the most popular long-distance footpaths in the country.

Watch the Women in Adventure film competition entries on BMC TV, and help your favourite film to win an award by sharing it. The films will be screened next month at festivals in Llanberis and Sheffield, where the winner will be announced.

Dave Turnbull

Latest BMC News
Freeze forecast: live Lake District winter conditions monitoring
Did you know that you can check the winter conditions in the Lake District from anywhere? There are live monitoring systems on Great End - one of the most reliable Lakes winter crags, and another on Helvellyn - an incredibly popular but also botanically sensitive winter venue.
Coast to Coast: raising the standard
Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk covers a distance of 190 miles from St. Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. One of the most popular long-distance walks in the country, parts of this spectacular route are now heavily affected by erosion - but the BMC and its charity are helping.
Women in Adventure 2017: Watch the films on BMC TV
We’re really excited to present all the entries to the 2017 Women in Adventure film competition. From climbing to SUP, paragliding to bamboo bicycles, and a hunt for family history, this year's entries are more diverse than ever – and only one can be picked as the winner! Read on for a brief rundown of them all.
The Mountain Rescuer: “It isn’t just inexperienced people who need rescuing.”
What’s it like to be a Mountain Rescuer on Britain’s most popular mountain over the wild winter months? Simon Verspeak describes some of the challenges of covering a mountain many misunderstand to be 'safe'.
Michaela Tracy wins the Bloco Masters in Poland
Recent winner of Bloco Masters in Poland Michaela Tracy opens up about the wild Polish climbing scene as well as her very varied climbing achievements, why women are killing it in Sheffield at the moment, and why she avoids the limelight.
Looking back on climate change: a mountaineer's musings
What changes in the landscape have experienced mountaineers seen over the years? We asked Rab Carrington to think back and pen his thoughts for this year's Show The Love campaign.
Clubs Roadshows 2017
New for 2017 will be a series of Roadshows aimed at club officers and committee members.
Presenting the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2017
We're going big on ShAFF this year and that means our members can get 15% off tickets. The 2017 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival will be presented by the BMC at the Showroom Cinema on 17-19 March.
Training for club committee members
This programme provides training, support and advice to the members and officers on club committees and is suitable for new and longer-standing committee members.
How to harness positive mental wellbeing by rock climbing
Did you know that rock climbing can boost positive mental wellbeing? Set up in 2008, Vertigirls is one such community group for women with physical and mental health impairments that are using rock climbing to feel empowered. We caught up with Christine, the founder of Vertigirls, to hear her thoughts.
Have your say: how the BMC National Council works
The BMC is a democracy. As such, the opinions of members on all kinds of things – to bolt or not to bolt, whether dry tooling is acceptable on established rock climbs, whether the BMC should change its name, how to connect with hill walkers and new climbers – are taken very seriously. Not only can you have your say at local area meetings, you can also vote for the volunteers who debate local issues and actively shape BMC policies at a national level. Here’s how it all works.
Notification of resolutions and nominations for the BMC AGM 2017
The 2017 BMC AGM is taking place on Saturday 22 April at Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, north Wales. Here is how to submit a resolution or make a nomination.
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