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e-Newsletter April 2017

It's nearly time for the BMC AGM 2017 and we'd like to thank all of our members who have already voted using their proxy voting forms; we think it's incredibly important to know our membership's opinions.

Remember, if you can't attend in person, you can vote by post or email. Just be sure to fill in your form properly and include your membership number. Details on how to do this can be found in the first two articles featured below. 

In the meantime, we'll continue to work hard to protect and promote the interests and passions of our members. For more tales of all the cool things we've been up to – things like buying Crookrise Crag to protect access for all then please read on.

Latest BMC News
We're stronger together
It’s an exciting time for the outdoor world. A recent Active Lives Survey revealed that 2.14 million people now go hill walking, climbing or mountaineering twice a month. That’s almost 2 million walkers, around 100,000 outdoor climbers and 170,000 indoor climbers!
BMC AGM 17: how you can vote
Want to vote but can’t attend our AGM? You need to use your proxy voting card. Find out what that is and how you can use it. Here are three easy ways you can make your membership count.
Mend Our Mountains fixes popular footpath in the Brecon Beacons
A kilometre-long stretch of one most heavily eroded footpaths in the heart of the Brecon Beacons has been fixed, thanks to £12,100 of funding from the BMC’s Mend Our Mountains crowdfunding campaign.
Get ready for your mountain challenge event
Want to take part in a mountain challenge event and respect the environment? Whether you're taking part or organising an event, check out our new booklet which provides practical advice on organising and minimising the impact of challenge events.
Exciting news: BMC buys Crookrise crag, Yorkshire
To protect future access for climbers and walkers, the BMC has bought Crookrise Crag, a nationally-important grit crag in Yorkshire.
How to: provide inclusive activities
For providers of climbing, hill walking and mountaineering activities there is a wealth of information available to support you to ensure your activities are accessible. To make it easier, we're gathering the information here.
Aldery Cliff: Update on vigilante caretaker
Aldery Cliff in the Peak District is one of the eight crags that the BMC owns and manages for climbers. Recently, some substantial cleaning work occurred without BMC permission.
BMC helps fund Mountain Heritage move to secure our history
Mountain Heritage Trust moves into stunning new base at Blencathra – with help from the BMC.
Step into Spring: 8 tips to get ready for hill walking
The clocks are going forward, the snowdrops are out, the evenings are lighter, the pigeons are doing courtship sexy dancing – it must be Spring! For those of us who aren’t winter walking warriors, this is our time. BMC ambassador Mary-Ann Ochota shares her checklist to make sure you're all set. Let the walking begin!
Climb like a beast in the new kids' tees
Clothe the beast! For the first time ever, we're creating a range of BMC clothing designs in children’s sizes to complement our popular tee designs in adult sizes. See the new line designed by the talented Tessa Lyons here.
What is the new BMC North York Moors Festival?
A June weekend of frolicking by the sea. Friendly crags, sunny boulders – a national park of wild moorland to explore! Whether you’re operating at Diff or E10, the North York Moors will lay a soothing balm of unparalleled euphoria on your soul.
Ian Smith, Lynn Robinson receive George Band Award 2017
The 2017 BMC George Band Award goes to guidebook gurus Ian Smith and Lynn Robinson for their outstanding contributions to the BMC and mountaineering over many years. Congratulations! Let's have a look at why they were nominated for the award.
Rope shear fear: could it happen to anyone?
After the unfortunate recent rope shear incident involving Michele Caminati, the BMC would like to highlight the dangers of rope failure and how everyone should be wary of it.
Check your Friends! Wild Country issue notice for inspection
On 31 March, manufacturer Wild Country issued a voluntary notice for users to inspect Friends size 2,3 &4 purchased in 2016-7.
That's a wrap: Women's Winter Week 2017
The first Women's Winter Week ushered in a momentous start to March, which saw mountains of fun with positive, inspirational women and support from male and female supporters alike. So what went down during these five days of skills, thrills, and chills? BMC ambassador Mary-Ann Ochota reports.
For when you're off: discounts on BMC annual Rock travel insurance
For when you're off. Annual BMC Rock insurance is only £95 this spring. Don't hang around - get covered today.
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