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e-Newsletter May 2017
Welcome

In our recent action-packed AGM, there was a very strong display of support against the vote of no confidence, but this also brought about the unexpected resignation of BMC president Rehan Siddiqi. Our vice president Nick Kurth CBE has now stepped in as acting president.

Now it’s time to look forward and meet your new team who will be leading the BMC for the next three years. We’re also starting an independent organisational review and will be surveying members as part of this.

As a BMC member, you get exclusive early-bird access to see American rock-star climber Tommy Caldwell this July in London and Sheffield. Buy tickets before they go on general sale on 15 May using offer code BMC2017

Latest BMC News
Meet the new team at the top of the BMC
From a technologist to a CEO; a qualified barrister to director of the Women's Climbing Symposium. Meet your new voluntary team at the top of the BMC.
Meet Nick Kurth: the BMC’s new acting president
Nick Kurth caught the bug early on: from scrambling up slabs in the Lake District as a youth on a school trip, to the likes of reading his way through as much mountain literature as he could lay his hands on. Here the BMC's new acting president talks about finding his passion and fitting it around his career.
Lynn Robinson: New BMC vice president
Introducing Lynn Robinson, a new vice president of the BMC. This all-round volunteer star has already made a significant difference to the BMC: she has contributed to all the current BMC series of guidebooks and is an active and enthusiastic member of the Peak Area committee.
Rab Carrington becomes the BMC's latest Patron
Rab Carrington has been involved with climbing and mountaineering for more than 50 years and with the BMC since 2005. He's been a keen mountaineer, founded an internationally renowned outdoor gear brand, and now he's become the BMC's latest Patron.
Legendary mountaineer Ueli Steck killed in the Himalaya: tributes
Ueli Steck was killed in the Himalaya last weekend. The 40-year-old was near Camp 1, on the way up Nuptse when he fell into the Western Cwm. He was climbing solo, acclimatising for an ambitious new route that he planned to try, combining Everest with Lhotse. We celebrate an extraordinary life, complete with videos and climbers' tributes.
BMC Position Statement: Aldery Cliff
Following reports of significant unsanctioned work having taken place at Aldery Cliff (a BMC owned crag near Buxton), the BMC's Land Management Group met at the crag to discuss the situation. The following is a position statement from the group about the work.
This Girl Can… Climb Outdoors
You’ve started climbing indoors, but you’re not sure you’ve got the skills for outdoors yet, you might not know anyone who climbs outdoors, and you’re certain you don’t have all the equipment you need. The BMC have teamed up with This Girl Can to run some Ready to Rock Women's beginner sessions.
Bombshell at BMC AGM
At 11am on Saturday 22 April, the sun beat down on the Welsh mountains, yet it was standing room only in the large lecture room at Plas y Brenin. The promise of a BMC AGM does not normally draw in the crowds – especially on a bluebird day – but this was no normal year.
Gold for Garnbret, Shauna misses podium
Janja Garnbret claimed gold and Shauna Coxsey just missed out on a medal in the fourth IFSC Boulder World Cup 2017, meanwhile Alexey Rubtsov came out on top in a close-fought battle in finals. Find out all the details from the event in Hachioji-Tokyo, Japan.
Piolet d'Or number four: Paul Ramsden interview
Piolet d'Ors are the most sought-after awards in mountaineering. Yorkshireman Paul Ramsden has just received his fourth, yet we know very little about him. It's always his climbing partners and fellow trophy-winners who appear in the climbing press. Sarah Stirling tracks him down to find out his opinions on his latest award-winning route, sponsored climbers and the media spotlight.
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.
Don't miss: the Tommy Caldwell tour
Last year, we brought you Alex Honnold. Now we’ve teamed up with Penguin Live to bring you another American rock star. This July, climbing legend Tommy Caldwell is coming to Sheffield and London.
Free to watch: The Bothy Project
Awesome news: yet another award-winning BMC TV film is going public. If you haven't seen it yet, The Bothy Project is now free to watch. Find out how here.
BMC organisational review now underway
Further to discussion by National Council over the AGM weekend, the independently chaired review of the BMC’s governance and organisational structure is now getting underway.
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