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e-Newsletter June 2017

It's the General Election today and if you still haven't voted, you can read what each of the main parties are planning for the outdoors in their manifestos.

This week also saw BMC ambassador, Steve McClure, climb the hardest sport route of his career and the hardest route in the UK.

If you haven't decided what to do this weekend, the BMC will be at the Keswick Mountain Festival hosting a skills camp full of workshops, talks and free beer for members!

Latest BMC News
General Election 2017: How to vote for the outdoors
As the 2017 general election rapidly approaches on 8 June, we’ve taken a look at the manifestos of the main parties (Conservatives, Labour, LibDems, Green and Plaid Cymru) to see who is pledging the most for the outdoors and the environment.
Steve McClure climbs Rainman: Britain's first 9b
The hardest climb in the UK just got harder. This Sunday, Steve McClure finally climbed his seven-year mega-project at Malham, Rainman, to give the UK its first-ever 9b.
BMC Organisational Review Group Newsletter: May 2017
On 23 April 2017, the National Council of the BMC proposed the setting up of a committee, with an independent chair, to carry out a review of the structure, aims and governance of the organisation.
Celebrate our 75th Anniversary at the BMC Montane Skills Camp at Keswick Mountain Festival
Meet a medley of mountain-loving outdoor-adventure people at the Keswick Mountain Festival. The BMC is back and we’ll be running skills workshops, films, talks, music and quizzes until the stars come out. What’s more, there’s free beer for BMC members.
Where are they going? The BMC Expedition Grants
The following teams received grant aid from the BMC for expeditions taking place during 2017. Most are still to leave the UK; some are currently in the field, and some have recently returned, though the results of their endeavours are presently unknown. In general, only the designated expedition organiser is named.
New proposals: A threat to Welsh National Parks
In March, the BMC and other environmental and recreational groups raised concerns about proposals regarding the future of Welsh National Parks. The Welsh Government is debating these proposals on 6 June. Your help is needed to safeguard National Parks in Wales; use your voice to protect the family of National Parks. Please act before 6 June and read on to see how you can help.
Welsh Lead Climbing Championships - Results
This weekend 175 climbers descended on the Beacon Climbing Centre in North Wales for the Welsh Lead Climbing Championships which for the first time has been run by the BMC.
Club snippets
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Bouldering bronze for Emily Phillips at European Youth Cup
Emily Phillips came third in the latest IFSC European Youth Cup for bouldering in Soure, Portugal, and Hannah Slaney came fourth in her category, narrowly missing out on a podium place last weekend.
Will Sim and Greg Boswell climb two new routes in Alaska
Wil Sim and Greg Boswell have recently climbed two new routes from the Buckskin Glacier in the Central Alaska Range, which lies 15 miles southeast of Denali; the main peak in the range is the Moose's Tooth. The first route is an 'outrageously good' line on the Bear's Tooth, and the second may be the first ascent of a peak. Sarah Stirling gets the low down, and finds out why they named the routes Beastiality and Shark Fishing.
Emily on climbing through pregnancy
After the BMC's This Girl Can Climb photo shoot we caught up with Emily to chat about her experience continuing to climb through her pregnancy.
Army of outdoor enthusiasts harvest a panda’s worth of rubbish from the Peak District
Parts of the Peak District attract more than their fair share of rubbish – but after well over 100 volunteers blitzed a litter hotspot in the Peak District, one particular corner is looking a lot better.
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