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e-Newsletter December 2017
Welcome

It’s your chance to help shape the future of hill walking, climbing, and mountaineering. Your opinion matters to us and will help the BMC improve and adapt as climbing and hill walking change. To get involved, read the report from the independent organisational review group and give us your feedback by filling in the survey.

Still have questions about the review and survey? Tune in to the BMC Facebook LIVE Q&A session on Tuesday 5 December at 13:00 to get more info from members of the review group Ray Wigglesworth QC and John Roberts, compered by Niall Grimes.

Thanks to all that have taken the survey already, 2018 is already lining up to be busy and exciting, with lots of great BMC events on the horizon. Please remember, the BMC office will be closed over Christmas and New Year; you can still buy travel insurance online for any last-minute getaways.

Latest BMC News
5 reasons why your opinion matters
Climb walls, rocks, hills, ice or mountains? We’re here to help. But as climbing and walking are changing, we need to check that we’re doing the right things, the right way. This is the reason behind a new report and survey, and now we need your help.
Organisational review: read the report and have your say
The independent BMC Organisational Report was released at Kendal Mountain Festival. It is now available to download and consultation is open until 22 December.
Winter skills films series four: climbing grade III
Winter has come. It’s time to dust off your ice tools and polish your aspirations. And if you want to leave the easier gullies behind and head onto technical ground this season, then check out our new winter skills films.
What was your favourite? The BMC Kendal film frenzy
Was it the best Kendal Mountain Festival yet? The BMC stand looked great, the films were excellent, and BMC TV Breakfast Club gave away more prizes than ever before. We’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone that came and visited us. What was your best moment of #Kendal2017?
The making of Bonington Mountaineer
Journeying through the life of Britain's most famous mountaineer, Chris Bonington, the new documentary film Bonington Mountaineer will premiere at Kendal Mountain Festival this weekend. To describe how the idea was born, Brian Hall takes us back to Chris's 80th birthday celebration to reclimb a line he first did almost 50 years before – The Old Man of Hoy.
Climbing for All Disability Awareness Course
A Climbing for All Disability Awareness Course was run at the 2017 Student Safety Seminar, organised by the BMC and hosted at the National Mountaineering Centre Plas Y Brenin. It was a fantastic chance for university students to gain insight into technical systems used to assist climbers while brushing upon subjects such as terminology, causes of disability and models of disability.
How to train novice club members, winter skills
This popular training event will be returning on 3-4 February 2018 - this time we will be offering support to experienced club members when taking novice club members out in winter conditions.
Five things we learned from rebolting Horseshoe
The mammoth project of re-equipping the routes on BMC land at Horseshoe Quarry has just finished. With a huge number of bolts replaced, loose rock removed and funds raised by you lovely lot, we’ve hopefully improved the experience for visitors to this ever popular sport crag. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who donated to the Horseshoe Heroes crowdfunder – we couldn’t have done it without you!
Alan Hinkes regales Westminster crowd to rally support for Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million
A plush Westminster room on a London evening may seem an unlikely place to be rallying support for our hills and mountains, but when you get about 130 avid outdoor fans together, chuck in some free wine and sprinkle a few Alan Hinkes jokes, it does the trick.
BMC Youth Climbing Series 2018
The BMC Youth Climbing Series is a fun climbing competition for young people. The series is extremely popular and attracts hundreds of young climbers nationwide.
BMC Open Youth Climbing Comps 2018
This year's climbing competition season kick-starts with the BMC Open Youth events for both Lead and Boulder, and will also count as Round One of the BMC Lead Cup, at Awesome Walls Sheffield and The Depot Nottingham on 24 and 25 February. Read on for more details.
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