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e-Newsletter January 2018

Happy New Year – the weather might not be wintery yet, but while frosts form and snow settles, get prepped ahead of time with our series of winter skills videos. Don’t forget, you can check on winter’s progress with the new monitoring system on Helvellyn.

And if you’re heading abroad, take advantage of our winter insurance offer and stay in safe hands with the BMC’s 5-star defaqto-rated policies.

The 2018 Women in Adventure film competition will soon be with us. With £1,200 in prize money and the chance to see your film on the big screen at three mountain festivals, including free entry to the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival, don’t miss the deadline to enter – you have until 15 January to submit it. We wish the best of luck to all!

Latest BMC News
Winter is Coming (and it's not just for guys)
Think you need to be macho to get out in winter? Think again. Mary-Ann Ochota profiles a week of winter training for female walkers, mountaineers and climbers, led by the country’s top female instructors.
NEW: Helvellyn winter conditions monitoring system
A new winter conditions monitoring system has been setup on the Red Tarn Face of Helvellyn, providing hourly temperature data for air and turf to help winter climbers assess likely conditions before arriving at the crag.
15% off annual BMC Alpine & Ski Travel Insurance in Europe
In a tight spot? BMC Travel Insurance is serious about making sure our members are covered for any occurrence, which is why we provide £10 million emergency medical cover. And to sweeten the deal, this winter from 1 January get 15% off all annual Alpine & Ski policies in Europe.
Upcoming BMC Area Meeting dates
Come along to the next meeting in your BMC Area, to discuss the latest issues and get involved in the work of the BMC.
New joint sponsorship deal for GB Paraclimbing Team
The GB Paraclimbing Team announces a fantastic new joint sponsorship arrangement with The Quay and Oakwood Climbing Centres that secures the team’s funding over the next three years.
A guide to passive protection
Passive protection forms a key component in the equipment used by the traditional rock climber, the alpinist and the winter climber. If you'd like to find out more about nuts, hexentrics and the other varieties of passive protection on offer, then read on and download our free, handy guide.
Deadline for objecting extended - BMC objects to proposed zipwire development at Thirlmere
A Planning Application has recently been submitted for a zipwire which could impact greatly on the landscape character and tranquillity of Thirlmere in the Lake District. The BMC is asking its members to write to the planning authority opposing these plans. Deadline for submissions is 12th January 2018.
Interview: Hazel Findlay crushes on El Cap again
BMC ambassador Hazel has just become the second Brit to free climb (i.e. trad climb - using no aid techniques) the classic route, Salathé Wall, which takes the most natural line up El Cap in Yosemite.
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.
INTERVIEW: Angelika Rainer, the first woman to drytool D15
Angelika Rainer has just become the first woman to climb a D15 drytooling route: A line above the Sky, in the Tomorrow's World cave, Italian Dolomites; a route first climbed by British climber Tom Ballard. The north Italian climber talks about why she loves ice climbing and drytooling, how to get into it, and women in these sports. Does she plan to sample some Scottish Winter?
Women in Adventure 2018: Four reasons why you should enter
Please note: Entries are now closed. Keep an eye out for the Women in Adventure submissions on BMC TV.
How to use: the Be Avalanche Aware app launched by SAIS
The latest tool for winter adventurers is a handy app with a host of features to help you stay safe in the mountains. Find out how to use the Be Avalanche Aware App that was recently launched by the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS).
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