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e-Newsletter December 2018

December is here! And with that comes the wintery and second instalment of the BMC Monthly News Show. Catch it now on YouTube.

Last chance to enter and win a prize from our Festive Hamper! If you haven't bought a raffle ticket yet, you have until the end of tomorrow to be in with a shot at a £500 Montane voucher and heaps of other prizes.

Are you a fiend for the details? You can stay in touch with the latest developments from the Organisational Development Group and ask your own questions on the dedicated minisite here.

Latest BMC News
How to: Give feedback on the work of the ODG
The Organisational Development Group (ODG) wants to hear from you! There's now a website where you can find all the documents relating to the work the ODG has done so far, and you can comment on each document and article. Find out how to give your feedback:
BMC Festive Hamper - 24 hours to go!
This festive season, the BMC is offering you the chance to win something from our 'Hamper' - a massive raffle competition that is our largest gear giveaway ever. With over 150 individual items, 50 guaranteed winners and more than £2,500 worth of prizes, it's not one to be missed.
Frances Bensley: the third British woman to boulder 8B
Frances Bensley has repeated the boulder problem Fat Lip 8B at Raven Tor in Miller's Dale, a route first climbed by Steve McClure in 2007. She is only the third British woman to climb the grade: the others were Shauna Coxsey and Mina Leslie-Wujastyk. Frances also redpointed her first 8b+ sport route this year, in Siurana. Does she have any tips for us, in general and for this route? Apparently it's all about wearing a particular climbing shoe on your right foot!
How to become a Bouldering Coach: 10 tips from Mountain Training
Do you love bouldering? Love teaching others? And love watching the progression of new climbers from beginner to advanced and beyond? Then you should think about doing a coaching qualification with Mountain Training. Here’s 10 things you’ll need to become a Bouldering Coach.
Pete Whittaker's Big Link-Up in Yosemite
Pete Whittaker has done it again! Yet another gruelling challenge has crumbled beneath the grim, relentless determination of the UK's most masochistic mountaineer. Pete was back in Yosemite on another solo mission, but this time just one granite wall was not enough – he had his eyes on both El Capitan and Half Dome. Sarah Stirling reports.
Hill Walking Symposium: freedom, adventure, environment and community
Greater access freedoms, richer landscapes, and a more vibrant, engaged and adventurous outdoor community. This is the inspiring vision which emerged after 50 people converged on the Peak District last weekend for the first ever BMC Hill Walking Symposium.
BMC Board of Directors: October meeting summary
The main points discussed by the BMC Board of Directors during the October meeting.
Freeze forecast: live Lake District winter conditions monitoring
Did you know that you can check the winter conditions in the Lake District from anywhere? There are live monitoring systems on Great End - one of the most reliable Lakes winter crags, and another on Helvellyn - an incredibly popular but also botanically sensitive winter venue.
Spend it better this Christmas: save on cards and give to Mend Our Mountains
Britons send around 800 million Christmas cards ever year. This year we are encouraging supporters to save paper and postage and donate towards Mend Our Mountains instead. Here's how you can get free digital cards to help us spread the word.
Castle Rock comes tumbling down
The long wait is over: at 2pm today the big block on Castle Rock in the Lake District finally detached from the crag and fell onto the scree slope below. Climbers are warned to continue to stay away – the remaining face is loose and rock is still falling off.
The legacy of Peter Hutchinson, founder of Mountain Equipment and PHD
Peter Hutchinson, founder of the brands Mountain Equipment and then PHD, passed away on Friday 2 November 2018, aged 81. Peter was hands-on at the forefront of outdoor down gear manufacture from the very beginning of the industry until the modern day. When other outdoor brands grew big and moved production overseas, Peter saw a different way. A more sustainable and personal way.
Winter skills films series one: The Basics
Confused by crampons? Hacked off by axes? Afraid of avalanches? In association with the Association of Mountain Instructors, Lowe Alpine and DMM, BMC TV presents four series of winter skills films to help you get it white.
Interview: Emma Twyford's storming 2018
Emma Twyford is this month's front-cover star of both Climber and Summit magazines, and this double-display of publicity is very well deserved. Emma has just had one of the best trad seasons of any UK climber, and she's also been pushing the limits of UK women's sport climbing.
Introducing Connor Herson, youngest person to free the Nose, and Dad Jim
Yosemite climbing has come a long way since 1958, when the first ascent of the Nose was established over 47 days of aid-climbing. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first free ascent of the Nose – achieved by Lynn Hill in ’93 (“It goes, boys!”) – and a new record has just been set. Connor Herson has, at 15, become the youngest person to free-climb the route. According to his Dad, “Most importantly, no days of school were missed in the sending of this route!” Connor climbed it over three days starting on November 17.
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