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e-Newsletter April 2019
Welcome

Last weekend saw the 2019 BMC AGM take place in Buxton. Thank you to everyone that got involved, from submitting your online vote to taking part in some of the volunteer organised actvities over the weekend, you can read the full report below.

Want to do your part to keep the oceans free of plastic? Our new campaign Hills 2 Oceans seeks to inspire people to take to the hills and clean up our waste. Join or start a clean up with free litter pickers and bags. Sign up here.

For this year's Internation Meet in North Wales this May, there are plenty of activities you can get involved with, from skills workshops an Emma Twyford talk and a celebration party. Find out more and sign up here.

Latest BMC News
Positivity and change: the BMC AGM and annual awards 2019
It was time for the BMC AGM 2019 at the dazzling Devonshire Dome in Buxton. A number of changes were up for vote and attending members got to find out the results first-hand. From the Volunteer Awards ceremony to the Members' open discussion, there was a lot of positivity and optimism about the future of the BMC. And when the results came through, it got even better.
BMC seeks dedicated volunteer to head review of specialist areas
Help us build a better BMC. We are currently recruiting for a key role to lead a small group of volunteers to conduct a review of the BMC's specialist areas. The ideal candidate will have chairing and organisational skills, be a high-level communicator, be great at working with others, and have experience of at least one of the BMC's specialist areas.
Top 5 highlights of BMC ShAFF 2019
What a ride! There was a bash, and then a smash, followed by some VR soloing and big screen adventuring at the BMC Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2019. We had a blast and we hope you did too – here are our highlights of the festival. What was your best bit?
BMC launches H2O Campaign at ShAFF
The BMC launched its new campaign Hills 2 Oceans (H2O) at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) to help encourage the nation to remove as much litter and plastic from our hills, mountains and crags as possible so it doesn’t end up in our oceans.
Welsh trad climbing: join the BMC International Meet 2019
Connect with international friends, climb with like-minded people, go wild over Welsh trad: the BMC International Meet 2019 is returning to North Wales.
IFSC announce Paraclimbing World Championships 2019 will take place in Briançon, France
Plans to move the Paraclimbing World Championships 2019 from Tokyo have just been confirmed by the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) after it was notified that the arena holding the event is available for one day less than originally planned. However, before the official response was released the news broke on Facebook and a petition to keep the event in Tokyo began to gain momentum on the internet.
How will Brexit affect travel insurance?
Deal or no deal? The UK leaving the EU, with or without a deal, will change the way Brits travel to and from the UK. What does Brexit mean for our holidays? And how will it affect travel insurance? Find out more here.
Chapel Head: Peregrines and Passions…
Chapel Head Scar is an imposing limestone crag above the Witherslack valley in South Cumbria. It’s loved by many outdoor enthusiasts. Whitbarrow Scar above provides great walking when the higher fells are clagged in. The cliff is undoubtedly Cumbria’s premiere hard sport climbing crag. It is unique and many of its routes are of good quality, hence it’s enduring popularity but it also provides an important refuge for peregrine falcons which nest on the crag during the spring. James Bumby, BMC Volunteer Access Co-ordinator for the Lakes gives some background to why restrictions are needed to protect cliff nesting birds in the Lakes and for this crag in particular...
Youth Strikes 4 Climate
On Friday 15th march 2019 over 1.4 million school children and students in cities across the world ditched school and classes to protest against the immoral inaction, apathy and lack of leadership at tackling climate change. Originally inspired by Greta Thunberg protesting on her own outside the Swedish parliament her initiative has grown to become the largest climate change movement in history and last week she got nominated for the Nobel Peace prize.
Mountain tiger: a tribute to Tom Ballard
Tom Ballard, a prolific and talented British climber, died on Nanga Parbat with his Italian climbing partner Daniele Nardi. We pay tribute to Tom, the son of another very talented climber who also died in the mountains: Alison Hargreaves.
BMC Student Safety Seminar 2019
The BMC Student Safety and Good Practice Seminar is a must if you're involved in running a student climbing, hill walking or mountaineering club. The seminar will be held at Plas y Brenin in North Wales on Saturday 12th and Sunday the 13th of October 2019.
7 of the best Munros for beginners
The mountaineer Sir Hugh Munro died in 1919, entirely unaware of quite what a mountain of obsession he had started with his ‘Munros Tables’: a list of Scottish mountains over 3000ft that he had published in 1891. 100 years on, Munro-bagging is a popular hobby and ticking all 282 remains a considerable achievement. To get you started or to bump up your ticklist, here are seven of the easiest Munros on the list.
From wall to rock: 8 top tips for new outdoor climbers
Transitioning from resin to rock is a really exciting opportunity to develop yourself and improve your climbing. However, it’s not always a smooth segue into crushing the same grade outdoors! To help, we’ve put together some top tips to help you get started.
Mend Our Mountains helps raise £120,000 to repair the South Downs Way
One of the biggest projects ever supported by Mend Our Mountains has hit its huge fundraising target, enabling repairs to be made to badly damaged sections along the South Downs Way.
Latest online news from the Peak Area: March 2019
The March 2019 issue of the BMC Peak Area Newsletter is now online, keeping you informed about what’s happening in the region, including details of the next BMC Peak Area Meeting
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