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e-Newsletter July 2019

It's that time of year again - The La Sportiva BMC British Bouldering Championships will be coming to Sheffield, and BBC Sport this weekend.

You can catch all the action live on BBC iPlayer - semi finals this Sunday from 10:25 and finals from 17:15. Keep an eye out on this page for a link.

You can watch the competition in Sheffield to soak up the atmosphere (and sun). There will be prizes and freebies on the BMC stand with lots more activity from the Cliffhanger festival.

Latest BMC News
RESULTS: La Sportiva BMC British Bouldering Championships 2019
Strength, determination, and a whole load of tenacity saw Nathan Phillips and Holly Toothill win the crown at the La Sportiva BMC British Bouldering Championships 2019. See below for the replay of the finals and a link to the full results:
Paul Tierney breaks 214-peak Wainwright record
Last week, Paul Tierney summited every one of the 214 peaks that feature in Alfred Wainwright’s iconic, seven-volume guide to the Lakeland fells - in one go. It took him 6 days, 6 hours and 5 minutes. The Lake District resident broke Steve Birkinshaw’s record by almost seven hours and raised over £28,000 for the charity Mind, UK.
BMC/BMMS Mountain Medicine Weekend 2022 Report
For several years Hathersage has, for one weekend in June, been the venue for the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and British Mountain Medicine Society (BMMS) joint course for lay mountaineers on all aspects of Mountaineering Medicine. Then Covid hit and for two years it was inevitably suspended. International travel was curtailed, expedition climbing drastically reduced and many of those with expertise were in the front line of caring for patients. Late in 2021 we dared to approach the BMC suggesting resuscitating the weekend and the concept grew.
Tremadog Rockfall: Big changes
The classic VS climbs, Shadrach and the Brothers at Craig Bwlch y Moch are sadly no more. As previously reported, some very loose dangerous blocks were identified on these routes. After a thorough inspection, the BMC had no option but to commission a professional rock-engineering company to remove the blocks. Further works remain to be done and the area remains unstable - keep clear until the works are completed!
Top tips on cragging with kids
Climbing with children requires an entirely different approach. In celebration of Father's Day, a range of dads offer their advice on encouraging kids into the sport without putting them off: Mountain Guide Jon Bracey, BMC Ambassador Steve McClure, BMC CEO Dave Turnbull, Outdoor Event Consultant Matt Heason and Mountain Instructor Matt Woodfield.
The Paraclimbing Man of Hoy
On 5 June, blind GB Paraclimbing Team member, Jesse Dufton, led every pitch of the classic East Face Route (E1 5b) on the Old Man of Hoy, placing all his own gear. Here's how he did it and a bit more about the Loughborough-based climber. This isn't Jesse's first sea stack. It's not his biggest achievement, either...
Sport climbing one step closer to inclusion in Paris 2024 Olympics
On June 25, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted unanimously in favour of including sport climbing in the summer Olympic Games in Paris. Surfing, skateboarding and breaking (break-dancing) have also been provisionally voted in. If sport climbing does make it to Paris 2024, the competition format is likely to be different, allowing more athletes to compete and offering more chances to win medals.
BMC Student Safety Seminar 2020
The BMC Student Safety Seminar is for any students who are involved in running a climbing, hill walking or mountaineering club at their University. The seminar will be held at Plas y Brenin in North Wales on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 2020.
Women in Adventure Film Competition 2020 is launching and you’re invited!
To celebrate the launch of the 6th annual Women in Adventure Film Competition we're putting on a night of films, talks and workshops!
Mountain Rescue Chairman and British Mountain Guide awarded MBE
Congratulations to Mountain Rescue England and Wales Chairman Mike France and British Mountain Guide Rob Collister who have both been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Mental wellbeing and the outdoors
Why do you climb? From getting stronger and ticking off projects to spending time with our friends, we all have our reasons. However, there is increasing evidence that activities like climbing, mountaineering and hiking are good for our minds as well as our bodies.
Tony Howard: Quest into the Unknown
Read the book and watch the interview from one of the old school greats. Tony Howard made the first British ascent of Norway’s Troll Wall, explored and traveled across North Africa and the Middle East while living with enigmatic Bedouin tribes, and was a pioneer in climbing equipment. Find out more here.
British Lead and Speed Climbing Championships 2019
Let's get pumped up! The second of our major National Championships featuring both the BLCC and BSCC is scheduled to take place at the Beacon Climbing Centre in North Wales on 21-22 September 2019. Find out what you need to do to join.
GB Climbing Talent Hub Scheme
A key objective of the BMC Talent Development strategy is to develop grass roots and regional talent systems through targeted performance coach education, which forms the backbone of GB Climbing Talent Development. The GB Climbing Talent Hub Scheme was presented at the ABC conference on 28 June 2019, and will provide a direct link between walls, squads and GB Climbing.
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