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e-Newsletter August 2019

Planning on climbing Snowdon this summer? Or maybe you know someone that is? Now you can check conditions direct from your couch! Take a look at weather conditions, direct from the top of Snowdon, which is part of a new project partly funded by the BMC.

Fancy funding your future camping trips? You can win £1000 of camping equipment from the 2019 Big Brand Camping Survey. Complete the survey here.

There’s just one year to go … are you ready? GB Climbing is nearly there with preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, especially after creating a new Head Coach role and hiring expert and innovative trainer Tom Greenall, we’re psyched to see what he’s going to do with the GB Climbing Team! Roll on 2020!

Latest BMC News
Get live weather and conditions from Snowdon Summit
Live weather and conditions information is now available directly from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), thanks to a new innovative project from the BMC and various partners. As part of the AdventureSmart project to provide simple, clear information, to help hill walkers and mountain users make their good mountain day better, this ground-breaking project should help you plan your day and hopefully also reduce some unnecessary call outs to Mountain Rescue.
GB Climbing: ready for Tokyo 2020
With just one year to go until sport climbing’s debut in the Olympics, GB Climbing is aiming high. Now, the British team is set for a further boost, as Tom Greenall has been appointed GB Climbing Head Coach.
Behind the scenes: BMC guidebooks
In the first of a new series of articles, we'd like to highlight the work of BMC volunteers starting with the Guidebook Committee. Much of the BMC’s work is overseen by specialist groups made up of volunteers with relevant skills and experience, who guide the work of BMC staff. Now we'd like to take the time and look at these groups of dedicated souls one by one.
Ultimate medal-haul for GB Paraclimbing Team at IFSC World Championships 2019
The GB Paraclimbing Team went big at the Paraclimbing World Championships 2019 in Briancon, France, and they did not disappoint. Amazing performances from a huge team of athletes culminated in a GB podium lockout, three double World Champions, and nine medals – the biggest medal haul we’ve ever seen from a GB team!
In Perpetual Memory: Scafell Pike
England’s highest mountain has been a constant headache for its custodians, the National Trust and Fix the Fells, as ever-increasing numbers seek to top England’s highest summit. Yet a poignant anniversary has highlighted the continuing need for large-scale projects to repair and revamp its slopes and pathways.
Disorderly Conduct: the latest in Anna Taylor's spree of bold trad
On July 8, 21-year-old Anna Taylor climbed her second-ever E8, Disorderly Conduct in the Lake District. Leo Houlding commented: "Good job Anna. I think that's the only route at Reecastle I haven't done... the hardest one!" Anna has been ticking off loads of E6s and E7s this year, confirming her as one to watch. On July 4 she put up a new route, Priceless, E7 6b, at Thang Crag in Langdale. Sarah Stirling finds out more about her.
Training Courses for club members
A programme of skills-training courses in scrambling, climbing and navigation specifically designed for members of BMC affiliated clubs.
Club snippets
Want a quick check on the latest club news? Find it here.
Wild Welsh Adventure: BMC International Summer Climbing Meet 2019
Our International Meets are week-long gatherings of climbers from all over the world, with the aim to showcase the uniqueness of British climbing and connect climbers from across the globe. Find out a bit more about them from local hosts and international attendees below!
Incident and Near Miss reporting system update: July 2019
The BMC Incident and Near Miss reporting system has now been up and running for three months, so we thought we’d take a look at the response so far and encourage anyone involved in an incident or near miss to share their experience.
Meet our latest BMC Honorary Member: Martin Wragg
It was with great pleasure that BMC President Lynn Robinson awarded Martin Wragg Honorary Membership of the BMC at our AGM weekend in Buxton. Here Lynn sits down with David Brown to interview Martin and find out what this award means to him, and also to discover how it all began.
Interview: Steve McClure makes first onsight of Nightmayer E8 6c
"Time was ticking very fast and I was in a pumpy position facing a fall onto a sky-hook. If it fell off... I searched for a panic slap option." Steve McClure talks about doing something few have done, onsighting E8. Steve also offers his thoughts on climbing dangerous routes as a dad.
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