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e-Newsletter October 2019
Welcome

What are you doing this weekend? The Real3Peaks Challenge is taking place acorss the UK this Saturday and Sunday, you can join and help clean our hills.

The BMC Women Rock tour is coming to a venue near you! If you can't see somewhere near you, why not see if your local climbing wall wants to host the exhibition. Contact details can be found on the article.

The BMC is looking for an independant Director with an IT background. You can find out more information here.

Latest BMC News
The Real3Peaks Challenge: 7 years old
The Real3Peaks Challenge, an event that has removed 2.3 tonnes of litter from popular peaks after the busy summer period, is turning seven years old on Saturday 12 October and is going nationwide too! This year, alongside the 'Big 3' peaks, events will also be held at Lochnagar, Cairngorm/Ben Macdui, Bennachie, Ben Lomond, the Isle of Skye, Roseberry Topping, the Roaches, Old Man of Coniston and Pen y Fan. Find out how to join us and help.
Women Rock Tour: coming to a wall near you!
From daring to wear trousers in the mountains to knocking on 9a, the story of British female climbers is one of rebels and disrupters, trailblazers and game-changers. And now the stories of these women who rock are headed off on tour and may be coming to a climbing centre near you!
Climbing against repression: the Afghan women with high mountain dreams
Like most Afghan women, Hanifa Yousoufi had never been for a run or kicked a ball. She had rarely been out of the house without a male family member. Last year this same woman became the first female Afghan to climb her country’s highest peak — Noshaq (7,492m). Hanifa and a fellow female boundary-pusher, Freshta Ibrahimi, were in the UK last week, speaking at a few events before heading north to taste the Scottish flavour of climbing. Sarah Stirling interviews.
Enter now: the new Paraclimbing Championships 2019
Paraclimbing is getting a makeover: we're pleased to announce changes to the paraclimbing national competitions for 2019. Entries have just been opened. Find out what's going to happen and how to get involved.
Selection and Profiling for the GB National Development Squad 2020
Young and psyched? Take your climbing to the next level: the GB National Development Squad was established in 2017 to provide a pathway for talented young climbers to propel their performance from national to international competition levels. Find out more here:
New report recommends our national parks actively connect all parts of society
The government has published the final report of its recent Landscape review on the current health and role of our national parks and Areas Of Outstanding National Beauty. BMC Access Officer Cath Flitcroft takes an initial look at what this means for climbers and hill walkers.
Six ways to pinpoint your location
Can you find north and estimate your latitude using the stars? Do you know how to find your location in order to explain it to the Mountain Rescue in an emergency? Do you know how to take a grid reference and a bearing? What communication device could you take with you when going into the hills alone, in case of an emergency outside phone reception? There's something for everyone in this skills article.
Are you ready for BMC TV Night Club?
Five years ago, we created BMC TV Breakfast Club at Kendal Mountain Festival. This disruptive little event evolved from a fringe Sunday morning session for the dedicated, to one of the hottest tickets of the weekend. Which also gave us a small problem: how do we make it even better for our 75th anniversary?
British Mountain Medicine Society Science Day 2019
The inaugural British Mountain Medicine Society's Science Day will take place on Wednesday 13th November 2019. The event will take place at the Bamford Village Institute, right in the heart of the UK's Peak District. The day will feature talks, discussions and poster presentations from researchers, young and old, on a wide range of mountain medicine topics.
Photo story: adventure on Baffin Island
This summer, Jacob Cook and his wife Bronwyn Hodgins, along with friends Thor Stewart and Zack Goldberg-Poch, spent 35 days in Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island, where they established first ascents, repeated some long, existing routes and gave something special back to the local Inuit children: a climbing lesson.
Make your winter count
We've joined forces with our friends at Lowe Alpine to bring you #MakeWinterCount - a season of winter skills films and lectures culminating in a social media competition.
12 bouldering mistakes you won't want to make
Learn these twelve bouldering commandments off by rote and you'll be on your way to bouldering heaven this autumn. Includes tips from Tom Greenall, Imogen Horrocks, Jim Pope, Tom Bunn and BMC readers.
Behind the scenes: equity
Continuing our series of articles about the work of volunteer-led BMC specialist committees, we highlight the work of the Equity Steering Group (ESG) which was formed in 2006 and helps to guide the BMC on matters of equity as well as looking at ways to reduce barriers to climbing, walking and the outdoors for under-represented groups.
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