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e-Newsletter April 2020

The sun may be out and temperatures fair, but the outdoor community is putting climbing and hill walking on hold to do it's part in containing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BMC is also facing unprecedented times with office staff either working remotely or being furloughed to ensure a positive future for everyone.

Many events have either been cancelled or postponed. For the first time ever, the BMC AGM on 13 June 2020, starting at 3:00pm will be presented via video conference. But watch this space for some other exciting virtual events to help us get through the quarantine happy and healthy.

Latest BMC News
BMC intention to hold virtual AGM
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the current pandemic, the BMC is inviting comments on having a virtual meeting for the 2020 AGM.
Support the outdoor community
It’s time to show our love for the outdoor community and help all those that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s how to show your support:
Welsh mountains, waterfalls and coasts close
Due to Wales' devolved power to manage its own countryside access, the coronavirus lockdown has unfolded a little differently there than in England and Scotland. Following 'The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020', which came into force on 26 March, many of Snowdonia's mountains are now closed, even to locals, as is much of Pembrokeshire's coastal path; likewise for many peaks and the whole of Waterfall Country in the Brecon Beacons.
BMC Hill Walking Event 2020 Report
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. It is a ribbon lake formed in a glacial trough after the retreat of ice at the start of the current interglacial period. But you probably already knew that, especially if you joined us on the Geology Walk led by Stephen Mott at the BMC HIll Walking Event 2020.
Covid 19, club meets, club huts, frequently asked questions
Those who are running clubs and managing huts are naturally concerned about the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on club activities and hut access at present. This page collates answers to questions that you have been asking the BMC. It directs clubs and hut managers to additional supporting information.
Competition Climbing Performance Group gets underway
While climbing competitions have been postponed for the majority of the year due to Covid-19, the BMC Competitions Climbing Performance Group (CCPG) will be making good use of the forced downtime to develop and direct its work programme in the sector.
Climbing’s debut at Tokyo 2020 postponed
Climbing’s time at the ‘greatest show on earth’ will, sadly, have to wait after the British Olympic Association (BOA), British Paralympic Association (BPA) and UK Sport released a statement today that welcomed the news of the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
BMC office Coronavirus closing information
Following the latest advice from the government, the BMC office in Manchester is temporarily closing from 5pm on Tuesday 24 March. We'll be back as soon as we can - until then stay safe.
Climbing and hill walking: it’s time to put it on hold
The BMC and mountain rescue teams advise all climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers to stay in their home area and put all climbing and hill walking on hold.
Which BMC events are cancelled or postponed due to Coronavirus?
Here is the updated list of all cancelled or postponed BMC events:
Outdoor gear companies: now manufacturing coronavirus solutions
Across the globe, outdoor gear manufacturers are coming up with creative ways to help frontline workers deal with the coronavirus pandemic. From converting snorkels into ventilator parts to sewing masks and gowns, Sarah Stirling investigates.
IFSC postpones competitions March-May
The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) just announced in a press release that it has decided to postpone all competitions scheduled to take place during the months of March and April, and to postpone the World Cup in Seoul, Korea, in May. Currently, the World Cup in Munich, Germany, is still scheduled to take place in May. The full press release is below:
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