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e-Newsletter July 2020

As things are slowly opening up (including the BMC Shop), make sure you keep up to date with the latest outdoor advice for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Thanks you to everyone that attended the recent virtual AGM. If you missed it, you can find the presentations and results below.

There is another chance to engage with the BMC and give your feedback on the aims and objectives of the new Members’ Council. You can find out more, and sign up to the webinar here.

Latest BMC News
BMC Member Engagement Webinar
The BMC is a membership organisation and the voice of its members sits at its heart. National Council, the body of elected volunteers who represent your views is evolving and we want to hear your feedback on the aims and objectives of the new Members’ Council.
Save moor with BMC Travel Insurance
This season, all BMC UK travel insurance policies included a 15% donation to The Climate Project: our new project to help combat climate change.
Wales: the lockdown eases
Welsh Government has announced that from Monday July 6th unlimited travel for all purposes is now allowed throughout Wales. This also includes travel to Wales from England and that all the closed areas of National Parks and other beauty spots will be open from that day.
What do the 4 July lockdown changes mean for climbers and hill walkers?
Further easing of lockdown in England is taking place from 4 July. What will this mean for climbers and hill walkers? The BMC access team take a look.
Covid-19 and reopening huts
Mountain huts were first closed at the start of the first lockdown in March 2020. At various points since then huts have been permitted to reopen. The BMC wants to support clubs and other hut operators who are reopening them over the coming months.
Covid-19: expert answers to outdoor questions
What's the right social distance? Where might local lockdowns be imposed? Will there be a second wave? Should you wear a mask outdoors? As lockdown eases, we ask Professor Ian Hall for the answers from an outdoor perspective. Ian is Director of the Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, a keen climber and a BMC member.
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.
GB National Development Squad 2020: Update
Take a look at the update on the GB National Development Squad for 2021 whilst we navigate the easing of lockdown.
Darkness Beckons: access and climbing in Cheddar Gorge
To say climbing in Somerset's iconic Cheddar Gorge is special is an huge understatement. It's rich history, jaw dropping landscape and many high quality routes ensure it's fame. But access to the south side of the Gorge is fragile and continued access relies upon climbers taking care to ensure they follow the agreements in place with the landowner, Cheddar Caves & Gorge. Mark Courtiour, our superstar BMC Cheddar Climbing Warden and Somerset Access Rep, reflects on what it has taken to get the current access gains we enjoy today, and why its so important to follow the restrictions that are in place...
Lockdown Litter Picking
Following the easing of lockdown, thousands of people have been heading to our hills, beaches, open spaces and crags which has led to widespread littering of some of our most treasured areas. We are encouraging our members and the wider public to help remove as much of this litter as possible before it ends up in our oceans.
Return to Climbing Training Plan
GB Paraclimbing Coach Belinda Fuller has put together a great guide giving climbing specific, fun ways to come back to climbing as strong, fit and connected as possible after this lockdown phase away from climbing walls.
AGM 2020 Presentations
During the AGM a number of the Board gave presentations. We want to share these with our members who did not attend the AGM, so here they are:
Results of the BMC AGM 2020
Many thanks all our members who attended the first-ever virtual only BMC AGM on Saturday 13 June. Read on for the details.
Live: the BMC team answer your questions
During these times of climbing and hill-walking lockdown, our dedicated team of staff has been giving weekly access updates and responding to your questions through a series of live Q&As on our Facebook page. Missed them at the time? Not to worry, you can catch up on all the answers here:
Read our members’ handbook: now free online
We’ve just published our 2020 BMC members’ handbook online. You can read it for free through our app or in a browser. Find out all the details.
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