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e-Newsletter November 2020
Welcome

Wales are nearing the end of a firebreak and England have just entered another lockdown. Stay up to date with how COVID restrictions are affecting access to climbing and hill walking in England and Wales.

Kendal Mountain Festival is just around the corner and this year you don't need to travel to Kendal as the festival is entirely online. You can watch films and talks from your own homes with 20% off festival tickets for all BMC members using the code BMC20. BMC members can also get £5 off the highly popular BMC Breakfast Club using the code BLOODYMARY (bring your own Bloody Marys).

Latest BMC News
What do the Welsh post-lockdown rules mean for climbers and hillwalkers?
The First Minister for Wales has announced that the current firebreak lockdown in Wales will end at midnight on Sunday 8 November. What does this mean for climbers and hillwalkers? Updated on December 3rd.
England Lockdown 2: what’s different for climbers and walkers?
On Saturday, the Prime Minister announced plans for a second lockdown in England from 5 November. Lockdown 2 is likely to be different in a number of ways to the initial lockdown we saw in March, but how is it expected to affect climbers and walkers? Our access team take a look.
Climbing the walls during Covid
With England facing Lockdown 2, climbing walls are shutting once more. This is just the latest of a long line of challenges facing walls in 2020. Dan Middleton takes a look.
Clubs, Huts, Meets and current Covid-19 Restrictions
With government rules, regulations and guidance changing regularly it can be difficult for clubs to keep up with what they are allowed to do. This article summarises the BMC’s understanding of the constraints on club meets and access to huts, based on information available at the time and date of publication. Please remember to check for local changes that may affect your club or hut.
BMC volunteer awards
The BMC depends on the support of hundreds of volunteers, and recognises their vital contribution to the work of the BMC through annual awards, for which members can make nominations.
Nominate a volunteer for a 2022 BMC award
BMC members are invited to nominate a volunteer for an award recognising the vital contribution volunteers make to the work of the BMC.
The Rehan Siddiqui Award
The Rehan Siddiqui Award for Exceptional Voluntary Contribution towards promoting Equality and Diversity in the BMC recognises those who have made a significant voluntary contribution to the BMC’s commitment to increasing opportunities for under-represented groups to participate in climbing, hill walking or mountaineering and the work of the BMC.
The Young Volunteer of the Year Award
The Young Volunteer of the Year Award recognises those young people who have made a significant voluntary contribution to the BMC and its commitment to supporting climbers, hillwalkers and mountaineers.
How do the new local tiers affect hill walking, climbing and mountaineering?
In response to the new ‘Local COVID alert levels’ announced by Government on Monday 12 October, our access team has summarised the most recent guidance relevant for climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers.
Doug Scott awarded UIAA Honorary Membership
British mountaineering legend Doug Scott CBE has been awarded an Honorary Membership of the UIAA.
Interview: Damian Hall AKA 'Ultra Damo' completes FKT hat-trick
Damian Hall has just completed a hat trick of record-breaking trail running rounds. During 2020, he has set new Fastest Known Times (FKTs) for Snowdonia's Paddy Buckley round in winter (January), the Pennine Way (July) and the South Wales Traverse in the Brecon Beacons (October). In this interview Damian tells his story and explains what FKTs are all about.
No Moor BBQs and BMC Access Officer nominated for TGO Awards
For the 2020 TGO Reader awards, BMC environmental campaign #NoMoorBBQs has been nominated for Campaign of the Year and our very own conservation champion behind it, Dr Catherine Flitcroft, has been recognised for her grand efforts as a nominee for the Extra Mile Award.
Make Your Winter Count 2021
Take your winter adventure skills to the next level with #MakeWinterCount. These popular events are back to help you stride out into the winter hills and mountains with confidence. We will be running three events this year, with in person evenings in London and Manchester, and a virtual event on zoom.
We still need your help to Save Outdoor Centres
We still need your help to Save Outdoor Centres. Did you know that the UK stands to lose over half of its outdoor education centres permanently if immediate Government action is not taken?
Mothers and daughters in climbing: your stories
Women in Sport, the leading UK charity that researches sport from the perspective of women and girls, has launched #TimeTogether, a new campaign to empower daughters and mums to get active. We're supporting the cause and are encouraging members to share their own experiences of mums and daughters climbing together.
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