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e-Newsletter December 2020

Lockdown is now lifted in England but what does that mean for hill walkers and climbers? Our access team takes a look.

Also arriving immentantly on your doorsteps will be the 100th edition of Summit to inspire, intrigue and share with you a list of 100 things that the BMC has achieved since the magazine launched.

If you want this list to keep growing, you can help us out by referring a friend to the BMC. You will both receive a free BMC Montane chief, and be in with a chance of a winning a day out with a BMC ambassador. Find out more here.

Latest BMC News
Covid update: What has changed for climbers & walkers in England from 2nd December?
Following a parliamentary vote yesterday evening, England’s second lockdown has ended and the country has reverted to a revised version of the tier system in place prior to lockdown.
Tell us about your volunteer experience
Volunteers are crucial to the BMC, we couldn't survive without volunteers giving their expertise, time and support. To ensure we're doing our best and meeting the needs of BMC volunteers we have put together a volunteer survey.
Right to Roam: CROW Act turns 20
Happy birthday to the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act! It's been 20 years of being able to legally enjoy a stroll across open access land, up open access hills and mountains and into open country moor, heath and down. But how did this come about and are we satisfied with current access levels? Read on for a bit of history and let us know your thoughts by taking the survey linked at the end.
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.
National Climbing Competitions: 2021 and Beyond
Despite the many challenges of 2020 the BMC team have been working hard, along with support from Mountaineering Scotland and Mountaineering Ireland, to develop a proposal to make significant changes to the structure of the national competition climbing calendar across the UK and Ireland.
Southern Sandstone Access: what's changed with the end of lockdown 2?
With England’s second lockdown ending this morning (2nd December) and a return to a tier system with climbing walls able to re-open, our request to temporarily avoid all southern sandstone crags is changing…
Bronze for Molly Thompson-Smith in European Lead Championships 2020
Molly Thompson-Smith climbed her way to a bronze medal in the Lead final of the IFSC European Continental Championships, currently taking place in Moscow, Russia.
Support package for clubs running virtual AGMs
The BMC is continuing with the package to support clubs for running their virtual AGMs via Zoom.
Hamish MacInnes: Legendary Mountaineer
To honour the passing of Hamish MacInnes, legendary mountaineer, founder of Mountain Rescue Teams and inventor of pioneering mountaineering equipment, we would like to share this illuminative interview with him from Summit 93, written by Jonny Dry who was working for the Mountain Heritage Trust at the time.
Dinorwig parking to be restricted | Parcio yn Dinorwig am ei gyfyngu
Gwynedd Council have put forward proposals to restrict parking at the bus turnaround area at Allt Ddu (better known as Bus Stop quarry to climbers) at Dinorwig near the Llanberis slate quarries.
BMC Welsh Manifesto 2021: Call for tenders
Are you knowledgeable about Welsh politics? Are you interested in mountaineering, rock climbing and hillwalking in Wales? Are you familiar with the BMC’s work, including access and environmental, youth development and participation, and clubs?
Will a Covid-19 vaccine allow a return to normality?
The recent news that a vaccine has shown effectiveness against Covid-19 is very encouraging. But what does this mean for outdoor goers? Does this mean all climbing and mountaineering will get back to normal after Christmas? Professor Ian Hall of Nottingham University answers a few questions:
Enter the BMC Women in Adventure Film Competition 2023
The BMC and Kendal Mountain Festival are calling for all adventurers and filmmakers to switch their cameras on and get ready to enter the Women in Adventure Film Competition 2023!
The Rucksack Club and Urban Uprising team up for 2021 calendar
The Rucksack Club has been busy during this disrupted year, finding ways to keep in contact with members and maintain the sense of Club community, despite normal activities being largely ‘on hold’.
Our Christmas closing times
Phew! That's 2021 nearly done with. As usual, we'll be closing over Christmas and New Year. The BMC HQ will be closed from 12.30pm on Friday 24 December, and we'll open again at 9.00am on Tuesday 4 January 2022. If you're planning a winter adventure and need BMC Travel Insurance over the holiday period then read on.
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