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e-Newsletter February 2021
Latest BMC News
Cold winters? A prediction
What has caused the particularly cold weather that has blanketed the UK in snow this year? How can you get an idea, as early as September, whether to get your skis out and sharpen your crampons for a top winter or not? And how does this tie in with climate change? David Dobson has the answers, and we also round up a selection of the best photos of mountain days in the British snow.
Law of Trespass could change
Along with several other organisations, the BMC has written to the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and DEFRA to share our grave concerns about the Government’s proposals to make trespass a criminal, instead of a civil, offence. This could have the potential to change how people access and enjoy the countryside and green spaces.
Open Debate: Fixed gear on rock climbs in North Wales
If you are interested in playing your part in developing a common, sustainable approach to the use of fixed gear in North Wales, join our online debate on Tuesday 23 February 2021, starting at 6.30 pm.
Climbing coach Leah Crane named on UK Sport's coach leadership programme
Sport climbing head coach Leah Crane has been named on UK Sport’s new female coach leadership programme which begins today. Leah joins 26 coaches from 15 sports, coming together as part of a plan to more than double representation in the Olympic and Paralympic high-performance community by Paris 2024.
Upcoming BMC Area Meeting dates
Come along to the next meeting in your BMC Area, to discuss the latest issues and get involved in the work of the BMC.
Survey launched to measure the impact of Covid-19 on sport
The last year has been incredibly tough for clubs, climbing walls, volunteers and those working professionally in climbing, hill walking and mountaineering.
BMC Mental Health Webinars 2021
The BMC is running three free evening webinars around the broad theme of Mental Health. These are for members of the BMC. The workshops will be:
New wave of appointments on BMC Board of Directors
The BMC is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Independent Directors to the BMC Board, as well as Paul Drew moving from acting chair to the chair of the BMC Board.
All Nepalese team become first to summit K2 in winter
On January 16, at 5pm local time, climbing history was made. Prior to this day, no Nepali had yet claimed the first winter ascent of an 8000m peak. Meanwhile K2 was the only remaining 8000er that not yet been summited in winter. Then 10 Nepali climbers, initially from competing teams, were brought together by a common goal, and the weather gods.
Ready to Rock Courses 2021: Testimonial
Are you ready to rock in 2021? On the back of last year’s successful traditional climbing courses we ran in partnership with the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, Dorset-based Ready to Rock instructor Eddy Young gives us an inside look into the the courses:
What are the proposed changes to the BMC Articles of Association?
Interested in the governance of the BMC? Want to know why some changes to the Articles of Association are going to be put forward at the 2021 AGM? Then come along to an Open Forum on this very topic on Thursday 28 January at 7pm.
Forgive Us Our Trespasses
Proposals to make ordinary trespass a criminal offence have alarmed outdoor groups, including the BMC. Ahead of a debate in Parliament on the issue and the possibility of Government publishing the Police Powers and Protections Bill, Ed Douglas calls for the Government to think again.
Youth Lockdown Lecture Series
The current lockdown is a grim start to 2021 and with lots of young people off school, college or out of work we’ve set up a few free lectures to try and offset a pretty naff start to a year and to checkout some climbing, walking, volunteer and career opportunities that will still be here when this pandemic has ended.
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