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e-Newsletter March 2021
Welcome

Watch out for the Spring edition of Summit which is due to hit your doorstep any day now! 

The 2021 BMC AGM will take place online on Saturday 15th May and we currently have several new and exisiting volunteer opportunities on our National Council and Board of Directors.

If you haven't checked out Wild Horizons - our new hill walking podcast, don't miss the first three episodes available to listen to now 🎧

Latest BMC News
Get ready for your hiking adventures
Don't get caught out on your hiking adventures. Up-skill, refresh and get ready with our new online event.
Your vote matters: notice of BMC AGM 2021
Have your say, make your voice count and vote at the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) on Saturday 15 May. Once again, the AGM is being held as an online/virtual meeting, there will be no physical meeting place.
Wild Horizons – the new hillwalking podcast from the BMC
Introducing our new hillwalking podcast, hosted by Niall Grimes. Have a listen to all the episodes, available on most podcast services!
Volunteer opportunities on Members' Council and Board of Directors
Are you passionate about the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers? Do you want to volunteer to share your knowledge & experience whilst working with great people? If you have commitment, energy and enthusiasm, now is your chance to give something back.
How to propose resolutions at BMC AGM 2021
BMC members have the right to submit resolutions to the AGM; here's a handy guide on how to do this for the BMC AGM 2021.
We need a Policy and Campaigns Officer (Wales)
The BMC has a new and exciting opportunity for a Policy & Campaigns Officer (Wales). If you are an experienced policy professional or campaigner with excellent communication skills and a genuine passion for climbing and hill walking, please read on...
Fundraiser: Move Mountains for Malcolm Bass
#MoveMountainsForMalcolm is the fundraising campaign set up to support Malcolm Bass - world class British Mountaineer - who is recovering from a life-altering stroke. To get him back out into the mountains as soon as possible, the climbing community is raising funds to provide Malcolm with the vital care he needs for the mission of getting back on his feet back out into a world of adventure.
LGBTQ+: stories from our members
As part of LGBTQ+ history month we asked members of the BMCs Equity Steering LGBTQ+ sub-group to share their stories about getting into climbing and walking.
Call for nature's recovery by 2030
The Prime Minister has called on world leaders to turn around nature’s decline by 2030. But there’s no commitment in law to do the same here in the UK. The Environment Bill is the last chance to set this right and today sees the launch of a new ‘State of Nature’ campaign.
Outdoor sport climbing days for young people
This is a one day outdoor sport climbing course for 11-17 year olds who are confidently leading on indoor climbing walls. As well as being a fun day out climbing the course will cover key safety skills for both the participant and the parent.
Club support: webinar programme for officers, leaders and volunteers
During 2022 the BMC will continue to deliver free webinars designed for the officers, leaders and volunteers within affiliated clubs. These will be a mixture of workshops, Q&A’s, and lectures.
How does England’s roadmap for easing Covid restrictions affect climbers and walkers?
The government has published its plan on how England will exit lockdown and the restrictions that have limited our activities over the past year. The plan provides a comprehensive roadmap for how life could get back to normal, but what are the key milestones for climbers and walkers?
Wales Lockdown Part 3: what it means for climbers and hillwalkers
Late on Saturday December 18th, Welsh Government unexpectedly announced that all of Wales would enter an Alert Level 4 Full Lockdown with immediate effect and for an indefinite period. What does this mean for climbers, hill-walkers and mountaineers? Important updates added on 29 January.
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?
Call to check avalanche transceivers - updated advice
A potential issue has been identified with the switches on Black Diamond/PIEPS DSP Pro and DSP Sport models of avalanche transceivers. Newly updated advice and action has been issued by the manufacturer, in the form of a product correction service in the form of a replacement hard case for the transceiver.
BMC Student Safety Webinars 2021
The BMC is offering a series of free workshops for students involved in climbing, hill walking or mountaineering clubs.
Bolts advice guides
Our bolts advice guides come in two parts. Part one is aimed at the climber, in particular those who have learnt to climb indoors and are making the transition outside. It covers the need to know information to help assess the safety of an outdoor sport climb. Part two is newly published and is a guide to current good practice for choosing and installing bolts, covering all of the important issues which must be addressed in order to do this competently and with the correct equipment.
The Anabasis: the Life and Times of a Mountaineering Club
The Liverpool-based Anabasis Mountaineering Club has reached the end of its journey, 60 years after it began back in 1961. Long-standing member Dave Atkinson captures the Club’s history in this warm tribute:
Climbing, walking & ash dieback: what do you need to know?
Many of the landscapes we visit and value as climbers and walkers are dominated by ash woodland, but a fungal disease – ash dieback – is expected to decimate the population of these trees across Britain. Not only might the landscape change dramatically, but also the rapid decay in affected trees can make them dangerous to anyone walking underneath, not to mention climbers who might have up until now relied on ash trees for runners or belays. This could be a new type of objective danger to many of us, but what do we need to know and how can you assess the risk?
The most impressive traverse ever completed?
Belgian climber Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll has been willingly stuck in Patagonia since Covid-19 kicked off, and making the most of it: jaws dropped around the climbing world when he became the first to solo the Fitz Roy Traverse late last week. This epic route, fantasised about by anyone who has ever seen a photo of the jagged skyline above El Chalten, was first completed by the dream simul-climbing team of Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell in 2014. The route traverses the iconic Cerro Fitz Roy and its six satellite peaks: 5km of ridge line with around 4000m of vertical gain.
Findings of the BMC Governance Working Group
What findings have been made by the BMC Governance Working Group (GWG) and what recommendations will be made to the BMC Board?
BMC Clubs’ Committee - Plans for 2021
With clubs recovering from the pandemic, and a Clubs Strategy to implement, the BMC Clubs’ Committee has set out its priorities for this year.
Ready to Rock: Outdoor Days 2022
Ready to Rock courses are designed to help indoor climbers make their first moves onto rock by having a fun day out as well as covering the use of some key skills and equipment.
Support package for clubs running virtual AGMs
The BMC is continuing with the package to support clubs for running their virtual AGMs via Zoom.
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