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e-Newsletter April 2021
Welcome

As COVID restrictions are gradually being lifted in England and Wales more of us are returning to the activities we love. Make sure you stay on top of guidelines (below), stay safe, and leave no trace.

BMC Hiking Essentials is live, online this Thursday evening. Sign up for a refresh in hiking skills from our expert panel.

The BMC AGM is just around the corner. We will be emailing online voting instructions on 29 April, along with registration details for those who want to attend the virtual event. Keep an eye out for Civica Election Services (or CES) in your inbox.

Latest BMC News
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.
Covid19: what has changed from 12th April in England?
From 12th April, changes to the Covid regulations in England mean further relaxation of some rules around outdoor activity, travel and overnight stays away from home. Below is a summary of the main changes which affect climbers and hill walkers based on the information available at the time of writing. Government guidance may continue to evolve and we will update this article if needed as more information becomes available.
Wales Lockdown ending sooner than anticipated?
The Welsh Government have announced that due to the improving coronavirus situation in Wales dates for the return of sport have been brought forward.
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.
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.
Training Essentials: mountain skills
Get set with Training Essentials and take on your next adventure with confidence.
Training Essentials: climbing skills
Get set with Training Essentials and take on your next adventure with confidence.
Training Essentials: skills training courses for BMC members
Up-skill with Training Essentials, the skills-training programme for BMC members.
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.
Join us for the Million Mile Mountain Clean
100,000 Volunteers x 10 Miles = 1 Million Miles. We’re working in partnership with Surfers Against Sewage cleaning one million miles of mountains, rivers, beaches and streets to protect the environment from the growing problem of plastic pollution. Join us for the biggest, most ambitious mountain clean campaign ever during the week of 15th - 23rd May.
Hills 2 Oceans returns for 2022
Our Hills 2 Oceans (H2O) campaign is calling on everyone to get involved in a litter pick to help remove as much litter and plastic from our hills, mountains and crags as possible so it doesn’t end up in our oceans. This BMC campaign is back for 2022 and this year we’re calling on volunteers to do even more.
Remembering Prince Philip: outdoorsman and conservationist
His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who died at Windsor Castle on April 9, encouraged millions of young people into the outdoors and campaigned about the importance of conservation for six decades. Sarah Stirling traces how the outdoors shaped Prince Philip’s life.
Could you be a better climber?
This is it. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for. The climbing walls are re-opening and it’s time to chalk, crimp and chug some great coffee. To help refresh those essential safety skills before your first session back, check out our new short films.
Four best ways to stay hill fit and active during Ramadan
If you're fasting during Ramadan, it doesn't mean you have to lose out on your hill fitness. During the month of Ramadan people aren’t always aware of the steps they can take to improve their physical and mental health during the day. Amira Patel brings us her top tips for anyone fasting while still wanting to remain active.
It's time to watch: Women in Adventure films 2021
It's time to watch all the amazing Women in Adventure films entered for the 2021 BMC TV film competition! We’ve been flooded with a wave of fantastic fresh entries and have 32 new female-led adventure films to share with you. Ready, set, watch!
Eastoterica: the East London climbing & sculpture guide
Guidebooks have never been more niche: the East London park boulders now have their own poster mini-guide that includes a little of their history and if you're into Eastoterica, you can get it from the BMC Shop. If you've never heard of them, then read on:
No Moor BBQs: Help us extinguish disposable BBQs
Each year, moorland fires have a devastating effect on wildlife, livestock and people, and can often destroy the underlying peat that is crucial in our fight against climate change. Worldwide, peatland contains more than 550 gigatonnes of carbon, twice as much carbon as all of the world’s forests.
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