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e-Newsletter January 2022

Happy New Year! ✨

So what's new this month? We're giving away a pair of tickets to see the next mountaineering blockbuster to hit UK cinema screens - TORN - the story of Alex Lowe.

Watch the trailer and enter to win tickets 🎞️

In other film news, in case you missed it, we've just uploaded 

The Big Bang: the Emma Twyford Story

 to our YouTube channel - so get watching some cutting-edge climbing action this week.

Plus we've got our next round of Local Area meeting's coming your way from this week. Email tony@thebmc.co.uk if you haven't yet received the access link to the virtual meetings in your inbox.

Catch up with the BMC latest articles from the last month all featured below 👇


Latest BMC News
Pembroke: 2021 Review and Range West 2022
Possibly the best sea-cliffs in Wales, with miles of adventurous limestone, but access for climbing along the south coast of Pembrokeshire is also complex with important shared conservation and military land use. Read on for a review of 2021 and details of 2022 access arrangements.
Training Essentials: mountain skills
Get set with Training Essentials and take on your next adventure with confidence.
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.
Training Essentials: climbing skills
Get set with Training Essentials and take on your next adventure with confidence.
We're recruiting! GB Climbing seeking new Performance Administrator
It's an exciting time to join the British Mountaineering Council, and the GB Climbing department.
How to train novice members in your club, winter skills
This popular training event offering training and support to experienced club members who take less experienced club members out in winter conditions will be returning in 2024.
Volunteer opportunities in your BMC Area
Would you like to get more involved in the work of the BMC? We have a number of Area volunteer roles available, and are looking for enthusiastic members to take them on.
An interview with Anna Foo: blind athlete, shining star and GB Paraclimber
Registered blind since birth, due to a genetic condition called Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, Anna Foo lost her vision completely at the age of 15 years. Now 21 years old, Anna has been climbing since 2018. Talia Lazarus interviews Anna and finds out more about her journey into the GB Paraclimbing team.
BMC welcomes Roger Murray as new chair of the Board
The BMC is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Murray as the new chair of the Board of Directors.
Safeguarding volunteers sought
The BMC is looking for volunteers with specific experience to join the Safeguarding Group.
Training for club committee members
This programme provides training, support and advice to the members and officers on club committees and is suitable for new and longer-standing committee members.
Support package for clubs running virtual AGMs
The BMC is continuing with the package to support clubs for running their virtual AGMs via Zoom.
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.
Women's Ready to Rock Courses
The Women's Ready to Rock course is designed to help women indoor climbers to make their first moves onto rock by having a fun day out, as well as covering the use of some key skills and equipment.
BMC Youth Climbing Series - The Basics
The BMC Youth Climbing Series offers fun climbing competitions for young people. The series is extremely popular and attracts hundreds of entrants across the country.
National Climbing Competition Calendar 2022
We are excited to announce our competitions calendar for 2022!
Podlediad Gorwelion Gwyllt: Gerwyn Jones yn trafod Eifionydd
Ardal yng Ngogledd-Orllewin Cymru, yn estyn o Ddwyrain Llŷn yr holl ffordd i Borthmadog, (ac efallai y tu hwnt, dibynnu pwy sy’n cael eu holi) ydi Eifionydd. Mae’r Afon Erch yn ffin Orllewinol iddi. Mae Moel Hebog, Moel y Gest, Moel Lefn a Moel yr Ogof yn rai o’r copaon di-ri sydd werth ymweld â nhw yno.
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.
How does Coronavirus (COVID-19) affect your BMC Travel Insurance policy?
Now with Covid Cover. Travel has been disrupted around the world since Coronavirus hit the headlines at the beginning of 2020. As travel restrictions to certain countries are being lifted, BMC Travel Insurance is adapting to ‘the new normal’. If you’re planning a trip and have BMC Travel Insurance, what should you know about Coronavirus?
Welsh Bouldering Championships 2022: RESULTS
The Welsh Bouldering Championships took place on 7 & 8 May 2022 at Roc-Bloc, the newest dedicated bouldering facility in Cardiff.
Club support: renewing club members
The BMC club affiliation year runs with the calendar year – 1 January to 31 December. This means that on 1 January each year the annual renewal for your club and its members becomes due. From 1 January you will be able to log-in to Membership Services Online (MSO) and start submitting your membership records.
Beta Magazine: climbing through a new inclusive climbing magazine
Read how two female climbers are amplifying diverse voices in UK with their self-started project: Beta Magazine. One reader Alison Dawson, tells us more about where it all began and the community Beta has created around it.
Four trails to tread in Swiss paradise Gstaad
The stillness of nature is experienced in Gstaad, Switzerland, in a very special way. Sweeping views of nearby mountain peaks, the floral scents of fresh flowers and warming sunlight pours over the landscape. It’s easy to enjoy one of the many well maintained trails and paths in Gstaad, making it a veritable paradise for hikers and bikers alike.
La Sportiva Junior British Bouldering Championships 2021: Results
For the last competition in 2021, we headed to Highball in Norwich for the La Sportiva Junior British Bouldering Championships
Farm payments fail to pay for public access
The BMC is disappointed that the latest Government announcement outlining details of the new Environmental Land Management scheme (ELM) under which farmers can receive payment in return for providing ‘public goods’. Despite early reassurances by Ministers, it appears that improvements to public access to nature are being quietly dismissed.
Five Swiss Mountain Adventures in the Jungfrau Region
Unique. Varied. The Jungfrau region in Switzerland is a small slice of the infamous Bernese Oberland, the highlight of any trip filled with towering mountains, quaint hamlets and historic trains, and many other quintessential Swiss attractions. Staying here means being out in the pure nature of Switzerland while still being able to reach all the famous cities within a short time.
GB National Development Squad 2022: Selection
The GB National Development Squad process has allowed athletes to consider an offer of selection on the squad for 2022 and we are now able to publish the athletes who have accepted their selection.
Youth Climbing Series Grand Final 2021 Results
Last weekend saw over 200 climbers attended Parthian Climbing Centre in Southampton to battle it out to be crowned YCS 2021 Champions. Here are the results:
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