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e-Newsletter June 2022
Thanks to our recommended retail partners Snow+Rock, we have a DMM Trad Climbing Bundle to give away to one lucky BMC member. To be in with a chance to win:
๐Ÿ•๏ธ Tell us how you first got into trad climbing
โญ Email your answer along with your BMC Membership number to winfreestuff@thebmc.co.uk before 13th July to be entered into the prize draw.
Another round of BMC Local Area meetings has begun this week. Check out the dates for an upcoming meeting near you.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Cotswold Outdoor British Bouldering Championships 2022, Sheffield | 27th & 28th August
๐Ÿ‘‰ Gower Climbing Festival | 26, 27 & 29th August
๐Ÿ‘‰ Wilton Fest | 3 September
Catch up with all our BMC articles from the last month featured below ๐Ÿ‘‡
Latest BMC News
Tribute to BMC Cymru Access Rep Tom Furey
BMC Access Rep for Wales and a well-known face in the outdoor and climbing community, Tom Furey died on Saturday 11 June whilst climbing in North Wales. Tom Carrick, BMC Access Officer for Wales and close friend of Tom’s, pays a personal tribute to the well-loved and highly respected outdoor instructor.
Youth Climbing Series 2023
The BMC Youth Climbing Series is a climbing competition for young people. The series is extremely popular and attracts hundreds of young climbers nationwide.
Win Gear with the BMC newsletter: Cotswold Outdoor Prize Draw
Every quarter we team up with our partners Cotswold Outdoor and Snow+Rock so our members can be in with a chance to win prizes from some top-notch outdoor brands. Check out this month's prize draw.
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.
GB Climbing at Innsbruck World Cup 2022
It’s wall-to-wall action in the Austrian capital with a Paraclimbing World Cup (June 21 – 22), Bouldering World Cup (June 23 - 24) and Lead World Cup (25 – 26 June).
Six things to consider before planning a route on the fells with your dog
One of the biggest draws to dog owners in the UK is the chance to explore and discover the beautiful surroundings we have in our upland areas. It is important that you don’t just consider yourselves but also your dogs’ abilities when it comes to heading out fell walking with your pooch. Here's six things crucial bits to consider when route planning a hike with your dog.
BMC agrees new Environmental & Sustainability Policy
Climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, habitat loss and the surge in popularity of outdoor activities; these are just some of the reasons the BMC Board of Directors recently agreed a new Environmental & Sustainability Policy for the organisation.
Finding joy in the outdoors with Queer Out Here
Founder of the LGBTQIA+ walking group located in the North West of England, Ailish Breen and members of the welcoming community group Queer Out Here shine the light on what it’s like to join one of their hiking events.
Get Piste of Mind with BMC Travel Insurance
Ice climbing. Powder riding. Hot sun seeking. Winter is a time for delivering on mountain dreams. BMC Travel Insurance has got you covered as you head off abroad in search of that mountain high.
What's the carbon footprint of flying to climbing and trekking destinations?
How can we explore the planet and still protect it? It is a paradox for many in the mountaineering community that our love for the mountains, exploration and nature can also contribute to the damage being done to our finely balanced, and therefore fragile, environment. Mairéad Brown breaks down the carbon cost of journeys from London out to several key climbing and trekking destinations abroad and offers alternative modern climate conscious solutions.
All Nation Series Results
2022 began with the launch of the All Nation Series in conjunction with Mountaineering Ireland and Mountaineering Scotland
Crag and Upland Restoration Fund: invitation for applications 2023
The BMC has once again set aside £10,000 per year fund to support volunteer led environmental initiatives and work days to improve crags and upland areas across England and Wales.
English Lead Championships
Following on from the success of the All Nation Bouldering Series, the English Lead Championships is the second event in the All Nation Lead Series.
Gwyl Hongian Festival
Hongian Climbing and Hill Walking Festival took part in Blaenau Ffestiniog over the last weekend in May. Celebrating the local climbing, walking, history and culture. This was the first festival of its type in the area. Cymerodd Gลตyl Dringo a Cherdded Hongian ym Mlaenau Ffestiniog dros y penwythnos diwethaf ym mis Mai. Dathlu'r dringo, cerdded, hanes a diwylliant lleol. Hon oedd yr ลตyl gyntaf o'i bath yn yr ardal.
Paraclimbing Series Round 2
The Paraclimbing Series returns for another year, starting with the Scottish Paraclimbing Festival on 5 June, followed by Round 2 in Southampton.
FREEKFEST 2022 - fun and inclusive bouldering event
This May saw the great success of FREEKFEST, a bouldering event at the Freeklime bouldering wall in Huddersfield. The competition has its eyes firmly fixed on two objectives - fun and inclusion. Niall Grimes spoke to wall owner Chris Whitehead to hear about his vision for the wall and the event.
Mynyddoedd Cambria - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty/Ardal o harddwch naturiol?
As members of the Alliance for Welsh Designated Landscapes, BMC Cymru was recently invited to share a Senedd petition with members, calling for the Cambrian Mountains region in Mid-Wales to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
BMC Junior British Bouldering Championships: Results
The BMC Junior British Bouldering Championships took place on 21 and 22 May 2022 at Mile End Climbing Wall in London.
BMC Northumberland Youth Climbing Meet 2022
Join one of the BMC and DMM's youth climbing meets in 2022, a weekend of classic climbs and good socials. This one will be based at Wooler Youth Hostel in Northumberland on the 29th & 30th October 2022.
Training Essentials: Next steps scrambling
A one-day course developing skills and confidence in scrambling terrain.
BMC Student Safety Seminar 2022
The BMC Student Safety Seminar is for any students who are involved in running a climbing, hill walking or mountaineering club at their University. The seminar will be held at Plas y Brenin in North Wales on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 2022.
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