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e-Newsletter December 2009

Winter's here and we’re just seeing the first sprinklings of snow on the hills. It can be a magical time in the mountains, but make sure you’re properly equipped and your skill levels match your ambitions.

In what has been a rather unstable year for the national economy, the BMC has managed to steer a steady course and ends 2009 in good shape – see the National Council update for a summary of developments.

Season’s Greetings,
Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
BMC welcomes Marine and Coastal Access Bill
After years of campaigning, the BMC welcomes the Marine and Coastal Access Bill, which received Royal Assent on Thursday 12 November.
Roaches 2009 - The best ever
Is it a reprint? Is it an update? Is it the best guide to the western crags that there has ever been? The answer to at least one of those questions is definitely, in big capital letters, YES!
How to thread a 'rams head' lower-off
The following pictures illustrate how to thread the new lower-offs recently installed by the BMC on six routes on Main Wall at Horseshoe Quarry.
Five year bolting moratorium for Cheddar
Representatives of the landowners of Cheddar Gorge met recently to review the issue of bolting in the Gorge, and have decided that there should be no further bolting of rock faces.
Bullock and Houseman climb coveted Nepalese summit
Supported by the BMC, MEF, Shipton/Tilman Award, Mark Clifford Grant and the 2009 Nick Estcourt Award, Nick Bullock and Andy Houseman have made the much coveted first ascent of the North Face of Chang Himal (6,802m), close to Kangchenjunga in Far East Nepal.
Green advice
In a blatant act of recycling, we've rounded up all the recent articles from the BMC Green Friday series into a compost heap (well, list of links) ready for mulching into our everyday lives to help us all be as green as possible.
How to get mountain medicine advice
Dr. David Hillebrandt, Medical Advisor to the BMC, gives a rundown of essential websites, courses and books for mountain medicine. Plus, how to get personal advice and access the Medex network of doctors.
National Council - December Update
The BMC’s main policy making body, the National Council, met at Plas y Brenin on 5 December. Neil Foster (Peak), Steve Scott (Lakes) and Vic Odell (London) were welcomed as new Area reps on the Council. Issues on the menu included the development of the BMC’s work for hill walkers and clubs, and the prospect of an artificial crag in South East England.
Santa’s reindeer bring Christmas cheer
This year we’ve enlisted the help of Rudolph, Donner, Blitzen and the rest of the gang to bring you some great savings on your Christmas shopping. Save up to 20% on over 100 top products.
BMC office - Christmas closure
The BMC office will be closed for Christmas and New Year from midday on Friday 23 December and will reopen for business as usual on Tuesday 3 January.
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