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e-Newsletter June 2011

For many of us summer means the Alps, and we have a new list to help climbers find good information on over 100 routes in the Mont Blanc Range. Check out the Alpine Deals in the BMC online shop, and save a few pounds on climbing and walking books, maps and DVDs.

Don’t forget BMC Insurance – we’ve added a medical screening line for those who are seeking cover for pre-existing medical conditions which are not listed on the Allowed Conditions list.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Less difficult classics in the Mont Blanc Massif
Getting good information on the easier “three star routes” in the Mont Blanc Range is complicated, but a new list of over 100 selected climbs will help mountaineers find route descriptions within a number of guidebooks to the area.
White Paper disregards access
The recently published Natural Environment White Paper (NEWP) fails to fully recognise the important role that access and recreation play in facilitating the public’s understanding and enjoyment of the natural environment – warn The Ramblers and the BMC.
Results of BMC Club Survey
The BMC's Clubs' Committee recently asked all affiliated clubs to complete an online survey. We were very pleased with the participation: 140 out of 320 clubs took part, which is quite notable for any sort of survey.
BMC supported expeditions in 2011
The BMC was able to award a little over £10,000 to climbers involved in eight expeditions planning first ascents in the World's mountain ranges.
National Trust Q&A at Peak Area Meeting
Froggatt, Curbar and Birchens will be managed by the RSPB and National Trust for the next 15 years, and this partnership might also manage Burbage, Houndkirk and Hathersage Moors. To find out exactly what that means for climbers and walkers, Mike Innerdale - National Trust General Manager for The Peak District - was invited to a recent BMC Peak Area meeting.
BMC calls for members' Forestry Tales
The Forestry Commission, which owns and runs 18% of England's woods, has announced significant changes after its budget was cut. These cuts could impact on the public services it currently provides. It is therefore important that the BMC help shape any future recommendations for our forests, by giving the Independent Panel on Forestry our views on why we value forests and woods so much.
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