Nominate a BMC volunteer for the George Band Award 2018

Posted by Tony Ryan on 02/10/2017
Ian Smith receiving the 2017 award from BMC president Rehan Siddiqui and CEO Dave Turnbull.
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It's nomination time for the George Band Award for Exceptional Voluntary Contribution to Mountaineering. The aim of the award is to recognise people who have made a significant voluntary contribution to the BMC’s work over an extended period of time.

The award was established by the BMC in 2010.  Past recipients are:

  • technical gurus Neville McMillan and George Steele (2011);
  • access activists Henry Folkard and Dave Bishop (2012);
  • former treasurer Gordon Adshead and competition climbing volunteer Mark Alderson (2013);
  • mountain heritage mastermind John Innerdale MBE (2014);
  • veteran mountaineering administrator Bob Pettigrew MBE (2015);
  • technical committee stalwart and equipment innovator Ben Lyon (2016); and
  • Peak guidebook gurus and veteran volunteers Lynn Robinson and Ian Smith (2017).

All BMC members are welcome to make a nomination by completing the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is 31 December 2017. Completed nomination forms can be emailed to kate@thebmc.co.uk 

Nominate now - download the nomination form here

The BMC Executive Committee is the awarding body and a prize of a mountain scene picture will be awarded on the evening of the BMC AGM on Saturday 28 April 2018 at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.

George Band OBE (1929 - 2011) was the youngest member of the 1953 Everest expedition which saw Hillary and Tenzing make the historic first ascent. In 1955 with Joe Brown he made the first ascent of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain. A longtime supporter of the BMC, George was BMC President from 1996-1999, and was also President of the Alpine Club and chairman of the Himalayan Trust (UK). In 2008 he was awarded the OBE for services to mountaineering and charity.

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