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); and
veteran mountaineering administrator Bob Pettigrew MBE (2015).
technical committee stalwart and equipment innovator Ben Lyon (2016)
All BMC members are welcome to make a nomination by completing the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is 31 December 2016. Completed nomination forms can be emailed to email@example.com
The BMC Executive Committee is the awarding body and a prize of a mountain scene picture will be awarded at the BMC Annual Dinner on Saturday 22 April 2017 during the BMC AGM weekend, at Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig.
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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