The first two open meetings in the national debate on the State of British Climbing were held in late September, at the Rockface in Birmingham and the Heights in Llanberis.
At the Birmingham meeting a panel consisting of Gary Gibson, Andy Kirkpatrick, Niall Grimes, Mark Vallance and BMC Midlands Area Chair Graham Richmond discussed a range of issues with local climbers, including the popularity of indoor climbing, conservation concerns at honeypot crags, fixed equipment maintenance, the perceived lack of low-grade sportclimbs, the popularity of bouldering, and the effects of the CRoW Act. In Llanberis, some of the same issues came up, along with BMC representation in Wales, and guidebooks. The panel included Pat Littlejohn, Nick Dixon, Simon Panton, Mark Vallance, and was chaired by John Horscroft. The BMC would like to thank the Beacon Climbing Centre, DMM, Joe Brown, and V12 Outdoor for contributing to the beer fund. Thanks also to the Rockface and the Heights for hosting the meetings. For more on the national debate, see here.
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