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SUMMIT MAGAZINE

The most impressive traverse ever completed?

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14/02/2021

Belgian climber Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll has been willingly stuck in Patagonia since Covid-19 kicked off, and making the most of it: jaws dropped around the climbing world when he became the first to solo the Fitz Roy Traverse late last week. This epic route, fantasised about by anyone who has ever seen a photo of the jagged skyline above El Chalten, was first completed by the dream simul-climbing team of Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell in 2014. The route traverses the iconic Cerro Fitz Roy and its six satellite peaks: 5km of ridge line with around 4000m of vertical gain.
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YOUTH & EQUITY

Alpine Club launches ‘Women Rise Up’ mountaineering opportunity

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04/02/2021

The Alpine Club has opened applications for attendees to join a trip to Zermatt, Switzerland to travel and climb in the footsteps of Lucy Walker and Meta Brevoort who, in 1871, made the first female ascents of a number of iconic European peaks, including the Matterhorn, Weisshorn and the Dents Blanche.
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SKILLS

Apply now for a summer Alpine Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust course

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27/01/2020

Aspiring mountaineers act now! Applications are still open for this summer’s Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust (JCMT) Alpine courses. But hurry, the closing date is 29 February.
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INTERNATIONAL

Join the BMC/Alpine Club Young Alpinist's Winter Meet 2020

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03/01/2020

Are you a keen and confident young alpinist? Well an awesome opportunity for you is back. The concept of a BMC Young Alpinist's Meet continues with another event in March 2020. Sign up to attend and climb in the beautiful Chamonix region of France.
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SKILLS

What are the Jonathan Conville skills courses?

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02/01/2020

The Conville courses, as they are affectionately known, are an excellent way for young mountaineers to gain essential skills.
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INTERNATIONAL

Get alpine hut discounts with a Reciprocal Rights Card

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01/01/2020

The Reciprocal Rights Card gives BMC members discounted rates in alpine huts.
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YOUTH & EQUITY

Inspiring the next generation: the BMC Young Alpinist's Meet

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15/08/2019

The BMC Young Alpinist's Meet 2019 was a huge success, giving a number of keen British alpinists the tools and knowledge to help prepare them for future expeditions. From technical skills to mental preparations, the meet imparted wisdom and experience that young climbers would struggle to gain from textbooks or articles. Here's what went down:
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SUMMIT MAGAZINE

How to climb Gran Paradiso

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26/06/2018

Mountain Guide Stuart MacDonald offers tips on how to climb the highest independent peak in Italy (the Matterhorn shares its borders with Switzerland), which offers outstanding views across the Alps from its summit. It's graded F+ and 4,061m high, so if you’re looking for a big peak that is technically relatively straightforward, Gran Paradiso ticks all the boxes. There is a catch though...
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SUMMIT MAGAZINE

The best 4,000m peaks in Switzerland for beginners

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01/06/2018

What's the best 4,000m peak in the Alps for beginners? We asked five British Mountain Guides who are based in the Alps this question - Tim Blakemore, Jon Bracey, Matt Helliker, Andy Perkins and Tania Noakes. All of them picked a peak in Switzerland - testament to the concentration of excellent peaks of that altitude there.
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SKILLS

20 things not to do: on your first visit to Chamonix

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13/03/2018

It’s easy to get carried away in Europe’s mountain capital. Everything is super-scaled there, from mountains to egos and the party scene. Any similarities noticed between real people and the fictitious ones in this article are purely coincidental.
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