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e-Newsletter July 2012

The BMC welcomes the publication of the Independent Panel on Forestry report, and confirmation by the government that the Forestry Estate will remain in public hands – but we will continue to campaign for better access.

The British Bouldering Championships is one of the main attractions at this weekend’s Cliffhanger festival in Sheffield. Come and see us on the BMC stand and find out about the new gear recycling project we’re supporting.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Qualified welcome for forestry report
The BMC welcomes the publication of the Independent Panel on Forestry report and its recommendations to enhance public access – but argues these don’t go far enough in securing access for climbers and hill walkers.
Cliffhanger cancelled - but British Bouldering Champs still to run
Cliffhanger has been cancelled due to monsoon conditions in Sheffield, but we're still going ahead with the British Bouldering Championships in Graves Park this weekend.
Green Peak Gear launches at Cliffhanger
Green Peak Gear is the name of the new rope recycling pilot project supported by the BMC which has now formed as a Community Interest Company.
The BMC Helmet Campaign: watch our video
Are you a helmet fan or a helmet-phobe? In our new video – part of the BMC Helmet Campaign – we look at climbers' attitudes to helmets at the crag and interview Neil Bentley about the effects of the head injury he suffered.
Where are they going in 2012? BMC supports 16 expeditions
The BMC provided financial aid to 16 expeditions taking place in 2012, offered 'approval' to several more teams and, for the third year running, made a Julie Tullis Memorial Award.
UIAA issue anchor corrosion warning
The UIAA Safety Commission has issued an update to a warning notice originally sent out in 2009, regarding the danger of environmental degradation of bolt anchors. This update warns that the problem is more widespread than originally thought.
BMC Open Youth Winter Competition: Lead and Bouldering  updated
The BMC Open Youth Winter Lead Event will be held at Awesome Walls, Liverpool on 8 December. There will also be a brand-new bouldering-only event at the Climbing Hangar, Liverpool on 9 December. Both competitions are designed to be fun but competitive.
Activity licence abolition ‘paused’
With Scotland following Wales in opting to keep the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority, the Health and Safety Executive have announced a ‘pause’ in plans to abolish it in England.
Julian Materna's last ride
The Peak Area activist and Sheffield climber Julian Materna died last Saturday after a long battle with cancer. As an access rep with his wife Trudi, who also served as secretary of the Peak Area, Julian put a huge amount of effort and time into Peak District climbing. Despite his illness, he continued to climb and bike near his home and in France, which he loved.
What's new in the BMC online shop - July 2012
Check out the latest additions to the BMC online shop, as well as some special offers for the summer Alpine season.
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