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e-Newsletter August 2012

The international mountaineering community has been shocked by the death of former BMC general secretary Roger Payne.  We will be holding a memorial in Manchester on Saturday 8 September, and everyone is welcome to attend.

From the launch of London’s bid to host the Olympics in 2012, a key element was the legacy the Games would leave behind.  One of the latest beneficiaries of this legacy funding is Gloucestershire Mountaineering Club, which will now be able to improve its club hut facilities.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Roger Payne: Manchester memorial event
Join us at an informal event to celebrate the life of Roger Payne at Manchester Town Hall on Saturday 8 September, starting at 6.30pm.
BMC launches new access survey
The BMC access team is in the planning stages of updating the Regional Access Database (RAD). We need your help to make it as useful as possible to all climbers.
Sandy Allan and Rick Allen complete Mazeno Ridge
In what will undoubtedly be one of the mountaineering highlights of 2012, Sandy Allan and Rick Allen reached the summit of Nanga Parbat at around 6pm on the 15th July, having made the much-coveted first complete ascent of the Mazeno Ridge.
Coxsey and Barrans singing in the rain
Shauna Coxsey defended her title in fine style at a thrilling British Bouldering Championships while Dave Barrans won the men's event in a display of raw power and consistency. But with Cliffhanger cancelled following days of heavy rain, it was touch and go whether the event would happen at all.
Solo trekking ban in Nepal on hold
A recent announcement by Nepal's Ministry of Home Affairs had threatened a ban on tourists wanting to trek alone in any part of the country. But the decision has now been delayed as a review takes place. It is the BMC's understanding that a ban on solo trekkers in Langtang continues to apply.
Last call for BMC Climbing Injury Symposium
This event is now sold out. It's a full weekend of evidence-based talks and workshops on climbing injuries in adult and young climbers, given by medical surgeons and doctors (specialising in hands, feet and shoulders) and specialists in radiology, podiatry, physiotherapy and nutrition. Bookings close Friday 12 October.
Wales open access map review
It's been over a decade since the CRoW Act was passed. For climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, it gave a legal right of access for walking and climbing to land mapped or dedicated as open access. These maps now have to be reviewed. We explain how you can get involved.
Gloucestershire Mountaineering Club gets £50,000
Gloucestershire Mountaineering Club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund to enable the club to improve its club hut in Snowdonia, making it more suitable for group use.
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.
BMC Cornish Climbing Festival
The BMC’s South West team will be hosting a Cornish Climbing Festival over the weekend of 7 – 9 September 2012 and absolutely everyone is welcome.
Fifty thousand reasons to be cheerful
While Bradley Wiggins was powering his way round London and into the record books last week, the BMC was celebrating a landmark of its own. On 1 August our latest membership figures were posted and there was a nice surprise for our membership team. For the first time in its history, the BMC has over 50,000 individual members.
What's new in the BMC online shop: August 2012
Check out the latest additions to the BMC online shop, as well as some special offers for the summer Alpine season, and a great deal on British Mountain Maps.
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