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e-Newsletter November 2012

The arrival of ash die-back disease in Britain has the potential to drastically alter the nation’s landscape. Climbers and hill walkers can do their part in spotting the disease and helping to limit its spread by following Forestry Commission advice and reporting potential sightings.

Volunteers are the life blood of the BMC.  Some of our members have given decades of service to our specialist committees and technical working groups, and we’re keen to recruit new members with the right skills or expertise or just a desire to put something back into mountaineering.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Ash-dieback: advice to walkers and climbers
The arrival of the fungus chalara fraxinea in Britain has cast a shadow over the future of one of Britain’s iconic tree species. Climbers and hill walkers can play their part in spotting the disease, but, as Ed Douglas reports, the government’s best scientific advice suggests access restrictions won’t help.
Opportunities to get involved with the BMC
Whether you’re an engineer, ecologist, accountant, land agent, academic, quarrying expert, guidebook boffin or feel you have something else to offer mountaineers – read on, as we might have just the job for you.
High Peak Moors: your views needed
The National Trust is drawing up a management plan for the High Peak moors, including Kinder and Bleaklow, and it wants more input from climbers and hill walkers. So if you love these hills, take some time to check out what they're proposing.
Writing on the wall
Graffiti art in the Dinorwig slate quarries by London artist Jack Murray has reignited the debate about what can and can't be done to rock faces in the name of art. Ed Douglas explores the issues.
Standing room only at Westminster for launch of Britain on Foot
Britain on Foot (BoF), a national campaign to get the general public active in the outdoors, was revealed at a packed launch event in Westminster last week.
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.
Women's climbing symposium 2012 report
More than 130 female climbers from the UK and around the world gathered at the Climbing Hangar in Liverpool last weekend for the second Women's Climbing Symposium, supported by the BMC. Liz Holley went along to find out more.
Fowler and Ramsden climb the Prow of Shiva
The well-tried and tested partnership of Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden succeeded on the previously unclimbed northeast ridge of Shiva, an impressive 6,142m peak in the Pangi region of Himachal Pradesh, India.
Are ropes about to get thicker again?
Lyon Equipment has been showing the BMC's Dan Middleton the latest developments in ropes at a recent seminar held at their impressive new facilities at Tebay in Cumbria. Dan joined other experts for a series of presentations and demonstrations from the Lyon team and rope manufacturer Beal.
BMC Local Areas: democracy in action
The dates and venues for the BMC's Local Area meetings in November are almost finalised. Everyone is welcome to attend and pre booking may not always be essential. These meetings are where local climbers and walkers can gather and chat, find out about local and national goings on and raise issues of concern with the BMC who can perhaps then take it the next level.
Christmas shopping at the BMC
Save time and money by doing some Christmas shopping in the BMC online shop.
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