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e-Newsletter May 2013

Though better known for her supreme running achievements, Dame Kelly Holmes is also a keen rock climber. So it’s great to have her support for climbing’s Olympic bid in the run-up to the crucial IOC Executive Board meeting on 29 May, coincidentally the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest.

At last month’s Spirit of Kinder Day commemorating the historic mass trespass of 1932, a warning was given that the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill currently before parliament threatens to make trespass a criminal offence; a timely reminder that despite the passing of 80 years the struggle for access continues.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Dame Kelly Holmes supports climbing’s 2020 Olympic dream
As decision day draws nearer for sports being considered for the 2020 Olympics, double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes has given her support to climbing’s campaign.
Making trespass a crime again
The government is planning to make trespass a criminal offence under the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill currently before parliament, claimed a leading countryside campaigner at the first-ever Spirit of Kinder Day on Saturday (April 27).
BMC looks to the future at annual gathering
With a new four-year plan now funded and three new staff in post, BMC President Scott Titt invited those attending the annual general meeting to consider what the long-term future might hold – and what members want from the organisation. Past servants Gordon Adshead and Mark Alderson were honoured for their contribution with the George Band Award, and Malcolm Baxter was elected as an Honorary Member.
Tremfest 2013 a great success
Tremfest 2013 saw blue skies, sunshine and over 60 climbers volunteering to help look after the BMC-owned crags at Tremadog.
BMC appoints first ever hill walking officer
It's good news for hill walkers as the BMC has appointed its first ever dedicated BMC hill walking development officer.
The epic tale of the BMC’s new hill walking Twitter
A heated discussion took place in the BMC’s Manchester office yesterday. This is not unusual; our West Didsbury headquarters is often abuzz with vigorous debates on important topics like access, climbing ethics, conservation, the future of the countryside, and other vital issues of the day.
BMC looks east and west
The BMC has expanded its staff base with two more Regional Development Officers (RDOs), thanks to funding from Sport England.
Into the death threat zone
Violence erupted on Everest over the weekend as three well-known climbers were attacked by a gang of up to 100 Sherpas at Camp 2 following an altercation on the Lhotse Face. The assault was the worst possible way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first ascents – and reveals tensions about who controls the mountain, as Ed Douglas reports.
Avalanche body focuses on mountain safety
Safety on the mountains was top of the agenda at a special seminar held at the sportscotland national training centre Glenmore Lodge on 20 April.
Claiming multiple membership refunds
We have a process for BMC members who are members of more than one BMC affiliated club to reclaim their multiple membership payments.
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