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e-Newsletter June 2013

Sport climbing’s bid for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games ended last month, when the shortlist was reduced to three sports – baseball/softball, squash and wrestling. Despite the bid’s failure, the sport as a whole has benefited from the widened media exposure, especially for those on Team GB, and the future is definitely bright for British and international competition climbing.

Britain on Foot, a new campaign backed by government and supported by the BMC, aims to get one million currently inactive people engaged in outdoor activities. Walking is a core activity being promoted through the campaign and has been widely heralded by the medical community as one of the best ways to stay healthy and enjoy a long life.

Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO

Latest BMC News
Climbing's Olympic dream on hold
Sport climbing has failed to reach the final shortlist of sports being considered for the 2020 Olympics. The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has just announced that wrestling, baseball and squash have made it through to the final vote in September.
New outdoors campaign could help add four years to lives
A new campaign, backed by the government, could help add four years to the lives of UK residents. Britain on Foot aims to get one million currently inactive people engaged in outdoor activities, leading to healthy, happier, longer lives.
Roaches peregrine chicks go missing
The disappearance of peregrine chicks from the Roaches Upper Tier in Staffordshire is a bitter blow following five years of successful breeding and an immense co-operative effort between nature conservation bodies, local volunteers and user groups – including climbers.
International climbers flock to Cornish coast: BMC Meet report
Take 66 climbers from 22 different countries, add some Cornish sea cliffs, a packed evening programme, and a good dose of sunshine. What do you get? The BMC International Sea Cliff Climbing Meet 2013.
Essential rock know-how
Need to brush up on your crag skills after a winter on the wall? Whether you’re making the move outside for the first time, or looking to rise up the grades this summer, we’ve got loads of essential skills and equipment advice for you right here on the BMC website.
It's official - Scotland’s wild land mapped for the first time
A map published by Scotland’s natural heritage body has defined the country’s wild land for the first time. How have environmental and outdoor campaigners reacted? And what does it mean for the ongoing battle over wind farms?
Warning: bolt failure on North Wales limestone
Following the catastrophic failure of a bolt on a North Wales limestone route, the BMC is advising climbers to treat all ‘Thunderbolt’ anchors with caution. Read on for more details and advice on how to detect these bolts.
Viewing figures go through the woof
Empathy, the ability to put yourself into someone else’s shoes, is one of the things that makes us human. It lets us know how others feel. It can make you cry. But what would it be like, I hear you say, to put yourself into somebody else’s PAWS?
From fight to flight: Simone Moro pilots highest-ever Everest rescue
In a spectacular, high-flying twist of fate, ace Italian helicopter pilot Simone Moro – who was involved in a well-publicised altercation with Sherpas earlier this season – has just pulled off the highest-ever helicopter rescue on Everest.
Emergencies abroad: calling for help in the mountains
Plan for the best, prepare for the worst. When travelling abroad, it can pay to ensure in advance that you know how to summon emergency assistance.
How to stay in touch with your local BMC area
Bolts; wind farms; footpath erosion; crag clean-ups; access issues; dry tooling. If you want to make your voice heard about local climbing and walking issues, then come along to your next BMC area meeting. Here's how you can keep up to date with area meeting information.
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