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NEWS


BMC cancels and postpones events due to coronavirus


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PREPARING TO REOPEN HUTS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


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ountain huts have been closed since the start of lockdown in March. The BMC wants to support clubs and other hut operators who are preparing to reopen over the coming weeks and months.


Huts are a key component in facilitating climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers to access upland areas on an ongoing basis, with all the physical and mental health benefits and associated socio-economic contributions this brings. The BMC is therefore looking to support the reopening of mountain huts as soon as is reasonably possible.


BMC guidance on good practice has been produced and will be shared between hut operators and hut users in order to minimise the risks of reopening (and of not doing so). This includes commercial considerations. We anticipate that an interim period of temporary measures will be required between initial reopening and a return to something closer to what used to be normal (duration uncertain, but possibly 18+ months). Unless or until a COVID-19 (C-19) vaccine or other treatment is developed or immunity acquired, some elements may not return to normal.


The document of Preparation for the reopening of Club Huts during COVID-19 has been made available online. Use the link below to find all the resources needed to help those looking to reopen their huts.


ALL THE INFO: www.thebmc.co.uk/covid19-reopening-huts


s the BMC is a community organisation, we have taken the decision to support the health and wellbeing of the outdoor and wider community by cancelling or postponing BMC events through to the end of September.


We’re closely monitoring the situation and due to its fast-moving nature we will be in touch with event attendees via email or text.


Following government advice the BMC office in Manchester is temporarily closed. With staff working from home we're operating as normal across most areas.


The status of BMC events from September onwards is being reviewed weekly and in line with government guidance. Updates will be posted as and when we know more.


FIND OUT THE CURRENT STATUS OF BMC EVENTS HERE: www.thebmc.co.uk/bmc-event-status


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BMC TV


We’ve been busy on our YouTube channel during lockdown uploading a huge number of videos from new-school quarantraining to old- school golden classics. Here’s our favourite series:


The Alun Hughes collection


RETURNING TO CLIMBING COMPETITIONS SURVEY


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s the government begins to relax its lockdown restrictions, the BMC is making decisions on whether to run the scheduled September and October competitions this year. The health and wellbeing of competitors, volunteers, parents and wall staff will be at the forefront of our thinking.


We’d really value your thoughts on what needs to be in place to give you confidence in returning to compete once again. Please take our short survey, which will only take a minute to complete.


SURVEY: www.thebmc.co.uk/comps-survey


New and exclusive: BMC TV is now hosting the classic climbing and paragliding films by Alun Hughes. So far we’ve had the memorable Interview with Joe Brown, adrenaline inducing Story of the Indian Face, the UK’s first E9, and the unforgettable and quirky Stone Monkey.


Respect the Rock series


Not only has there been a wave of new videos on BMC TV, but since climbing is back on the cards while walls are still closed, there’s been a wave of climbers on the cliffs and crags too. To help make sure new climbers know what they’re doing, we’re taking our Respect the Rock campaign to video form. We’ve covered climbing in Portland, Southern Sandstone and Cheddar so far, with many more yet to come.


The BMC team goes LIVE to answer your questions D


uring these times of climbing and hill-walking lockdown, our dedicated team of staff has


been giving weekly access updates and responding to your questions through a series of live Q&As on our Facebook


page. Speakers have ranged from BMC CEO Dave Turnbull, giving the latest hill walking and climbing updates as well as answering questions about how the BMC organisation is coping in the current situation, to learning about


Missed them at the time? Not to worry, you can catch up on all the answers here: www.thebmc.co.uk/live-the-bmc-answer-your-questions


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The GB Climbing home training series


Hidden History in the Hills with the our hill walking ambassador Mary-Ann Ochota and not to mention a QnA about the reopening of climbing walls with the chair of the Association of British Climbing Walls.


Looking to raise your grade indoors? GB Climbing Coaches Rachel Carr and Liam Briddon run you through best training advice and plans that you can do at home or at your local climbing wall.


YOUTUBE: @teamBMC


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