WHAT´S GOING ON? Coastal access consultation begins The BMC attended the launch of the public consultation to improve access to the English coast on 19 June in Dover. The BMC will respond to the consultation which sets out 4 options for the future of access to the coast. The BMC is supporting the coastal access corridor option put forward by Natural England. BMC members can visit the Campaigns section of the BMC website to send a letter in support to their MP. The BMC is organising a publicity event on Tuesday 31 July at Brean Down, North Somerset to demonstrate the recreational value of the coast and to encourage public support of a coastal access corridor during the consultation. Keep an eye on the BMC website for details. More… BMC better bolts bonanza The BMC has chosen which local bolt funds will receive the £10,000 worth of bolts and lower offs provided by the BMC to replace some of the old equipment blighting our crags. These bolts are for like-for-like replacement only, and all projects have been approved by the local BMC area following applications from the local bolt funds. The Better Bolts Campaign Panel has chosen to allocate the bolts to the North Wales Bolt Fund, Yorkshire Bolt Fund, Gary Gibson (Peak), Cheshire & Merseyside Bolt Fund, Peak Bolt Fund, Cumbria Bolt Fund, Dorset Bolt Fund, and SE Wales Bolt Fund (pending approval of local BMC area). <a title=”” href=”http://www.thebmc.co.uk/News.aspx?id=1975″ target=”_blank”>More… Fabulous finale for BRYCS The youth climbing series final was held at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena in Ratho Scotland on Saturday 30 June. The British Regional Youth Climbing Series (BRYCS) final is a BMC event. The BMC would like to say a great big thank you to all the competitors, the numerous volunteers and everyone who made the day possible. In all, 166 young people took part in the final and many, many more took part in the regional rounds. The winners are listed here. Apply now for British Championships Application forms for the 2007 national bouldering and lead climbing championships are available online. The British Bouldering Championships will be held as part of the Cliffhanger event in Sheffield on 14-15 July (seniors on Saturday, juniors on Sunday). The British Lead Climbing Championships (BLCC) is the new name for the BICC and will be held on the Blackpool Climbing Towers on 28-29 July (seniors or Saturday, juniors on Sunday). Those who wish to take part can download application forms from the BMC website. More… New BMC website proves a hit Hits to the BMC website have doubled since the new site was launched in early June and over 30 items have been added to the news section. Check what´s new on the website here. BMC at the House of Commons BMC CEO Dave Turnbull attended a dinner at the Speaker´s House in the House of Commons on 19 June to celebrate the success of Sport England´s Parliamentary Sports Fellowship Scheme. The scheme set out to enhance links and understanding between sports organisations and parliamentarians. The representative for mountaineering, John Mann, MP (Parliamentary Private Secretary to the former Minister of Sport, Richard Caborn), spent a total of nine days with the BMC as part of scheme. More… Peak bypass inquiry stallsOpening submissions will be heard this week for the public inquiry into the proposed bypass around Mottram and Tintwistle in the Peak District, but the inquiry is to be adjourned until September. The BMC is objecting to the scheme on the grounds that it is ill-thought out, destroys climbing areas, makes a mockery of the status of a National Park, and most importantly, there is an alternative. The BMC will be keeping track of how the inquiry progresses. More… BMC appoints new climbing walls officerRob Adie – a climbing wall designer currently working for Entre-Prises – will be taking up the BMC Climbing Wall Officer position in late July. Graeme Alderson (former BMC Walls and Competitions Officer) has now left the big BMC house, however he will be working for the BMC at the forthcoming summer competitions (BBC and BLCC). The BMC would like to thank Graeme for his dedication to the cause over the past 7 years and wish him luck with his Climbing Works ventures. Job opportunity: BMC Climbing Competitions OfficerThe BMC is re-advertising the position of Competitions Officer (part-time). Keep an eye out if you have experience of organising large competitions and would like to apply. Details will soon be available here. WHAT´S COMING UP? British Bouldering Championships at the Cliffhanger festival in Sheffield The BMC-organised British Bouldering Championships will take place on the weekend of 14-15 July as part of Cliffhanger – a Sheffield City Council and Heason Events´ enterprise to bring outdoor activities under one roof (well, under the open skies) in Graves Park. Come watch top British boulderers battle it out to become British Bouldering Champions. An application form is available for competitors to download from the BMC website. More… British Lead Climbing Championships in Blackpool The British Lead Climbing Championships, formerly known as the British Indoor Climbing Championships (BICC) is heading outdoors this year to the 20-metre high monoliths of the Blackpool Climbing Towers on 28-29 July. An application form is available for competitors to download from the BMC website. This event, organised by the BMC, will decide the national champions for 2007. More… Last chance for Range West briefing If you would like to climb on the magnificent cliffs of Pembrokeshire´s Range West this year, you must attend an MOD briefing and hold a valid permit. The final briefings will be held on at 9am on 28 July at the Castlemartin Camp. For those with permits, access to the cliffs is available until January 2008. More… Winter Essentials talks announced The venues have been confirmed for this year´s BMC Winter Essentials lectures for people with all levels of experience in the mountains. Sponsored by Lowe Alpine and Asolo, the series will be touring during the middle two weeks of November, and presented by aspirant guide Dave Hollinger and Scottish mountaineer Rob Jarvis. The venues are St Bees (Cumbria), Leeds, Mansfield, Hereford, Birmingham and Chelmsford. Tickets will cost £5 for BMC members and £7 for non-members. More… Guidebooks in the pipeline The BMC´s latest Stanage guidebook has received glowing reviews. Work is ongoing on the next batch of BMC guidebooks which will appear over the next couple of years. These include: From Froggatt to Black Rocks, Over The Moors (all moorland gritstone), Cheshire Area Sandstone, Leicester Climbs, Peak Limestone and Lancashire Rock. Read more about forthcoming guidebooks and how to get involved here.