BMC Roundup

What´s Going On? Longstone Edge saved! Hot news just in – the Inspector´s desicion on the fate of Longstone Edge in the Peak District has just been leaked. The full report has yet to be released, but the BMC has learned operations at Backdale Quarry must cease, and Longstone Edge has been saved.  So, congratulations to all concerned: The Peak District National Park Authority, the Save Longstone Edge Group, Friends of the Peak District, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and last (but by no means least) the BMC´s Henry Folkard for his dedication to the cause.  More information to follow. Detail   Miliband bonds with the BMC David Miliband, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, met the BMC last weekend in the Peak District, where he was key speaker at the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Kinder Mass Trespass.  Mr Miliband chatted to Cath Flitcroft, BMC Access & Conservation Officer, to find out more about issues that affect climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers. Detail   Pat Littlejohn elected as Vice President at BMC AGMOver 100 BMC members enjoyed a weekend of activities at the BMC AGM & Annual Dinner at Plas y Brenin last weekend.  At the AGM, world renowned climber and mountain guide Pat Littlejohn took up the position of BMC Vice-President. Detail United Utilities charge for access United Utilities (UU) recently announced its intention to implement a ?rationalised permit and charging regime? for certain groups accessing its land.  As of this month (April 2007), UU have implemented a charging/permit scheme which affects commercial operators and organisers of large events on UU owned land.  The BMC and MLTE voiced concerns over the impact of on the outdoor community at a useful meeting with senior UU staff in March.  UU stated: “we assure the BMC that we have no intention to charge the general public for access to UU owned land covered by CRoW or other access legislation. United Utilities has always maintained a principle not make access charges for educational and charitable activities and there are no plans for this to change.” Detail   Warm up posterThe BMC has produced a fun, eye-catching poster to remind everyone to warm up before climbing.  The poster will be sent to climbing walls in England and Wales, and can also be purchased in the BMC´s online shop.  Benefits of warming up are that it will help you climb better and help to prevent injuries. The poster sets out three key elements of a basic warm up in a very clear way so that the message can be easily understood at a glance. What´s coming up? North Wales outdoor meet for parents and their children A free BMC outdoor meet specifically for young people and their parents will take place on Saturday 19 May in Capel Curig, North Wales.  This event is for those who have experience of climbing and want visit a new area or meet other people in a similar situation and make new contacts. There won?t be any formal training during the day but experienced local climbers will be on hand to offer support and advice.  Please see the BMC website for an application form or contact Detail   Grit Expectations at the RoachesAn open day at the Roaches will take place on Saturday 16 June.  The theme of the day is Climbing and the Environment.  This is the first event of its kind hosted by the BMC at the Roaches.  The day will feature information, workshops and displays from organisations as the Edale Mountain Rescue Team, the National Trust, the Peak National Park and the Whillans hut custodians. During the course of the day you can sample some classic gritstone climbs and find out more about the BMC, Peak Area meetings, and how you can get involved.  More details will be announced soon. Detail   BMC Alpine Meet This BMC Alpine Meet is proving to be very popular again this year, with courses now fully booked.  You can still be part of the BMC Alpine meet in Saas Grund which will run from 4 – 19 August. The Meet provides an opportunity for club and individual BMC members to go mountaineering, climbing and walking together in some of Switzerland?s most beautiful scenery.  See the BMC website for more infomation and a registration form. Detail