by Mick Ryan Mountain Girls A survey by the BMC has found that female participationin climbing has risen nearly 10% in the last six years. The survey conducted by the BMC to fullfill requirements to achievethe Sport?s Council?s Equality Standard was distributed in Summit magazine and to a random 10% of BMC membership. The male to female split is now 72% male, 25% female (3% did not answer). The BMC found that majority of climbers are male, white, Christian and aged between 25 and 44. You can view the results here. This rise in women participation is also reflected in more women?s organisations and companies in the climbing world, one of the latest being Mountain Girlset up by Chamonix-based climber Louise Alexander who offer guided instruction for women in winter climbing, bouldering, alpine climbing and mountaineering. Further at next weeks Outdoor Show at Friedrichshafen, Germany, women are the central theme of this years show with a series of events and lectures planned, and a survey called ?Outdoor Woman? available. The OutDoor Show claims that?40 percent of all climbers are female.? Visitors to the OutDoor 2006 will be able to discover just what “The OutDoor Woman” looks like at a special show during the event. UKClimbing will be reporting back to you and will reveal all.