Weekly Odds & Sods

A Glaswegian climber plans to celebrate Burns Night on Jan 25th whilst on the summit of Aconcagua! He will recite Burns poems at 23,000 feet. In February Berghaus will celebrate their 40th Birthday. Premiums for the BMC?s market leading Travel and Activity Insurance are being cut in 2006.The new rates for Travel, Trek, Rock, Alpine & Ski and Expedition cover will apply from 5 January.The cost of all policies will go down. Some reductions will be very modest but Expedition cover will go down by as much as 28.5%. The average reduction across the range of policies works out at 4.8%. BMC Insurance is unique in that ALL profits are re-invested in climbing and the work of the BMC. Surpluses from insurance sales support the BMC´s vital access & conservation work, its regional volunteer network and its work on mountain safety and lobbying the Government on issues of importance to climbers and mountaineers. A key factor that has enabled the BMC to reduce premiums in 2006 has been the low level of claims in recent years – a reminder that it is in all of our interests to ensure that only genuine claims are submitted. Bogus claims = bigger premiums for us all. BMC Travel and Activity Insurance rates have not gone up since January 2004 – let?s try and keep it that way.Some time over the next few days planetFear will publish a feature article comparing and contrasting the various insurance policies available to climbers and mountaineers. ———————————————————————– If you have any news worth reporting please contact Matt – matt@planetfear.com / 0114 2969114 ———————————————————————–