Tuesday 14 July 2020

British Mountaineering Council

COVID-19 has taught all of us what life can be like without climbing. Imagine what it could be like if climbing was banned all the time. The BMC are there to make sure you can climb your projects and fulfil your dreams to be in the great outdoors!

The southeast of England boasts 12 unique outcrops of climbable rock of which all but two are privately owned or managed and all have varying degrees of access arrangements.

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) help maintain access with the help of volunteers and access reps. The two major crags in the southeast are Harrison’s Rocks and Stone Farm, which are both owned by the BMC and maintained by a team of volunteers. Without the BMC, these rocks could well have become private, which would have severely restricted access to climbing in the southeast. The BMC pay for the maintenance of the rocks which includes the provision of bolts, woodland management, path maintenance, fencing, gates and a host of other things. It also funds all specialist rock repair work with the use of resin and cement work.

So when you're down at Harrison’s or Stone Farm next. Think, am I a BMC member? If not then perhaps you should be?

Membership of the BMC (British Mountaineering Council) is an essential way of helping fund the BMC with the work they do and continue access and conservation work for all crags. 

You can get involved with an area meeting like the BMC London and South East meetings or volunteer for BMC work days if you so wish to give back.The BMC also support the Sandstone Open Meetings held in the autumn months. Meetings are there to help inform climbers and help them engage in the decision making processes.  

Being a BMC member also gives you loads of discounts to a number of outdoor stores as well as some indoor climbing walls. You get access to specialist holiday insurance which will cover specifics like sport climbing, trad climbing, bouldering, deep water soloing etc. 

And remember that the BMC have always been involved with indoor climbing and also run the GB Climbing Team.