Spotlight on The British Mountaineering Council
This month we take a look at the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) to help you discover exactly who they are and what they do around the country and why you may want to get involved.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hike in the great outdoors of some of the British isles most scenic and challenging environments such as the 3 Peaks, Snowdonia or the South Downs? Then joining the BMC might be perfect for you…
What is the BMC?
The BMC represents not only hillwalkers and mountaineers but also the interests of climbers too. It is mainly focused on England and Wales but co-operates with other related groups and organisations including the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS), mountaineering training bodies and international organisations such as the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA).
There’s somewhere in the region of 76,000 members. More than 50,00 of these are individuals with around 300 members of climbing clubs who are affiliated with the BMC making up the rest. Members of the BMC are afforded a number of benefits, including personal accident insurance liability insurance, access to our unique BMC Travel & Activity Insurance policies, some great discounts at outdoor shops, even reduced rates in Alpine huts to name just a few. Members can also be in with a chance of winning special offers on a host of products – guidebooks, maps and discounts for related events and courses.
What do the BMC do for its members?
One of the most significant roles the BMC plays is to maintain that the access to the hills, mountains and cliffs, which are so vital to the BMC members to continue to do what they love to do. They promote the conservation of these areas through the Access Management Group whereby climbers and hill walkers alike value the natural world and the BMC promotes a wider concern and awareness for the environmental and economic interests of the rural communities that their members visit. The BMC charity, the Access & Conservation Trust (ACT) funds footpaths and restoration and conservation events and information. The BMC runs lecture programmes, publishes books and offers web films to help teach their members about the importance of safety and safety equipment, and to develop their skills in this area.
Where can I try it out?
You don’t have to be a member of the BMC in order to participate in hill walking, mountaineering and climbing, however by joining a mountaineering club you’ll benefit from other members’ guidance and be able to use equipment and gain valuable experience in how to explore these sports safely. Check out the latest listings on do it crowd, or check out their website to find out where your nearest club meets!