My 5 favourite things about the BMC 

As the BMC’s recommended retail partner, we’re proud to support their work negotiating access, conserving wild places, and helping people discover the outdoors. We caught up with BMC ambassador Mary-Ann Ochota on her favourite things about the BMC.

1. Guardians of the countryside

Membership organisations need to make sure they protect the interests of their members, and the BMC does that magnificently.


Members of the BMC, including climber and hill walkers, have told the BMC that their most important role is maintaining access to hills, mountains and cliffs and ensuring their conservation.


As such the BMC works closely with rural communities, and their charity, the Access & Conservation Trust (ACT),  funds footpath restoration, conservation events and information sharing. This is hugely important if we want to keep the places we love beautiful and healthy. 


Act Now with the BMC Access & Conservation Trust

2. Protectors of the members

The BMC gives me peace of mind. All BMC affiliated club members and individual members automatically receive £10 million Combined Liability insurance cover. Additionally, all individual members get £10,000 Personal Accident Disability Insurance, they also get access to specialist travel insurance. A great reason to join!


To make sure we are as prepared as possible, the BMC provides subsidised skills courses for members. Whether you’re into hill walking, climbing or mountaineering there are practical courses as well as skills lectures, training guides, DVDs and videos online that promote best practice and tips on how to improve.


Find Out More about our range of member benefits

3. Inclusivity

The outdoors is for everyone – regardless of age, gender, ability or background. 


Disability isn’t a barrier to participation in hill and mountain activities. The BMC runs competitions and creates opportunities for people to participate in paraclimbing. They also work with partners to provide support to clubs, climbing walls, activity providers and coaches to ensure the activities they run are accessible for everyone. 


Together with initiatives like This Girl Can Climbing, the BMC is doing great work to make sure we all feel welcome at indoor climbing walls and in the great outdoors. 


Read how to provide inclusive activities

This superb channel will keep you inspired for hours: binge on award-winning films and get smart with skills videos covering climbing kit, scrambling techniques and navigation…to mention just a few. Check out the Britain’s Mountain Challenges series, the winter skills series, and the excellent BMC TV Women in Adventure films.


BMC TV’s annual Women in Adventure Film Competition has more than £1,000 up for grabs in cash prizes. In partnership with WomenClimb and the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, the competition was born to address the lack of female protagonists, directors and creators of films screened at festivals.


Open to all aspiring film-makers and talented voices, it’s your opportunity to get your film out there, especially as winners get free entry to the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival. 


Enter The BMC TV Women in Adventure Film Competition 2018

5. Volunteers

The BMC wouldn’t be the awesome organisation it is without its dedicated and generous army of volunteers. Many conservation and skills events, crag clean ups and guidebook updates rely on the support of volunteers selflessly giving hours of their precious time.


With over 500 volunteers, it’s no joke to call them an army. The BMC has said one of its core priorities is to support the volunteer force – and in 2010 they launched the George Band Award for exceptional voluntary contribution to the BMC and mountaineering. You can get involved too – whether it’s for a one-off litter pick or a bigger role in the regions or at a club.


Find out 5 ways to volunteer for the BMC

In Patnership with the BMC

By Mary-Ann Ochota, BMC Ambassador



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