Who are the BMC and what do they do?

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Q What does the Bri­tish Moun­taineer­ing Coun­cil do for walk­ers? Is it worth be­com­ing a mem­ber? Chris­tian Stewart, Cam­bridge

When the Bri­tish Moun­taineer­ing Coun­cil (BMC) an­nounced their ill-fated de­ci­sion to re­brand as Climb Bri­tain, one of the crit­i­cisms lev­elled at them was that the new ti­tle sug­gested they were purely a climb­ing fo­cused or­gan­i­sa­tion that did noth­ing to rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of walk­ers. Fol­low­ing a con­sul­ta­tion with their mem­ber­ship, it was de­cided to aban­don the re­brand – but it also high­lighted the ques­tion above; what does the BMC do (and what are the ben­e­fits of join­ing) for walk­ers? We put this to Carey Davies, the BMC’s Hill Walk­ing De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer.

“Join­ing the BMC will ben­e­fit you, but most im­por­tantly, it will ben­e­fit the hills. We aim to save you money though pro­vid­ing mem­ber­ship ben­e­fits like a 15% dis­count at Cotswold Out­door and Snow + Rock. We in­sure you against ac­ci­dents and dis­abil­ity and we pro­vide ad­vice and in­spi­ra­tion for your moun­tain life. But above all, we work to keep the moun­tain en­vi­ron­ment free and pro­tected for all to en­joy, through work that ranges from pick­ing up lit­ter in the Peak Dis­trict to lob­by­ing MPs at West­min­ster.

“Re­cently we have be­come a lot more walker-fo­cused with ini­tia­tives like our Mend Our Moun­tains cam­paign, which last year crowd­funded more than £100,000 for vi­tal paths on some of Bri­tain’s most iconic moun­tains. We’re cur­rently work­ing on the ‘se­quel’ to this cam­paign and it will be 10 times big­ger. Watch this space!”

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