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Topic - Lakes Winter Climbing: Who Cares?

Martin Kocsis, BMC - on 27 Oct 2011
Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley
Weds 30th November 2011
7.45pm start

As winter climbing increases in popularity, people are beginning to feel there is a need to discuss and explore the issues that these activities bring into focus.

For instance, concerns have been voiced about the placing and removal of hammered-in gear on already existing summer routes, potential damage to rock and the environmental impact of climbing on frozen/semi frozen vegetation.

It would be good to have an open discussion about these issues and to hear the views of as many people as possible.

Additionally, there is the possibility of the BMC producing a “Winter/White Guide” that could set out the issues environmentally and perhaps even ethically when winter climbing. If any broader concerns or issues arise from the debate they could be used to steer what goes into the guide.

To start this process off, the BMC's Lakes Area team will be hosting a Winter Ethics Debate at Hawkshead Brewery. Everyone is welcome, and free and tasty food will be laid on by the team to get you through what will be an open, constructive and good natured debate.

There is a BMC news item here: http://www.thebmc.co.uk/News.aspx?id=4530

The BMC’s involvement is twofold: 1) to provide a forum to facilitate the debate where everyone can contribute. 2) to provide an impartial chair for the meeting (Nick Colton, BMC Deputy CEO).

Full details will be on the BMC Community website soon (if not now) and everyone is welcome. There will be a short AGM beforehand to elect the team (chair, BMC national council reps, club rep, secretary & access reps) for 2012. If you want to get involved, please get in touch with us here at the office.

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