The BMC and Hillwalking - Forum Q&A Tomorrowby Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com Dec/2013
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Ever thought the BMC could do more for walkers? Well now they're planning to. Your chance to grill them on their commitment to all things hill walking comes on Tuesday 10th December, when the BMC’s hill walking officer Carey Davies hosts a live Q&A session on UKH and UKC.
The BMC has often been criticised over the years for appearing to do more for climbers than hill walkers. But that's all changing, they say, and the BMC are now striving both to communicate the work they already do for hill walkers more effectively, and to expand and improve on it.
The man responsible for overseeing this change is Carey Davies. Formerly Assistant Editor of walking mag TGO, Carey started work for the BMC in spring this year in an all-new role funded by Sport England.
Since then he has directed BMC on Foot, a three-month media campaign aimed at raising awareness of the BMC’s work for hill walkers; run a hill walking survey which gathered more than 2000 responses; contributed to the BMC’s parliamentary lobbying work; and helped introduce new hill walking skills courses at Plas y Brenin.
He also hosted a BMC-sponsored talk with the prolific long-distance walker Chris Townsend at Buxton Adventure Festival, and met with filmmaker Terry Abraham to talk about the BMC’s work for the forthcoming film ‘Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike’.
In between all this he has also been tweeting on the BMC’s new hill walking Twitter feed.
Bigger plans are afoot for next year, Carey hints, with new hill walking initiatives, events, publications and courses all possibilities in the pipeline.
Carey will spend the day live on the UKH/UKC forums tomorrow, to explain the BMC's present work and their future hill walking ambitions, and to answer any other related questions you might have. He is also happy to be quizzed on things like how to support and recruit hill walkers in BMC clubs, attract more hill walkers to BMC area meetings, or run hill walking volunteer groups and events.