Renaming the BMC - suggestions

© Michael Ryan
Dave Turnbull, CEO of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) writes on his blog (

"A major issue we're looking at at present is how to develop BMC membership and encourage more people to join the organisation. I can't help thinking that the words 'Mountaineering Council' have just about had their day - they're certainly a turn off for a lot of people - especially younger climbers, boulderers and newcomers who've just started indoor climbing.

Somehow we need to communicate the fact that we're as much about bouldering and climbing walls as we are about the Alps and beyond. The reality these days is that only a minority of 'climbers' are into mountaineering. The English Sports Council changed its name to Sport England years ago - surely there's a case for change within the BMC; at the very least I can feel a re-profiling exercise coming on. "

Would you like to help Dave out? Please feel free to add your suggestions to the forum thread associated with this news item

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16 Jul, 2007
Well it's a bit annoying we can't directly comment on the blog (at least I can't find a link!) BMC bods is there a reason why not? Anyway back to the question, I think a name change could be in order, to an outsider mountaineering doesn't equate with what a lot of us do. It summons up images of people in the alps, not out single pitching in the PEak, or even anywhere else in the country! What to change it to, I have no idea!
16 Jul, 2007
I've got a blog with the same hosts, so I know how they work. The comments option is normally below each post. He's got the comments turned off, which you have to do deliberately - it's not the default setting. Presumably no comments required.
16 Jul, 2007
I know!? It seems madness not to allow comments as the BMC obviously is trying to be much more user oriented etc. For Dave to be able to hear peoples ideas directly I would imagine would be really useful. With Kate putting this thread here he probably would have half a dozen useful (plus the obligatory bad joke) suggestions by now!
16 Jul, 2007
I think it should be the British Union of Mountaineers.
16 Jul, 2007
I don't agree. Look at DEFRA/MAFF it's the same bullshit. Why do the BMC need a name change when the MC of S don't? re the landowner, just explain the remit of the BMC, phone up, explain why the BMC are involved, that's all it takes. The BMC also represent hill walkers, so should it be British Climing Mountaineering and Hill walking club.. re naming is just a waste of money, new brochures, website etc etc..
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