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Help the BMC get more RAD

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Rob Dyer of the BMC has recently posted this on the UKC forums:

"The BMC is in the planning stages of updating the Regional Access Database (RAD). We're aiming to make it much more user friendly and modernise the whole system, but we want to know which features are used, those that aren't and what is missing from the current version before we go ahead with the overhaul.

In case you don't know what RAD is, it's the BMC's 'one stop shop' for all crag access information and it can be found here: thebmc.co.uk/rad (If you haven't used it before, have a quick look before filling out the survey).

I'd really appreciate it if you could take 5-10 mins to fill out the survey and help us make the new version as relevant to climbers as possible: surveymonkey.com

Cheers,
Rob"

BMC RAD


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17 Jul, 2012
Have filled in the survey. My main gripe with the database is that it is missing lots of minor venues especially bouldering ones. These are by nature the places you are mostly likey to be unsure of the access regarding and hence need to check the RAD for. I already know access is ok at Froggatt, but I might not be so sure for say Stanton-in-the-Woods, which incidentally the BMC has done some fine access work on but isn't in the RAD.
17 Jul, 2012
Great stuff - thanks for that. Your point about minor venues is a good one and something we're well aware of as a potential issue. Our gut feeling is that it probably needs addressing but we want to get users views before investing time and money into any updates/changes, to make sure that whatever is done will be of use to climbers. Cheers, Rob
17 Jul, 2012
I'd support Boy's point and also ask for a free text box at the end of the survey for other comments as some questions dont quite fit circumstances. Finally a point I've made before is that I think RAD should be clickable on the main BMC home page: to me access work is the most important thing the BMC does.
17 Jul, 2012
I'd strongly agree with this. It's bizarre to have to hunt around for it when it's the no.1 thing I want from the BMC. Up to date information on whether birds are actually nesting at those crags where this leads to a temporary ban, but climbing is otherwise ok, would increase the usefulness of the RAD to me by a huge amount. Especially for crags where any ban is not signed at the crag.
17 Jul, 2012
yeah, A big button that takes you straight to RAD would be ace.
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