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British Mountaineering Council & Mountain Training

What is British Mountaineering Council & Mountain Training?

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is the representative body that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers.

The BMC run a programme and website called 'Get Climbing' ( Get Climbing provides all those who sign up with a comprehensive guide to what you need and need to know as well as a newsletter providing the latest updates from the sector.

They also provide a series of courses and educational materials to upskill students and staff in all things Climbing, walking and Mountaineering.

How Can Colleges Get Involved?

First of all if colleges are interested, they should sign up to the Get Climbing site and mailing list, to get to know more information and regular updates from the sector

Sign up here -

Colleges can also become Affiliate Members to BMC which will provide them some great benefits such as:

  • Combined Liability Insurance - all club members, whose names and addresses we hold, benefit from £15 million Combined Liability Insurance world-wide. (For members who are resident in the Republic of Ireland, the total limit for Public Liability is £10m)
  • Annual Summit Magazine sent out in the Spring for all members you provide names and addresses for. The remaining issues can be downloaded to your smartphone or tablet through our Summit app using your membership number and email address
  • Access to BMC Mountain Huts through the BMC reciprocal arrangement scheme where you may advertise your club hut on the BMC hut list, and make use of other affiliated club huts for club meets
  • Access to the BMC National Huts based at the Roaches, Glencoe and on Skye
  • Access to the BMC Club Training Workshops organised specifically for members of BMC affiliated clubs
  • Access to BMC Travel and Activity Insurance which is a specialist policy designed for those participating in mountaineering activities – it’s the most comprehensive travel and activity insurance around
  • BMC Areas offer you and club members the opportunity to take an active part in the work of the BMC by attending area meetings and exercising your right to discuss and vote on issues raised
  • Discounts in the BMC Online Shop, at over 700 retailers, on the Reciprocal Rights card for Alpine Huts, and on products and services from other providers
  • Access to Mountain Leader training registration (such as Mountain Leader Award, Rock Climbing Instructor Award, Hill& Moorland Leader Award), and expert advice from BMC specialist officers

More advice and support in affiliating your club can be gained from the BMC office (, 0161 445 6111).

for more information visit: How to affiliate your club with the BMC

If you are interested in finding out more and upskilling your students and staff you can access the suite of training and courses the BMC provide here - Courses, workshops and lectures with the BMC in 2022

a lot of these courses can support learners into potential future career opportunities.

How can students get involved?

Students can benefit individually from what the BMC do, and if your college havnt engaged with the BMC. You can do this by:

  1. Check out the Get Climbing Website: and find your local climbing wall and information.
  2. Check out AdventureSmart before setting off on outdoor adventures:
  3. Check Out Mountain Training Skills courses to develop confidence and independence in the outdoors. Hill, Mountain and Rock skills courses available: https://www.mountain-training....