The BMC is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading organisations for climbing and hill walking.
The British Mountaineering Council acts as a representative body for climbers and hill walkers as well as being an outdoor and environmental campaigning organisation.
The BMC have a number of publications that offer advice to walkers on skills, techniques and safety which they make available through their online shop and through other distributors.
Safety is the most important consideration before heading out to the hills and mountains. There are lots of different elements that the walker must consider when planning a walk and it can sometimes be a little confusing if you are new to the outdoors. Step forward the BMC.
BMC Safety on Mountains
For the past 30+ years the BMC have been producing a simple to follow guide laying out all the essential skills and techniques you should be learning and considering when planning your adventure.
The book covers a multitude of topics including clothing and equipment, hazards, weather, emergency procedures, navigation and much more and it is easy to see why this guide is a firm favourite throughout the walking and climbing communities.
The section covering walking in winter is particularly important for those new to walking in adverse conditions and covers subjects such as when and how to use an ice axe and how to make the most of crampons. Attention is also brought to the potential hazards that winter can present to the walker and how these can be avoided.
The text throughout is clearly written and very easy to understand even for the newcomer. The images used to illustrate the various skills and techniques have been well chosen and help to reinforce the text in explaining the sometimes tricky topics. The content has been well indexed allowing readers to easily find the topic that is of interest to them.
Safety on Mountains is perhaps one of the best guides we have seen for the hillwalker both experienced and newcomer. Interestingly the proceeds raised from the sale of the guide directly contribute to supporting the amazing work of the BMC. Every walker should own a copy!