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Mountaineering


British Mountaineering Council

Mr Dave Turnbull
Chief Executive Officer
British Mountaineering Council
177-179 Burton Road
Manchester
M20 2BB
Tel:
Email:
Website: http://www.thebmc.co.uk


Date established: 1944
Disciplines: All types of mountaineering and rock climbing.

Committee Structure: The Committee of Wales exists to: act as the prime forum in which members can communicate their views to the BMC Management Committee; report to members in Wales the views, decisions and activities of the Management Committee; discuss local issues and liaise with other organisations; elect representatives to serve on the Management Committee.

Regional Structure:

Relationship to National Bodies:
Wales is an area of the British Mountaineering Council and is represented on the BMC Management Committee.
International Relations:

Publications:

Membership Figures:

1991

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

Clubs

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

20

23

Adult Members

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a


927


1244

Junior Members

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a



Mountain Leader Training Wales
Siabod Cottage
Capel Curig
Conwy
LL24 0ET
Tel:
Email:
Website: http://www.mltw.org/

Date established: 1979
Disciplines: Mountain leader training and assessment.

Committee Structure: Governed by an Executive Board, which meets four times a year, comprising: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary.

Regional Structure:

Relationship to National Bodies:
The Mountain Leader Training UK (MLTUK) Board is a coordinating body for all mountain leader training schemes in the UK. Three members of the Mountain Leader Training Wales Executive Board sit on the MLTUK Board.
International Relations: The MLTUK represents the UK internationally.

Publications: Various – available through the Website.


Additional Information

Mountaineering Participation

The level of mountaineering participation in Wales has remained fairly steady in recent years.

% Adult Participation (aged 15+)

1991/92

1993/94

1995/96

1997/98

1998/99

2000/01

2002/03

Male

n/a

0.9

0.6

0.7

0.7

0.6

0.4

Female

n/a

0.2

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.2

0.2

Total

n/a

0.5

0.3

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.3


As would be expected, mountaineering participation is highest in Gwynedd; it is lowest in Bridgend and Carmarthenshire. When asked how many times they had been mountaineering in the past 4 weeks, the mean was around three times.

Profile of Mountaineers/Climbers

There are at least twice as many male mountaineers as there are female. As might be expected, participation declines with age, although the 15-34 age group still has a 0.3% participation rate. Most participants are in social classes B and C.

Provision for Mountaineering

The natural environment of Wales, particularly North Wales, provides superb opportunities for mountaineering. The Sports Council for Wales Natural Facilities Database contains 268 rock climbing sites and a further 36 snow and ice climbing sites. The National Mountaineering Centre - Plas y Brenin - is at Capel Curig in North Wales. There are a number of indoor climbing walls throughout Wales which provide facilities for training.