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    OM members' questions were answered by the way, they'll be up on the site tomorrow.

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    Walkers! Should You Join The BMC?



    MCoS for me I think Jon.





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    To quote Groucho Marx: "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member."


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    Have you ever managed to find one Skip?

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    No I doubt if even the Ramblers would have me.

    Maybe I should fake Mel Gibson's accent, hum a Peatbog Faeries fiddle tune and apply to join MCoS?

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    "I'm sitting in a sun-lit Didsbury pub..."

    God, you poor journalists have it hard, Jon...

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    Jon, I'm not convinced by your take on the stats you introduce the article with...

    "It's based on a stat from a recent membership survey which shows that when asked to name their three main outdoor acitivites, 62% of BMC members listed hill-walking. But then over 70% are also climbers...

    ...So the way I read it is that currently, most of the hill-walking members the BMC has are actually climbers who also walk."

    The survey was from 2010 and is easily found on the BMC site (just search for "members survey" and the pdf report is available). Section 2.12 is the relevant bit, where members were asked to indicate up to three primary activities:

    "Members indicated their three primary mountain-related activities. The most popular activities were hill/mountain walking, rock climbing and indoor climbing. In total 86.6% of members indicated hill/mountain walking as one of their primary mountain related activities. 61.7% had hill/mountain walking as their primary activity."

    They also say "Several members (12.5%) only selected hill/mountain walking as their primary mountain-related activity and did not select a second or third activity."

    So there'll be some climbers who walk, but potentially more walkers who also climb, walkers who walk, and walkers who join for the access to qualifications, the insurance, or to support a campaigning organisation which is more focussed on our uplands that the Ramblers.

    Whatever, I think it'd be good if the BMC could shed some of its apparent "climbing-only" focus, and I hope Carey can achieve something towards that. I'll be curious to see his answers to the OM questions.

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    Austrian Alpine club for me 33. 50 for over 65's but you get free trekking insurance and free reciprocal rights cardfor huts abroad

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    As Owen says, AAC member also, but I'm also a BMC member. Only because of their campaining about access and the opening/closing of the English/Welsh country side.

    Given that I live in Norn Iron, why am I a member? Because I walk/etc. in the area they cover, unlike Scotland, access can be restricted. So I want to support them.

    OK, you could say, "what about where you live"? Ireland, both North and and South has lots of problems with access. So I'm a member of MCoI also.

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    Is it "tomorrow" yet?

    Any sign of the answers to OMers' questions?

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    Doesn't look like it

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    Too busy stroking his personalised pole....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed h View Post

    Too busy stroking his personalised Pole....


    UKIP won't like that one bit.

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