BMC specialist volunteer (BMC member )
South West Area
I was president of the BMC from April 2012 until April 2015.
After many school trips walking the mountains of Wales I caught the climbing bug. On Christmas day 1968 I climbed my first route, Flying Buttress on Dinas Cromlech. By the 1970s I was involved in the new route scene at Swanage and was representing the Swanage CC at BMC meetings in Bristol.
I dipped in and out of BMC affairs in the years that followed; negotiating the access to Skeleton Ridge and the Swanage bolt agreements were important events of those years.
Notable events in my climbing and mountain career have been new routing at Pembroke in the 1980s, skiing up Snowdon from Llanberis (in 2002), finding the new crag of Ddaer Ddu on Moel Siabod, and realising the potential of San Vito in Sicily.
In the new millennium I represented the Wessex MC at BMC South West area meetings and became a National Councillor for the BMC. I became president of the Wessex MC for three years and when my term was up, I was elected to the BMC Executive, as one of the National Council’s representatives. I was then elected as vice-president, and subsequently to my surprise, as president of the BMC at the 2012 AGM.
I am still active as a local volunteer on my local patch; as well as scrub clearance my current project is placing new stakes at Swanage.
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