BMC EDI: Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

The BMC is committed to inclusivity in the outdoors; we believe in the power of sport and activity to create social change, unite people and bring them together, to live healthier, happier, and more fulfilled lives. Through our work we will foster a diverse and inclusive community of outdoor lovers, where everyone is empowered to reach their ambitions in climbing, hiking and mountaineering.

The BMC and the Outdoor sector as a whole still have a long way to go. In acknowledgement of this we remain committed and are working hard to build inclusivity into each and every activity, event and project we create. The outdoors is for you and so is the BMC.

The BMC recognises the importance of, and is committed to equality and diversity, equal opportunity and fair treatment to all involved & employed in climbing, hill walking and mountaineering. The BMC aims to ensure that all people irrespective of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy, and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in climbing, hill walking and mountaineering at all levels and in all roles. That is, as a beginner, participant or performer, as a coach, official, referee, manager, administrator, spectator or as a volunteer. It is the aim of the BMC in its relationships with its members, associates, employees, job applicants and in the provision of its services, not to disadvantage any individual by imposing any conditions or requirements which cannot be justified. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action being taken. We will take positive action to support participation of underrepresented groups in climbing, hill walking and mountaineering.

BMC Equity Statement

BMC Equality and Diversity Action Plan

The BMC has an Action Plan setting out a structure for achieving greater diversity at Board level (the BMC Executive Committee) and on National Council, the BMC's main policy making body.

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Finding Our Way Podcast

Finding Our Way is the BMC's podcast series which champions walkers, climbers and mountaineers from diverse backgrounds. We want to diversify the people we normally hear talking about the outdoors, celebrate their stories, shine a light on their insights, and create a place for discussion, inclusion and practical advice. Berghaus proudly sponsors the Finding Our Way Podcast.

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Outdoors For All

BMC-commissioned research has shown that a range of barriers can prevent those who need it most getting outside. And we are looking at what we can do to change it.

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OutdoorHer

This resource is for everyone who is looking to learn more about women's health and kit requirements in the outdoors, from participants to leaders and allies. It has been created with inclusion in mind and we hope that it helps to support and improve adventures for all, speaking to a range of issues that have often been overlooked.

Inspired by conversations with walkers, climbers and leaders about managing their periods, menopause and toileting when out in the wild, BMC and Mountain Training have created some simple ‘how-to’ guides that go through these topics and more.

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BMC EDI Committee

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee are responsible for the delivery and direction of the BMC EDI Strategy and Diversity Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). Delivering events, creating education and training resources, signposting to funding opportunities, and creating membership offers capable of empowering everyone to take part in our activities.

The EDI Committee work across six priority areas around inclusion:

  • Gender
  • Race
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • Youth

Affinity Outdoor Groups Directory

Not listed here but want to be? No problem, email emma@thebmc.co.uk and we can add your group to the list!

Outdoor Lads

Group getting more gay, bi and trans guys outdoors.

ClimbOut Climbing Festival

The UK's first Queer Outdoor Climbing festival. Combining trad climbing, sport climbing, and bouldering with queer joy outdoors.

Lets Go Belay and Boulder Together

Devon-based climbing club exclusively for LGBTQ+ people and their friends.

Not So Trad

National LGBTQ+ BMC Affiliated climbing club

Queer Out Here

Outdoor queer community group based in Manchester

Peak Queer Adventures

Queer folks taking up space climbing, hiking, cycling and swimming

Queer Hiking Bristol

Casual hikes for queer types. A safe space to get muddy and avoid cows.

Climbing QTs

An LGBTQ+ friendly social club where climbers have the opportunity to mix and socialise

Access the Dales

Wheelchair hubs where disabled people can borrow suitable chairs to access the Dales National Park

UK Paraclimbing Collective

Collective of clubs, groups, comps and resources for paraclimbers and allies

Leeds Paraclimbing Club

Leeds Paraclimbing Club is an inclusive climbing charity that helps people with disabilities and mental health conditions access the benefits of climbing.

Climbing For All Sheffield

Sheffield charity aiming to get more people living with disabilities into climbing

Climb 2 Recovery

Climb 2 Recovery supports seriously and chronically wounded, injured, sick, disabled and disadvantaged service people and veterans through a year-round programme of fully-funded residential adaptive and progressive climbing and mountaineering.

Debbie North

Wheelchair user, Ramblers ambassador, campaigner on disability and access in the countryside.

EDS Climbers

Bringing the worldwide community of climbers with Ehlers-Danlos/HSD together to share our stories, exchange tips, plan socials & celebrate our sport

Ebony hikers

Inspiration and support for people with black ancestry who walk and hike

TrailFam

Young trail runners from diverse backgrounds

The Wanderlust Women

Muslim women’s hiking and adventure group

Boots & Beards

Based in Scotland, uniting communities to access the outdoors

Steppers UK

Organisation supporting Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to build positive relationships with the outdoors ClimbMuz- Muslim climbers’ community

Muslim Hikers

Group bringing confidence, skills, visibility and new communities into the UK hills

ClimbMuz

Muslim climbers’ community

Asian Climbing Crew

London based social climbing group for Asian climbers

Climbxr

London based climbing community

ColourUp Bristol

Social club for global majority climbers

Wanderers of Colour

A people of colour (POC) led grassroots collective based in the UK, with members across the globe.

Peaks of Colour

Peak District-based nature for healing walkshops by + for POC

Pinnacle Club

UK-wide women’s climbing club

Womens Climbing Symposium

Womens Alpine Adventure Club

A community venture to support and inspire women in their alpine pursuits.

Adventure Queens

A women's adventure community aiming to remove the barriers stopping women from getting out on adventures!

Wild Wonderful Women

Community to inspire all women no matter what their age, experience or ability to get into the outdoors.

Sheffield Lasses Climb

Women's Climbing Group

Millimetres 2 Mountains

Charity working with people facing mental health challenges, using trekking & mountaineering as part of recovery journeys for beneficiaries.

Blackdog Outdoors

Charity offering free activities and lots of advice on supporting your mental health and wellbeing in the outdoors.

Connecting People With Nature

Natural England account promoting work to increase universal access to nature in England.

All The Elements

ATE work on diversity across the outdoors. Bringing groups together, sharing support, learning & best practice. If you bookmark one link, make it this one.

Our Shared Outdoors

Collective of instructors and influencers who are trying to demystify EDI and help more people understand how to change things!

United We Climb

Promoting justice and equity in climbing. Events for participants and advice for walls, clubs and brands.

Every Body Outdoors

Campaigning for and representing larger bodies in the outdoors

Kit Collective

Volunteers helping unite under-served groups who need kit with brands that want to donate kit, and funds to help buy kit.

Refugees Rock

A free climbing club for people fleeing war, persecution, and exploitation

Mosaic Outdoors

Connecting BAME Communities with the Outdoors

WATCH: Outdoors For All

It’s true that the outdoors is free, but is it equal? Is it a space where anyone can go and gain the benefits that are so obvious to anyone who has enjoyed a day on the hills or a climb on a crag. Unfortunately, not; a BMC-commissioned study has shown that economic or cultural barriers can prevent those who need it most getting outside. And we are looking at what we can do to change it. Studies and anecdotal evidence has shown the economic barriers – working long hours, lack of private transport, expensive equipment, poor health – and cultural barriers – no family or community traditions of the outdoors, lack of role models, age – has tilted the land in favour of wealthier demographics, the most obvious result being a lack of diversity in the outdoors compared to the country as a whole. To tackle these inequalities the BMC has a Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy which takes a hard look at the situation, not just in general but within the organisation itself, and outlines its plans to address the inequity of the outdoors.