Benefits of Membership
There are many reasons to join like minded individuals when exploring the great outdoors. The benefits of joining us in the YRC include:
As a member of the YRC, you automatically become a Club Member of the British Mountaineering Council. This entitles you to:
Civil Liability Insurance
The BMC provides Civil Liability Insurance cover for our club and its members. The policy covers you for civil liability in connection with hillwalking, climbing and mountaineering. The limit of indemnity in respect of any claim made during the period of insurance is £5 million in any one event. A copy of the master policy document is available upon request from the BMC office.
BMC Travel and Activity insurance
Members of the YRC can take out Travel and Activity Insurance to cover medical, rescue, baggage and cancellation. Rates are available to cover all activities from beach holidays to an ascent of Everest, from 3 days to annual cover.
Discounts with over 600 outdoor retailers
BMC members can get up to 10% discount on all their outdoor gear purchases - see the full list of retailers here and can also get further discounts on travel and accomodation costs.
Club Member upgrade
In 2004 the BMC introduced membership upgrade option for members of BMC affiliated clubs to become BMC Individual Members on payment of an additional premium of £13.50. This provides access to the full range of Individual Membership benefits. See the BMC site for a full list of BMC membership benefits
Access & Conservation
Access and conservation work is one of the most important and highly regarded of the BMC functions. Over the years, the programme has gone from strength to strength and is now coordinated by 2 full time BMC officers, 30 regional access volunteers and 12 specialist advisors, together with countless others who are called upon to assist with various projects. "On the ground" work is undertaken by area volunteers who, backed by the BMC officers, liaise with landowners and conservationists in their areas to negotiate access agreements and deal with any conflicts that arise.
There are currently 64 buildings providing cheap, high quality self-catering accommodation for hillwalkers, climbers and mountaineers - typically situated in the heart of the popular mountain areas in the UK.
If you are a member of multiple BMC clubs you can claim a refund from the BMC.
The British Caving Association fulfils for caving and potholing what the BMC does for mountaineering and fell walking, and is recognised by the UK Sports Council as the governing body for caving in Great Britain. It is a federation of Regional Caving Councils, national bodies with specialist interests, caving clubs and individual members. For many years the YRC has been a member of the Council of Northern Caving Clubs (CNCC), one of the main functions of which has been to negotiate agreements with landowners to permit access by caving clubs to caves on private land. In particular, it organised permits to control access by cavers to the Leck Fell area, which includes the Easegill system, the longest system of cave passages in the UK. The CNCC is now subsumed into the BCA structure.
As a Group Member of the BCA the Club also becomes a member of the British Cave Research Association (BCRA), which is a charitable organisation aimed at promoting the study of caves and karst by encouraging the exploration of caves both in the UK and overseas, which, of course, is also one of the stated objectives of the YRC.
Like the BMC, the BCA also operates a Public Liability (PL) scheme. However, unlike the situation with the BMC, PL cover is not a compulsory component of BCA Group Membership and at present the YRC has opted out of this.
The Club has taken out group membership of the YHA. This allows groups of at least five members to use youth hostels at the same price as normal YHA members. At present this amounts to a saving of about £2.00 per night per member. This is particularly useful when the Club is using a youth hostel as the accommodation for a meet.
The YRC is a club member of the Mountain Bothies Association, www.mountainbothies.org.uk.
In addition to the BMC discounts the YRC has the following exclusive deals: