Charles Clarke was re-elected president of the British Mountaineering Council at the weekend.

Subscriptions to the organisation will also be raised after members passed a resolution in favour. The council’s annual meeting took place at the National Mountain Centre at Plas y Brenin, north Wales.

Pat Littlejohn was elected a vice-president, replacing Michael Hunt. He joins existing vice-presidents Bill Renshaw and Rab Carrington. Guest of honour at the evening dinner was Jim Donini, president of the American Alpine Club.

Forums held during the event discussed child protection, insurance, climbing competitions and the shooting of a nun last year by Chinese forces which was witnessed by climbers near Cho Oyu.