Looks like the Alpine season is in full swing with various Bowliners out in the mountains and valleys having some pretty awesome adventures judging by the posts on various people Facebook pages. It's making me slightly envious but only a little bit as it's only a few weeks until I'll be off trekking in the Indian Himalayas. But before that I'll be looking to get lots of climbing in here while the sun shines and with that in mind I'll be at Markfield Quarry this Thursday and also hopefully out in the Peak District Saturday (watch out for an invite soon as the forecast is a bit clearer).
As I've mentioned before the BMC is undertaking an organisational review and the team heading the review are asking all members for their views. This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard so please take a moment to fill in this anonymous survey - https://www.warpsurveys.com/bmc?type=020.
Did we have a good time at the hut for our BBQ meet? I'll let Andy Richards mini meet report do the talking:
"Climbing started @ Holyhead in dense supernatural sea mist, with the boat horns sounding. Andy Potter led Harper n Ruth up Black n Tan, then Bruvers, which everyone loved. I took new member Luke up Tension and there was plenty of that in the air when a bush nearly swallowed Luke whole.
Sunday we headed down to Costa Del Tremadog in glorious sunshine Zoe Pickering took Lizzy Jones n Luke up PNP. I ticked Scratch in fine style, Andy Harper lead and loved the best pitch of PNP. And Mr Potter ticked off the lovely but bold n airy Micah Eliminate. I wonder if one of those tiny new cams got placed? (Ed: yes it did)
Graham and Yvonne Alexander (currently MIA with the Chocolate cake!), last seen drinking tea at Eric's! Mmmmm."
Fancy getting out to the the mountains for a walk but don't fancy driving all that way yourself. Well then why not meet up the West Bromwich Mountaineering Club who will be holding their next monthly coach meet on Sunday 13th August 2017 heading to the Berwyns. Bowline members are welcome to attend this event. The Luxury coach will depart Edward Street Car Park West Bromwich (postcode B70 8HU) at 07.00am promptly, there is free car parking on a Sunday, leave the car, sit back and relax.
There will be 2 drop offs at Llangynog and Milltir Gerrig with the pick up later in the day at Llangynog. Coach will arrive back in the Midlands at around 21.30 hours. Anyone unsure of navigating in the hills? No worries join some of experienced members on a led walk. Prices to guests is £22 and under 16s and full time students £8.00, anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To book on the coach, contact the WBMC coach secretary Nigel Tarr on 07703345.
It was great to be back out in the Peak District on Sunday, and to think I nearly decided not to go along. Certainly was a worthwhile trip with some great routes ticked off including Knights Move and Great Crack at Burbage North (thanks to Andy Richards for encouraging me to do Great Crack, not the kind of route I'd usually go for at the grade). When I arrived at the crag, a little later than everybody else, it was great to see some new faces being welcomed into the group, hope to see Adam and Matt (pictured on the right climbing Pete's Progress) out with us again soon!
Also out at the weekend, and taking on something a little tougher than climbing in the sunshine, was Zoe Procter who completed the Wasdale Fell Race on Saturday in a very respectable 5 hours and 19 minutes. Well done Zoe!
If all this talk of great weekend adventures has whet your appetite then it's not too late to join us for the BBQ at the club hut weekend. There is still one place left at the time of writing so if you'd like to join us get in touch with the hut secretary (Dave Toach).
Now if you're thinking of enjoying some european sport climbing this autumn then why not join our growing group of club members who are off to enjoy the paradise that is Kalymnos. Check out the details on the website.
Thursday climbing will be happening this week but we are just watching the forecast to see where to go. Expect an invite tomorrow.