It was a beautiful day at Stanage Plantation this Saturday, we timed our arrival perfectly to miss the morning dampness and found we weren't the only ones making the most of the great conditions. We had a wonderful time testing ourselves on some of the classic problems, with some highball finishes to really get the blood pumping. Checkout the photo of the week on our website main page which shows Tony attempting 'To Be or Not To Be' (photo by Toby Archer).
On Sunday the Bishopp and Potter families decided to have a rest from
climbing and visit a well known theme park in Staffordshire. Here amongst the various thrill rides there are plenty of ways to encourage you to part with your pennies. Including various challenges to win prizes but with the odds stacked against you. However, if you can climb then using your hands to hang on to things, often thin crimpy things, is second nature. No problem then for Tony to hang on to a pull up bar for two minutes and win a soft, cuddly and rather large addition to the household.
So if you're a climber visiting aforementioned theme park then checkout the challenge down in the Mutiny Bay area. Ideal as a Christmas present, although maybe for a favoured niece/nephew so you don't have to worry about where to keep it!
Of course visiting theme parks is fun but not as good, in my opinion, as going climbing. And with that in mind there may be an opporunity for more climbing at the weekend. We'll keep an eye on the weather and make a suggestion later in the week if conditions look favourable.
Conditions really were wonderful in North Wales this weekend. It seems that our hut was busy with club members out enjoying climbing, scrambling, walking and even some open water swimming. And of course enjoying the apres-climb refreshments!
Hopefully you've all received an invite to the premier social event of the year! I'm talking of course about the club annual dinner on Saturday 19th November. Make sure you get your places booked straight away and help us celebrate 65 years of the Bowline!
As mentioned a few weeks ago Michelle and Masa met up in Scotland last month with their sights set on some of the classic sea stack climbs on the Scottish coast. They truly embraced the spirit of adventure climbing in their quest for sea stack nirvana, read all about in Scottish Sea-Stack Attack by Masa Sakano.
What a cracking time we had bouldering at Robin Hood's Stride and Cratcliffe today. The weather was just perfect and climbing was pretty sublime too. There were some excellent sends from the adults and the juniors too. With a heathly dose of tree climbing and picnicing just for good measure. I've heard various people were out enjoying the climbing elsewhere today, hope you all had a great time too!
Don't forget this weekend is our last club hut meet weekend of the year. I know quite a few places are already booked so if you want to join in contact Dave Toach to book your place. There is a good opportunity to share transport too, I can offer a couple of people a lift to the hut and back from Leicester (although I won't actually be staying there over the weekend).
This Wednesday evening we have the next meeting of the club committee. These meetings are open to all club members and we'd love to have some of you join us. The meeting starts at 7:30pm at The Blackhorse pub in Aylestone. The Agenda for this meeting is as follows:
Apologies for absence
Minutes of Last Committee Meeting
Declarations of Interest
Approval of Accounts 2015 - 2016
Meets Secretary’s Report
Membership Secretary’s Report
Hut Secretary’s Report
BMC Name change
Croft Hills Race
Date of Next Meeting
The meeting will be followed by the Charnwood Hills Race Committee Meeting.