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Bowline CC - Crossing the Desert of Wales

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Saturday, 16th January 2021 @ 1:31pm

Hi All,

So we had a good time last night looking over some slides of the Club's trip to cycle the Trans Cambrian Way - a 105 mile off-road route from Knighton to Dovey Junction through the heart of the remotest part of Wales.

I  realise not everyone may not have been able to make the date last night so I have attached the show as a PDF file. I hope it enthuses you to think about doing the route, several Bowline People have done the route since we did in 2009 and everyone agrees it is a great but challenging trip. I've added a link to a website where there's a good PDF guide with GPX files for the the route.

Enjoy the show


Andy Railton

Bowline CC - Xmas Quiz & Answers

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Saturday, 16th January 2021 @ 11:58am

Hi All,

I forgot to send this out to those who couldn't make the Xmas quiz. Anyway attached is the Xmas quiz and the answers, on separate files. The score to beat is approx 21, PP says he won on the night, so can you beat PP and be the brainiest bowliner? It's a departure from my usual qizz, it's got a bit of general knowledge, plus Christmassy stuff and climbing stuff. I thought it was a bit easier than my normal quizzes, but apparently no it was equally fiendish.


Andy Railton

Bowline CC - Zoom Invite to Crossing the Desert of Wales 20:00 Friday 15th Jan

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Wednesday, 13th January 2021 @ 6:23pm

Hi Folks,

If you want to find out about our intrepid MTB trip across Wales the Zoom invite details are:

Andy Railton is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Crossing the Desert of Wales
Time: Jan 15, 2021 08:00 PM London

Meeting ID: 910 3402 2805
Passcode: 156183

Hope to see you this Friday night.

Andy Railton

Bowline CC - What I did on my Holidays

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Friday, 8th January 2021 @ 4:23pm

Hi All,

In addition to the talks the club is running we are going to have a few nights (on a Friday) when you can have the opportunity to talk about a trip that particularly stuck in your mind. The trip should of course be about an outdoor activity; climbing, mountaineering, MTBing, skiing, sailing etc. There's no rules about the length of trip; as long as you think it will be of interest. It's very much intended to be very lighthearted with the view of getting us together as a club

There will be 3 dates initially; 15th January, 5th Feb and 12th March.

I'll kick off the first "Trip" entitled "Crossing the Desert of Wales". This about the Club's trip a few years ago to cycle the Trans Cambrian way.

If you fancy talking about your trip on the two other dates, give me a ring and I'll book you in.


Andy Railton

Bowline CC - Club news (Thursday 7th January)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 7th January 2021 @ 8:51pm

Hi All,

Another year and another lockdown which means that all club meets are cancelled (apart from virtual ones) and the club hut is not available to be used until further notice. Sadly this means that we are cancelling the Chairman's Walk for now and will set a new date in the future.

However all is not lost as we have the next of our winter talks coming up on Wednesday 27th January at 8pm. Join Suzie Imber for a discussion of upcoming space missions and evolving technologies in the space industry, the hazards and challenges of operating in space, and how looking back down at our planet can help us to address the most pressing scientific, societal and humanitarian challenges of our time. We'll email the Zoom link out to club members nearer the time.

And on Wednesday 10th February we will have a talk from Dave Unwin on the Maps of Britains mountains. More details to follow soon.

Finally, just before Christmas I received an email from Michael Wright who's father and uncle where in the club in the 1970s. Michael can recall at a young age spending time at the Bowline club hut, for Easter and other weekends although the hut wasnt the luxury it is today. Michael sent us some pictures from his father's photo collection showing the hut being worked on in the 1970s, thanks Michael:

That's it for this week. Take care everyone and stay safe,


Winter Talk 2 - Stepping Back: remote sensing from space

  • Wednesday, 27th January 2021 at 8pm - 9pm
    Location: Zoom (link will be sent to club members via email)

    Join Suzie Imber at 8pm on Wednesday 27 January for a discussion of upcoming space missions and…

Bowline CC - Merry Christmas Bowliners!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 25th December 2020 @ 10:32pm

Hi Bowliners,

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! We hope you've enjoyed what is likely to have been a different Christmas. Here's to a happy New Year and a better 2021 when we can see all each other again.

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - Club news (Sunday 20th December)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 20th December 2020 @ 9:30pm

Hi All,

A big thanks to Masa for giving the first of our winter talks on Wednesday evening. We had a good attendance and discussion/questions after the talk. If you missed it then fear not as I took a recording and can share a link for you to download, get in touch with me if you want the link. The next of our winter talks will be 'Stepping back: Remote sensing from space' by Suzie on Wednesday 27th January (evening), more details to follow.

Our club bouldering competition is underway albeit with a different format this year as we can't gather together. We will be having several rounds, the first of which is at Social Climbing in Leicester until the 31st December. Those nice people at Social Climbing have offered discount entry for club members up until Christmas. Best get your attempts in whilst you can in case we got locked down again and the indoor walls have to close. Full details of the competition on the club website.

As an extra present for you this Christmas our Quiz Master (Andy Railton) is putting together a fun festive Christmas Quiz. The Quiz will take place this Monday evening at 8pm via Zoom. See the Zoom details in the email from Andy, hope to see you all there!

Merry Christmas to you all!


Bowline CC - Club bouldering league

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 15th December 2020 @ 10:55pm

We can't get together for our usual bouldering competition meet this year, so instead we are going to have ourselves a bouldering league which will take place over several rounds at local indoor bouldering venues. This is the first round which will take place at Social Climbing between now and New Years eve. The competition is open to any club member and there will be no charge for entry. We may have a small prize for the winner of each round and for the overall winners at the end of the league.

We're very grateful to the team at Social Climbing who are letting us use their competition circuit which they have set for their own winter bouldering league AND have agreed to let Bowline Club members pay the concession rate for entry to Social Climbing between now and Christmas (details of how to get the discounted rate will be sent to club members only in a separate email).

As we are using the same circuit as the Social Climbing winter bouldering league you can also enter their competiton as well. Just be aware of the different rules for our competition and the Social Climbing winter bouldering league. Also, don't forget to book your slot in advance to use Social Climbing, see their website for details.

The rules for our bouldering leauge have delibrately been kept very simple. All you need to do is record how many of the problems on the Social Climbing winter bouldering league circuit you manage to top and of these how many you flashed. For an attempt to count as 'topped' you must start on the marked start holds and you must finish in control with both hands on the final hold. You can have as many goes at each problem as you like across as many visits to Social Climbing as you like up until New Years eve (but don't forget the discounted entry is only until Christmas).

After New Years eve we'll ask you all to send us your count of how many of the problems you topped, how many you flashed (used as a tie breaker), and also we will ask you to send us the highest bouldering grade you can normally climb (which will be used to apply a simple handicap system to make the competition a bit fairer). We will then announce the results and hopefully by that point we'll be announcing the next round.

Good luck everyone. Any questions please contact Andy Potter.

Club bouldering competition (Round 1 - Social Climbing)

  • Monday, 14th December 2020 at 12am - 11:59pm Thursday, 31st December
    Location: Social Climbing, Leicester

    We can't get together for our usual bouldering competition meet this year, so instead we are…

Bowline CC - Slightly revised time for Winter talk this Wednesday

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Saturday, 12th December 2020 @ 11:00pm

Hi All,

Just a quick note to say we've revised the start time of the Winter Talk this Wednesday evening. We'll now be starting at 8:15pm, still via Zoom (link to be emailed out beforehand). More details of the talk on the club website -

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - Winter talk's

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 11th December 2020 @ 12:57pm

Hi All,

Thanks to Zoe's organisation skills we have a series of winter talks for you to enjoy across the next few months. The first of these talks will be from Masa Sakano and will be about 'The science of building anchors'. The talk will be held on Wednedsay 16th December at 8pm via Zoom. An invite was sent out to you all via email yesterday but we are aware that some people didn't receive it so for those that missed the invite you can read the details via the club website -

More details on the other talks will follow next week.

Kind regards,


Winter Talk 1 - The science of building anchors

  • Wednesday, 16th December 2020 at 8:15pm
    Location: Zoom (link will be sent to club members via email)

    The first of our winter talks to get your through the cold, dark nights. Grab a sherry and a…

Bowline CC - Club news (Tuesday 8th December)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 8th December 2020 @ 3:13pm

Hi All,

It's been a poor year given that we've not been able to have all the club meets that we are used to. But their is light at the end of the tunnel and I'm hopeful that by the second half of next year we'll be able to meet up again for 'proper' club meets. I am certainly looking forward to making up for lost time and getting out as much as possible. But I don't want to be out all on my own so I'd like to take this opportunity to encourage you all to renew your membership for 2021. You are what makes our club so great and we need you with us to get back to the Bowline we know and love.

As mentioned last week their has been some updates to the travel restrictions regarding going from England to Wales. Currently only essential travel is permitted from Tier 3 areas of England to Wales (and unfortunately visiting the hut is not deemed essential travel, even if we might feel that it is). As most club members are in Tier 3 this means we still can't use the club hut. Those club members who are in English tier 1 or 2 may use the hut in accordance with the current 'special' rules for using the hut (as may those in Wales or Scotland level 1 or 2).

Although we can't get together in person at the moment we do have some new virtual meets in the pipeline. And now the local bouldering walls are open I am planning a winter bouldering league which you can all take part in individually (as we are not allowed to gather indoors at the moment). Again more info on this soon.

That's it for this week. Take care everyone and stay safe,


Bowline CC - Club news (Thursday 3rd December)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 3rd December 2020 @ 1:06pm

Hi All,

As you might have guessed the Chairman's Walk has been postponed to the New Year. The new date is Sunday 7th February which is when we would have been hosting the Charnwood Hills Race (which we hope will return in 2022). Hopefully this new date is well clear of any post christmas COVID restrictions and will allow us to gather together as we normally do for a walk and a good catchup. Hopefully those who were planning to attend this Sunday can still head out of a walk, if you do go take a picture of yourselves and send it in to us and we'll share the pictures next week.

At the committee meeting last week we reviewed the membership renewal for 2021 so look out for an email from Tony Bishopp (our membership secretary) with the renewal details. Please do take a moment to read through the renewal form however note that unless your details have changed there is no need to complete the form and return it, just make your membership payment to the club account and that will confirm your renewal for 2021.

Also there has been an announcement today about travel between Wales and England (for those in Tier 1 and 2) which may allow some members to use the club hut. We're reviewing the announcement and will let you know what this means for using the club hut.

That's it for this week. Take care everyone and stay safe,


Bowline CC - Reminder Film Night at 20:00 Tonight

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Wednesday, 2nd December 2020 @ 5:28pm

Dear All,

Just a reminder it's film night tonight at 20:00. 

Zoom Details

Meeting ID 929 0035 7872
Passcode 413631

For full details, see previous Email as sent on 26th Nov.


Andy Railton 

Bowline CC - Movie night 2nd Dec 20:00

E-mail sent by Michael Jones, Thursday, 26th November 2020 @ 9:02pm

Hey folks, we are holding another movie night.
This wednesday 2nd at 20:00.
Dont be shy

Climbing films mandatory. Booze optional.
If you have one you wish to share let me know.

Mike Jones is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Movie Night

Time: Dec 2, 2020 08:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 929 0035 7872

Passcode: 413631

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Bowline CC - Club news (Tuesday 24th November)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 24th November 2020 @ 6:14pm

Hi All,

It's Tuesday at it's club news time! And the good news is that the end of the national lockdown is in sight and it looks like there 'might' be the ability to return to some of the activities we love. Of course this will depend on the tiers our respective local areas get put into and what exactly the new restrictions are and how they affect us meeting as a club. We'll keep you posted on this as and when we know more.

With the above in mind please note that the Chairman's Walk this year falls on Sunday 6th December and as such will be subject to the new rules post national lockdown. We've not asked for you to confirm if you are coming yet, we will send out a request for registrations once we can tell you where we will be going and the format of the Chairman's Walk.

This Thursday evening at 8pm we have our next club committee meeting via Zoom. All club members are welcome to attend club committee meetings, if you'd like to join in please contact the club secretary.

At the committee meeting we will be reviewing the membership renewal information, including the new associate family membership. The membership renewal email will be coming to you via email in early Decemeber.
That's it for this week. Take care everyone and stay safe,


Bowline CC - Club news (Tuesday 17th November)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 17th November 2020 @ 3:08pm

Hi All,

Well if you weren't there one Saturday night you missed out on a fun evening of socialising, food, drink and stories. I'll be the first to admit it's not the same as getting together in person but even so we had a great turnout. Thanks to those that attended it was lovely to see you all. We did say we'd have prizes for the best aperitif and best dressed, so congratulations to Rachel and Tony for the best aperitif and to Ali and Randal for best dressed. You each get a free weekend at the hut as your prize!

The BMC Winter Hill Skills evening is back for 2020, in online form of course. I know various club members (including myself) have enjoyed these evenings in the past. If you'd like to attend this year from the comfort of your sofa checkout the details here - BMC Winter Hill Skills Evening - 3rd December.

You may already have seen via various social media channels (including a post to our club members Facebook group, thanks Blanka) about proposed parking restrictions at Bus Stop Quarry which is near our club hut. Many club members make use of the parking at this location for access to the Slate Quarries for climbing and walking. If you would like to voice your opinion on this you can contact Gwynedd council. It would be worth mentioning the historical significance of this local asset, the importance to those of reduced mobility, the variety of interests the quarries accommodate. But its best not mentioning climbing directly as it not offically permitted by the land owner (see access details on BMC RAD or UKC). Email address for council -

That's it for this week. Take care everyone and stay safe,


Bowline CC - Club news (Friday 13th November)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 13th November 2020 @ 7:20pm

Hi All,

First and foremost I hope you're all well and coping with lockdown as best you can. At least we can still go out to exercise locally and that can include climbing/bouldering, for those that have a crag within their local area at least (remember we are only allowed to travel for recreation within our local area). Hopefully things will be better after lockdown ends on 3rd December and with that in mind don't forget the date for the Chairman's Walk has been moved back to Sunday 6th December.

Just in case you've been a communications black hole just one last reminder that it's the Annual dinner and slideshow on Saturday. A different format for this year but it's going to be great fun. The Zoom link has been sent out and we look forward to seeing you at 6pm, cocktails at the ready!

Last week we had the BMC Midlands Area AGM (via Zoom). The new area committee for the Midlands area was elected and it's great to have strong Bowline presence with three committee members being from our club. Andy Harper is continuing his role as the Access Rep for the East Midlands. Claudia Sarner is also continuing in her role as one of the area representatives on the BMC National Council. And finally I am continuing in my role as Chair of the area committee. We didn't manage to elect a Secretary to the area committee, if you know someone who would be interested please do get them to contact me!

Sadly the hut remains closed whilst the lockdown is in effect, however Jo Boyd (who lives in Llamberis) has been checking on the hut for us and reports that all is well (thanks Jo). We are still accepting bookings for the hut for after lockdown, on the basis that any visit will depend on the prevailing rules at the time.

That's it for this week. Take care everyone and stay safe,


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