Unfortunately because of the recent heavy rains the Bradgate Trust has withdrawn permission for us to run across Bradgate Park. In these circumstances we've had to cancel the race. If you're a competitor you should have received an Email informing you of this. If you are marshaling or helping with the catering then you'll get an Email from Zoe or Lisa letting you know as well.
Obviously we are bitterly disappointed, since the race has never been cancelled before.
We hope that we can run the race in 2021, but we will also be considering other options.
It is with regret that we have to announce the cancellation of this year's Charnwood Hills Race.
Following recent heavy rains, the trustees of Bradgate have withdrawn permission for us to cross the Park. As such we have no alternative but to cancel the race.
We will be refunding all entry fees in full as soon as possible.
We apologise for the cancellation but it has been brought about by factors beyond our control.
We hope to see you in 2021.
As you are hopefully already aware a number of club members are also volunteers with the BMC. The BMC Youth Climbing Series competition (Midlands and Peak area) is taking place over the next few months. We are looking for keen climbers/boulderers to volunteer as judges for the competition. This is a great opportunity to help support a new generation of climbers, and see some really impressive bouldering/climbing skills.
Some familiarity with bouldering/climbing competitions would be an advantage. But if you don't feel confident judging we are also looking for some volunteers to help with competitor registration and collating the results.
The 1st round takes place on Saturday 25th January at The Climbing Station in Loughborough from 9am to 5pm (for volunteers). If you can help all day that would really great, but any time you can spare could be helpful.
Contact the Midlands Area Youth Co-ordinator - Claudia Sarner - firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year Bowliners! Welcome to a new decade of adventures with our club. Talking of adventures our new meet secretary, Michael Jones, is busy lining up a great series of meets for the year. Big thanks to those who've already stepped forward to help organise the meets, we might be looking for some more volunteers so do get involved. Organising meets is not as difficult as you might think, and if lots of us get involved then we each only need to do a little bit!
On the subject of getting involved you'll have seen several requests for help with the Charnwood Hills Race on Sunday 2nd February. This is a really important event for the club and we really do need as many of you as possible to help make it a success. A big thanks to those who've already volunteered, but we need more of you, its good fun and there is a free pint at the pub afterwards so what are you waiting for?
We're all set for our skiing trip to Les Arcs this coming weekend. We've filled all the places and we'll try not to make you to jealous with pictures of us having a great time on the Facebook page.
For those of you keen to work off the Christmas excesses our weekly evening bouldering/climbing sessions are just what you need. It's bouldering at The Climbing Station every Tuesday from 6pm, and roped climbing at The Tower every Thursday from 6pm.
A quick reminder that the next meeting will be on Thursday 23rd January, 7:30pm at Pete's house. All club members are welcome to attend committee meetings.
There are still a few places left for the REC Level 2 Emergency First aid course.
Starting on the 8th of February, so not long to secure your place.
This is aimed at all club members whatever your favoured past time so get booked on and learn something new, or polish your skills.
COURSE TOPICS - Programme for the weekend
- Emergency Procedure: DRS ABCDE.
- Protecting the Airway; Safe Airway Position.
- Basic Life Support and CPR.
- Vital signs.
- Shock and bleeds:
- Internal and external, minor and catastrophic.
- Life threatening injuries: chest injuries.
- Causes of unconsciousness.
- Medical emergencies:
- Asthma, heart attack, angina, epilepsy, diabetes, anaphylaxis.
- Common outdoor diseases:
- Ticks & Lyme disease, Weils disease, weaver fish, jellyfish stings, adder bites.
- Sprains, strains, fractures and dislocations.
- Environmental injuries:
- Hypothermia, hyperthermia, heat and cold related conditions.
More details can be found in the events section or by following the link. http://www.bowlineclimbingclub.co.uk/item/1220212
The issue with accessing the club website seems to be resolved now. You can continue to use the club website as normal.
We are aware of an issue accessing the club website at the moment. You may see the wrong site if you try and access the club website. We are investigating but recommend that in the interim you don't use the club site until we send am email confirming that the issue is resolved.
Hello one and all,
I'm Michael Jones, your new meet secertary. Some may know me already, those that havent I'm looking forward to meeting.
I am a keen new climber and club member, so please be kind.
2020 will hopefully be an eventful year with lots of laughter, good times and good friends. Coming in the near future will be the meets list, so get your diaires ready.
At the last commitee meeting we pencilled in some venues and dates but if you have any burning desires to visit/climb/ride/walk (the list goes on) somewhere in paticular, this is your chance.
Get in touch.
We're winding down for Christmas now, just one more climbing session of 2019 tomorrow (Thursday) night at The Tower Climbing Centre. Join us to get that last bit of climbing in before the mince pie eating and present opening takes over.
The minutes from the last committee meeting have been compiled and are available as usual in the Members Area of the website. The next meeting will be on Thursday 23rd January, 7:30pm at Pete's house.
Ski Trip - We still have a place available on our Ski Trip to Les Arcs from 11th-18th January. Let Andy Potter know ASAP if you are interested.
Over the past few years Andy Railton has been our BMC access rep for the East Midlands area. As of last month Andy has stepped down from this role, big thanks to Andy for all his hard work. This means that the BMC area committee (of which I am the Chair) is looking for a new access rep for the East Midlands area. This would ideally be a keen volunteer who is based in the East Midlands and would like to take up this important role to help ensure we can make use of the crags and access land in our area.
Voluntary Access Representatives are well established within the BMC and they play a vital role in the BMC's work with landowners and conservation bodies. It is up to each BMC Area to decide upon how many Access Representatives are required and which geographical areas they cover. In the Midlands we have two reps, one covering the West Midands and one covering the East Midlands. It is important that Access Representatives attend Area Meetings whenever possible; local access issues are the main point of debate at many Area Meetings.
The role of the Access Representative is to:
- Liaise with landowners, conversation bodies, national park authorities and others to maintain and improve access for climbers and walkers.
- Work closely with the BMC Access & Conservation staff and members of the Access Management Group.
- Negotiate and review of any seasonal restrictions (e.g. nesting birds).
- Provide information for Summit magazine, the Regional Access Database (RAD) and the wider outdoor media.
- Attend site meetings as appropriate and identify any site information needs, e.g. signage.
If this is of interest to you, or you'd like to discuss the role please get in touch with Andy Potter.
Despite the late time of the year there is still some outdoor adventures to be had. This Saturday we found that we could enjoy some bouldering at Stanage Plantation, and some indoor climbing at Awesome Walls in Sheffield (first time visiting this wall for me, have to say it deserves its name).
Committee meeting - Last Thursday we had our committee meeting as planned, thanks to Pete Bottrill for hosting the meeting. We'll publish the minutes soon; the next meeting will be on Thursday 23rd January, 7:30pm at Pete's house.
Hut Drainage - We are pleased to announce the the contractors have finished work on the new drainage system for the road outside the hut. This should prevent buildup of rain water on the road by allowing water to drain into the stream. Run off from the hut roof will also be routed directly to the stream.
Refund policy - We've added a refund policy to the guidance for club meets. You can find the policy in the 'Important information' section below or in the Members area of the website.
Ski Trip - Having announced we were full we now have a place available on the ski trip. Details in the email sent out last week. Let Andy Potter know ASAP if you are interested.
Although we are into the pre-Christmas period we're still having our regular bouldering session on a Tuesday night at The Climbing Station (Loughborough), and our regular roped climbing session on Thursday evening at The Tower Climbing Centre (Beaumont Leys). Hopefully see you there!
Due to work commitments one of our Skiers is unable to make the club Ski Trip which is running from 11th -> 18th January. This means we have one place in the accommodation up for grabs. We're staying in Les Arcs 2000 right in the heart of the resort in a private apartment (see here for photos and details), the apartment has free access to swimming pool, sauna, etc if you like that kind of thing. The cost for the apartment is just £210 per person and we'll be doing out own catering.
We plan to ski for 7 days from Sunday 12th January until Saturday 18th Jan inclusive. You will of course need to buy a ski pass and hire equipment (unless you have your own to bring). We can offer transport from Leicester as well as we have a car travelling there/back, leaving Friday 10th Jan at 7pm and getting back on Sunday 19th January around 3pm. Return cost for the car trip will be around £125 per person.
We're offering first refusal to club members but we'd like to fill the place ASAP so please let me know if you are interested.
Following this evenings committee meeting we've setup a Bowline Climbing Club Members facebook group. This group is linked to our official Facebook page and is intended for social communication between club members.
The group is private and only for use by club members. Club members may join or leave the group at any time. As the group may not include all club members please don't assume anything posted here will reach everyone.
We've updated the Members Area with some guidelines regarding using this group. You can also find these guidelines in the 'About' section of the group info on Facebook.
We'd encourage all club members to join the group and make good use of it!