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Club committee meeting

  • Thursday, 13th December 2018 at 7:30pm
    Location: Paul Parkers house

    We have a friendly team of club members who volunteer to be part of our committee and…

Bowline CC - Calling all club members

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 23rd January 2017 @ 5:43pm

Hey Bowliners,

It's been a couple of weeks since my last email and it will be another couple of weeks till the next one as I am off to Morocco for some winter sun and adventurous trad climbing. Let's hope while I'm gone the winter conditions here improve for those of you looking for icy adventures, especially as we have the club hut reserved for a members meet this coming weekend so make sure you book your hut places and cross your fingers for good conditions.

I know some club members have been out finding the odd bit of winter climbing here and there although I hear it involved some 'misery' (ask Rob and Charlene about Cadair Idris). It seems conditions were more favourable for our skiers on last weeks trip to Tignes, I haven't heard any details yet but I imagine it was a good time judging from the pictures and comments on Facebook.

You should hopefully have seen invitations to our club Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 15th March, 7:30pm at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. This is an important event for the club and we are very keen to see lots of members present as it is one of the key opportunities for you to have a say about how the club is run. Adding considerably to the appeal of this years AGM we are very lucky to have Suzie Imber giving a talk on her recent trip to summit unclimbed 6000 metre peaks in the Andes. 

Also back for 2017 is the ever popular 'Prusik Knots and tricky situations' workshop on Sunday 19th March. Already 4 out of the 8 places available have been booked. So if you want to attend book your place now via the website, it's free for club members (thanks to funding from The BMC). And mentioning the BMC a reminder that the next BMC Midlands area meeting is on Wednesday 1st February.

Don't forget to grab your climbing shoes and join us for bouldering at The Climbing Station on Tuesday evening, and climbing at The Tower on Thursday evening as usual.

Have a great couple of weeks,

Andy

Prusik knots and tricky situations

  • Sunday, 19th March 2017 at 10am
    Location: Leicestershire

    If you're reasonably new to climbing you will know how to tie on with a figure of eight (or…

Bowline CC - Alpine Aspirations

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 9th January 2017 @ 10:20am

Hey Bowliners,

Hot off the press we have outline plans for our Alpine trip this year. We are teaming up with the guys from Ceunant Mountaineering Club for a joint trip to Argentiere. Although some of us may well take the opportunity to visit for longer than a week we are aiming for everyone to be there over the period from 22nd-30th July. We'll be camping at the main campsite in Argentiere. More details will follow soon but get the date in your diary now!

Also the Ceunant guys have suggested we have a joint hut meet, before heading to the alps, on the weekend of the 17th/18th June. As well as being a great opportunity to socialise and get to know the Ceunant guys, we are also looking to arrange a session on crevasse rescue as part of this weekend. There will be a joint meal at the Ceunant MC hut in Nant Peris on the Saturday night. Again more details will follow soon!

At little closer at hand we have a club committee meeting this Wednesday evening, 7:30pm at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. Remember all club members are welcome to come along to our committee meetings. You can find the minutes of the last meeting on the website in the members area.

Also there is a BMC Midlands area meeting coming up on Wednesday 1st February, 8:00pm at the Old Edwardians Sports Club in Solihull. The meeting will be followed by talk from Sheffield-based rock climber Maddy Cope. Maddy’s talk will focus on trad climbing in Britain and climbing in Yosemite.

Don't forget to grab your climbing shoes and join us for bouldering at The Climbing Station on Tuesday evening, and climbing at The Tower on Thursday evening as usual.

Have a great week,

Andy

Alpine trip to Argentiere (with Ceunant MC)

  • Saturday, 22nd July 2017 at 9am - 6pm Sunday, 30th July
    Location: Argentiere, French Alps

    This year we are teaming up with the guys from the Ceunant Mountaineering Club for a joint…

Joint hut meet with Ceunant Mountaineering Club

  • Friday, 16th June 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 18th June
    Location: Ty'n Lon (Ceunant MC hut), Nant Peris, Snowdonia

    We are teaming up with the Ceunant Mountaineering Club for a joint hut meet in Snowdonia.…

    • 6 people attended

Bowline CC - Happy New Year

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 4th January 2017 @ 4:22pm

A very happy new year to you all. Hopefully you had a good start to 2017. We certainly had a great time at the club hut over New Year. The weather was cold but good for walking/scrambling. We had some lovely group walks with beautiful views (click the picture to see what I mean). 

Whilst we were out walking some lucky club members were sport climbing in El Chorro. Congratulations to Anni Bishopp on her first 6c lead. You can see a picture of Anni doing the route on the front page of our website where it is our 'photo of the week'.

The start of the New Year brings with it a new set of club meets which I hope will appeal to as many of you as possible. A lot of thought goes into trying to arrange our meets, and there is no better satisfaction for your meet secretary than when we have lots of friendly and keen people filling up the places. This year I am aiming to flesh out all the meets for the year during January so that you can see all the details and choose the ones that you'd like to attend. Already on the website you can find details of all the club hut meets, the ski-ing trip to Tignes, the club AGM, and the bouldering trip to Fontainebleau.

I'll be adding more details over the coming weeks but in the meantime here are the proposed dates for the meets that are not yet on the website. I've not included here any weekends climbing in the Peak district as there will be many of these occuring throughout the climbing season as and when the conditions are favourable:

  • 29th April - 1st May - Lake district meet (Wallabarrow Camping Barn)
  • Whitsun bank holiday weekend (28th - 30th May + extra days) - Northumberland.
  • 12th - 10th June - Isle of Skye (Cuillin Ridge)
  • Weekend of 1st/2nd July - Summer meal (North Wales).
  • 22nd-30th July - Joint Alpine meet with Ceunant MC.
  • Summer bank holiday weekend (26th-28th August) - Cornwall.
  • Weekend of 24th/25th September - Yorkshire Gritstone weekend .
  • End of Sept/Start of October - Kalymnos
  • Weekend of 21st/22nd October - Mountain Biking Meet (Brecon Beacons)
  • Saturday 18th November - Club annual dinner.
  • Sunday 3rd December - Chairmans walk.
  • Wednesday 6th December - Club slideshow.
  • Tuesday 12th December (evening) - Christmas bouldering competition at The Climbing Station.

And of course we will be bouldering at The Climbing Station on Tuesday evenings, and climbing at The Tower on Thursday evenings as usual.

Family meet at the club hut

  • Friday, 29th September 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 1st October
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Following a very successful meet last September we have another late summer weekend where "the…

Winter family meet at the club hut

  • Friday, 10th March 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 12th March
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    A winter weekend where "the kids rule" at the hut. Previous hut weekends with the kids have…

Club hut weekend

  • Friday, 19th May 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 21st May
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    It's another great weekend for club members to get together at our lovely hut. With two club…

BBQ at the club hut

  • Friday, 14th July 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 16th July
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Join us the club hut for a weekend of adventure. Whether it's Climbing, Scrambling, Cycling or…

    • 3 people attended

Climbing in North Wales at the club hut

  • Friday, 8th September 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 10th September
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Another chance to enjoy a stay in our wonderful club hut and join fellow club members and…

    • 1 person attended

More adventures from our club hut

  • Friday, 6th October 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 8th October
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Come and make the most of the last of the good weather (hopefully) from our wonderful club hut.…

    • 2 people attended

Love The Hut weekend

  • Friday, 7th April 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 9th April
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Come and help us show our hut some 'love' this spring time, and get it ready for us to use over…

Winter walking/scrambling in Snowdonia

  • Friday, 27th January 2017 at 6pm - 5pm Sunday, 29th January
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Brynrefail, Snowdonia

    Our first club hut meet of the year! We've already had some great walks/scrambles in Snowdonia…

Club AGM and Pub Quiz

  • Wednesday, 15th March 2017 at 7:30pm
    Location: Blackhorse Pub, Alylestone, Leicester

    This year our Annual General Meeting not only offers you the chance to have your say on club…

Club Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, 11th January 2017 at 7:30pm
    Location: Blackhorse Pub, Alylestone, Leicester

    We have a friendly team of club members who volunteer to be part of our committee and…

BMC Midlands Area Meeting and Maddy Cope talk

  • Wednesday, 1st February 2017 at 8pm
    Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Road (junction with Olton Lane), Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3PE

    Come along to our next gathering of Midlands climbers and walkers, and get involved with the…

Bowline CC - Exciting times ahead

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 20th December 2016 @ 2:09pm

Hey Bowliners,

If you weren't at our Christmas Bouldering competition last Tuesday then you missed a great evening. We tried a different approach this year with two competitions rather than just the one. We had a 'fun' competition which was based around entrants selecting a suitable level at which to climb, the idea being to level the field and give everyone a fair chance of winning based on challenging themselves. The winners of the 'fun' competition were Rachel Singleton and Andy Railton. 

We also had a 'serious' competition in which the harder the route, the more points you scored. The Climbing Station selected a series of routes for the entrants to attempt. The winners of the 'serious' competition were Claudia Sarner, and Andy Potter/Derek Woo (joint first). Andy Richards also ran the speed climbing competition, which this year was based on climbing in pairs which worked really well. The winning pairing was Andy Harper and Andy Potter.

A big thanks to Zoe Pickering and Dave Toach for their help organising the competition, doing the scoring and sorting out all the food and drinks for our competitors to enjoy. Full results list is below.

That's it for meets for this year. We hope you've all enjoyed it and as always we welcome any feedback or suggestions for future meets. The meets list for next year will be going up on the website in the next couple of weeks.

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year.

Speed climbing competition results:

Andy H & Andy P - 00:46.76
Derek & Jeremy - 00:47.25
Andy Richards & Jeremy - 00:51.00
Andy Railton & Andy P - 00:59.14
Pete M & Ollie - 01:00.07
Yvonne & Simon - 01:04.79
Lucy & Claudia - 01:21.69
Rachel & Tony - 01:27.80

Fun competition results:

Rachel - 71 pts
Andy Railton -64 pts
Pete B - 57 pts
Yvonne - 38 pts

Serious competition results:

Derek - 58 pts
Andy P - 58 pts
Simon C - 55 pts
Tony H - 54 pts
Ollie - 41 pts
Pete M - 40 pts
Claudia - 38 pts
Andy Richards - 37 pts
Lucy - 36 pts

Bowline CC - Christmas is in the air

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 12th December 2016 @ 6:37pm

Hey Everybody,

We had a great evening last Wednesday at the club annual slideshow. As seems to be traditional now we got off to a slow start thanks to my late arrival and technical issues. But once underway we were treated to some inspiring stories and pictures of adventures from across the globe. Including Rob, Simon and Masa's very successful alpine trip in the summer, the latest update from Suzie's current Andes expedition, Rachels travels in Australia and South East Asia, Sally's adventures in New Zealand, and more. It's definitely got me excited about the meets we've planned for next year. Look out for invitations to these coming to your inbox over the Christmas period.

But before we write this year off we've got one more evening of fun for you, yes it's time for the annual Christmas Bouldering competition which is taking place this Tuesday evening, from 7pm at The Climbing Station. This a a fun, friendly event no matter what your bouldering level so come along and take part!

Of course there will also be roped climbing at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 18:30 on Thursday as well!

See you tomorrow,


Andy

To find out more about the Leicester area based
Bowline Climbing Club
Contact: 
Zoe Pickering (07709 337976)

Happening this month

November 2018
Thursday 1st
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Thursday 8th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Saturday 10th
12:30pm Saturday @ Social Climbing
7pm Annual dinner and slideshow
Tuesday 13th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 15th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Sunday 18th
10am Sunday climbing at Bamford
Tuesday 20th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Wednesday 21st
7:30pm BMC Midlands AGM and Alex Roddie talk
Thursday 22nd
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 27th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 29th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower

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