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Bowline CC - Power pack left at the hut

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 12th September 2016 @ 1:26pm

Whilst at the hut this weekend Paul Parker found a USB power pack down the side of one of the sofas. If it's yours please let me (Andy Potter) know and we'll get it back to you.


Bowline CC - Pembroke calling

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 6th September 2016 @ 12:29pm

Hi Bowliners and friends,

Time is slipping by all too quickly as I realised when looking back to the brilliant weekend we had in Pembroke and finding that was 10 days ago, wow. It was great to see a good size group in attendance, with lots of new members coming along to cut their teeth on the sublime sea cliffs. Congratulations to Derek on leading his first E1 (checkout the photo of the week on the website). The weather obviously approved and conditions were mostly favourable allowing us plenty of time to enjoy climbing and also enjoy chilling out around the fire pit (thanks Lisa). We definitely will be back here next year, perhaps even for a longer trip.

The weekend just gone didn't quite pan out as well as the Pembroke trip. Despite a reasonable looking forecast we spent Sunday morning hunting around the Peak district looking for dry rock. Eventually our efforts were rewarded with one group finding that Frogatt provided the right conditions for some great climbing. And Black Rocks also turned out to be a good choice for me. We've definitely got to make the most of the remaining weekends so we'll be out and about whenever we can over the next month or so.

Talking of getting out and about, this weekend we are climbing in North Wales and staying at our club hut. There might be a few places left still so why not come and join us. Plenty of great walking, scrambling, cycling, etc too.

If you can't make it this weekend then how about joining us for a spot of Cycling along the Peddars Way on the weekend of 17th/18th September. Or for more climbing, walking, cycling in the Lovely Lake district we have some places left at the wonderful Barrow MC hut on the weekend of 24th/25th September, you can book your places now via the website.

Phew, and if that wasn't enough to whet your appetite then of course we have bouldering tonight at The Climbing Station. The BMC Midlands area meeting is on Wednesday evening. And conditions look very nice for some bouldering/top-roping at Beacon Hill on Thursday evening.

Hope to see you all soon!


Thursday Climbing @ Beacon Hill

  • Thursday, 8th September 2016 at 5:30pm
    Location: Beacon Hill, Leicestershire

    Lets make the most of the last of the good weather and enjoy some local bouldering/top roping…

Peak district climbing

  • Sunday, 4th September 2016 at 10am
    Location: The Peak District

    A few club members are heading to the Peak District this Sunday to climb. The exact destination…

Bowline CC - Pembroke calling

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 21st August 2016 @ 9:27pm

Hi Everyone,

Did you manage to dodge the rain and wind this weekend? Looks like some of you manage to make it out in the Peak district on Sunda. And from what I've seen on Facebook it looks like Rob, Simon and Masa have has a good time out in Chamonix, looking forward to hearing more about their adventures soon. It was also good to see some members getting out for some midweek climbing. Just what you want to see when you're stuck at your desk working is a photo of climbing in glorious sunshine, thanks Yvonne and Graham!

Unfortunately the summer is slipping away from us so it's time for us all to make the most of the remaining climbing opportunities of the year. You could get started with a warm up at 
The Climbing Station this Tuesday, and then follow up with some outdoor climbing at Markfield Quarry on Thursday. And once your appetite has been whet you'll be itching to head to Pembrokeshire with us for a weekend of fantastic sea cliff climbing. If you will be coming to Pembroke let me know so I can keep you abreast of the plans once we discover if the weather will be in our favour, fingers crossed!

Also a little reminder to get your places booked on our Lake District trip in September, and the Mountain Biking meet in November. However if you can't make the Lake District trip in September then you could checkout this event on the same weekend which is raising funds for Leicestershire Search and Rescue.

Have an awesome one!


Thursday Climbing @ Markfield Quarry

  • Thursday, 25th August 2016 at 6pm
    Location: Markfield Quarry, Leicester

    The evenings are starting to draw in but still time for evening climbing so this week we head…

Bowline CC - Challenge accepted

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 15th August 2016 @ 4:47pm

Hi Everyone,

The place to be this weekend was Stanage Popular, where the early bird climbers who were at the crag for 8am on Saturday would have been treated to the sight of me falling off Square Buttress Arete (VS 4c). This was a somewhat auspicious start to the day were Andy Richards and I were attempting our own Stanage VS challenge. Luckily my one piece of gear held and solid belaying from Mr Richards meant I avoided a ground fall (just). Next time we will wait a little longer for the rock to dry before starting, but none-the-less we carried on and although I had to retire from the challenge after 12 routes, Andy carried on to achieve 19 VS's before we had to stop for dinner.

Well done Andy, and also well done Michelle Aukland who on the following day ticked 24 routes (totalling 61 stars) in a team up with James from Ceunant Mountaineering Club. It was also great to see some of our new members out on the crag with us on
 Sunday. We all did our best to help Blanka gets some mileage under her new gear which looked far too bright and shiny!

Looking forward to this week we have bouldering at The Climbing Station on Tuesday as always. The climbing venue for Thursday is not decided yet so watchout for an invite. And don't forget we've got our Pembrokeshire coming up on the bank holiday weekend!

Hope to see you soon,


Skiing trip to Tignes

  • Saturday, 14th January 2017 at 12am - 12am Saturday, 21st January
    Location: Lavachet, Tignes, French Alps

    After a number of club members enjoyed great skiing in Tignes last season we've decided that it…

Sunday Climbing in the Peak District

  • Sunday, 14th August 2016 at 10am
    Location: Peak District

    Come and join us for some relaxed climbing in the Peak this weekend. Exact destination is to be…

Bowline CC - Back in the game

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 9th August 2016 @ 12:38pm

Hello Bowliners and friends,

Pleased to see that there has been lots of climbing going on whilst I was busy taking Explorer Scouts for adventures in the Swiss Alps. Glad to see there was lots of you enjoying our lovely club hut on the BBQ weekend, shame I couldn't join you but I will be there for the next club hut meet on the 10th/11th September. And whilst on the subject of September meets don't forget to get your places booked for what will no doubt be an awesome trip to the Lake district on the 24th/25th September.

Of course there is no need to wait for September for your next Bowline climbing fix. As we have a trip to Pembrokeshire on the August bank holiday weekend. Home to probably the best, and most numerous, sea cliff climbs this will be a weekend not to be missed.

As for this week well we have bouldering at The Climbing Station tonight as always. The nights are starting to draw in a little but we are still getting out on Thursday nights while we can. This week we are back at Wildcat crag in Matlock Bath from 6pm. And this coming weekend we are looking to head to the Peak District where a few crazy fools (myself included) are thinking of attempting the Stanage VS challenge. Whilst other more sensible types are just planning to enjoy climbing at Stanage. We'll let you know whats happening, and when, via email nearer the time.

Have an excellent week!


Thursday Climbing @ Wildcat (Matlock Bath)

  • Thursday, 11th August 2016 at 6pm
    Location: Wildcat crag, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

    This Thursdays climbing trip will be to 'Wildcat' crag in Matlock Bath. If you fancy joining us…

Bowline CC - BMC name change

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 9th August 2016 @ 11:01am

Hello Everyone,

As you are hopefully all aware the Bowline Climbing Club is affliated to the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). As such all members of the Bowline are also club members of the BMC (and I know a number of you are also individual members of the BMC in your own right). The BMC has embarked on a process of rebranding itself with a new logo and a new name 'Climb Britain'.

The rebranding process, and the choice of name/logo, has generated a strong reaction within the BMCs membership. No doubt this will include members of our club. As well as encouraging all of you to have your say on the rebranding at the next BMC Midlands Area meeting on Wednesday 7th September. The committee would also like to hear from our members directly so that we can form a position for the club on this matter, which we can then put forward to the BMC. We would like to hear from as many of you as possible with your views on the rebranding (whether positive, negative or neutral). This would be best done via email to the club secretary (Zoe Pickering) -

For your information the following email was sent to us by Dave Turnbull (Chief Executive of the BMC).


BMC rebranding - engagement with clubs

Following my email of earlier this week I am writing to draw your attention to the update article as posted on the BMC website yesterday, see:
There has been a strong reaction to the idea of rebranding the BMC and we have now announced there will be a period of discussion and feedback in advance of the next BMC National Council meeting on 17 September.
The next BMC Area Meetings take place between 1-14 September and each meeting will be attended by one or more members of our Board of Directors (I will be attending at least six) who will explain the rebranding process and take questions. Most of the dates are already established (see: but do keep an eye out for changes and updates. It would be great if you could encourage your members to attend these meetings and contribute to the debate.
The BMC also intends to hold a meeting specifically for club officials on Tuesday 6 September at a location to be fixed once we know where the demand is coming from. If your club would like to come along to such a meeting I would be very grateful if you could drop me a line to confirm the name of person who will be attending.
With thanks

Best regards.

Dave Turnbull
Chief Executive
British Mountaineering Council

Bowline CC - Summer time is party time

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 22nd July 2016 @ 3:31pm

Hello Everybody,

I've held off this weeks email until now as I am leaving for two weeks in Switzerland this evening so there won't be any updates whilst I'm away. But I'm certain you'll all be out enjoying climbing in this lovely weather so I look forward to swapping tales of adventure when I get back.

We have the BBQ in Brynrefail (club hut meet) coming up on the weekend of the 30th July, lots of people already booked to go so make sure you grab your place quick. Also I've lined up a couple of Thursday climbing sessions whilst I'm gone, next week it's Turningstone Edge (28th July), and then the week after it's Beacon Hill (4th August). Also don't forget our trip to the excellent cliffs of Pembrokshire on the bank holiday weekend (27th-29th August)!

As you may well have gathered from the various photo's on Facebook we had a fantastic time in the Forest of Dean. We visited Wintours Leap, Symonds Yat and Shorn Cliff and found the climbing to be excellent. A return trip to these venues is definitely required. On Saturday night we were treated to a delicious three course dinner thanks for which we owe a very big thanks to the hard work of Michelle, Zoe, Rich, Suzie and Ania.

See you all in a few weeks time,


Thursday Climbing @ Beacon Hill

  • Thursday, 4th August 2016 at 6pm
    Location: Beacon Hill, Leicestershire

    This weeks venue is Beacon Hill, quite bouldery here so might be worth bringing a pad if you've…

Thursday Climbing @ Turningstone Edge

  • Thursday, 28th July 2016 at 6pm
    Location: Turningstone Edge, near Matlock

    This week we will be at Turning Stone Edge, near Matlock, from 6pm. Falling back to The Tower…

Bowline CC - Well done Tara!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 11th July 2016 @ 1:41pm

Hi All,

Apologies for not including a big congratulations to local climber Tara Hayes who put in a brilliant performance to get 2nd place in the British Bouldering Competition on Sunday. Two local climbers in the top-three, must be doing something right around here!

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - Sporting success

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 11th July 2016 @ 11:54am

Hello Everybody,

Despite not really being a follower of main stream sports I couldn't help but notice that this Sunday was a sports fans dream with a Grand Prix, Wimbledon Finals and Euro Football Final. However what caught my attention was a fantastic performance at the British Bouldering Competition by local climber Orrin Coley who finished in 3rd place in the final. Well done Orrin!

Of course Orrin will need to watch his back because the Bowline Boulderers will be working on their technique down at The Climbing Station this Tuesday. We also have our next club committee meeting this Wednesday evening, 7:30m at The Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. All club members are welcome to attend! Don't forget as members of the club you are all also club members of the BMC (British Mountaineering Council). There are active local BMC groups which you can get involved with andour local group is the Midlands area. Their next get together is on Wednesday 7th September with guest speaker George Cave.

Great to see places going quickly for the mountain biking meet in November. If you can't wait until then to join us for a bike ride then of course there are fantastic trails just down the road from our accommodation for the summer meal this weekend. For those who will be climbing this weekend we will be heading to Wildcat in Matlock Bath this Thursday to get some limestone practice!

See you all soon,


Thursday Climbing @ Wildcat (Matlock Bath)

  • Thursday, 14th July 2016 at 6pm
    Location: Wildcat crag, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

    In preparation for climbing limestone in the Forest of Dean at the weekend our Thursday…

Bowline CC - Final Call for the Summer Meal

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 8th July 2016 @ 12:26pm

Hello Everyone,

Our summer meal and climbing/MTB weekend in the Forest of Dean is coming up on the weekend of 16th/17th July. We already have a very tasty meal planned thanks to Michelle, Rich, Zoe and Suzie. With the awesome Forest of Dean MTB trails just down the road, and 1000's of climbs within a short drive, you really do want to be there. 

But we need to finalise our accommodation booking and know how many we are catering for. So for all you last minute stragglers the time to book your place IS NOW! You can book your place directly via the website using Paypal, or you can pay us directly via BACS to the club account.

Hopefully see you there!


Bowline CC - It was all happening at the weekend

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 6th July 2016 @ 6:12pm

Hello Bowliners,

Apologies for the late running of this weeks email but as you've probably noticed from the other emails I've been sending out there has been a lot of activity on the meet organising front. We've got our Lake District weekend in September, and the ever popular Mountain Biking weekend in early November. So get your places booked ASAP. And we still have places available for our Climbing/MTB trip to the Forest of Dean next weekend (16th/17th July), with our summer meal on the Saturday night as well it's going to be a great weekend so be there or be... well somewhere less awesome!

And talking of great weekends we were thrilled to see club members out having lots of adventures at the weekend just gone. Congratulations to Lisa Mackenzie who completed her first open water swim at the Great Manchester swim. Also well done to Rob Goodman, Charlene Hurd and Simon Crossley who completed the Welsh 3000's despite less than ideal conditions. And the conditions were pretty wet in the Lake District for the Saunders Mountain Marathon, but that didn't stop Michelle Aukland, Zoe Pickering, Andy Railton, Chris Brumby, Claudia Sarner, and Hadyn Williams, well done guys! And of course there was a group of club members enjoying the great climbing conditions at Stanage on Sunday too, hope you all had a fab day.

This week we've already had our Tuesday bouldering session but we're climbing at Baslow Edge this Thursday evening if you fancy joining us. And I expect there will be at least one day of climbing in the Peak District this weekend so watchout for an invite.

Hope you all have a super week!


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