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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,


Christmas Bouldering Competition

  • Tuesday, 13th December 2016 at 7pm - 9:30pm
    Location: The Climbing Station, Loughborough

    Get ready to have fun and test your…

Bowline CC - We're back on the air

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 5th December 2016 @ 6:01pm

Hello Bowliners,

Goodness I can't believe how far back I had to go to find the last weekly email I had sent. Apologies for the lack of Bowline news waiting in your inbox. I've been incredibly busy of late, and whilst the club is very important to me, I just haven't had the time to pen a weekly update email. But rest assured I'm back on the case now and normal service has resumed.

First things first, I hope that I will see you on Wednesday evening for the clubs annual slideshow at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone from 7:30pm. Of course we don't use slides these days, instead we will have a projector and laptop so that you can share with us your favourite pictures and stories. It doesn't have to be just climbing, or about a club trip. Perhaps you have been travelling to interesting places, cycled/walked/paddled somewhere and would like to spend a few minutes telling us about it. The pub does good food and drinks which you can enjoy whilst getting inspired by tales of adventure.

Of course we will be bouldering at The Climbing Station Tuesday night as usual. There will also be roped climbing at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 18:30 on Thursday!

As I mentioned above the past month as been a busy time despite the dark nights and wintery weather. Bowliners have been really busy and we've had a series of very successful meets including our Chairmans Walk, MTB skills days, A love the hut weekend, The club annual dinner, The Mountain Biking meet, and The OMM. I'd love to tell you more about these great trips because we had some brilliant times, but then this email would be 10 times as long so just ask me or one of the other attendee's about it next time you see us.

We are working hard on the programme of meets for the coming year and I will be sending out more details of these over the coming weeks. In the meantime keep an eye out for an invite to the Christmas Bouldering competition next Tuesday evening.

Look forward to seeing you all at the Slideshow


Bowline CC - Chairmans Walk road closure

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 2nd December 2016 @ 1:32pm

Hey Everyone,

For those coming to the Chairmans Walk our Chairman reports that the road to Edale from Hope is closed so people will have to go through Castleton and over Mam nic. It's a little further so worth allowing extra time for, and making sure you know where to go.

See you Sunday,



Fontainebleau bouldering

  • Saturday, 8th April 2017 at 9am - 4pm Saturday, 15th April
    Location: Fontainebleau Forest, France

    The unique bouldering mecca that is the 'Foret de Fontainebleau' in France is our destination…

Chairmans Walk and Lunch

  • Sunday, 4th December 2016 at 10am
    Location: Edale Car Park, Edale, Peak District

    This years Chairman's Walk takes us to the heart of…

BMC Midlands Area AGM and James McHaffie Talk

  • Wednesday, 23rd November 2016 at 8pm
    Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Road (junction with Olton Lane), Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3PE

    Come along to the next gathering of Midlands climbers and walkers. The evening includes a…

Bowline CC - Two MTB places available now and last chance for the annual dinner

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 31st October 2016 @ 5:19pm

Hi All,

We now have TWO places available for the MTB trip next weekend. First come first served, email me if you're interested (ignore that fact that the website says sold out).

Also it's your last chance to get places for the annual dinner. You can book now via the website.

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - Mountain Biking weekend place available

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 31st October 2016 @ 12:50pm

Hi All,

We have our annual Mountain Biking trip this coming weekend (5th/6th November) and this year we are heading to the Dalby Forest. This trip was sold out but now one of our members can't make it so there is a space available. If you're interested let me know ASAP!



Bowline CC - Dinner Time

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 25th October 2016 @ 11:17pm

Hey Bowliners,

We're nearly at the end of October and we still have good climbing conditions this is pretty awesome. I've heard that there has been climbing in The Peak District, North Wales and Scotland over the past week so get out there and make the most of it while you can. I'd join you myself but I'm busy preparing for the OMM at the weekend!

But enough about climbing this weeks mission is to get your tickets booked for the club dinner as we have to confirm our booking by Monday 31st October so you need to book you places NOW VIA THE WEBSITE!!! 

It's going to be a great night so don't miss out, and don't forget partners are very welcome too.

Hope those of you who went bouldering at The Climbing Station tonight had a good session. We're climbing at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 18:30 on Thursday as usual!

Andy :)

Bowline CC - The Boulderer and the Bear

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 17th October 2016 @ 3:26pm

Hey Bowliners,

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.

In the meantime you can make good use of your time by booking your places for the
 club annual dinner on Saturday 19th November. 


Tomorrow (Tuesday) we are bouldering at The Climbing Station as usual so come along and send some problems with us. Or if your preferences align more to climbing with ropes then join us on Thursday at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 19:00 onwards. Or really splash out and come along to both!

Have a great week!

Bouldering at Stanage Plantation

  • Saturday, 15th October 2016 at 12pm
    Location: Stanage Plantation, Peak District

    UPDATE - The weather forecast has changed so we are now going bouldering at Stanage Plantation…

Bowline CC - Wonderful Wales

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 10th October 2016 @ 2:48pm

Hey Everyone,

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.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) we are bouldering at The Climbing Station as usual so come along and send some problems with us. Or if your preferences align more to climbing with ropes then join us on Thursday at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 19:00 onwards. Or really splash out and come along to both!

Have a great week!


Love the hut weekend

  • Friday, 25th November 2016 at 6pm - 5pm Sunday, 27th November
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    It's time to do some work on our lovely club hut so…

MTB Skills Course

  • Saturday, 3rd December 2016 at 9:30am - 4:30pm
    Location: Chase Skills (based at Ride and Run), Unit 4 Chase View, Walkers Rise, Hednesford, Staffordshire, WS12 0QU

    Calling all Mountain…

Charnwood Hills Race 2017

  • Sunday, 5th February 2017 at 10am
    Location: Martin School, Link Road, Anstey, Leicester. OS sheet 140, grid ref 547093

    The Bowline Climbing Club are pleased to be hosting the 31st Charnwood Hills race on Sunday 5th…

Bowline CC - Reel rock and Real bouldering

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 2nd October 2016 @ 11:09pm

Hello Bowliners,

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!

If all this talk of climbing is getting you inspired why not get some further inspiration from this years Reel Rock film tour. The tour is visiting Birmingham this Thursday evening and a couple of club members are going along to check it out. If you prefer to get your inspiration first hand instead, then join us on Thursday at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 19:00 onwards. Or if you can't wait till then come along to the bouldering session on Tuesday evening at The Climbing Station.

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
  • Matters Arising
  • Declarations of Interest
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Approval of Accounts 2015 - 2016
  • Meets Secretary’s Report
  • 2017 Meets
  • Membership Secretary’s Report
  • Associate membership
  • Hut Secretary’s Report
  • BMC  Name change 
  • Croft Hills Race
  • AOB
  • Date of Next Meeting

The meeting will be followed by the Charnwood Hills Race Committee Meeting.

Bouldering at Robin Hoods Stride and Cratcliffe

  • Sunday, 2nd October 2016 at 10:30am
    Location: Robin Hoods Stride and Cratcliffe Tor

    This Sunday I'm heading to Robin Hoods Stride and Cratcliffe Tor for some bouldering with my…

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