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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…

Bowline CC - 65 years young

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 28th September 2016 @ 4:24pm

Hey Everyone,

We had a well attended trip to the Lake District this weekend just gone. It sounds like a bit of travelling was needed to find dry rock but dry rock was found (and climbed), and some walking was enjoyed too. Sadly we are now on the wind down for this year in terms of climbing trips, with one more club hut meet to go on the weekend of 8th/9th October. But if you fancy some winter sun why not head out to El Chorro with Tony and Anni Bishopp over New Year, the accommodation is nearly fully booked so if you want to go get in touch ASAP. Also big congratulations are in order for Tony for climbing his first 8a, Aberration at Chee Dale, at the weekend.

Now although the season for climbing all the time may be drawing to a close we still have plenty keep you busy in the run up to Christmas. Firstly we have our club annual dinner taking place on Saturday 19th November at the Belmont Hotel in Leicester. We'll be celebrating 65 years of the club so come along and help us make it a night to remember. Two weeks later on Sunday 4th December it is the annual Chairmans Walk and lunch, watchout for more details soon. This years club slideshow will be on Wednesday 7th December, 7:30pm at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. And last but not least the annual Christmas bouldering competition will be on Tuesday 13th December at The Climbing Station in Loughborough.

Don't forget climbing this Thursday is at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 19:00 onwards. Join us if you can!


The Annual Bowline Dinner

  • Saturday, 19th November 2016 at 7:30pm
    Location: The Belmont Hotel, 20 De Montfort Square, Leicester

    Come and help us celebrate 65 years of the Bowline…

Club Slideshow

  • Wednesday, 7th December 2016 at 7:30pm
    Location: The Blackhorse Pub, Aylestone, Leicester

    Come and share your adventures with fellow Bowliners at…

Bowline CC - We're everywhere

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 20th September 2016 @ 5:36pm

Hey Bowliners,

Well you have been a busy bunch over the past week. There I was expecting to start this email with a paragraph on the great time we had on our Family meet in North Wales this weekend. And we did indeed have a brilliant time with sporting climbing in the slate quarries, bouldering, playing in the woods, ice-creams, and games at the hut. But there has been so much else going on that I want to share with you as well. We had our cyclists battling the mud on the Peddars way over the weekend, thanks to Andy Railton for organising. Bowliners were in action at The Roaches and Windgather with Derek and Andy Richards taking on the fiercesome 'Sloth' (another great lead for Derek). Masa and Michelle have been getting into deep water, literally with an ascent of the Am Buachaille sea stack which involves swimming to earn your climbing fix. Meanwhile Simon and Alex have been making us jealous with pictures of beautiful climbing in sunny Italy. Fantastic!

It's been great to be back at our lovely club hut over the past coupe of weekends. Our hut meister, Paul Parker, has been very busy making improvements; we have a new fire escape door, improved surfacing for the parking area and track, a deep clean of all the rooms and kitchen equipment, well kept grounds around the hut, the list goes on. A big thanks to Paul and those club members that have been helping him. We have more improvements planned over the winter which we'll be asking club members to get involved with. In the meantime everyone who visits the hut can help us out by doing the following:

  • Make sure you test the fire alarms, noting any problems, and sign the fire book immediately upon arrival. This is crucial for compliance with fire regs and insurance.
  • Take time to leave the hut in a good clean and tidy condition. We've had a problem with a recent booking at the hut, where it was left in a very bad condition. As a result, the committee have decided that we will now charge a £50 cleaning deposit on any large groups making a first time booking.
  • Let us know immediately if you have places booked at the hut which you no longer need (contact Dave Toach). And if possible try to avoid cancelling at the last minute. The hut is increasingly popular and people have been missing out on staying at the hut because places that had been booked were not actually used.

If you're heading to the Climbing Station for bouldering tonight I'll look forward to seeing you there. Climbing this Thursday is at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 19:00 onwards. Join us if you can!

Hope to see you all soon!


Bowline CC - Mountain Biking skills courses

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 19th September 2016 @ 12:56pm

Hello Bowliners,

I've been looking into a Mountain Biking skills course and I thought this might make a good thing to offer to fellow club members. The date for this course is Saturday 3rd December and it would take place at Cannock Chase trails centre. The minimum number for the course to run is 3 riders, with a maximum of 7 per group. As I know we have a range of abilities I've lined up two courses, one aimed at 'Beginner->Intermediate', and one aimed at 'Intermediate->Advanced'. See below for the outline for each course.

You will need a Mountain Bike in good working order, plus a helmet and gloves. Plus the usual kit for a ride out such as spare inner tube, pump, some drink, lunch, etc. The course will last for around 4-5 hours and cost £50 per person. The course instructors are from Chase Skills.

I need to get back to the course instructors by this Friday to let them know if there is enough interest to run either or both of the courses. I can then make the bookings and pay the deposit which will be £10 per person, with the remaining £40 to be paid by the end of October.

If you are free that day and would like a place please reply to let me know (and which course) by this Thursday!

Beginner->Intermediate course:

  • Body position
  • Descending
  • Climbing
  • Braking
  • Track-stands
  • Wheelies

Followed by a guided ride on and off piste aligned with a skill level needed for a Red graded trail.

Intermediate->Advanced course:

  • Body position
  • Pumping
  • Manuals
  • Bunny hopppping
  • Drops
  • Jumps
  • Steep trails

Followed by a guided off piste ride aimed at Red-Black trail grading

Bowline CC - Slugs and jugs

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 15th September 2016 @ 9:24am

Hello everyone,

It's super to be reporting back after another great club gathering at our lovely hut in Snowdonia. The rock was a little damp in places on Saturday morning but we managed to find climbable rock in the LLanberis pass and enjoyed some brilliant routes. I'd definitely recommend Direct Route on Dinas Mott, a brillant climb with good jugs at the top just when you need them (but watch out for the slugs). On Sunday we split up to various crags, the Ogwen valley was where I headed and had a great time moving together up the Idwal slabs and the Cneiffon Arete. Now I'm looking forward to heading back to the hut this coming weekend for our Family Meet.

Our next meet with a few places still available is to The Lake District on the weekend of the 24th/25th September. We have a super group of club members going and we'd love to have more company so grab your places now via the website (there are only 5 left).

The latest minute of the club committee meeting from the 31st August are now available on the club website in the members area. The next committee meeting will take place on Wednesday 5th October, 7:30pm at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. As always club members are very welcome to attend the meeting.

Tonight we have a double whammy of climbing for you. There is a group heading to Markfield Quarry for 17:45 onwards to make the most of what is probably the last outdoor climbing evening of the year. And some of us are heading to The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 19:00 onwards. Join us if you can!

Hope to see you all soon!


Club Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, 5th October 2016 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…

Climbing @ Markfield

  • Thursday, 15th September 2016 at 5:45pm - 8pm
    Location: Markfield Quarry

    Climbing at Markfield Quarry from 5:45 PM onwards - interested contact Andy Railton on 07894…

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,


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