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Thursday Climbing @ Craig Buddon

  • Thursday, 21st April 2016 at 6pm
    Location: Craig Buddon

    This week our Thursday climbing session will be at Craig Buddon from 6pm onwards. Unless the…

Bowline CC - Mountain marathons

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 15th April 2016 @ 4:27pm

Just a reminder that there are a couple of mountain marathons this year which teams of Bowliners are entering. 

If you've never done a mountain marathon before but think you might be up for giving it a go then the Saunders Lakeland mountain marathon (Wansfell class), which is held in the Lake District in July, is a ideal starting point.

For a bit more of a challenge, there is The Original Mountain Marathon which is taking place in southwest Scotland in October.

Places are going fast for both events so book your places soon to join us!

Bowline CC - Love the Hut weekend

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 12th April 2016 @ 11:12am

Hi All,

This weekend we are off to show the club hut some love. If you are joining us then please make sure you have booked your place in the hut, contact Dave Toach (07703 121591)

Also it makes sense to share lifts where possible. There are several club members who have offered lifts to/from the Leicester area. Some leaving early on Friday afternoon and some leaving in the evening. If you'd like to get a lift let me know and I'll see if we can find you a place.

We will be going out for dinner on the Saturday night in Llanberis and weather permitting we will go climbing or walking on the Sunday so bring your gear.

See you there,

BCC Meets Sec

Bowline CC - Fontastic times

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 11th April 2016 @ 3:40pm

Hey Bowliners,

Apologies for the radio silence, I've been enjoying a wonderful week of bouldering in Fontainbleau with a large group of fellow Bowliners. We were blessed with great weather which meant we could explore some of the many awesome bouldering venues that the Fontainebleau forest has to offer. It was great to see a number of club members enjoying their first trip to Font and their first experience of outdoor bouldering. Everyone had a fantastic time and we will certainly be going back again in 2017, so if you haven't been why not join us!

Now that the clocks have gone forward and the weather is starting to warm up we will be able to get out and climb again on warm dry rock. So make sure you've got all our meets in your diary, remember you can find all the details on our website. Also we will be climbing outside on Thursday nights when the weather permits starting this week at Markfield Quarry from 6pm. And of course the
 Tuesday bouldering session will be running as normal.

We've a change to the booking arrangements for the club hut as Bob Crosby has now handed over the baton to Dave Toach for the bookings of the hut, and Paul Parker for the maintenance of the hut. A big thank you to Bob for all his hard work over the past few years!

We're off to Love the hut this weekend so if you are free why not join us. And in the meantime I hope you all have a great week!

Andy :)

Thursday Climbing @ Markfield Quarry

  • Thursday, 14th April 2016 at 6pm
    Location: Markfield Quarry

    Meet at Markfield Quarry from 6pm for climbing. If the weather is no good we will fallback…

Joint meet up with Barrow MC at The Roaches

  • Saturday, 21st May 2016 at 10am
    Location: Don Whillans Hut, The Roaches

    We have arranged a joint day of climbing with the guys from the Barrow Mountaineering Club. The…

Bowline CC - Croft hills race cancelled

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 10th April 2016 @ 11:18am

Hi All,

It is with great regret that we are not able to run the Croft Hills Race this year. This is due to issues with liability in respect to the land on which the race is run. Thanks to all those who have expressed an interest in entering the race. We hope we will be able to run the event next year.

Kind regards,

Andy Potter
BCC Meets Secretary


  • Saturday, 29th October 2016 at 9am - 4pm Sunday, 30th October
    Location: Southwest Scotland

    Entries are now open for the 2016 OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) which will be held over the…

Pembrokeshire sea cliff climbing

  • Friday, 26th August 2016 at 6pm - 6pm Monday, 29th August
    Location: St. Petrox Campsite, St. Petrox, Stackpole, Pembroke, SA71 5EQ

    Once again we will be camping at St Petrocs Campsite which is well located for access to the…

BBQ in Brynrefail

  • Friday, 29th July 2016 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 31st July
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Come and stay in our wonderful club hut and join fellow club members and friends for adventures…

Yorkshire Climbing - CANCELLED

  • Friday, 29th April 2016 at 7pm - 6pm Monday, 2nd May
    Location: Howarth Farm Campsite, Skyreholme, Appletreewick, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6DE

    Unfortunately due to poor weather we are cancelling the trip to Yorkshire.

    For our…

Peak District Climbing

  • Saturday, 7th May 2016 at 10am
    Location: Peak District

    Dare I say it but the weather looks good for climbing in the Peak this weekend. Could be good…

Good Climbing Day

  • Friday, 25th March 2016 at 10:30am
    Location: Lawerencefield, Peak District

    Well it looks like it will be the only good climbing day this weekend no matter where you are…

Bowline CC - Outside again at last

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 21st March 2016 @ 3:06pm

Hey Bowliners,

After an uncertain run up to our day of climbing in the Peak on Saturday, we managed to make a good choice of crag and found conditions to be very favourable for the time of year. As such a good size group of us enjoyed a fine day rediscovering our trad skills at Birchen Edge. You can see some pictures over on our facebook page.

Also this weekend we had our Prusik Knots and Tricky Situations training course. From the feedback I've received already, it seems that the course was a great success. This course was funded by a grant from the BMC and the club is already looking at applying for a grant to run training for our members this coming year. If you have any suggestions for training that you think the club should consider providing, please let me know.

Look out for an email from me this week with details of our upcoming trip to Yorkshire on the May Day bank holiday weekend. In the meantime I hope you'll all enjoy your weekly climbing fix with us at our Tuesday bouldering session or Thursday climbing session (or maybe both)!

Andy :)

Bowline CC - Climbing on Saturday

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 18th March 2016 @ 11:45am

Hi All,

The weather forecast for tomorrow (Saturday) in the Peak is proving to be very changeable at the moment. We are still planning to meet for a climb but not sure where we will be going yet. Rather than bother you all with another email I will post an update this evening on our Facebook page (you don't need a Facebook account to view our page).

Any suggestions for where to climb are welcome.

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - Could this be the weekend?

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 16th March 2016 @ 5:06pm

Hi Everybody,

Could this be the weekend that we get to head out for our first trad climbing meet of the year. There was climbing in the Peak and in Portland last weekend and the forecast for this weekend is dry, albeit cold. So those of you that are feeling brave should join us for our trip to the Peak District on Saturday. I will send out details of the destination crag on Friday morning.

Also this Sunday we have a couple of spaces still available for our Prusik Knots and Tricky Situations training course. You can register for the course via our website.

Thinking a little further ahead we have our annual spring 'Love the Hut' weekend coming up in mid-April. As well as giving the hut a good old spring clean we have some drainage improvements works to tackle outside and we may also see the start of our hut improvements inside. More hands make lighter work, see the website for more details.

Also watch out for details coming out soon about our May Day bank holiday trip to Yorkshire. And also a New Year climbing trip to Spain.

Hopefully see you all tonight for our club AGM, 7:30pm at The Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. 

Andy :)


Spanish Limestone for New Year

  • Wednesday, 28th December 2016 at 12am - 11:59pm Sunday, 8th January 2017
    Location: El Chorro

    Tony and Anni are planning to go to El Chorro in the south of Spain for sport climbing over new…

Bowline CC - Winter wonderland

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 7th March 2016 @ 4:32pm

Merry Monday,

There has been a flurry of Winter Climbing activity in the past couple of weeks, great to see some good conditions in Scotland for club members to enjoy. Boomers Requim (V, 5) and The Curtain (IV, 5) for winter climbing power couple Rob and Charlie. And for our man in Scotland, Masa, Poachers Fall (V, 5) amongst several others. Fingers crossed for more good conditions for us on the Easter weekend. Before that pesky Spring steals all the ice away!

Don't forget we have the club AGM next Wednesday evening (16th March), 7:30pm at The Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. Come along to have your say about how the club is run. We are looking for a vice-chairperson to join the committee for this year in preparation for taking over the chair in 2017.

Attached is a leaflet from West Bromwich Mountainering club about their trip to Arran on Sunday 13th March. This trip is open to anyone who'd like to attend.

Have an awesome week everyone!


Bowline CC - This weeks news

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 29th February 2016 @ 12:02pm

Hello Bowliners and friends,

We are pleased to announce a 'provisional' date for this years Croft Hills Race which is Tuesday 17th May, 7:30pm. We will let you know when this is confirmed and you will be able to enter online via the website.

The BMC have sent us their 2016 clubs workshop programme which has some more courses recently added. These courses are subsidised by a grant the BMC receives from Sport England and are specifically designed to support members of BMC affiliated clubs. These courses really are excellent value and places will go quickly so to find out more about the courses and book your places visit the BMC website

Also the BMC are running their popular 'Training Novice Club Members Weekend' on Friday 13th - Sunday 15th May at Plas y Brenin in Snowdonia. Only £50 for the weekend (including full board accommodation and all instruction) the weekend is a great deal for club members who take novices in to the outdoors and want to develop their skills to provide the best training experience they can.  Limited places are remaining, more details and booking via the BMC website

Have a great week everyone!


Croft Hills Race 2016 - CANCELLED

  • Tuesday, 17th May 2016 at 7:30pm
    Location: Aggregates Quarry car park, next to Croft Church, Croft, Leicester

    It is with great regret that we are not able to run the Croft Hills Race this year (2016). This…

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