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Bowline CC - It's Chairmans walk time!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 30th November 2015 @ 11:18am

Hey Bowliners and friends,

Hope you all had a good week and didn't get too wet at the weekend!

If the rain kept you inside then you should definitely get out this coming Sunday and join us for the Chairmans walk in the beautiful Manifold Valley. If you haven't already booked your place for the pub lunch and coach transport then now is the time to do so! Hope to see you all there!

There is a club committee meeting this Wednesday, 7:30pm at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. Just a reminder that any club members are welcome to attend committee meetings!

And before the weekend fun we have bouldering on Tuesday and climbing The Tower on Thursday!

Have a great week!

Bowline CC - Hut gutters

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 24th November 2015 @ 11:47am

Hi Everyone,

A correction to my weekly email earlier, the new gutters at the Hut were installed by Paul Barrett and Pete Bottrill.

Apologies to Paul for the mistake.



Bowline CC - Walk with me awhile

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 24th November 2015 @ 10:20am

Hey Bowliners and friends,

At the weekend we had a group of Bowliners in residence at the club hut for our 
REC Level 2 Emergency First Aid course. The course was delivered by Snowdonia First Aid and it was by far the best first aid course I've ever attended with a very practical approach to first aid in a mountain setting. We will no doubt be looking to offer a course like this again in the future.

Whilst I was at the hut I also got to admire the new guttering which has been installed last week by Paul Parker and Pete Bottrill. Thank you very much guys!

Our next weekend get together is on Sunday 6th December for the Chairmans walk in the beautiful Manifold Valley. If you haven't already booked your place for the pub lunch and coach transport then now is the time to do so!

Although we will of course have bouldering on Tuesday this evening you might want to check out the BMC Winter Skills Lecture at the University Leicester. Even though it will mean missing the bouldering you could always get your climbing fix with us at The Tower on Thursday!

Fountainebleau Bouldering Trip

  • Saturday, 2nd April 2016 at 9am - 5pm Saturday, 9th April
    Location: Fontainebleau, France

    Once again we are off to the amazing bouldering paradise that is the 'Foret de Fontainebleau'…

Bowline CC - Come dine with us

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 16th November 2015 @ 10:50am

Hey Everybody,

We had a great turnout for the clubs annual dinner on
 Saturday night. As well as enjoying the tasty food and fairly copious quantities of drinks at Le Bistrot Pierre, we were also treated to the customary speech by our chairman Richard Freer. Richard noted that it was great to be able to talk about the plethora of climbing related activities and achievements from this year. And of course we got to hand out a few awards to club members in celebration of some of these "achievements":

  • The Futures Bright award (for embracing change) - Paul Parker
  • The Ball Bearing award (for getting lost) - Michelle Aukland and Suzie Imber
  • The Nightingale award (for getting benighted) - Loz Kisson and Tony Hextall
  • The Wings award (for the biggest climbing fall) - Simon Perry
  • The Adventurer award (the clues in the name) - Suzie Imber
  • The Awesome Award (thanks everyone!) - Andy Potter

Don't forget we still have a place available for this coming weekends REC Level 2 Emergency First Aid course

As always there will be Bowliners everywhere at the Climbing Station for bouldering on Tuesday, at the The Tower for climbing on Thursday!

Bowline CC - Place available on our REC Level 2 Emergency First Aid Course

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 13th November 2015 @ 4:40pm

Hi All,

One of the club members who has already paid for a place on our REC Level 2 Emergency First Aid course on the weekend of 21st November is unfortunately now unable to attend. If anyone is interested in grabbing their place on the course get in touch with me.

Kind regards,

Meet Sec
07796 220055

BMC Midlands area AGM + Talk by Calum Muskett

  • Wednesday, 25th November 2015 at 8pm
    Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Rd, Solihull, B90 3PE

    The inspirational 21 year old BMC Ambassador Calum Muskett is the star speaker at the BMC Area…

Bowline CC - Going, going, gone!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 8th November 2015 @ 11:32pm

Hey Bowliners,

Yet again our ever popular Charnwood Hills Race has sold out incredibly quickly. Last year was our first for online entry with all 350 places going in 22 hours. This year we had a set date and time for ticket sales opening which was well publicised in advance. And as a result all the places were gone in just over 1 hour, amazing!

So if you are not running the race on Sunday 7th Feb do come along and help out. The race is a big source of income for the club which helps to us to keep the costs to our members, such as membership fees and hut fees, to a minimum.

The club annual dinner is coming up this Saturday. But before that we have 
 bouldering on Tuesday and climbing on Thursday!

Have a great week everyone!

Charnwood Hills Race 2016

  • Sunday, 7th February 2016 at 10am
    Location: Martin School, Link Road, Anstey, Leicester. OS sheet 140, grid ref 547093
    Entries for the race have now sold out!
    Race numbers for those with places are now available…

Bowline CC - Your hills race needs YOU!!!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 2nd November 2015 @ 2:26pm

Hi Everybody,

Well who'd of thought the best days climbing I've had in The Peak District this year would be on the 1st November. Absolutely beautiful conditions for climbing, warm sun, great friction, gentle breeze and NO MIDGES!! Hope you all managed to get out and enjoy the nice day too!

 Wednesday 4th November at 7pm tickets for the Charnwood Hills Race will be available to purchase via our website. Last year the tickets sold out within 24 hours, and this year we expect they may even sell out the same evening as the race is very popular. We would like to be cheering on lots of Bowliners this year so if you want to enter make sure you get your ticket on Wednesday evening. And if you don't want to run the race we always need lots of help on the day so you can still get involved (and we'd really appreciate as much help as possible).

Don't forget
 bouldering on Tuesday and climbing on Thursday!

Bowline CC - Found - Black dry bag

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 26th October 2015 @ 11:05pm

Hi All,

Apologies for the group email but during sorting out my kit this evening I've discovered that I have inherited an extra black dry bag with Montane written on it. If this is yours please let me know and I'll return it to you.



Bowline CC - Pedal power

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 26th October 2015 @ 12:59pm

Hi Bowliners,

We had a super weekends mountain biking in North Wales. Despite the wet start on the Saturday we headed out into the forests and moorland around Llyn Brenig for a fantastic off road ride. We had a bit of everything with single track, fire roads, muddy bridleways and narrow forest paths. A well earned rest was needed after our 45Km, and the BBQ
 house dinner proved to be a unique and very enjoyable way to refuel and relax. Then on Sunday we headed to the awesome trails at Llangela with all the thrills of fast, twisty riding through the forest with plenty of 'features' to keep everyone on there toes. I expect they'll be some more MTB opportunities through the winter season so you can all come out and join us!

Our next get together is for the club Annual Dinner, for which the tickets are nearly sold out so if you want to join us book ASAP via the website it is going to be great fun!

And now we are into the winter lecture season why not check out the BMC's Winter Skills Lecture series which is coming to Leicester University on Tuesday 24th November. See the website for more details and to book tickets.

As always we will be
 bouldering on Tuesday and climbing on Thursday!

Have a great week everyone!

BMC Winter Skills Lecture - Leicester

  • Tuesday, 24th November 2015 at 7:30pm
    Location: University of Leicester, Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3, Ken Edwards Building, Leicester, LE1 7RH

    Sharpen your…

Chairmans Walk and lunch

  • Sunday, 6th December 2015 at 10am
    Location: Manifold Valley, Staffordshire

    This years Chairman's Walk will be around the Manifold Valley, starting at Waterhouses and…

Bowline CC - Is it dinner time yet?

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 18th October 2015 @ 11:29pm

Not quite. But if you want to join us for the annual dinner on Saturday 14th November then you should head on over to our website and book now as places are going very fast!

And while you've got your diaries out make sure you've got Sunday 6th December blocked out to come and join our annual Chairmans walk. Details of which will be coming out soon. Also, there is our annual club slideshow on Wednesday 9th December at the Blackhorse pub. And this year we will have lots of great trips and memories to share with you but more on that in due course. Last but not least we have our annual Christmas bouldering competition on Tuesday 15th December at The Climbing Station!

So we're going to have a fab time in the run up to Christmas. Who knows we might be able to sneak in a couple more trips to the Peak if the weather is good to us. And if not there is always good mountain biking and walking to be enjoyed. And of course we will be bouldering on Tuesday and climbing on Thursday!

Bowline CC - Super times in the Welsh Wonderland

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 12th October 2015 @ 2:05pm

Hey Everybody,

Hope you all had a great weekend!

We had a lovely time North Wales for our 'Love the hut weekend'. The 'civil engineering' crew were back in action and our car park is now even bigger. Dave 'The Strimmer' Toach single handly dealt with the bracken and other undergrowth that was trying to take over our land. The hut has been tidied, cleaned, de-cluttered, and generally given a good dose of love to see it through the winter. And in amongst all this Tony, Rachel and I managed to pop over to Milestone Butress and climb Super Direct (HVS 5a), a great lead by Tony (see picture)! A big thanks to Bob, Stella, Dave T, Paul P, Kath P, Pete B, Andy R, Tony H, Rachel, Tim, and Kuldip for all your hard work.

We've still got places available on the Mountain Biking Meet which is coming up in a couple of weeks. Last chance to book is this week!

Also check out the list below of meets for the remainder of this year and make sure you've got them in your diary. As always bouldering on Tuesday and climbing on Thursday so hopefully see you all soon!

Bowline CC - Lets go ride our bikes

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 6th October 2015 @ 10:01pm

Hello Bowliners,

This is the third year in a row now where the weekend nearest the end of Sept has had fantastic weather and I've climbed on both days. I enjoyed a great day at Robin Hood Stride on Saturday with lots of excellent bouldering including my first two 6b problems. Then on Sunday it was lovely to see so many Bowliners out enjoying Bamford Edge. I'm hoping it's not the last climbing weekend with good weather for 2015, but if it is then at least we finished on a high!

You should all have received an email from me about the clubs Annual Dinner which will be on Saturday 14th November at 'Le Bistrot Pierre' in Leicester. Book your places now via the website it's going to be a great evening!

And now it is getting towards your last chance to book onto the Mountain Biking meet. I need to confirm numbers with the bunk house by the end of next week so if you'd like to join us please book now (and if you want to bring a partner/friend with you that is fine to).

Hope you all had a great time at the Climbing Station this evening. I'm looking forward to our Love the hut weekend. Have a great week and weekend everyone!


E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Tuesday, 6th October 2015 @ 5:12pm

Hi Folks,

The 30th Charnwood Hills race will start at 10am on Sunday 7th Feburary 2016 from Martins High School in Anstey. Entry will be £15 and places can be booked online via the Bowline Climbing Club website (Charnwood Hills Race) from 7pm on Wednesday 4th November. Looking forward to seeing everyone next year in February.


Andy Railton

Bowline CC - Annual Dinner on Saturday 14th November

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 5th October 2015 @ 5:30pm

Hi All,

Sorry just a slight correction to clarify from my email inviting you all to our annual dinner. The date for the dinner is Saturday 14th November.

Thanks, Andy

Peak District Double

  • Saturday, 3rd October 2015 at TBD
    Location: Wildcat @ Matlock Bath (Sat) & Bamford Edge (Sun)

    A double whammy of peak district climbing for your to enjoy this weekend. 


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