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Bowline CC - Come climb with us

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 25th April 2016 @ 11:16am

Hey Bowliners,

Hope you managed to find some dry sheltered rock this weekend for a spot of climbing! A small group of us were in the Peak district doing our SPA training and we managed to dodge most of the weather and learnt some new skills, now lots of practice required.

Now down to business with some important meet news, hot off the press:

  • We are watching the forecast closely for this comming weekends Yorkshire climbing meet. If the weather looks generally unappealing for climbing/camping we may switch destinations to somewhere with more favourable weather. I'll send an update out to everyone on Thursday morning with our plan.
  • Hopefully you all received the invitation to our Cornish Climbing trip at the end of May (Whitsun bank holiday). If you are interested do get your accommodation at the Youth Hostel (camping or rooms) booked ASAP as we expect they will be sold out soon.
  • We have all the plans in place for this years summer meal in The Forest of Dean on the weekend of 16th/17th July. Watch out for an invitation via email later this week.
  • Don't forget to get in touch with Andy Railton if you are interested in joining in with the Alpine trip to the Massif de Ecrins which is taking place in August.
  • Local charity LOROS are running a bouldering competition at The Tower on Thursday 26th May to raise funds for their work caring for local prople.

Unfortunately the forecast for this week is not great so for Th meet at Charnwood Quarry for 6pm if possible, otherwise we'll be at The Tower. For bouldering come to The Climbing Station on Tuesday from 6pm onwards.

Thursday Climbing @ Charnwood Quarry

  • Thursday, 28th April 2016 at 6pm, Thursday, 5th May 2016 at 6pm
    Location: Charnwood Quarry

    This week our Thursday climbing session will be at Charnwood…

Bowline CC - Dinorwic Mill Rocks

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 22nd April 2016 @ 4:24pm

Hi Bowliners,

As a little side project to our recent 'Love the hut' weekend a new crag next to the hut has appeared on UKC. After a bit of a cleanup some suggested bouldering problems have been created and tested by a small group of Bowliners. Whilst these rocks have no doubt been climbed many times over the year by club members and locals alike, we thought that having some recommend problems would be a good way to inspire future visitors.

Take a look on UKC for the details of the problems, including some Topo's, and maybe give them a try next time you're at the hut!

Have a great weekend!


Cornish Climbing

  • Friday, 27th May 2016 at 6pm - 6pm Monday, 30th May
    Location: YHA Lands End, Letcha Vean, St Just-in-Penwith, Penzance, TR19 7NT

    For this years trip to Cornwall we are staying at the…

Bowline CC - Fontastic times

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 18th April 2016 @ 3:21pm

Hey Bowliners,

An excellent weekend of love for the hut. A new drainage installed around the hut and in the parking area. A lick of paint to smarten the exterior and some gardening to keep things from getting overgrown. A good clean inside and various maintenance jobs to keep our lovely hut in good order for you all to enjoy. A big thanks to Paul, Kath, Pete, Zoe, Pixie, Lisa, Shoe, Thomas, Adam, Dave and Hadyn.

We have a a couple of changes to the meet schedule for this year. On the whitsun bank holiday weekend (28th-30th May) we are now heading to Cornwall (instead of the Lake District), look out for an invite to this meet later this week. But fear not the Lake District will not be missing out on a visit from the Bowliners. We have got the Barrow MC hut booked for the weekend of 24th/25th Sept, so get that in your diaries (more details will follow nearer the time). Remember the full meets list is on the website.

Our outdoor Thursday Climbing sessions are now in full swing. This week we are off to Craig Buddon. And if you can't wait till then why not join us at The Climbing Station on Tuesday for your weekly bouldering fix.

Have a great week!


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,


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Bowline Climbing Club
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