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  • 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…

Saunders Mountain Marathon

  • Saturday, 2nd July 2016 at 9am - 4pm Sunday, 3rd July
    Location: Lake District

    Entries are now open for the 38th Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon which will be held over…

Bowline CC - Back in blighty

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 @ 4:11pm

Hey Everybody,

Yes I'm back in the country again after a return visit to the lovely Tignes for yet more skiing. Whilst I had a great time with some good friends and fellow bowliners, I did miss out on the weekend trip to Portland. It sounds like despite some damp weather a good time was had, checkout the great article about the trip written by Adam.

Looking out of the window at the blue sky here I'm itching for the weather to improve a bit more so we can start heading outside again for climbing. We've got a great year of climbing meetings to enjoy and I can't wait to get out and climb some rock with you guys! However in the meantime we go have the clubs Annual General Meeting coming up on Wednesday 16th March. This is a great opportunity to get even more involved by joining the committee and helping to shape the future of our awesome club!
If you're heading to The Climbing Station tonight for our Tuesday bouldering then I hope you all have a great time. I'll be at The Tower for our Thursday climbing session this week so hopefully see lots of you there too.


Bowline CC - Hooray for holidays

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 11th February 2016 @ 2:55pm

Hello Bowliner,

Apologies for the lack of weekly emails recently, I've been in France enjoying ski-ing in Tignes followed by Climbing in the Cote d'Azur. And although I'm back now, I'm heading back to Tignes for another week of ski-ing this weekend so you'll probably not hear from me again until the end of the month. It's hard life, but someone's got to do it!

I'm pleased to report that we had a very successful 30th Charnwood Hills Race on Sunday just gone. Thanks to a lot of hard work by Bowliners and friends our 350 entrants got to enjoy racing through the Leicestershire countryside once again. Well done to all those that helped out and to those that entered as well!

Since I've been away it's great to hear that so many of you are signing up for our various meets this year. If you haven't already checked out what's on offer this year then you can find all the details on the website. I'm also pleased that we have lots of new prospective members coming along to our Tuesday bouldering and Thursday climbing sessions. Can't wait for the weather to improve so we can get all go climvbing outside!

Hope you all enjoy yourselves next week!


Banff Mountain Film Festival

  • Wednesday, 3rd February 2016 at 7:30pm
    Location: De Montfort Hall, Leicester

    The world’s most prestigious mountain film festival is coming to Leicester with a brand new…

Pyrenees trip

  • Saturday, 20th August 2016 at 9am - 6pm Sunday, 28th August
    Location: Lourdes/Gavernie, France

    Our planned trip to the Alps this summer has been relocated to the Lourdes/Gavernie area of the…

Bowline CC - Welcome to the New Year

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 18th January 2016 @ 1:23pm

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the New Bowline Year! I hope you've all got our meets locked into your diaries as this year we've got a super line up for you to enjoy and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on these trips. Remember you can always find the full list of meets over on our website.

I'd like to take this opportunity to highlight our trip to the Picos de Europa in June. This has been kindly organised by Michelle Aukland and already we have 15 people who are interested in going with many already having booked their flights and accommodation. I'm super excited about this trip and it will be brilliant to have loads of us their to experience what I'm told is a real hidden gem of climbing/walking destinations.

Also for those of you who can't wait to get back out climbing on real rock you should check out our Portland weekend in February which is being run by Tony Bishopp (thanks Tony). Unfortunately I can't make this myself as I will be away ski-ing, but if I was around I'd definitely be going, so hopefully you can all go along and let me know how great it was!

Right I'll stop there as otherwise I'll be excitedly telling you all about the other great trips but I'll save that for another week. Don't forget we are back at The Climbing Station on Tuesday evenings for bouldering, and we're also at The Tower on Thursday evenings for climbing!

Have a great week!


Picos de Europa

  • Saturday, 11th June 2016 at 7am - 11pm Sunday, 19th June
    Location: Picos de Europa, Northern Spain

    A fantastic opportunity to join us for what promises to be a great trip to the Picos de Europa…

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