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Bowline CC - Adventures in climbing

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 19th July 2015 @ 9:11pm

Hi Bowliners,

So I should have had more faith and gone to North Wales after all, well at least in terms of the fact that the weather did turn out to be alright in the end. We live and learn (or not in my case). But I did have a good day of 'adventures in climbing' on Saturday which you can read all about here. Bowliners were also out enjoying climbing at The Roaches on Saturday and also down in deepest darknest Devon. And of course there will be no backing out when we head to the hut for our BBQ @ Brynrefail weekend, and we won't need to because even if it does rain we've got a great group going so come and join us for fun on and off the crag!

We are getting a little excited now for the upcoming trip to the Dolomites. However if you aren't able to join us then you will have the whole August bank holiday to enjoy and what better way than climbing with your Bowline buddies. But we need a volunteer to organise a meet for the bank holiday, could that be you? There is very little work involved and I can help with all the email/website/facebook stuff. The suggested venue is Northumberland but this could be changed to suit. Get in touch if you can help!

Don't forget we have Bouldering and Cycling tomorrow. And climbing on Thursday (watchout for an email from me when we have chosen our venue).

Enjoy your week,


Bowline CC - Go away rain I want to climb!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 17th July 2015 @ 1:41pm

Hey All,

So I had my heart set on a lovely weekend of climbing in North Wales but it seems that my arch enemy (aka the Great British weather) has foiled my plans once again. So as we have a trip to the club hut in a couple of weeks time I'm no longer heading to North Wales as originally planned.

If you are still heading up to the club hut then hope you have a great time. However if you are in the Leicester area and fancy climbing tomorrow (Saturday) in Matlock area or Peak district let me know and we can make a plan.

BCC Meets Sec
07796 220055


Thursday Climbing @ Birchen Edge

  • Thursday, 16th July 2015 at 6pm
    Location: Birchen Edge

    This week we are going to Birchen Edge for our Thursday climbing fix. Aiming to be there for…

    • 2 people attended

Bowline CC - Heading to the hut

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

Hi Bowliners,

So I missed out on a great weekend in the Peak District by all accounts! We 16 of us climbing at Agden Rocher on Saturday followed by a BBQ at Graham and Yvonnes place. On Sunday a wet start called for a walk but then the weather dryed up and it was Stanage for climbing in the afternoon. Thanks to Graham and Yvonne for hosting, same again next year!?!

This coming weekend I am heading up to our lovely club hut. I'm bringing a friend from home along to enjoy the awesome North Wales climbing and hopefully meet some fellow club members who will be joining us as part of our Summer sizzler meet. And if you can't make it this weekend then why not come along in a few weekends time for our BBQ @ Brynrefail club hut meet instead. Or even better come along to both!

The results for the Croft Hills Race are now available (apologies for the delay).

As always there is Bouldering and Cycling tomorrow (I will be at the Bouldering, hurrah). And climbing on Thursday (watchout for an email from me tomorrow).

Hopefully see you all soon,


Thursday Climbing @ Wildcat (Matlock Bath)

  • Thursday, 9th July 2015 at 6pm
    Location: Wildcat Crag, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

    This week surely the weather will favour us for a trip to 'Wildcat' crag in Matlock Bath.

Bowline CC - Time to fire up the Barbie!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 6th July 2015 @ 5:22pm

Hey Everybody,

Hope you managed to dodge the showers and get some climbing in last week. My arms were pretty tired on Sunday after climbing at The Tower on Thursday, Craig Buddon on Friday and then the Roaches on Saturday, good times!

This week we have a great line-up for you. Kicking off with Bouldering/Cycling on Tuesday, followed by the Rope skills BBQ (thanks to Simon and Alex) on Wednesday, Thursday Climbing (venue TBC), and then a whole weekend of climbing in the Peak district with BBQ and stay-over in Bamford (thanks to Graham and Yvonne). So make sure you come out and join us it is going to be great!

Have fun and stay safe!


Bowline CC - Climbing Friday night and Saturday

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 3rd July 2015 @ 1:01pm

Hi All,

A few of us are heading to Craig Buddon this evening for around 6-6:30pm for an evening of chilled out climbing. Come and join us!

Also the weather looks good for Climbing on Saturday. If you are interested in heading out contact Andy Railton to co-ordinate the venue (, 07894 533629).

Have a great weekend,



Bowline CC - Climbing on Thursday/Friday and the weekend

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 2nd July 2015 @ 10:27am

Hi Bowliners,

Well despite the heatwave the pesky british weather is interfering with our climbing plans once again. We've decided to scratch the planned trip to Matlock tonight (Thursday) due to rain. Instead some of us heading to The Tower around 6:30pm to keep our game in. We may also go climbing outdoors at a local crag tomorrow evening, but given the changeable weather we're going to wait until tomorrow to make a decision, if you'd be interested in joining us let me know and I can update you with the plan.

It is pretty much the same story for the weekend climbing plans. We were hoping for a Sunday trip to the Peak but that currently does not look favourable. Saturday looks more hopeful so watchout for an update from me tomorrow regarding the weekend.

Andy :)

Bowline CC - BMC Workshops and Auction

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 29th June 2015 @ 10:38pm

Hi All,

A quick email with some news from the BMC:

BMC Clubs Workshops 2015
There are a few places still available on courses later this year – Mountain Skills (July), Climbing Self Rescue (September), First Aid (September).  These courses are subsidised by a grant the BMC receives from Sport England and are specifically designed to support members of BMC affiliated clubs. 
Find out more about the courses and book your places via 
BMC Auction – Community Action Nepal 
With the aim to raise as much money as possible to support the mountain people of Nepal, and in particular those devastated or displaced by the recent earthquakes, the BMC Nepal Charity Auction is offering an incredible range of money-can’t-buy experiences and items.  With experiences and items donated by the likes of Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott CBE, Hazel Findlay, Leo Holding, Michael Palin, Mick Fowler and Shauna Coxsey it’s time to get down to eBay and place your bids.  The first items will close on Sunday 5th July.

Bowline CC - Summer meal success

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 28th June 2015 @ 11:20pm

Hey Everybody,

We had a super time in North Yorkshire for our Summer Meal. A beautiful day on Saturday saw us rush out to enjoy the climbing, walking, cycling and running. Then back to the lovely Timberlodge for a tasty three course meal prepared by a super team effort from everybody, followed by partying and silly games. Sunday's recovery walk took around the lovely Gordale Scar and Malham Cove. Thanks to everybody that came along for making it a fab trip. You can check out some of the photo's over on our facebook page.

Looking forward to this week we have Tuesday night Bouldering and Cycling. On Wednesday night there is a committee meeting, 7:30pm at the Blackhorse in Aylestone, all members are welcome. The weather looks good for Thursday climbing outside so watchout for an email from me with this weeks location. And the weather forecast for the weekend also looks good so climbing in the Peak is likely to be the on the cards.

Getting a little excited now about our trip to the Dolomites in August. Looks like we are going to have a nice group heading out to enjoy the epic scale climbing. It's not too late to join us!

Hope you all enjoy your week and I look forward to seeing you at a meet soon!


Bowline CC - Party time, excellent!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 23rd June 2015 @ 11:15pm

Hey Bowliners,

Well despite the generally inclement weather we did pretty well in the past week. With a top evenings climbing at Turningstone on Thursday, and rain free climbing at Burbage North on Sunday too. Good to see lots of Bowliners out, we pretty much owned the crag on Sunday, all the other clubs were obviously to scared to come out ;)

This week we have all the usual fun for you to enjoy. And hopefully you already have enjoyed some Bouldering or Cycling this evening. On Thursday we will be climbing at Matlock, and then again of course at the weekend for the Summer Meal, hurrah!

For those of you heading over to Simon & Alex's for the Rope Skills BBQ there has been a change of date, this will now be happening on the 8th July, don't forget to RSVP to Simon!

Hope you enjoy your week!


Thursday Climbing @ Birchen Edge

  • Thursday, 25th June 2015 at 6pm
    Location: Birchen Edge

    Change of plan. We are going to Birchen Edge this Thursday. Aiming to be there for…

Sunday Climbing - Burbage North

  • Sunday, 21st June 2015 at 10:30am
    Location: Burbage North (Meet at Outside at 10:30am)

    OK slight change of plan. We are going to give Burbage North a go but what we actually get up…

Rope Skills BBQ

  • Wednesday, 8th July 2015 at 6:30pm
    Location: Simon and Alex's home, Oadby

    The idea of the rope…

Bowline CC - It's nearly party time!!!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 16th June 2015 @ 11:31am

Hey Everybody,

Another busy week has flown by all too quickly. Unfortunately the weekend weather was not particularly conducive to climbing. However Bowliners were in action at the 'WOLF run' enjoying the mud, obstacles, water (both from the sky and rivers/lakes to swim in), etc. We had a thoroughly great time and we should definitely do it again next year!

The Thursday climbing last week, at Wildcat, saw a great turn-out. Congratulations to Anni on her first VS trad lead (Jackdaw Grooves), and also congratulations to Angeline on her first multi-pitch lead (2nd pitch of Cat's eye).

We still have lots of places left on the summer meal trip. Would really like to get some more people joining us for what will be a cracking weekend (just ask those who went last year). So if you've not already booked do so now (see the website for details)!

Don't forget Bouldering at The Climbing Station on Tuesday, plus Road Cycling from Anstey. On Thursday we are going climbing at Turningstone Edge

I (probably) won't be around this weekend, however the weather might be good enough for climbing in the Peak. If anyone is heading out let me know and I'll share the location/time so that others can join in the fun!

Also Dave Unwin has passed on news of a wind farm proposal near Almscliffe crag. There is a website (setup in opposition to the proposals) here

Have a great week! Andy.

Thursday Climbing @ Turningstone Edge

  • Thursday, 18th June 2015 at 6pm
    Location: Turningstone Edge, near Matlock

    This week we will be at Turning Stone Edge, near Matlock, from 6pm.


Thursday Climbing @ Wildcat (Matlock Bath)

  • Thursday, 11th June 2015 at 6pm
    Location: Wildcat crag, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

    Another sunny Thursday evening and I'm feeling like attempting Golden Yardstick (VS 5a) at the…

Bowline CC - A game of two halves

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 8th June 2015 @ 12:58pm

Hi Bowliners,

Well this week was fantastic for climbing and I feel I've made the most of it having done Bouldering, Trad climbing and Sport climbing all within 5 days. An interesting mix of experiences; I was thrilled to pull off a clean lead of my first HVS 5a (Tody's Wall at Froggatt), check out the video of my exploits over on our You Tube channel. And I was equally thrilled to join a good size group of Bowliners for our Portland meet, where I have to say I found the climbing pretty challenging. However this in no way detracted from the enjoyment of the meet which was absolutely brilliant. A big well done to Tony and Anni Bishopp for organising such a successful and fun trip. I'm certainly hoping we can do the same again next year (or sooner perhaps)!

Great to see bookings are still coming in for the summer meal. We still have plenty of places left though so if you've not already booked do so now (see the website for details), it is going to be brilliant fun!

As always there is Bouldering at The Climbing Station on Tuesday, plus Road Cycling from Anstey. On Thursday I plan to head to Wildcat for climbing, just waiting to see if the weather will be good enough so look out for an email from me tomorrow.

See you all soon (hopefully at The Summer Meal)!



Summer sizzler (Club hut meet)

  • Friday, 17th July 2015 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 19th 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…

Bowline CC - Summers nearly here... honest, it really is!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 1st June 2015 @ 6:53pm

Hi Everybody,

Sitting here watching the driving rain and wind I had to remind myself that summer is only a few weeks away and surely we will have a pickup in the weather. Although in all fairness we haven't done too badly so far, just a bit warmer please (but no midges thanks)! Not that I can complain as I was sunning myself in Portugal the past few days whilst Bowliners were enjoying North Wales and helping Zoe Pickering celebrate her 21st Birthday (Happy Birthday Zoe)!

However the weather this week has put pay to the Tuesday cycling which will not be happening (come on down to the climbing station for a Boulder instead). However there will be riding in the Peak this Sunday, around a peak circuit of about 45 miles with 5000ft of ascent starting at the Dove dale carpark at 10.00, be there (says Paul)!

We have the BMC Midlands area meeting on Wednesday, Full details on our website. There will be Thursday climbing this week, venue TBC (keep an eye out for an email tomorrow). Then this weekend we are looking forward to our Sport climbing weekend in Portland, Hurrah!

Don't forget to book your summer meal places!

Have a great week, Andy :)

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