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Bowline CC - Pembroke was superb

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 28th May 2015 @ 12:24am

Hello Bowliners,

Gosh if I'd only known the amount of quality climbing in Pembroke I would probably have moved there. What a great place and a cracking weekend with a great turn-out, thanks to everyone that came along, a selection of the many super pictures are available on our Facebook page so you can get a feel for what is was like. Same again next year I think!

I've got a whole list of things to tell you about this week so I'll try and be quick; here we go:

  • Firstly a little reminder about the summer meal. Good to see people booking up already, make sure you get your place booked ASAP, check out the details on the website.
  • Due to the main interests for Tuesday nights being Bouldering and Cycling, we've decided to no longer do a running meet on a Tuesday evening for rest of this year.
  • Our man in Scotland, Masa Sakano, was in North Wales recently volunteering at the BMC Internnational meet. Masa has written a report to share with the club which you can read below.
  • Thanks to a grant from the BMC the club now has a light-weight back packing tent to add to our equipment for club members to borrow. If you want to make use of this or the other equipment the club owns contact Paul Parker (07866 987902).
  • For those of you interested in space science, club member Angeline Burrell is giving a presentation based on her research into Atmospheric Plasma. She would welcome lots of friendly faces on Monday 8th June at 7.30pm at the Firebug pub (1 Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN).  Here’s the website for the event:!about1/c4xz.
  • Last but not least on Wednesday 3rd June it is the BMC Midlands area meeting. Full details on our website.

Have a great week everybody!


Bowline CC - Pembroke... it's on!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 20th May 2015 @ 10:14pm

Hey Everyone,

I decided to send an email to you all as I've had several last minute attendee's for the Pembroke meet this weekend meaning we've got over 15 people going which is great, more the merrier. The weather is looking reasonable and everyone seems keen to go for it so got for it we shall!

We will be camping at St Petrocs Campsite where you cannot book in advance so you will need to pay when you get there. The campsite's pricing system means it is more cost effective to share tents as a four man tent is cheaper (per person) than two 2 man tents. Doesn't mean we have to share tents but if you are keen to share let me know and I can put you in touch with like minded individuals.

And whilst we are on the subject of sharing, it is a long way to Pembrokeshire so it definitely makes sense to share lifts. If you are going and would like to share lifts or can offer a space for someone to travel with you please let me (Andy Potter) know and I will put you in touch with others looking to share.

As always just drop me an email ( or give me a call (07796 220055) if you've got any questions, otherwise I look forward to seeing you there on Friday night!

Kind regards, Andy

Bowline CC - Pembroke and Party

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 19th May 2015 @ 4:54pm

Hello Bowliners,

Hopefully you've all received my invitation to our SUMMER MEAL at the end of June. This our premier social event of the summer and this year we are going back to a fantastic venue where we've previously had great times. I'm looking forward to enjoying the weekend with as many of you as we can squeeze in so get your places booked NOW!!!

Talking of exciting meets we have our Pembrokeshire sea cliff climbing meet this coming weekend. If you haven't already let me know that you're interested please do so straight away. I'm waiting to see the forecast for the weekend and will be in touch with those who are attending to make plans tomorrow evening (Wednesday).

And mentioning Pembrokeshire one of our prospective members, Neil Partridge, has ended up with two copies of the Pembrokeshire guide. If anyone at the club would be open to a swap preferably Llanberis slate guide (or anything other than: peak limestone, eastern grit, North wales climbs,  myrionnydd) even if it's dog eared and battered then let me know and I will put you in touch with Neil.

Don't forget we have Tuesday activities this evening, and climbing at Wildcat on Thursday!

Have a great week :)


Thursday Climbing @ Wildcat (Matlock Bath)

  • Thursday, 21st May 2015 at 6pm
    Location: Wild cat crag, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

    The evenings are getting longer, hurrah! This means we can venture a little further afield. So…

Summer meal weekend - Climbing, Walking, Cycling and PARTYING!!!

  • Friday, 26th June 2015 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 28th June
    Location: Timberlodge, Pinecroft, Ingleton, North Yorkshire, LA6 3DP

    This is it everyone, the big meet of the summer, the one you've all been waiting for and…

BMC Midlands area meeting

  • Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 at 8pm
    Location: BEST WESTERN PLUS Manor Hotel, 127 Main Road, Meriden, West Midlands, CV7 7NH

    Come along to the quarterly gathering of Midlands climbers and walkers.  The evening includes a…

Bowline CC - Tickets for Doug Scott lecture

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 12th May 2015 @ 6:36pm

Hi Bowliners,

Bob Crosby has 2 free tickets for the Doug Scott lecture, on Thursday 14th May, in the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. The Theatre can re-print the tickets, with other names. If you want make use of these tickets get in touch with Bob (07934 475926).


Bowline CC - It's my birthday and I'll climb if I want to!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 12th May 2015 @ 2:59pm

Hello Everybody,

Hope you all enjoyed a nice weekend! I hear some people made it out for climbing in the Peak on Sunday. Certainly the weather at Birchen Edge was pretty OK!

This weekend is the closest to my birthday so I'm hoping you'll be able to join me to help celebrate with a day of climbing at Gardom Edge on Saturday. We also have our usual Tuesday night selection of activities plus Thursday climbing at The Tower.

There is a club committee meeting coming up next Wednesday (20th May), 7:30pm at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. As always all club members are welcome to attend!

Have a great week one and all,


Thursday Climbing @ The Tower

  • Thursday, 14th May 2015 at 6pm
    Location: The Tower Climbing Wall, Beaumont Leys

    Unfortunately the weather around Leicester on Thursday evening is not looking brilliant. And…

Birthday climbing @ Gardoms Edge

  • Saturday, 16th May 2015 at 10:30am - 8pm
    Location: Gardoms Edge, nr Baslow, Peak District

    It's your Meet Secs birthday this coming Monday (18th May) but as I will be at work on that day…

Bowline CC - More meets than you can shake a walking pole at!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 7th May 2015 @ 6:00pm

Hey Bowliners,

Just a very quick missive from me this week as I've already bombarded you with invitations to more awesome Bowline meets. Watch out for one more from me in the next few days which will be for the Summer Meal at the end of June!

Last week we had great fun taking part in the Croft Hills race on Wednesday evening. A smaller field than last year which was a bit of a shame but those that did come enjoyed themselves. And at the weekend we had a super time in the Lake district with two days of climbing and one slightly wet day when we amused ourselves with running and walking (and some Ghyll Scrambling). Check more pictures over on our facebook page.

The weather this weekend looks OK in The Peak on Sunday. If your heading out and want some company let me know where you are going and I'll pass the word around. Next weekend provided the weather is good we should be climbing in The Peak on Saturday.

See you all soon,


Dolomites - Climbing/walking/cycling

  • Saturday, 22nd August 2015 at TBD
    Location: Dolomites, Italy

    We are super excited for this summers big trip to the Dolomites at the end of August. We are…

Climbing/Walking/Cycling at The Club Hut

  • Friday, 11th September 2015 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 13th September
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    We've got a great resource in our club hut so lets make the most of it. This is another chance…

BBQ @ Brynrefail (club hut weekend)

  • Friday, 31st July 2015 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 2nd August
    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…

Love the hut weekend

  • Friday, 9th October 2015 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 11th October
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Our club hut is a fantastic asset for us all to enjoy. So come and help us show our hut some…

West Country MTB

  • Friday, 12th June 2015 at TBD
    Location: Devon and Somerset

    We are planning to Cycle the West Country MTB way from Plymouth to Minehead over 4 days. Total…

Thursday Climbing - Craig Buddon (hopefully)

  • Thursday, 7th May 2015 at 6pm
    Location: Craig Buddon

    The weather forecast is changing every hour but at the moment it looks good for outdoor…

Bowline CC - Summer meal is coming!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 27th April 2015 @ 2:10pm

Hey Bowliners,

We had a very busy but successful weekend at the hut. Loads of great work has been done to make our hut even better including: A deep clean of the entire hut. Rear windows repainted and the fire door repainted. All the outside areas cleared of undergrowth. The leaking shower fixed. Drainage ditches cleared. An extended car parking area constructed (we can now park upto 7 cars).

A big thanks to Paul Parker for organising the work on the hut, and for their hard work over the weekend a big thanks to Paul Parker, Tom Parker, Pete Bottril, Dave Toach, Lisa MacKenzie, Paul McQuade, Adam Rembiasz, Zoe Pickering, Andy Richards, Andy Railton, and Michael Potter. Checkout photo's of the works weekend and the finished result on our facebook page.

This week we have our super Tuesday night activities for you all to enjoy, plus the The Croft Hills Race on Wednesday, and also Thursday climbing which this week (due to the forecast) will be at The Tower.

Keep an eye out for an email from me about our Summer Meal on June 27th June, it is going to be a fantastic weekend so make sure you've got it in your diary!

Thursday Climbing - The Tower

  • Thursday, 30th April 2015 at 6:30pm
    Location: The Tower Climbing Wall, Beaumont Leys, Leicester

    Sadly it looks like the weather is going to be no good for outdoor climbing this Thursday. So…

Bowline CC - MTB Trip 12th to 15th June

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Friday, 24th April 2015 @ 4:38pm

Hi All,

I'm planning to Cycle the West Country MTB way from Plymouth to Minehead over 4 days. Total mileage per day is of the order of 30-35 miles and is a mixture of tracks and quiet country lanes and is not too onerous.  We are looking to camp and I've identified suitable campsites along the way. The plan is to drive down early to Plymouth on Friday and then do a relatively short day to Princetown and three slightly longer days. The middle section is more quiet country lanes so that should make it a bit easier. Porterage of the kit may not be so easy to arrange, but there are some bunkhouses/pubs/YHA or we could rack the bikes. Racks adapted for disc brakes are now available. Well get the bikes back by either leaving a car at one end, hire a taxi or possibly self hire a van. Anyway those of you who remember the trans Cambrian way know it's a lot of fun. Interested call me as soon as possible so I know numbers etc. Andy Railton 

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