Hey Bowliners and friends,
It will come as no surprise that we had a super weekend in North Wales with the hut being overrun with Bowliners and friends. Although the weather did it's best to thwart our plans nothing could stop the fun on and off the crags. We went to Anglesey on saturday to escape the rains clutches with a couple of teams braving the cliffs of Gogarth (with Rob Goodman setting the pace on The Strand E2 5b) and the rest of us taking over the crags on Holyhead mountain. Then it was back to the hut to fire up the BBQ and crack open the drinks. Sunday started a little slower (what a surprise), and after getting rained off at Tremadog (apart from Neil and Ben who stuck it out climbing in the rain, well done guys), we went to Castle Inn Quarry to find some dry rock and finish the weekend in the best way possible (climbing with your buddies). Thanks to everyone that came for making it a great weekend, looking forward to the next one!
This week we have plenty to keep you busy with bouldering at the Climbing Station and Road Cycling from Anstey on Tuesday night. And there will be climbing again on Thursday so watch out for an email with this weeks venue.
Enjoy your week everyone!
Looks like we've got a big turnout for the hut trip this weekend and all the space in the hut and camping area is going is already fully booked which is fantastic!
As there will be lots of us going can I strongly encourage everyone to share lifts as although we have extended the parking at the hut we will struggle if everyone comes in seperate vehicles!
Regarding the BBQ on the Saturday night I will bring some sausages and burgers plus buns and rolls to share with everyone. If you have anything else you want to cook on the BBQ for yourself or to share that is fine. It would be great if people could bring a few things to share to go with the BBQ, perhaps some salad or a dessert, or some crisps/nuts. And of course don't forget to bring some drinks to enjoy with the BBQ.
Looking forward to a great weekend. As always if you've any questions please get in touch!
BCC Meets Sec
So despite the rain Bowliners have been out in action over the past week with climbing on Thursday at Birchen Edge. And several groups headed out on Saturday to make the most of the sunshine. No climbing for me this weekend as I was exploring Castles in the Forest of Dean. However I'm looking forward to our BBQ @ Brynrefail trip to the hut this coming weekend. We've already got a full house but we could probably squeeze a couple more people in if you are happy to camp outside the hut, check with me first if you fancy joining us! I will send out an email on Tuesday about food for the BBQ.
I've selected a venue for our mountain biking meet on the weekend of the 24th October. We will be staying in at Tyddyn Bychan in between Llangollen and Betws-y-coed. We will do a big group ride out from the accommodation on the Saturday as there is lots of great riding nearby. And then we'll head to the awesome trails at Llandegla on the way home on the Sunday. Estimated cost is £35 for the weekend including Saturday dinner. Get it in your diary and watch-out for an invitation to book your place in the next week.
If you are a paid up club members you should all be receiving a letter containing a postal voting form regarding some proposed changes to the rules of association. If you don't receive anything and you think you should then please let Dick Freer (our Chairman) know. Replies need to be received by the 18th September!
Still looking for a volunteer to organise a meet for the bank holiday, could that be you? Get in touch if you can help!
Don't forget we have Bouldering and Cycling on Tuesday evening. And climbing on Thursday evening (watchout for an email from me when we have chosen our venue).
Enjoy your week,
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,
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
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,
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!
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 (email@example.com, 07894 533629).
Have a great weekend,
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.
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 www.thebmc.co.uk/clubscourses
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.
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!
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!
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 http://www.almscliffe.savethedales.co.uk/.
Have a great week! Andy.