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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 :)

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…

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