For over 12 months now we have been in the process of planning, and preparing for, some major improvement works to our club hut. All being well we will be ready to do the works in the early part of 2018. The core of the planned works is the fitting of new insulation to the walls in the main living room and the bedroom of the hut. We are also taking the opportunity to improve the lighting and electric points in these rooms.
As this work will require us to empty the hut of all the tables, sofa's, bed's, etc, the hut will necessarily be unavailable to be used for a period of around 4 weeks. The nature of the works means that all the wall panelling will be removed and the ceilings will also need to be taken down. This means that we can consider the possibility of doing other improvements to the hut at the same time whilst the hut is empty and the walls/ceilings have been stripped back.
As users of the club hut we would like to hear any practical, and financially achievable, suggestions from club members for things we could do to improve the hut that might fit in with the work we already have planned. Please send your suggestions to the hut secretary (Dave Toach, firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will collate the idea's for the committee to review at our next meeting on 1st November.
If you would like to come along to the committee meeting to discuss your idea's in person that would be fine too. Club members are welcome to attend all committee meetings.
BCC Meets Secretary
We now have a new front door at Dinorwic Mill Cottage, which has meant a change in the lock. If you are an existing key holder, you can exchange it for a new one. If you are not a key holder, then you can have a key for a deposit of £15. To exchange or obtain a key, contact Dave Toach at email@example.com. A new key has been put into the key safe so if you arrive at the hut with the old key, you can still gain access. For the current code contact either Paul Parker or Dave Toach.
Checkout the new article on our website by club member Andy Harper:
One Year In The Bowline
It's been back to back hut meets over the past two weekends. We had a super time on our Family Meet, where we had the Morrison family joining us for the first time. The weather was kind to us on Saturday so we went Scrambling around Lion Rock, followed by sport climbing in the slate quarries and then back to the hut for a lovely BBQ. Sunday the weather was not so favourable so we all turned our hand to helping with the hut improvements by preparing the base for the new shed. A big thanks to all the kids and grown ups who all mucked in to get it done despite the pouring rain!
I've not heard how this weekends hut meet went but if you were there I hope you had a great time. I did see a picture of a sunny belay at the top of Dream of White Horse posted on Facebook so perhaps there was some adventures afoot (well done Derek).
Whilst we're on the subject of the hut, a page from the old website that I'd been meaning to copy across to our new website is now available. This page details various walks/runs that can be done from our club hut, check it out.
You won't be hearing from me for a while now as I'll be off in India for some trekking. My next update will likely be in mid September. So in the meantime don't forget all the club meets are on the website and we've had some brilliant times already this year so make sure you get involved and share in the fun. Tuesday bouldering will be running as always and I'm hoping Andy Railton and Brian Quinn will keep the Thursday climbing scene active as the evenings start to draw in.
Have a good few weeks!
We had a cracking days climbing on Saturday at Bamford Edge. Despite the wind plenty of top 50 and 3 star climbs were done at one of the lesser known gems of the Peak District, in my opinion. Some Bowliners were out at Stanage on the same day, and also I hear tales of adventure from the alps too. Next time any of you see Simon Perry, be sure to enquire about his experiences with abseiling back down alpine routes.
The next couple of weekends we are heading to our lovely club hut so why not join us? There is our Summer family meet this coming weekend with still a few spaces left (note these meets are open to all club members, not just those with children). And the following weekend it's our "Climbing all the things" meet where we'll be aiming to do, you guessed it, lots of climbing (and post climbing socialising of course)!
And finally just one more reminder to about the BMC undertaking an organisational review. This is an important opportunity to make your voice heard so please take a moment to fill in the anonymous survey - https://www.warpsurveys.com/bmc?type=020.
Enjoy your week everyone!
Looks like the Alpine season is in full swing with various Bowliners out in the mountains and valleys having some pretty awesome adventures judging by the posts on various people Facebook pages. It's making me slightly envious but only a little bit as it's only a few weeks until I'll be off trekking in the Indian Himalayas. But before that I'll be looking to get lots of climbing in here while the sun shines and with that in mind I'll be at Markfield Quarry this Thursday and also hopefully out in the Peak District Saturday (watch out for an invite soon as the forecast is a bit clearer).
As I've mentioned before the BMC is undertaking an organisational review and the team heading the review are asking all members for their views. This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard so please take a moment to fill in this anonymous survey - https://www.warpsurveys.com/bmc?type=020.
Don't forget our next club hut weekend is coming up on the Weekend of 12th/13th August. Get your places booked before there all gone!
Have a great week!
Did we have a good time at the hut for our BBQ meet? I'll let Andy Richards mini meet report do the talking:
"Climbing started @ Holyhead in dense supernatural sea mist, with the boat horns sounding. Andy Potter led Harper n Ruth up Black n Tan, then Bruvers, which everyone loved. I took new member Luke up Tension and there was plenty of that in the air when a bush nearly swallowed Luke whole.
Sunday we headed down to Costa Del Tremadog in glorious sunshine Zoe Pickering took Lizzy Jones n Luke up PNP. I ticked Scratch in fine style, Andy Harper lead and loved the best pitch of PNP. And Mr Potter ticked off the lovely but bold n airy Micah Eliminate. I wonder if one of those tiny new cams got placed? (Ed: yes it did)
Graham and Yvonne Alexander (currently MIA with the Chocolate cake!), last seen drinking tea at Eric's! Mmmmm."
Fancy getting out to the the mountains for a walk but don't fancy driving all that way yourself. Well then why not meet up the West Bromwich Mountaineering Club who will be holding their next monthly coach meet on Sunday 13th August 2017 heading to the Berwyns. Bowline members are welcome to attend this event. The Luxury coach will depart Edward Street Car Park West Bromwich (postcode B70 8HU) at 07.00am promptly, there is free car parking on a Sunday, leave the car, sit back and relax.
There will be 2 drop offs at Llangynog and Milltir Gerrig with the pick up later in the day at Llangynog. Coach will arrive back in the Midlands at around 21.30 hours. Anyone unsure of navigating in the hills? No worries join some of experienced members on a led walk. Prices to guests is £22 and under 16s and full time students £8.00, anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To book on the coach, contact the WBMC coach secretary Nigel Tarr on 07703345.
Enjoy our ever popular bouldering evening this Tuesday at The Climbing Station. And also come out for some evening trad this Thursday day evening at Turningstone Edge near Matlock.
It was great to be back out in the Peak District on Sunday, and to think I nearly decided not to go along. Certainly was a worthwhile trip with some great routes ticked off including Knights Move and Great Crack at Burbage North (thanks to Andy Richards for encouraging me to do Great Crack, not the kind of route I'd usually go for at the grade). When I arrived at the crag, a little later than everybody else, it was great to see some new faces being welcomed into the group, hope to see Adam and Matt (pictured on the right climbing Pete's Progress) out with us again soon!
Also out at the weekend, and taking on something a little tougher than climbing in the sunshine, was Zoe Procter who completed the Wasdale Fell Race on Saturday in a very respectable 5 hours and 19 minutes. Well done Zoe!
If all this talk of great weekend adventures has whet your appetite then it's not too late to join us for the BBQ at the club hut weekend. There is still one place left at the time of writing so if you'd like to join us get in touch with the hut secretary (Dave Toach).
Now if you're thinking of enjoying some european sport climbing this autumn then why not join our growing group of club members who are off to enjoy the paradise that is Kalymnos. Check out the details on the website.
Thursday climbing will be happening this week but we are just watching the forecast to see where to go. Expect an invite tomorrow.
Have a great week!