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Club bouldering competition (Round 1 - Social Climbing)

  • Monday, 14th December 2020 at 12am - 11:59pm Thursday, 31st December
    Location: Social Climbing, Leicester

    We can't get together for our usual bouldering competition meet this year, so instead we are…

Bowline CC - Slightly revised time for Winter talk this Wednesday

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Saturday, 12th December 2020 @ 11:00pm

Hi All,

Just a quick note to say we've revised the start time of the Winter Talk this Wednesday evening. We'll now be starting at 8:15pm, still via Zoom (link to be emailed out beforehand). More details of the talk on the club website -

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - Winter talk's

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 11th December 2020 @ 12:57pm

Hi All,

Thanks to Zoe's organisation skills we have a series of winter talks for you to enjoy across the next few months. The first of these talks will be from Masa Sakano and will be about 'The science of building anchors'. The talk will be held on Wednedsay 16th December at 8pm via Zoom. An invite was sent out to you all via email yesterday but we are aware that some people didn't receive it so for those that missed the invite you can read the details via the club website -

More details on the other talks will follow next week.

Kind regards,


Winter Talk 1 - The science of building anchors

  • Wednesday, 16th December 2020 at 8:15pm
    Location: Zoom (link will be sent to club members via email)

    The first of our winter talks to get your through the cold, dark nights. Grab a sherry and a…

Bowline CC - Club news (Tuesday 8th December)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 8th December 2020 @ 3:13pm

Hi All,

It's been a poor year given that we've not been able to have all the club meets that we are used to. But their is light at the end of the tunnel and I'm hopeful that by the second half of next year we'll be able to meet up again for 'proper' club meets. I am certainly looking forward to making up for lost time and getting out as much as possible. But I don't want to be out all on my own so I'd like to take this opportunity to encourage you all to renew your membership for 2021. You are what makes our club so great and we need you with us to get back to the Bowline we know and love.

As mentioned last week their has been some updates to the travel restrictions regarding going from England to Wales. Currently only essential travel is permitted from Tier 3 areas of England to Wales (and unfortunately visiting the hut is not deemed essential travel, even if we might feel that it is). As most club members are in Tier 3 this means we still can't use the club hut. Those club members who are in English tier 1 or 2 may use the hut in accordance with the current 'special' rules for using the hut (as may those in Wales or Scotland level 1 or 2).

Although we can't get together in person at the moment we do have some new virtual meets in the pipeline. And now the local bouldering walls are open I am planning a winter bouldering league which you can all take part in individually (as we are not allowed to gather indoors at the moment). Again more info on this soon.

That's it for this week. Take care everyone and stay safe,


Bowline CC - Club news (Thursday 3rd December)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 3rd December 2020 @ 1:06pm

Hi All,

As you might have guessed the Chairman's Walk has been postponed to the New Year. The new date is Sunday 7th February which is when we would have been hosting the Charnwood Hills Race (which we hope will return in 2022). Hopefully this new date is well clear of any post christmas COVID restrictions and will allow us to gather together as we normally do for a walk and a good catchup. Hopefully those who were planning to attend this Sunday can still head out of a walk, if you do go take a picture of yourselves and send it in to us and we'll share the pictures next week.

At the committee meeting last week we reviewed the membership renewal for 2021 so look out for an email from Tony Bishopp (our membership secretary) with the renewal details. Please do take a moment to read through the renewal form however note that unless your details have changed there is no need to complete the form and return it, just make your membership payment to the club account and that will confirm your renewal for 2021.

Also there has been an announcement today about travel between Wales and England (for those in Tier 1 and 2) which may allow some members to use the club hut. We're reviewing the announcement and will let you know what this means for using the club hut.

That's it for this week. Take care everyone and stay safe,


Bowline CC - Reminder Film Night at 20:00 Tonight

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Wednesday, 2nd December 2020 @ 5:28pm

Dear All,

Just a reminder it's film night tonight at 20:00. 

Zoom Details

Meeting ID 929 0035 7872
Passcode 413631

For full details, see previous Email as sent on 26th Nov.


Andy Railton 

Bowline CC - Movie night 2nd Dec 20:00

E-mail sent by Michael Jones, Thursday, 26th November 2020 @ 9:02pm

Hey folks, we are holding another movie night.
This wednesday 2nd at 20:00.
Dont be shy

Climbing films mandatory. Booze optional.
If you have one you wish to share let me know.

Mike Jones is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Movie Night

Time: Dec 2, 2020 08:00 PM London

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Bowline CC - Club news (Tuesday 24th November)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 24th November 2020 @ 6:14pm

Hi All,

It's Tuesday at it's club news time! And the good news is that the end of the national lockdown is in sight and it looks like there 'might' be the ability to return to some of the activities we love. Of course this will depend on the tiers our respective local areas get put into and what exactly the new restrictions are and how they affect us meeting as a club. We'll keep you posted on this as and when we know more.

With the above in mind please note that the Chairman's Walk this year falls on Sunday 6th December and as such will be subject to the new rules post national lockdown. We've not asked for you to confirm if you are coming yet, we will send out a request for registrations once we can tell you where we will be going and the format of the Chairman's Walk.

This Thursday evening at 8pm we have our next club committee meeting via Zoom. All club members are welcome to attend club committee meetings, if you'd like to join in please contact the club secretary.

At the committee meeting we will be reviewing the membership renewal information, including the new associate family membership. The membership renewal email will be coming to you via email in early Decemeber.
That's it for this week. Take care everyone and stay safe,


Bowline CC - Club news (Tuesday 17th November)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 17th November 2020 @ 3:08pm

Hi All,

Well if you weren't there one Saturday night you missed out on a fun evening of socialising, food, drink and stories. I'll be the first to admit it's not the same as getting together in person but even so we had a great turnout. Thanks to those that attended it was lovely to see you all. We did say we'd have prizes for the best aperitif and best dressed, so congratulations to Rachel and Tony for the best aperitif and to Ali and Randal for best dressed. You each get a free weekend at the hut as your prize!

The BMC Winter Hill Skills evening is back for 2020, in online form of course. I know various club members (including myself) have enjoyed these evenings in the past. If you'd like to attend this year from the comfort of your sofa checkout the details here - BMC Winter Hill Skills Evening - 3rd December.

You may already have seen via various social media channels (including a post to our club members Facebook group, thanks Blanka) about proposed parking restrictions at Bus Stop Quarry which is near our club hut. Many club members make use of the parking at this location for access to the Slate Quarries for climbing and walking. If you would like to voice your opinion on this you can contact Gwynedd council. It would be worth mentioning the historical significance of this local asset, the importance to those of reduced mobility, the variety of interests the quarries accommodate. But its best not mentioning climbing directly as it not offically permitted by the land owner (see access details on BMC RAD or UKC). Email address for council -

That's it for this week. Take care everyone and stay safe,


Bowline CC - Club news (Friday 13th November)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 13th November 2020 @ 7:20pm

Hi All,

First and foremost I hope you're all well and coping with lockdown as best you can. At least we can still go out to exercise locally and that can include climbing/bouldering, for those that have a crag within their local area at least (remember we are only allowed to travel for recreation within our local area). Hopefully things will be better after lockdown ends on 3rd December and with that in mind don't forget the date for the Chairman's Walk has been moved back to Sunday 6th December.

Just in case you've been a communications black hole just one last reminder that it's the Annual dinner and slideshow on Saturday. A different format for this year but it's going to be great fun. The Zoom link has been sent out and we look forward to seeing you at 6pm, cocktails at the ready!

Last week we had the BMC Midlands Area AGM (via Zoom). The new area committee for the Midlands area was elected and it's great to have strong Bowline presence with three committee members being from our club. Andy Harper is continuing his role as the Access Rep for the East Midlands. Claudia Sarner is also continuing in her role as one of the area representatives on the BMC National Council. And finally I am continuing in my role as Chair of the area committee. We didn't manage to elect a Secretary to the area committee, if you know someone who would be interested please do get them to contact me!

Sadly the hut remains closed whilst the lockdown is in effect, however Jo Boyd (who lives in Llamberis) has been checking on the hut for us and reports that all is well (thanks Jo). We are still accepting bookings for the hut for after lockdown, on the basis that any visit will depend on the prevailing rules at the time.

That's it for this week. Take care everyone and stay safe,


Bowline CC - Reminder Annual Dinner

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Wednesday, 11th November 2020 @ 6:43pm

Hi Folks,

Just a quick reminder that the annual dinner is this Saturday, 14th Nov, held on Zoom kicking off at 6 p.m. Please click the Annual Dinner link for more details and registration. Zoom details to be sent out later this week.

Andy Railton

Bowline CC - Save outdoor education

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 9th November 2020 @ 1:10pm

Hi Bowliners,

We've been contacted by Holly Nicols on behalf of the #saveoutdoored campaign. This is something you are probably all aware of already via the BMC. Outdoor education centres around the UK are facing an existential threat due to the pandemic; many are being forced to permanently close, and many more face closure as we head into the winter season. Outdoor centres have been closed since March, with no income or guidance as to when or how they can reopen.

As things currently stand, millions of young people will miss out on their residentials next year, and if centres close, these opportunities will be lost forever. The #saveoutdoored campaign are asking climbing club members for their support to help raise awareness of the crisis that faces the industry. If we don't fight for this industry, it won't be there to inspire future generations of climbers and mountaineers.

The most useful thing you can do is write to your local MP.  Please use the link - This page makes it really quick and easy to email you MP (I've done it and it's super easy).
Please also share this link with friends/colleagues/etc. There is a BMC video and article  explaining the situation. There is also a petition which you can sign (and share):

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - Quiz and Answers - PDF Files

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Saturday, 7th November 2020 @ 3:27pm

Hi All,

So the Open Document Presentation probably doesn't work for everyone.

So attached is a PDF file of the Quiz Questions (Bowline Quiz October 2020) and then the Quiz and Answers (Oct Quiz & Answers). Unfortunately I can't embed the music files in Adobe Acrobat Reader. So you won't be able to do the music round. No cheating!


Bowline CC - Quiz and Answers

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Tuesday, 3rd November 2020 @ 11:47pm

Hi Folks,

Attached is last night's quiz as an Open Presentation Document. I've set up the document to display the questions and answers in sequence. Open the attached document and then play it as a slide show. You can then use the arrows on your Keyboard to step through the slides and the Questions and Answers will dislpay in sequence.

Just a couple of hints and helps on the Round where I'm asking you to identify the Route, for Route 1 it is the Route on which the person in the red top is climbing the chimney. On Route 2 it is the corner route.

On the Music round, Round 7, the music tracks are embedded as the speaker icons. Put the cursor on the symbol and you can see how to play the track. When you've heard the enough use the cursor to pause the track and then keyboard arrow to display the answer and so on. Anyway I'm sure you will get it....

If this doesn't open I can send through the Questions and Answers as PDF files.

Have fun

Oct Quiz & Answers.odp

Bowline CC - Quiz Night

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Tuesday, 3rd November 2020 @ 11:37am

Hi Folks,

So we had fun last night in the Quiz. I will send out the Quiz with answers embedded in the next few days, for you to have a crack and see how many points you can score. Mr Unwin was top last night, with about 13 points.


Andy Railton 

Bowline CC - Club news (Sunday 1st November)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 1st November 2020 @ 8:29pm

Hi All,

No news last week as I was away on hols but I'm back and just in time to attend the Mountain Biking meet today at Cannock Chase. The weather was much better than forecast and we had a great time doing the red trail. It was really good to see friends face to face again after so long, it's a real shame that the new lockdown means we'll have to wait a bit longer before we can get together again.

It will come as no surprise that the lockdown will mean that the club hut it going to be unavailable to those of us in England for a little longer. How long this remains the case will depend on what happens both in Wales and in England in terms of lockdown restrictions. We've also decide to move the Chairman's Walk back a week to Sunday 6th December in the hope that maybe the lockdown will have ended by then (although I suspect it may get extended).

Still it's not all doom and gloom. We have some virtual events coming up for you to attend:

  • Firstly we have Andy's fiendish quiz mk2 taking place this Monday evening at 8pm via Zoom. Get yourselves settled in with some tipples and nibbles and see how you fair against the clubs toughest quiz master.
  • On Wedensday evening at 7:30pm it's the BMC Midlands area AGM and meeting via Zoom (several club members are part of the area committee so you'll find some familiar faces at the meeting). We are looking for a new secretary to join the area committee. You can register for the area meeting via The BMC website.
  • And of course on Saturday 14th November it's the Annual dinner and slideshow. A different format for this year but it's going to be great fun. For more details on the club website and please do register so we know you're coming.

Take care everyone and stay safe,


Andy’s Fiendish Quiz MK2

  • Monday, 2nd November 2020 at 8pm - 10pm
    Location: By Zoom

    Hi Folks,

    So what you've all been waiting for. It's the second version of Andy's…

    • 5 people attended

Bowline CC - Sad News

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Friday, 23rd October 2020 @ 10:12pm

Hallo Everyone,

I've some very sad news to pass on. Alfie Conn, an ex club member, has died very suddenly this Monday from a massive bleed to the brain. Alfie was a very active club member in the 1990s and noughties, with a break in Antarctica working for the British Antarctic Survey, before then moving back to his roots in Northern Ireland where he continued to climb.

We don't have any details of the funeral, but I'll keep you posted.


Andy Railton

Bowline CC - Club news (Tuesday 20th October)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 20th October 2020 @ 5:38pm

Hi All,

You're probably sick of hearing about lockdowns and rule changes but we do need to highlight that travel to Wales is not permitted from Friday so the hut is currently closed until the lockdown rules in Wales permit the hut to be used again. We are still happy to accept bookings for the hut but whether you can go to the hut will all be subject to the prevailing rules at the time of course.

On a happier note we are currently still OK to go ahead with our Mountain Biking meet on Sunday 1st November at Cannock chase. I'm working on the risk assessment and procedures for the meet so look out for an invite email soon and remember you MUST pre-book in order to attend.

Regarding booking/registering for meets we are aware that some people are having trouble logging in to Groupspaces. This is a Groupspaces issue to do with compatibility with newer browsers. We are looking to move away from Groupspaces soon, in the meantime if you are having issues trying using the Mozilla Firefox web browser as this seems to work.

That's all for this week folks. Hope you enjoy your week/weekend. Oh and don't forget to register for the Annual dinner and slideshow if you haven't already.


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