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Bowline CC - Climbing on Thursday/Friday and the weekend

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 2nd July 2015 @ 10:27am

Hi Bowliners,

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.

Andy :)

Bowline CC - BMC Workshops and Auction

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 29th June 2015 @ 10:38pm

Hi All,

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 
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.

Bowline CC - Summer meal success

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 28th June 2015 @ 11:20pm

Hey Everybody,

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!


Bowline CC - Party time, excellent!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 23rd June 2015 @ 11:15pm

Hey Bowliners,

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!


Thursday Climbing @ Birchen Edge

  • Thursday, 25th June 2015 at 6pm
    Location: Birchen Edge

    Change of plan. We are going to Birchen Edge this Thursday. Aiming to be there for…

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).


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