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Prusik knots and tricky situations

  • Sunday, 23rd November 2014 at 10am
    Location: Leicestershire

    If you're reasonably new to climbing you will know how to tie on with a figure of eight (or…

Charnwood Hills Race 2015

  • Sunday, 1st February 2015 at 10am
    Location: Martin School, Link Road, Anstey, Leicester. OS sheet 140, grid ref 547093
    Visit the Hills Race page to access the race results.

    The Bowline Climbing Club are…

Bowline CC - Stanage Forum AGM this Saturday

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 29th October 2014 @ 11:38pm

Hey All,

Also this Saturday, something that should be of interest to climbers/walkers who enjoy the Stanage/North Lee's area of the Peak. The Stanage Forum AGM is being held on Saturday at 2.00pm at the Memorial Hall, Oddfellows Rd, Hathersage - Admission open and free.


Bowline CC - OMM + MTB = A busy Bowline week!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 27th October 2014 @ 10:32pm

Hey Everybody,

Apologies for the late running of this weeks email but the breaking news I've just been told is that two Bowliners, Michelle Aukland and Suzie Imber, were the 1st Ladies team home in this years OMM Mountain Marathon. Super well done girls!!

Whist Michelle and Suzie were busy enjoying the Northumberland countryside we had pretty reasonable weather for the weekend. There was climbing in the Peak and bouldering on Dartmoor too! Whatever you were up to I hope you had an awesome weekend :)

We still have a few places available on the Mountain Biking meet this coming weekend. And we really would like to get more people coming to the club annual dinner, remember partners and friends are welcome too!

This week we have
bouldering at the The Climbing Station on Tuesday evening. And then climbing at The Tower on Thursday evening.

Also check out these upcoming events from the BMC:

BMC Winter Skills Lectures this November
Are you ready for winter? Neil Johnson and James Thacker (British Mountain Guides) will prepare you at the BMC Winter Lectures.  These popular lectures are set to inspire any budding winter mountaineers out there. Sponsored by Lowe Alpine there will also be a free prize draw every night.

Dates & Venues (lectures start 7.30pm and run for approximately two hours)
Tuesday 25 November           University of Manchester
Wednesday 26 November      Sheffield Hallam University
Thursday 27 November          University of Birmingham
Tuesday 2 December             University College London
Wednesday 3 December        University of Southampton
Thursday 4 December            University of Bristol

Tickets cost £5 per BMC member and £7 non-members. Group discount: buy 10 or more tickets in advance for £3.50 per ticket. 
Tickets can be purchased online from the BMC shop or by telephoning 0161 445 6111.

BMC Rock Climbing Injury Symposium, 2014

15-16 Nov, Park Inn Radisson, Manchester
A full weekend of evidence-based talks and workshops on climbing injuries in adult and young climbers, given by world-leading experts Professors Volker Schöffl and Andreas Schweizer.  There will also be paediatricians, radiologists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and nutritionist.

Aim: to improve the understanding of climbing related injuries: their prevention, diagnosis and management. 
Who for: Coaches, doctors, surgeons, allied health professionals, climbers, parents of dedicated young climbers, sport and exercise specialists. CPD points available.

Booking & full info:

Bowline CC - Mountain Bike Meet final preparation

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 27th October 2014 @ 12:05am

Hi Everybody,

We are very excited as it is less than one week until our Mountain Biking Meet in the Forest of Dean. We still have a few places left if you would like to join us, there is plenty of walking/climbing in the area if you don't fancy MTB.

For those of you that are going now is the time to double check your bike is in good working order, make sure you have all the kit you need for riding (helmet, gloves, waterproofs, spare inner tube, etc). Please also remember to pack your sleeping bag, wask kit, towel, etc, plus food for making your packed lunches and any drinkie of course!

The outline plan the riding do a single track ride on the Saturday, and then visit the trail centre on the Sunday. However it is possible that due to there being a competition on the Sunday at the trail centre we could possibly switch these round (to be decided on Friday when were all there and peoples preferences can be considered).

To help us organise the food and transport for the weekend can I ask you all to send me an email with answers to the following questions for yourself plus any friends you are bringing:

1. Food - We are arranging a group meal for everyone on the Saturday night, it will probably be a curry style dinner. We wil also be arranging breakfast of porridge/toast for everybody. This is all include in the cost of the weekend. What we need to know is whether you have any special dietary requirements that we need to cater for?

2. Transport - Firstly we need to know whether you have transport sorted? If not please let us know so we can try and find someone for you to travel with!

3. Lifts - If you are going in your own vehicle and are able to offer a lift to others please can you let me know where you are travelling from and your contact details so I can pass them on to people in need of a lift?

I think that's it, if you need any more info or have any questions let me know.

Look forward to seeing you all there,

Andy Potter
BCC Meets Secretary
07796 220055

Bowline CC - Are you ready to PARTY?

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 20th October 2014 @ 1:14pm

Hey Bowliners,

We had a busy week just gone, even if it was mainly indoor activities. The Tuesday bouldering night was super with loads of Bowliners and friends in attendance. If you haven't come down on a Tuesday yet then why not come and join us, the routes at The Climbing Station are great and the atmosphere friendly and fun! We also enjoyed the Brit Rock Film tour in Derby. Hope you all had a great weekend and managed to get out between the showers!

We have our Club annual dinner coming up really soon so we need to know ASAP if you can make it and if so what menu choices you would like (and whether you will need accommodation). Last year we had a fantastic time and this year will be just as good so I'm looking forward to seeing you all there!!

This week we have bouldering at the The Climbing Station on Tuesday evening. And then climbing at The Tower on Thursday evening. The forecast for the coming weekend is not brilliant but keep an eye on your emails (or our website) for updates on any potential climbing meets (outdoor or indoor).

Roped Climbing @ The Tower

  • Thursday, 4th January 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 11th January 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 18th January 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 25th January 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 1st February 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 8th February 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 15th February 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 22nd February 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 1st March 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 8th March 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 15th March 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 22nd March 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 29th March 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 5th April 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Location: The Tower Climbing Wall, Beaumont Leys, Leicester

    Whilst we wait for the long evenings to return so we can climb outdoors on a Thursday we will…

Bowline CC - Yet another weekend of awesome adventures...

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 13th October 2014 @ 6:13pm

Hey Bowliners,

Well if you didn't come to North Wales with us this weekend then you really did miss out. We had the most lovely weather, wall to wall sunshine on Anglesey on Saturday. Climbing at Holyhead mountain was just brilliant (especially the rather interesting 'Elephants Arse' route), although I wish I had had an abseil rope as the conditions at Gogarth were sublime! We had a lovely meal and drinks at the club hut on Saturday night thanks to Laurence, Louise, Adam and Dave for the great company!

And then Sunday morning brought us yet more wall to wall sunshine, this time even in the mountains. So we had all the activities in full swing with Dave handling the mountain biking, Laurence and Louise taking on the walking, whilst Adam and I enjoyed climbing at Carreg Wastad with the sun beating down on us all day. It's a hard life, but someones got to do it!

This week we will of course be at The Climbing Station on Tuesday as usual. And on Thursday we have a meet at the Brit Rock film festival in Derby (don't forget to book your tickets in advance). Bouldering beforehand at the climbing unit.

We've a couple of new dates in the diary too (see below). The BMC Midlands area meeting and AGM on the 19th November. And the club committee meeting on the 29th October.

Hope you all have a great week!

BMC Midlands area meeting & AGM (plus talk by Matt Stygall)

  • Wednesday, 19th November 2014 at 8pm
    Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Road (junction with Olton Lane), Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3PE

    Come along to the quarterly gathering of Midlands climbers and walkers.  The evening includes a…

Bowline CC - It may be wet but we're still going for it!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 9th October 2014 @ 1:07pm

The forecast for the weekend involves the pesky wet stuff falling from the sky pretty much wherever you are in the country. So you might as well be in the lovely Snowdonia enjoying the mountains and of course the apres-mountain fun back at the hut. If like me you're not put off by a little rain then come and join us!

For those that are coming could you please let me know that you will be there? If you have transport sorted (and if you can offer a lift to anyone)? And of course whether you would like to join in the evening meal on the Saturday night which I will organise (and if so whether you have any special dietary requirements or food you simply can't eat)!

If you are coming to the hut for the first time don't forget to bring your sleeping bag, towel, wash kit, etc. And of course bring food for your breakfast/lunches and any drinkies you want :)

Given the inclement weather make sure you've got full waterproofs and bring wellies if you have them. Some people are bringing Mountain Bikes to go for a bike ride on one of the days so if you want to join in bring your bike too (or any other alternative activity equipment you like, perhaps a boat given the forecast)!

Any questions give me a shout - 07796 220055

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - Climbing, Scrambling Biking

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 6th October 2014 @ 11:29am

Hey Everybody,

Well I don't mind so much that it is raining today as I am sat in my nice warm/dry office. Especially as the sun was out yesterday so we could enjoy a lovely chilled out day of climbing at Craig Buddon and Markfield Quarry. The sun was also blazing in the South of France judging by the photo's from Loz, Tony and Andy who enjoyed a superb week climbing in Verdon gorge. Watchout for some photo's of their trip appearing soon on our Facebook page.

Looking forward to the coming weekend we will be off to the club hut for Scrambling and Walking. I will be preparing a dinner for the Saturday night so let me know if you are joining us and would like to be catered for. Also please let me know if you are planning to drive as it would make sense to co-ordinate lifts. I know we have some people coming who need transport and in any case taking less vehicles is cheaper and makes parking at the hut easier!

Next week we have an extra evening meet on Thursday 16th October for the Brit Rock Film tour. The films begin at 8:30pm at The Quad in Derby and to make the most of the evening in Derby why not join us beforehand from 6pm for pre-film Bouldering at The Climbing Unit!

This week we will of course be at The Climbing Station on Tuesday as usual. And there will be climbing at The Tower on Thursday evening too. See the events page on our website for details of these and all other club meets.

Club Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, 29th October 2014 at 7:30pm
    Location: The Blackhorse Pub, Aylestone, Leicester

    We have a team of club members who volunteer to be part of our committee and help co-ordinate…

    • 1 person attended

Thursday Climbing - The Tower

  • Thursday, 9th October 2014 at 6pm
    Location: The Tower Climbing Wall, Beaumont Leys, Leicester

    This weeks climbing session is at The Tower Climbing Centre in Beaumont Leys, Leicester. Come…

Pre-Film Bouldering

  • Thursday, 16th October 2014 at 6pm
    Location: The Climbing Unit, Derby

    Let's make the most of the trip to Derby by sneaking in some bouldering at The Climbing Unit…

    • 1 person attended

Sunday Climbing - Craig Buddon and Markfield

  • Sunday, 5th October 2014 at 10am
    Location: Craig Buddon and Markfield Quarry

    The weather forecast looks OK on Sunday so lets make the most of it and get out on some lovely…

    • 1 person attended

Saturday Climbing - Redpoint Birmingham

  • Saturday, 4th October 2014 at 1pm
    Location: Redpoint, Birmingham

    Well the forecast for Saturday is not favourable but we don't want you missing out on climbing…

    • 1 person attended

Bowline CC - Climbing, Scrambling Biking

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 29th September 2014 @ 7:07pm

Hi Bowliners,

Hope you all enjoyed the lovely weather at the weekend! I hear we had groups out climbing on Saturday and Sunday, good to see you all making the most of the weather, long may it last. On Sunday we had a great time at Bamford Edge. Congratulations to our newest member Angeline Burrell who claimed her first trad lead (and also her first clean 2nd at VS 4c, see our photo of the week). Also congratulations to another new member, Adam Rembiasz, who lead his first HS 4b!

Right I've a few things to remind you all of, so here goes:

  • Our hut secretary Bob Crosby will be out-of-town until 8th October. So if you have any enquires about the hut please send Bob a text message and he will respond as soon as he can!
  • It's less than two weeks to our club scrambling and walking weekend (11th/12 October). Have you booked your place at the hut before it's full?
  • A recce of the trails for the Mountain Biking weekend has revealed some fantastic riding. Really looking forward to this and places are going very quickly so get yourself booked in now!
  • This week we are bouldering at The Climbing Station on Tuesday as usual. Plus indoor climbing at The Tower on Thursday. Weather permitting there will be climbing in the Peak at the weekend too, watchout for an update later this week!
  • Entries for the photo of the week on the front page of our website are always welcome, just email me your best pic from the past week!

Sunday Climbing - Eastern Grit

  • Sunday, 28th September 2014 at 10:15am
    Location: Meet at Car Park behind 'Outside' in Hathersage

    The weather for the weekend looks pretty reasonable on both Saturday and Sunday so lets get out…

    • 1 person attended

Lisa McDermid

Posted by Andy Railton, Wednesday, 24th September 2014 @ 9:01am

  • I've some very sad news to pass on to everybody. Lisa McDermid who used to be a member of the club has been killed in an accident on the Aonach Eagach last Saturday. Lisa had moved to Scotland some years ago, but still kept in touch with the club and also used to join us on some of the meets when we went North of the border. We don't know when Lisa's funeral is yet, but as soon as we know we'll spread the word. Lisa's partner is Bob Hughes. If you would like to send your condolences I've sent round Bob's contact details by EMail.

Bowline CC - Another awesome weekend at the hut!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 22nd September 2014 @ 6:19pm

Hi All,

Yes that's right I was lucky enough to enjoy an awesome weekend at our lovely club hut (thanks to the Ahonen-Bishopp and Archer familes for the great company). We had beautiful weather on Sunday for sport climbing in the Slate Quarries, I was pleased to get my first lead on slate (The Mallard, 5c) and also to second Sodor (6a) which my eldest son had already done in his trainers (he's catching me up, arrrgh). Looking forward to going back the hut for our club scrambling/walking weekend on 11th/12th October, why not join us!

Hopefully you've all received the email about the club dinner on Saturday 15th November. It's going to be a brilliant evening and hopefully I'll get to meet lots of you there. Keep an eye out for a further email this week about the chairmans walk on Sunday 7th December. Of course you'll find these dates and all our other meets at the bottom of this email, plus on the events page of our website. New additions include the club slideshow on Wednesday 10th December, plus the Bowline Christmas bouldering competition on 16th December.

Hopefully you've all had a chance to get familiar with our new website. We will shortly begin using the website to send out all emails and event information to you all. This will be done as a transition so that I will still send out emails to you directly but eventually the website will become the source for all our communication. This change will also allow you to use the website (or your own email) to send messages to club members (just like we do with the current Google groups facility). Further information on the group emails will follow!

This week we are bouldering at The Climbing Station on Tuesday as usual. Plus indoor climbing at The Tower on Thursday. Weather permitting there will be climbing in the Peak at the weekend too, watchout for an update later this week!

To find out more about the Leicester area based
Bowline Climbing Club
Zoe Pickering (07709 337976)

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