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Christmas bouldering competition

  • Tuesday, 16th December 2014 at 7:15pm
    Location: The Climbing Station, Empress Rd, Loughborough, LE11 1RH

    Get ready to have fun and test your…

Club Slideshow

  • Wednesday, 10th December 2014 at 7:30pm
    Location: The Blackhorse Pub, Aylestone, Leicester

    Come and share your adventures with fellow Bowliners at this years annual Slideshow. We will…

Bowline CC - Annual Dinner (Saturday 15th November)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 22nd September 2014 @ 2:01pm

Dear All,

Hopefully you've put the date for the club dinner in your diaries for Saturday the 15th of November. We are going to Brooksby Hall, which is on the A607 out towards Melton Mowbray. We kick off at 7pm for 7:30 p.m. We're having a three course meal followed by a disco afterwards. Dress is DJs for the men and posh frocks for the women. The cost of the tickets is £35 a head, you'll need to choose what you're having for starters, mains and desert from the list below. 

There are some student rooms that we may be able to use, we're trying to confirm this with the hall if you would like to stay over. These would be £20 per head for the night. There is a house with 12 sleeping spaces, this does cost £450 a night for all 12 people (£37:50 each) but does include breakfast. If there are 12 folks who want to book this let me know and I can arrange it for you.

So £35 secures you a ticket, can you pay by BACS which is the much preferred method, see our website (don't forget to email Dave Toach and Andy Railton letting us know you've paid). Alternatively, send a cheque made payable "Bowline Climbing  Club Ltd." to Dave Toach, our treasurer, at 47, Muriel Road, Leicester LE3 6BH with "CLUB DINNER" marked on the back.

You must also send an email to Andy Railton stating what your food choices are.

Look forward to seeing you on the 15th of November.

Stilton and Broccoli Soup

Prawn cocktail with Marie Rose sauce, crispy iceberg lettuce and lemon

Game Terrine with red onion compote

Garlic Field Mushrooms with toasted rye bread

white wine


Chuck steak with Guinness and roasted onions

Local Chicken roasted with a Chausseur sauce

Filet of cod served on mustard mash and button mushrooms

Fennel and thyme tart with mature Cheddar shavings

Bread and butter pudding with cinnamon, dried fruit and custard

Sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce

Chocolate Tart with Jack Daniels Cream

Lemon posset with a lemon short bread

Bowline CC - Andy Kirkpatrick and others in Oxford - 'First on the Continents'

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 22nd September 2014 @ 11:31am

Hi Everybody,

My weekly update will follow soon as will an update on the club annual dinner. But in the meantime checkout this:

FIRST ON THE CONTINENTS’: Friday 28th November 2014, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 7pm, £15

‘First on the Continents’

brings together world class mountaineers Andy Kirkpatrick (UK), Alex Huber (Germany) and Michael Kennedy (USA) to tell of their epic adventures and mountaineering firsts across the continents of Antarctica, North America and Europe. The event, hosted by Doug Scott CBE and in aid of Community Action Nepal, is the first ever to celebrate the differing challenges and rewards of searching out new routes and first ascents across the globe.

Andy Kirkpatrick

will speak about his new route climbed in 2013 on Ulvetanna – The Wolf’s Tooth in Antarctica. In the public eye after leading the ONE Show’s Alex Jones in her BBC Sport Relief climb, he is a captivating public speaker with a razor sharp stand-up sense of humour. Andy’s search for the cold, long and difficult has led him to be described as "making Ray Mears look like Paris Hilton". The beauty of Antarctica combined with great story telling will make Andy’s lecture one to savour.

Alex Huber

, who is at the forefront of world rock climbing, will speak of his awe inspiring un-roped solo ascent of the overhanging Cima Grande face in the Dolomites. Once started, the only way off this route was to reach its 3,000 metre summit. Reinhold Messner has said this about Huber’s climb: "500 meters of absolute exposure, without protection and possibility of return, a brilliant deed, which can hardly be surpassed in elegance". In order not to compromise the solo commitment of the climb, the dramatic film footage of the ascent, requiring supporting climbers/cameramen close-by, was only recorded when he repeated the ascent!

Michael Kennedy

, a legendary figure in American and world climbing, will speak of first ascents in the harshest of mountain environments in Alaska, with its bitter temperatures and fierce storms. He will speak of his first ascents of the Infinite Spur on Mount Foraker in 1977 and the Wall of Shadows on Mount Hunter with Greg Child in 1994. His climbing is driven by intuition and living fully in the moment. An engaging and authoritative speaker, he was editor of Climbing Magazine for more than 20 years.

Doug Scott CBE

, the inspiration behind this event, has said, "Fascination with the unknown is a powerful force which has long driven climbers to look round the next corner. With a cast of world class climbers at the top of their game, ‘First on the Continents’ will take the audience around those corners with tales of pure adventure set amongst amazing landscapes."

The evening features a special charity auction of mountain prints signed by Messner, Bonington, Hornbein and Bonatti, which will raise funds for Community Action Nepal.


: Friday 28th November 2014, 7.00pm -10.00pm


Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW


: £15

Tickets are available from us by post. Please send a stamped addressed envelope stating how many tickets you need (see address below), and make cheques payable to 'Community Action Nepal'. Please tell us your email/ telephone number just in case we need to contact you. If you live in Oxford you can get tickets (cash only) from Blacks in St Aldates.

Please phone us on 01865-778536or email us at

if you need more information.

Phil Powell and Sarah Loving43 Annesley RoadOxford OX4 4JH

Community Action Nepal was set up by Doug Scott as a way "for climbers to give something back to the country in which they lived their mountain dreams. CAN seeks to improve literacy and numeracy among children and adults, extend health and dental care, reverse the depopulation of remote villages, develop women’s groups and strengthen indigenous community-based culture. By supporting ‘First on The Continents’ events, you will help to make a real difference to the lives of the Himalayan mountain people".

See the website for further details:

Saturday Climbing - Peak District

  • Saturday, 20th September 2014 at TBD
    Location: One of the crags near Hathersage

    There will be a group of us heading to the Peak on Saturday for climbing. Exact venue and…

Bowline CC - Wow what a scorcher!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 15th September 2014 @ 1:34pm

We're back!!!

Hope you all enjoyed yourselves this past week. Apologies for the lack of weekly email but there was no way for me to send it from Lundy. Needless to say with sunshine beating down every day and sooooo many great routes to climb we had a simply fantastic time on Lundy. I could go on for hours about how great it was, but I'll keep that for another email. Watch out for some photo's of the trip on our Facebook page shortly.

Whilst I've been away places have been filling up fast on the Mountain Biking meet. If you want to join us then get your name down and send your £30 ASAP. Thanks to the assistance of Claudia Sarner we will now be offering dinner on the Saturday night, plus breakfast (porridge and toast) on Saturday and Sunday mornings all included in the price. So you just need to bring your packed lunches.

We have a club committee meeting this Wednesday, 7:30pm at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. All club members are welcome to attend. Now the nights are drawing in we are switching back to our Winter programme of evening activities. So there will be bouldering at The Climbing Stations as usual from 6pm. Also we will be climbing on Thursday evening at Redpoint in Birmingham from 6:45pm onwards. There may well be climbing in the Peak this weekend so keep an eye on your email for updates.

Details of Craig Harwood's Funeral

Posted by Andy Railton, Monday, 15th September 2014 @ 1:02pm

  • The funeral will take place on Tuesday 23rd September 2.15pm at the Unitarian Chapel, King Edward Street, Macclesfield SK10 1AB

    (then close family only to the crematorium for the committal)

    This will be followed by a gathering at the Masonic Hall, Riseley Street, Macclesfield SK10 1BW to which everyone is welcome. Only family flowers.

    Donations to the Cornwall air Ambulance who did everything they could to save Craig

    No dress code - Janet has asked people to come as who they are.

    Parking at either the Masonic Hall (5-10 min walk in almost a straight line and they are happy for people to park there on the day) or at Whalley Hayes car park, Westminster St/King Edward Street SK10 1BS (free after 3pm).

    Below a map link showing the different places.

    There is also a book of condolences that anyone who would like to contribute a story, a picture or a thought to do so. You can send your messages to Mark Hartell at, who was a close friend of Craig's and has very kindly agreed to add them to the condolence book.

    Andy Railton

Craig Harwood

Posted by Andy Railton, Monday, 8th September 2014 @ 6:49pm

  • I've some very sad news to pass on. Craig Harwood who used to be a very long standing member of the Bowline Climbing Club has been killed in a climbing accident at Bude last week. Craig was a very active member of the Bowline for many years, before moving away from the Leicestershire area. Craig was a very keen climber and runner. Craig helped to organise the Charnwood Hills Race and was also instrumental in helping many novice climbers to begin their rock climbing careers; I can remember being dragged up a route on Craig Cywarch in Mid Wales by Craig.

    Our thoughts are with his partner Janet and his family.

    Andy Railton (8th September)

Sunday climbing - Burbage North

  • Sunday, 7th September 2014 at 10:15am
    Location: Car park behind 'Outside', Hathersage

    Climbing at Burbage North in the Peak District, meet up at 10:15 in the car park behind…

Saturday climbing - Horseshoe Quarry

  • Saturday, 6th September 2014 at 10am
    Location: Horseshoe Quarry, nr Stoney Middleton

    A group are heading over to Horseshoe Quarry on Saturday (6th Sept) for sport climbing; meeting…

Bowline CC - Whooa we're going off to Lundy...

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 1st September 2014 @ 4:52pm

OK so I'm not expecting to see the Vengaboys on Lundy, nor will there be any Ibiza'esque night life. But that is just perfect because we're going for the miles of awesome rock just waiting to be 'Bowlined'. No doubt we will come back with tales of adventure and great times. So if you are not joining in Lundy then why not come along to one of the many upcoming meets we have. Checkout the list lower down the email or look on our website, new meets include Mountain Biking, Fireworks, The club annual dinner, Chairmans walk, and the BritRock Film tour.

We may also try and squeeze in another day or two in the Peak district if the weather stays nice so keep an eye on your emails. We had a fantastic time at Stannage Popular yesterday with a great turn out and it would be good to do the same again before the winter comes. Check out some of the pictures on our Facebook page.

NB: The BMC Midlands area meet and talk by Nick Colton is next Wednesday 10th September, see the attached draft agenda.

Mountain Biking Weekend

  • Saturday, 1st November 2014 (all day)
    Location: The Fountain Inn Lodge, Park End, Forest of Dean

    For this years Mountain Biking meet we are going to the MTB mecca of the Forest of Dean, on the…

    • 2 people attended

Chairman's Walk and Lunch

  • Sunday, 7th December 2014 at TBD
    Location: Monyash, Peak District

    Our traditional chairman's walk is on Sunday 7th of December and we will be walking to the…

    • 1 person attended

Annual Dinner

  • Saturday, 15th November 2014 at 7pm - 11:59pm
    Location: Brooksby Hall

Sunday Climbing - Eastern Grit

  • Sunday, 31st August 2014 at 10:15am
    Location: Eastern Grit, meet in the car park behind 'Outside' in Hathersage

    UPDATE - The weather forecast has changed so we are now going to the Eastern Grit area. We…

    • 1 person attended

BMC Midlands area meeting and Nick Colton talk

  • Wednesday, 10th September 2014 at 8pm
    Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3PE

    Join us at the next BMC Midlands area meeting, featuring a talk by BMC Deputy CEO Nick Colton…

BritRock Film Tour

  • Thursday, 16th October 2014 at 8:30pm
    Location: The Quad, Derby

    Leading adventure film maker Alastair Lee and his crew of creatives at Posing Productions have…

    • 1 person attended

Thursday Climbing - Craig Buddon

  • Thursday, 28th August 2014 at 6pm
    Location: Craig Buddon

    Meet at Craig Buddon from 6pm for climbing. If the weather is no good we will fallback to The…

Bowline CC - It was a bit damp in Cornwall

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 27th August 2014 @ 6:27pm

Well I think we've been pretty lucky this year with the weather for our Bowline meets. So I guess it wasn't a great surprise that our climbing exploits this weekend were limited to Friday and Saturday. However we made the most of the good weather we had with lots of adventure climbing on Bosigran Ridge and on the Bosigran main cliffs. Plus with some teams arriving in advance of the weekend and some staying on too there was plenty of Bowliners enjoying the lovely Cornish granite.

And the rain didn't stop play completely, we just switched to different activities with running, body boarding and walking to keep us entertained. Plus visits to some of the local historical sites and the Newelyn Fish Festival. All in all and excellent weekend, thank you to Zoe Pickering for organising the meet and to all those who came for making it great fun!

If all this talk of climbing is making you want to get out on the rock the weather for this weekend looks favourable so keep an eye on your email as I will let you know where we are heading out too!

Also, those of you going on the Lundy meet I will be sending out an email tomorrow with some extra information!

Thursday Climbing - Beacon Hill

  • Thursday, 21st August 2014 at 6pm
    Location: Beacon Hill, nr Woodhouse

    Meet at Beacon Hill from 6pm for climbing. If the weather is no good we will fallback to The…

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