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Peak district day trip

  • Saturday, 14th February 2015 at TBD
    Location: Peak District

    If the weather is reasonable this weekend and you fancy a trip to the Peak District on Saturday…

Bowline CC - Come out and play...

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 8th February 2015 @ 10:22pm

Hi Everybody,

Great to see that Bowliners are making the most of the winter conditions. Simon Perry and Rob Goodman sampled the delights of Ice Climbing in Snowdonia earlier this week and I hear that Masa Sakano has had good weather (for ice climbing) up in Scotland. Personally I haven't been bitten by the winter climbing bug yet, so next week I'm off to the South of France for a week of warm sport climbing, can't wait!

What about you? Have you had any adventures yet this year? If not why not kick things off by coming along to our club hut meet in March or grab a place on our Mountain Biking (and climbing) meet at the end of March, places are going fast so be quick!

And to help you get inspired for adventure why not join us for a top lecture from Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker - Big walls, beards and bagels - At The Climbing Station on Feb 20th at 8pm. Get your tickets in advance from Andy Railton (07894 533629) or Zoe Pickering (07709 337976).

Don't forget Bouldering as usual this evening (Tuesday) at the climbing station. And on Thursday its climbing at The Tower.

Annual General Meeting

  • Wednesday, 18th March 2015 at 7:30pm
    Location: The Black Horse Pub, Narrow Lane, Aylestone, Leicester LE2 8NA

    Calling all Bowliners. Please come along to The Blackhorse Pub on Wednesday 18th March 7:30pm,…

Winter warmer club hut meet

  • Friday, 13th March 2015 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 15th March
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Our first club hut meet of the year! About this time last year we were climbing on Holyhead…

Bowline CC - Welcome to 2015, Bowline style!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 3rd February 2015 @ 12:02am

Hi Everybody,

Well the first proper week back has absolutely flown by. Although the evening adventures were all in the warmth of a climbing wall or cozy club/pub; the weekend got us out and about. We enjoyed a fun whiz around the Mountain Biking trails at Cannock Chase on Saturday. But the main event was of course the Charnwood Hills Race. This was the first year I have been involved with the race and it was a great experience. Not being as fit as some of my brave bowline friends I marshalled on the course and cheered all those brave runners. Well done to Simon Perry for being the first placed Bowline man with a time of 1:48:35, and also to Zoe Proctor, first Bowline woman with a time of 1:48:50. And of course massive thank you to everyone who helped with the organising and running of the race. I hope to see lots of Bowliners running next year!

Since my last email we've made some refinements to this years meets list. Hopefully you have all received my email earlier about the Mountain Biking trip on 28th March (this is instead of 14th Feb). We've added a couple more club hut meets (one in July and one in September and potentially one in March). The date for the Dolomites meet has been changed slightly (22nd August to 6th Sept). The full meets list is now available on the website and I will be keeping this update going forward so you can always find the details here if you want to know what is going on.

This week we are Bouldering as usual this evening (Tuesday) at the climbing station. And on Thursday its climbing at The Tower. Hope to see you at one of these!

Mountain Biking (or Climbing) trip to the Forest of Dean

  • Friday, 27th March 2015 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 29th March
    Location: The Fountain Inn Lodge, Park End, Forest of Dean

    Back by popular request we have another chance to sample…

Bowline CC - Welcome to 2015, Bowline style!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 27th January 2015 @ 1:06am

Howdy Bowliners,

Gosh it seems like ages since I was last writing to you all (not long enough I hear you say). I suppose it actually has been quite a while but that is what happens when you are lucky enough to spend 16 days in the USA. Yes that's right I've got my climbing year off to a cracking start with two weeks of climbing in the simply stunning Joshua Tree national park, including a little diversion to Red Rock Canyon for some multi-pitch climbing. Although I could very easily launch in many details of a totally awesome trip I will spare you all for now (keep an eye out for a writeup at some point), because I want to mention a view important things. Not least of which is what you've all been waiting for... yes it's the Bowline Climbing Clubs 2015 meets list.

But first just a little reminder that we have a very busy week with lots of things for you to get involved with. We are Bouldering as usual this evening (Tuesday) at the climbing station. Then it is the BMC Midlands Area meeting on Wednesday. We have a club committee meeting on Thursday. Then on Saturday you can join us for Mountain Biking at Cannock Chase and of course we have the Charnwood Hills Race on Sunday. Details of all these events are of course on our website and listed below in the 'Upcoming meets' section for your convenience.

Mentioning our website we will soon be changing the way we email you all. I will be giving you more details probably in next weeks email.

Right so without further ado if you look down this email (after the 'Upcoming meets' section) you will find a full list of meets for this year. I will be adding these to website with more details over the coming weeks. But get these in your calendar now, as I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible over the course of this year. And remember, fun and adventure comes as standard!

Big Walls, Beards and Bagels (by Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker)

  • Friday, 20th February 2015 at 8pm
    Location: The Climbing Station, Empress Rd, Loughborough, LE11 1RH

    The Climbing Station…

Mountain Biking

  • Saturday, 31st January 2015 at 11am
    Location: Birches Valley Forest Centre, Cannock Chase, WS15 2UQ

    Join us for a relaxed days MTB trail riding at Cannock Chase. We will be riding the 'Money…

Club Committee Meeting

  • Thursday, 29th January 2015 at 7:30pm - 10pm
    Location: The Black Horse, Narrow Lane, Aylestone, Leicester LE2 8NA

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

Bowline CC - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 25th December 2014 @ 12:13am


Bowline CC - Bouldering Competition Results

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Sunday, 21st December 2014 @ 12:09am

HI Everyone,

The results for the Bowline Bouldering Competition, just the points one, held on the 16th December are attached.


Andy Railton


Posted by Andy Railton, Saturday, 20th December 2014 @ 11:59pm

  • Hi Everyone,

    So we all had a really good night at the Climbing Station on Tuesday. 15 people took part in the competition.

    Tony Bishopp stormed to an unassailable lead with 207 points, ending up 50 points in front of his nearest rival Adam Rembiasz who scored 154 points, just one point in front of Simon Perry. Suzi Imber was the first female climber with 125 points.

    In the speed climbing competition Andy Richards had set a fiendishly hard and complex route that Adam Rembiasz climbed the fastest in just 47.66 seconds some 5 seconds ahead of the nearest challenger Tony Bishopp with a time of 52.41 seconds. A big thank you to the Climbing Station for hosting the event and letting us use the upstairs room for refreshments after the event and to Zoe Pickering who helped to organise the event and handed out raffle tickets to the competitors. Hope to see you all next year for a bit of Pre-Christmas fun.

Club committee meeting

  • Wednesday, 7th January 2015 at 7:30pm
    Location: The Black Horse, Narrow Lane, Aylestone, Leicester LE2 8NA

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

Bowline CC - Cover Photo 2015 competition

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 14th December 2014 @ 1:22pm

Hi Everybody,

The Bowline Cover Photo 2015 competition is OPEN. Throughout 2014 we have had the talented Rob Goodman gracing our posters and website/facebook page (photo and editing by Luke Abbott). We are looking for a photo of a club member to be the cover/poster for 2015. Please send your entries to the Meet Secretary (


Bowline CC - The end of an awesome year is nigh!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 14th December 2014 @ 12:43pm

Hey Bowliners,

Well I always find the run up to Christmas flys-by, and this year has been no exception. After the club slideshow on Wednesday (great to see so many people in attendance) I realised we had only our Christmas Bouldering competion this coming Tuesday and then that's it for 2014 meets. But whilst it may have flown by I think it has been a fantastic 2014. I've certainly learnt an awful lot about being a Meet Secretary and I'm really excited to be planning the meet programme for 2015 which I will be announcing sometime before the end of the year!

As this is probably the last weekly update I will send out this year I just wanted to say thankyou to all of you that joined us for the trips and meets this year. It was fantastic to meet you all and I hope like me you are looking forward to more fun and adventures together next year. I'd also like to say a big thank you to our committee who work hard, often quietly, behind the scene's to keep the club running smoothly for all of us :)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

BMC Midlands are meeting & talk by Mick Fowler

  • Wednesday, 28th January 2015 at 8pm
    Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Road (junction with Olton Lane), Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3PE

    So the BMC Midlands area year kicks with a meeting at the Old Edwardians Sports Club in…

Bowline CC - An introduction from the new BMC Midlands Area Clubs Rep (Michelle Aukland)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 14th December 2014 @ 11:52am

Hi folks,

To introduce myself, I was elected into the role of BMC area clubs rep during the November AGM. 
My main role will involve promoting clubs communication, liaising with clubs and reporting any issues back to the BMC clubs committee. It would be great to hear your ideas about how the Midlands Area clubs can develop links and perhaps work towards some joint clubs ventures. 

It's already brilliant to see clubs like West Bromwich Mountaineering Club opening their doors to members of other clubs on their well attended monthly coach meets around the country. Perhaps your club has a meet they would consider opening to others?

So please feel free to contact me if you've any ideas or suggestions either by email or come and chat to me at club meetings. 

SO the NEW YEAR begins with Mick Fowler who's kindly agreed to speak to us at our meeting at the Old Edwardians Sports Club in Solihull on Wednesday 28th January....

Former Alpine Club president and recently appointed BMC Patron, Mick will be joining us fresh from his venture to summit an unclimbed north face in the Indian Himalayas. A formidable climber and mountaineer with nearly 4 decades of experience, it promises to be a memorable and fascinating talk.

Look forward to seeing lots of you there. The usual nibbles will be provided along with a bar at hand and an opportunity to meet and mingle with an amiable bunch of like minded folk. What more could you want?

Enjoy the festive period!

Best wishes,

Michelle Aukland
BMC Midlands Area Clubs Rep


Posted by Andy Railton, Thursday, 11th December 2014 @ 7:28am

  • I've some very sad news to pass onto to everyone. Annie Firth was found dead in her house yesterday. Annie had been a very long standing club member and had remained in close contact with her friends in the club. As soon as we find out we'll pass on the funeral details and where you can send your condolences to.

Bowline CC - Winter rocks!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 1st December 2014 @ 6:31pm

Hey Bowliners,

What an awesome weekend in Snowdonia! Two days of multi-pitch climbing on lovely welsh rock at this time of year was great early christmas present. On Saturday we had a light breeze and warm sunshine so the East Face of Tryfan was the place to be, for us and the many students from Swansea Uni MC. Followed by wine and plenty of tasty food back at the club hut. Sunday admittedly was a bit colder, but we wrapped up and went for a big alphinesque day out on Amphitheatre Buttress that was totally worthwhile. Despite being held up for ages by a slow team ahead of us. All told a brilliant weekend!

We have our regular bouldering and climbing sessions on Tuesday/Thursday this week. And of course next Wednesday is the club slideshow and I need lots of you to come and share your photo's and stories please (just think you'll be saving your fellow club members from having to listen to me talk all evening).

NB: Thank you everyone for the great idea's for next years meets. Keep your suggestions coming as I will be putting together a proposed diary in the next week.

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

Happening this month

November 2018
Thursday 1st
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Thursday 8th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Saturday 10th
12:30pm Saturday @ Social Climbing
7pm Annual dinner and slideshow
Tuesday 13th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 15th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Sunday 18th
10am Sunday climbing at Bamford
Tuesday 20th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Wednesday 21st
7:30pm BMC Midlands AGM and Alex Roddie talk
Thursday 22nd
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 27th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 29th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower

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