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Bowline CC - Alpine Aspirations

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 15th May 2017 @ 4:54pm

Hi Everyone,

Goodness I hadn't realised just how long it had been since I last sent out an update. Apologies for the interruption of service but hopefully you've all been receiving the invites to various meets, and seen the photo's of the great times we had in the Lake District over on our facebook page. New to the list is a trip to Northumberland for the Whitsun Bank holiday, places in the bunk house are almost sold out already (just one left at the time of writing), but you can still join us by bringing your tent and camping. We've also got a date set already for next years trip to Fontainebleau, for those wanting to hire a Gite it's worth booking early hence why we've announced the date now.

A while ago you hopefully remember we announced a joint trip to the Alps (Argentiere) with Ceunant Mountaineering Club from 22nd-29th July. A number of you have asked me individually about this trip (which unfortunately I can't make) and it would be great to have a good sized group from our club. The guys from Ceunant have invited us to a joint hut meet at their hut in North Wales on the weekend of 17th/18th June with the idea of getting to know each other before the alps trip. Can everyone who is keen to be involved with this trip please get in touch with me via email so I can a plan co-ordinated?

Since my last email the BMC AGM has been and gone, fortunately without the need for a change of executive committee after the motion of no confidence was rejected. The BMC AGM saw one of our long standing club members join the executive committee, Graham Richmond is now the Honorary Treasurer (see announcement here from the BMC). It's great that we have a number of club members involved with the BMC including Andy Railton (BMC Midlands East Access Rep), Claudia Sarner (BMC Youth and Training Committee) and myself (BMC Clubs Committee Rep). We would actively encourage you all to get involved and one of the best ways is to come along to the local area meetings, the next one is taking place on Wednesday 7th June, 8pm in Solihull (I can offer lifts from central Leicester, leaving around 6:30pm).

Also from the BMC comes the chance to see Tommy Caldwell on tour with two dates (Sheffield and London) on the 1st/2nd July. If you're thinking of going just be aware that this is the same weekend as our summer meal trip to Snowdonia.

Come and join us for our regular Tuesday night bouldering at the Climbing Station, always a popular evening. And this week our Thursday evening climbing takes us to Beacon Hill (weather permitting). At the weekend we have a club hut meet in North Wales, there might be a few places left if you're quick.

See you soon,


Fontainebleau bouldering

  • Saturday, 31st March 2018 at 9am - 5pm Saturday, 7th April
    Location: Forest of Fontainebleau, France

    The unique bouldering mecca that is the 'Foret de Fontainebleau' in France is our destination…

    • 6 people attended

Northumberland Climbing and Bouldering

  • Friday, 26th May 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Monday, 29th May
    Location: Budle Bay Campsite, Waren Mill, Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE70 7EE

    Somewhere a bit different for our Whitsun bank holiday meet. We're heading a little bit off the…

    • 7 people attended

Thursday Climbing @ Beacon Hill

  • Thursday, 18th May 2017 at 6pm
    Location: Beacon Hill, Leicestershire

    This weeks Thursday climbing venue we're keeping it local with a chilled out session at Beacon…

    • 4 people attended

Kalymnos trip

  • Saturday, 16th September 2017 at 9am - 6pm Saturday, 23rd September
    Location: Kalymnos of course

    The ever popular greek island climbing mecca that is Kalymnos has inspired an intrepid group of…

    • 4 people attended

BMC Midlands Area Meeting

  • Wednesday, 7th June 2017 at 8pm
    Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Road (junction with Olton Lane), Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3PE

    Come along to our next gathering of Midlands climbers and walkers, and get involved with the…

    • 2 people attended

Thursday Climbing @ Birchen Edge

  • Thursday, 11th May 2017 at 6pm
    Location: Birchen Edge, Peak District

    Our Thursday climbing team feel the evenings are long enough now for trips to the Peak…

    • 5 people attended

Peak District Climbing (Sunday)

  • Sunday, 7th May 2017 at 10am - 6pm
    Location: Peak District

    We're going to head to the Peak District this Sunday for our climbing fix. Contact  Zoe…

    • 3 people attended

Thursday Climbing @ Charnwood Quarry

  • Thursday, 4th May 2017 at 6pm
    Location: Charnwood Quarry, Leicestershire

    This week we're going to try again for climbing at  Charnwood Quarry, meeting there from 6pm.…

    • 3 people attended

Summer family meet at the club hut

  • Friday, 4th August 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 6th August
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Come and enjoy an extra family meet to make the most of summer at our lovely club hut. Previous…

Thursday Climbing @ The Tower (not Charnwood Quarry)

  • Thursday, 27th April 2017 at 6pm
    Location: Charnwood Quarry, Leicestershire

    UPDATE - Unfortunately the weather is not favourable for our planned trip to Charnwood Quarry.…

    • 5 people attended

Sunday climbing in the Peak District

  • Sunday, 23rd April 2017 at 10am
    Location: Meet at the Deli in Hathersage

    It's on for climbing in the Peak District this Sunday. Meet at the Deli in Hathersage for 10am…

    • 2 people attended

Thursday Climbing @ Beacon Hill

  • Thursday, 20th April 2017 at 6pm
    Location: Beacon Hill, Leicestershire

    This weeks Thursday climbing venue is Beacon Hill. Good top roping and bouldering here so bring…

    • 6 people attended

Bowline CC - Wish you were here

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 11th April 2017 @ 11:18pm

Hi Bowliners,

Well at least I don't have to feel too bad about posting pictures of the amazing climbing here in sunny Font. As I see that loads of you have been out enjoying the beautiful british climbing, happy days! Need less to say we are having a fab time here with some great bouldering happening right across the grade range (and across the age range).

We have got some club members on their first time in Font and they are getting to grips with the unique Font style of bouldering. And of course of us that are back for our annual pilgramage. If you've not been to this magical place yet then I strongly recommend you make a plan to come here. If you don't consider your self a 'boulderer' Font may just change your mind (yes it is that good)!

Also enjoying the sunshine this weekend were a team of hard working volunteers who headed to North Walesto give our club hut some spring love. Thanks to these guys, all the earth has been removed from the front of the hut and hardcore laid, and then slabs laid at both entrances. The end wall of the hut has been tendered, bathroom windows painted, undergrowth cleared, exterior paintwork touched up and more work towards the base for the new shed. A really big thanks to all those who helped out and to our hut secretary, Paul Parker, for organising all the works. There is more improvements to the hut planned over the rest of this year, we'll keep you posted.

Also on the subject of the hut please be aware that following a proposal at our AGM and ratification by the committeee (as suggested at the AGM) we are increasing the cost for non-members using the hut to £12 per person per night. The cost of exclusive hire of the hut increases in line with this to £144 per night. Also, at the discretion of the committee, a cancellation charge (not exceeding the value of the booking) may be imposed on groups of four or more people cancelling a booking with less than seven days notice.

That's all from here in Font. Hope you all have a great Easter weekend!


Thursday Climbing @ Craig Buddon

  • Thursday, 13th April 2017 at 6pm
    Location: Craig Buddon, Leicestershire

    Great to see a good crew out at Markfield last week. Let's make it another good one this week…

    • 5 people attended

Bowline CC - Lake district meet additional campers and pub dinner

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 6th April 2017 @ 12:54pm


There were some people who enquired about additional camping for the Lake district meeting. We've negotiated some additional space with the farm for around 6 people to camp. If you were one of the people who wanted to do this please let me know ASAP so I can allocate the spaces.

Also, for those attending the Lake District meet we've had a minor change of plan. We will now be having our group meal on the Saturday night and then going to the nearby Newfield Inn Pub on Sunday night (which we will walk to from the farm). We are booked in at the pub for 7:30pm, there is no need to order in advance but if you'd like to see a sample menu you can find one on the pub website.

Looking forward to it!



Bowline CC - Hi ho, Hi ho, It's off to Font we go

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 5th April 2017 @ 12:00am

Hey Bowliners,

Wow we had a busy weekend with Bowliners spotted all over the Peak District. Whether it was Curbar, Stanage, Burbage North, Raven Tor you'd have found club members out trad climbing and bouldering. Seeing the pictures on Facebook made we slightly jealous that I couldn't join you, although I had a nice time taking some Explorer Scouts climbing at Symonds Yat on Sunday. It was also great to see some of our new club members joining in the outdoor fun too.

This week we have the first meeting of our new committee. Any club members are welcome to attend committee meetings so if you'd like to join us we'll be at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone from 7:30pm.

Hope you had fun bouldering at The Climbing Station tonight, getting ready for our upcoming trip to Font, oh yes it may be a little quieter at the bouldering wall next week. I promise we will try not to tease you too much with pictures of the awesome Font bouldering on the club Facebook page ;)

But before we head off to Font we have time for our first outside Thursday climbing session. Join us from 5:30pm on Thursday at Markfield Quarry.

You may not get an update from me until I'm back from Font. But if anyone is heading out climbing in the UK don't forget to share your plans with your club friends and let's get as many members out climbing as possible (see below for info on how to email club members).


Thursday Climbing - Markfield Quarry

  • Thursday, 6th April 2017 at 5:30pm
    Location: Markfield Quarry, nr Leicester

    Outside again at last for our Thursday climbing fix. This week we'll keep it local at Markfield…

    • 8 people attended

Bowline CC - Climbing at the weekend

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 30th March 2017 @ 12:55pm

Hey Everyone,

We don't have a climbing meet planned this weekend. However the forecast is looking reasonable, particularly on Sunday. I'm sure there will be some of you keen to head out for a climb and it would be great if club members could climb together, share transport, etc. 

So if you are thinking of going climbing and want to invite other club members along, or if you are looking for a partner to climb with, you can easily email all the club members by addressing your email to

  • Note that the email must come from the email address that we have on the club email list otherwise it will not be sent, you should receive a copy of your email if the process has worked successfully. Any replies to your email will go to everyone.
  • Club members can opt-out of receiving this kind of email by changing the 'Receive unofficial email from club members' option to 'No'. If you need assistance with this please contact the web master.

Happy Climbing,


Bowline CC - Peaks and Pads

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 28th March 2017 @ 5:38pm

Hey Everyone,

Well that was a cracking weekend in the Peak District, what a way to kick start the climbing season. We had a great time basking in the sun at Lawrencefield and Millstone on Saturday, with Rob Goodman leading way on the hard routes with a repeat of Regents Street (E2 5c). Sunday was equally warm and pleasant for bouldering at Curbar with Tony Bishopp and friends working the hard problems on the boulders whilst the rest of us headed up to the main crag for some slightly easier trad than the previous day. There were lots of tired arms and worn finger tips by late in the afternoon. You can check out a few pictures from the weekend over on our facebook page and also the photo of the week on our website homepage.

This past week also saw a new addition to the clubs equipment for members to use. We are now the proud owners of a 'SNAP Wrap' bouldering mat which is kept at the club hut and is available for club members to use when staying at the hut. The mat may be taken out by club members for bouldering in the area, but must not be taken away from the hut overnight. Ideal for a warm-up on Dinorwic Mill Rocks just outside the hut.

The BMC are running another First aid & Mountain Medicine weekend in the Peak District on 3rd/4th June. Among the top doctors running this weekend is one of our club members, Michelle Aukland. To find out more and book your place head over to the BMC website

As always come rain or shine the Bowliners will be bouldering at The Climbing Station tonight getting ready for our upcoming trip to Font. And we'll be working on our roped climbing on Thursday which this week is back to The Tower climbing wall. Although it won't be long until we are heading outside for climbing on Thursdays, hooray! 

Have a great week everybody!


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

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