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BMC Midlands Area meeting and Suzie Imber talk

  • Wednesday, 7th February 2018 at 8pm
    Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Road (junction with Olton Lane), Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3PE

    Come along to Solihull for our next gathering of Midlands climbers and walkers and get involved…

    • 4 people attended


E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Monday, 15th January 2018 @ 12:29pm

Hi Folks,

The Charnwood Hills Race is coming up in just less than 3 weeks time. Our means of recording the results now uses chipped timing, though we back this with good old paper and pencil records as well. The electronic timing people use a laptop with a big battery back-up. Although not strictly necessary it would useful to have a generator available just in case. Does anyone have a small generator that they are willing to lend out? We almost certainly wouldn't need to use it. If you do can you drop me an Email.


Andy Railton (

Bowline CC - Merry Christmas and a New Year of meets!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 27th December 2017 @ 11:32pm

Hi All, 

Firstly I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and that you've recovered from the effects of any excesses over the past few days. With the New Year approaching it's time to start thinking about 2018 and the adventures we can have together, whether they be on rock, on foot or on two wheels. With that in mind you'll hopefully have already got the meets we've sent out over the past few weeks in your diaries. If not remember you can always find all the meets over on our website.

You'll have noticed that a number of the meets I've sent out already are not being organised by me. This is something that I am very pleased about as it means we can put on more great meets by spreading the work involved across many people. Most meets are actually pretty straight forward to organise in principal, and if we have most meets being run by club members it means the Meet Secretary can be free to provide guidance and assistance to those running the meets. This is important as we will be in need of a new Meets Secretary in near future so we want to make the role something more manageable, requiring less work for the individual than is currently the case (trust me I know).

With this in mind what I'd like is some more volunteers to run meets for 2018. We are aiming to discuss the Meets for 2018 at our next committee meeting on Wednesday 17th January so get in touch with me before then and let me know what meet you'd like to offer to organise. I can do all the website/facebook/email stuff for you, all I need is the brief outline of the meet, date/times, location, etc. It's much easier than it seems and very rewarding!

I'm off to Joshua Tree for a few weeks so I look forward to reading all your suggestions when I return. Andy :)

Climbing on the Jurassic coast

  • Friday, 16th February 2018 at 6pm - 5pm Tuesday, 20th February
    Location: Portland Dorset

    February isn't usually the best month for climbing in the UK. But for those keen to keep their…

Club AGM, Quiz and Kit Sale

  • Wednesday, 14th March 2018 at 7:30pm
    Location: Blackhorse Pub, Aylestone

    Come along support your club committee and have your say on club matters at our Annual General…

    • 13 people attended


E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Friday, 15th December 2017 @ 2:22pm

Hi Folks,

We are going to be ordering some club clothing. We are doing this by individual order so you'll need to let us know how many and what size items you would like. There is a unisex Subzero thermal long sleeved top base layer in Black with a quarter length zip (£21.50), a female cut Navy/Marine micro fleece (100 weight) with a quarter length zip (£18.50) and a male Royal Blue micro fleece (100 weight) with a quarter length zip (£14.50). We are putting the club Logo over the left breast in Yellow. Attached is an Order Form (filled in as an example) please fill in the CLEAR fields, NO text in the YELLOW Cells please. Also attached is a Doc with some pictures of the Clothing in the colours we are ordering.

We'd like you to get the ORDER forms back to us in two WEEKS please to:



Andy Railton

BANFF Film Festival

  • Saturday, 3rd March 2018 at 2:30pm
    Location: Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 3DQ

    If the Bowline slideshow whet your appetite for adventure inspiration then why not join us at…

    • 4 people attended

Bowline CC - Christmas bouldering competition

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 8th December 2017 @ 3:13pm

Hey Everyone,

Great to see lots of you at our slideshow. A really diverse range of inspiring adventurers were shown, thanks to Claudia, Tony & Rachael, Simon, Rob, David, and Hadyn.

We have one more meet to see out 2017... get ready to have fun and test your skills against your fellow Bowline Boulderers at our annual Christmas Bouldering competition on Tuesday 13th December, 19:00 at The Climbing Station in Loughborough. With pizza's to share afterwards and fun prizes it's the place to be! 

The competition kicks off at 19:30 sharp and you'll want to warm up first so we suggest you get there for 19:00. This year we will have two main competitions, one fun competition with a handicap system to make it as fair as possible. And a 'serious' points based competition for those like that kind of thing. In both cases you'll need a partner to climb with and you'll get 50 minutes to complete as many routes possible.

At 20:30 we will have the speed climbing competition set by Mr Richards, this will be the same format as last year with pairs of climbers racing to be the fastest across the wall. 

After the competition we'll gather for Pizzas and drinks upstairs. There will be a prize for the male and female winner of each of the main competitions and also the winning pair in the speed climbing competition. We'll also have a free raffle with some bonus prizes.

It costs £5 to enter. Cash on the day please (ideally the exact amount).

Look forward to seeing you there,


Bowline CC - Bouldering/Climbing evening swap this week

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 4th December 2017 @ 10:23am

Hi Bowliners,

It's the next round of The Climbing Stations bouldering competition this Thursday evening. So we are swapping evenings this week, we will be roped climbing at The Tower climbing wall on Tuesday evening and bouldering at The Climbing Station on Thursday evening.

See you there,


Bowline CC - BMC Organisation Review Group report and survey

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 27th November 2017 @ 2:17pm

Hi Bowliners,

I'd like to draw your attention to the recent release of the BMC Organisational Review Group report and the survey for members to give their feedback on the report.

This is a really important time for the BMC and its members, and that means you guys because as a BMC affliated club you are all members of the BMC. The BMC is a membership organisation and as such it is critical that it has feedback from the membership to help guide the work that is done by the BMC's volunteers and staff. The Organisational Review Group report makes a number of recommendations which will shape the future of the BMC if they are accepted by the membership at the next BMC AGM.

The Organisational Review Group would really like to receive lots of feedback from members about the recommendations so there is time to make any changes in advance of the AGM. They have put together an online survey to help make this as easy as possible. You should all have received an email from the BMC about this which contains a link to the survey, please please take a moment to review the report, even if you just read the summary version and then complete the survey. This needs to be done before the 22nd December. In case you didn't receive the email the survey can be found here -

You can find the reports on this page of the BMC website -

Kind regards,

Andy Potter
Meets Secretary


Bowline CC - Lift sharing for the Chairman's Walk

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 27th November 2017 @ 1:59pm

Hi All,

This coming weekend it's our annual Chairman's Walk and Lunch. We're going to enjoy a lovely walk in the Peak District and it definitely makes sense to share lifts. Saves the environment and saves you money too!

If you are able to offer a lift it would be great if you could reply to this email. Likewise if you are looking for a lift please reply and then you'll be able to co-ordinate transport amongst yourselves.

See you Sunday!

Andy Potter
Meets Sec

Saunders Mountain Marathon

  • Saturday, 30th June 2018 at 9am - 3pm Sunday, 1st July
    Location: Lake District

    Entries are now open for the 40th Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon which will be held over…

    • 6 people attended

Thursday Climbing @ Bear Rock

  • Thursday, 16th November 2017 at 6:30pm
    Location: University of Warwick Sports Hall (on central campus), Gibbet Hill Rd, Coventry, CV4 7AL

    An alternative destination for this weeks Thursday climbing. We're going to head to Bear Rock…

    • 5 people attended

Bowline CC - Lakes MTB blog article by Haydn

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 12th November 2017 @ 11:38pm

Hey Everybody,

Haydn has a new blog post up about our Lake District Mountain Biking meet - check it out on Hadyn's website.

Kind regards,

BCC Meets Secretary

Bowline CC - Party Time!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 10th November 2017 @ 4:17pm

Hey Bowliners,

It's our annual dinner coming up on Saturday 18th November. We're going to meet at the Belmont Hotel at 7pm for drinks before sitting down for dinner at 7:30pm. You can wear what you like of course but why not take the opportunity to get dressed up; you'll be in good company as some members are wearing their DJ's and sparkly dresses.

Have a good weekend,

BCC Meets Secretary

Bowline CC - BMC Winter Skills lectures

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 6th November 2017 @ 7:00pm

Hey Everybody,

The BMC are once again hosting a series of Winter Skills lectures. These are great for those thinking about getting into winter walking and climbing in the mountains. Tickets are normally £9, BMC members can get them for £7 but we can also get a group discount with tickets at only £4.75 if we book 10 or more. 

The nearest lecture venue is in Birmingham on Monday 27th November. If you are keen to attend let me know by this Friday and if there is more than 10 people I'll make a group booking and collect the money from you.

Full details here -

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - Mountain bikers where are you?

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 30th October 2017 @ 4:02pm

Hi Everyone,

Usually we are fully booked for our annual Mountain Biking meet but I've just check on our website to see who is coming and we still have lots of spaces. Where are all the Mountain Bikers?

If you're wanting to join us then please do book your place now as I need to know who is coming by the end of Wednesday at the latest. The weather forecast looks pretty good and some great trails are waiting for us to ride. You don't need to be an experienced rider to join us, in fact you can join us even if you just fancy a weekend in the Lake District for walking/scrambling/etc.

We've got a nice bunkhouse with hot showers and a log fire to warm yourself when you return, plus a group dinner on the Saturday night - see all the details on the website.

Look forward to see all the places taken by Wednesday!

Any questions give me a shout!


BMC Midlands area - AGM and Organisational Review discussion

  • Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 at 8pm
    Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Road (junction with Olton Lane), Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3PE

    Come along to our…

    • 3 people attended

Bowline CC - Club committee meeting Wednesday 1st November, 19:30 at the Blackhorse Pub

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 25th October 2017 @ 5:29pm

Hi Bowliners,

Our next club committee meeting is on Wednesday 1st November, 19:30 at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. Club members are welcome to attend committee meetings so feel free to come along. If you are one of the people who contributed suggestions for the improvements to the hut, we'd like you to come along and discuss your idea's with the committee if possible.

Kind regards,

Andy Potter
BCC Meets Secretary

Bowline CC - Learning to fly

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 25th October 2017 @ 12:05am

Hey Bowliners,

You may have noticed the new awesome photo of the week over on the club website featuring club member Blanka who has just got back from a trip to Spain for some sport climbing performance coaching. She has written a great article about her experience, check it out.

And if your inspired to grab your harness and get climbing then join us on Thursday night at The Tower!

Kind regards,


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Bowline Climbing Club
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7:30pm BMC Forum
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