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Peak district climbing

  • Saturday, 29th July 2017 at 10am
    Location: Bamford Edge

    We're heading to the Peak District this Saturday. Target is Bamford Edge depending on the…

    • 5 people attended

Bowline CC - Make your voice heard

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 25th July 2017 @ 11:03pm

Hey Bowliners,

Looks like the Alpine season is in full swing with various Bowliners out in the mountains and valleys having some pretty awesome adventures judging by the posts on various people Facebook pages. It's making me slightly envious but only a little bit as it's only a few weeks until I'll be off trekking in the Indian Himalayas. But before that I'll be looking to get lots of climbing in here while the sun shines and with that in mind I'll be at Markfield Quarry this Thursday and also hopefully out in the Peak District Saturday (watch out for an invite soon as the forecast is a bit clearer).

As I've mentioned before the BMC is undertaking an organisational review and the team heading the review are asking all members for their views. This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard so please take a moment to fill in this anonymous survey -

Don't forget our next club hut weekend is coming up on the Weekend of 12th/13th August. Get your places booked before there all gone!

Have a great week!


Thursday climbing @ Markfield Quarry

  • Thursday, 27th July 2017 at 6pm
    Location: Markfield Quarry, nr Leicester

    This week we'll keep it local at Markfield Quarry from 6:00pm. Will be bringing a bouldering…

    • 1 person attended

BMC Midlands area meeting

  • Wednesday, 6th September 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…

Bowline CC - Superb Snowdonian Summer Bowline Barbie!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 18th July 2017 @ 12:48am

Hey Bowliners,

Did we have a good time at the hut for our BBQ meet? I'll let Andy Richards mini meet report do the talking:

"Climbing started @ Holyhead in dense supernatural sea mist, with the boat horns sounding. Andy Potter led Harper n Ruth up Black n Tan, then Bruvers, which everyone loved. I took new member Luke up Tension and there was plenty of that in the air when a bush nearly swallowed Luke whole. 

Sunday we headed down to Costa Del Tremadog in glorious sunshine Zoe Pickering took Lizzy Jones n Luke up PNP. I ticked Scratch in fine style, Andy Harper lead and loved the best pitch of PNP. And Mr Potter ticked off the lovely but bold n airy Micah Eliminate. I wonder if one of those tiny new cams got placed? (Ed: yes it did) 

Graham and Yvonne Alexander (currently MIA with the Chocolate cake!), last seen drinking tea at Eric's! Mmmmm."

Fancy getting out to the the mountains for a walk but don't fancy driving all that way yourself. Well then why not meet up the West Bromwich Mountaineering Club who will be holding their next monthly coach meet on Sunday 13th August 2017 heading to the Berwyns. Bowline members are welcome to attend this event. The Luxury coach will depart Edward Street Car Park West Bromwich (postcode B70 8HU) at 07.00am promptly, there is free car parking on a Sunday, leave the car, sit back and relax. 

There will be 2 drop offs at Llangynog and Milltir Gerrig with the pick up later in the day at Llangynog. Coach will arrive back in the Midlands at around 21.30 hours. Anyone unsure of navigating in the hills? No worries join some of experienced members on a led walk. Prices to guests is £22 and under 16s and full time students £8.00, anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To book on the coach, contact the WBMC coach secretary Nigel Tarr on 07703345.

Enjoy our ever popular bouldering evening this Tuesday at The Climbing Station. And also come out for some evening trad this Thursday day evening at Turningstone Edge near Matlock.


Thursday climbing @ Turningstone Edge

  • Thursday, 20th July 2017 at 6pm
    Location: Turningstone Edge, near Matlock

    This week we will be at Turningstone Edge, near Matlock, from 6pm. Contact for the evening is…

    • 2 people attended

Bowline CC - New equipment for club members

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 13th July 2017 @ 4:59pm

Hi Bowliners,

We've just purchased two Via Feratta lanyards to add to our club equipment for members to use. Check out the details of the lanyards and all the other club kit available for you to use over on the website.

Kind regards,

The Committee

Thursday Climbing @ Beacon Hill

  • Thursday, 13th July 2017 at 6pm
    Location: Beacon Hill, Leicestershire

    The weather forecast is very changeable but we're going to make a try for Beacon Hill. Good top…

    • 2 people attended

Bowline CC - It's BBQ time

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 11th July 2017 @ 9:40pm

Hey Everybody,

It was great to be back out in the Peak District on Sunday, and to think I nearly decided not to go along. Certainly was a worthwhile trip with some great routes ticked off including Knights Move and Great Crack at Burbage North (thanks to Andy Richards for encouraging me to do Great Crack, not the kind of route I'd usually go for at the grade). When I arrived at the crag, a little later than everybody else, it was great to see some new faces being welcomed into the group, hope to see Adam and Matt (pictured on the right climbing Pete's Progress) out with us again soon!

Also out at the weekend, and taking on something a little tougher than climbing in the sunshine, was Zoe Procter who completed the Wasdale Fell Race on Saturday in a very respectable 5 hours and 19 minutes. Well done Zoe!

If all this talk of great weekend adventures has whet your appetite then it's not too late to join us for the BBQ at the club hut weekend. There is still one place left at the time of writing so if you'd like to join us get in touch with the hut secretary (Dave Toach).

Now if you're thinking of enjoying some european sport climbing this autumn then why not join our growing group of club members who are off to enjoy the paradise that is Kalymnos. Check out the details on the website.

Thursday climbing will be happening this week but we are just watching the forecast to see where to go. Expect an invite tomorrow.

Have a great week!


Peak District Climbing

  • Sunday, 9th July 2017 at 10am
    Location: Meet at 'Outside' cafe (Hathersage)

    Another chance to spend a lovely day climbing in the Peak District. We'll be in the cafe at…

    • 4 people attended

Bowline CC - Summer, summer, summer time!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 4th July 2017 @ 10:36pm

Hey Bowliners,

What a busy weekend, if you weren't out with the Bowliners then you were missing out! We had a lovely time at the Bryn Hafod hut in southern Snowdonia for our summer meal trip. A beautiful and remote feeling location with some proper adventure style climbs to enjoy. Find out more about the trip in the article by Liz Morrison over on the website. Also enjoying the weekend was a crew of Bowliners taking part in the Saunders Mountain Marathon in the Lake District. Well done to Rob Goodman and Simon Perry for finishing in 5th place in the Carrock Fell class, an excellent result. And a special mention to Andy Richards and Lizzy Jones for winning the heaviest rucksacks award!

We've had a change of date for our Family meet in September. This will now be happening on the weekend of 30th Sept/1st October. We've still got 4 places available, details on the website.

The next club weekend trip meet is our BBQ at the club hut on the weekend of the 15th/16th July, don't forget to book your place. And if you can't wait till then to join us for a climbing then we are planning to go to the Peak District this Sunday. We'll send out an email with the time and place to meet once the forecast is clearer.

Hope to see you at the crag soon,


Thursday Climbing @ Birchen Edge

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

    Gritstone this week so it's Birchen Edge for our Thursday climbing fix. Park opposite the Robin…

    • 3 people attended

Bowline CC - Thursday climbing indoors

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 29th June 2017 @ 4:19pm

Hi All,

Sadly it's pretty damp outside today so we'll have to fallback to The Tower for some indoor climbing. I'll be there from 7pm.



Bowline CC - Not too late to join us for the summer meal!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 28th June 2017 @ 10:28am

Hey Bowliners,

Looking out of the window you might think the best of the summer is already behind us. But fear not the forecast for the weekend is much better, including southern Snowdonia where we are heading for our Summer Meal. There are still some places left in the lovely Bryn Hafod hut and it would be great to fill the hut so get your places booked now via the website. If anyone is stuck for transport I can offer up to 3 people a lift from Leicester.

I was just looking back to find my last email and realised it was before our awesome trip to Northumberland. Well I could easily spend a whole email telling you how great the trip was but sadly there is no time to do that right now. Just ask one of those that went to tell you all about it, and while your at it you can also ask them about our weekend of sunshine in Snowdonia with the guys from the Ceunant club.

If all this talk of great meets has got you wishing you'd come along then fear not, we've got a whole load more great trips before the year is out. You should have received some email invites to these over the past month, but remember you can always find all the list of meets on the website. We've even got a couple of the trips for next year planned already including Joshua Tree at New Year and Fontainebleau in April, I'm excited for these already!

As many of you enjoy heading to Snowdonia it would be good to take a minute to review the Snowdon partnership plan and give your feedback. Check out this article from the BMC for more details and links to the plan.

Looks like we'll have to make do with climbing indoors this Thursday thanks to the weather, will send out an email to confirm tomorrow morning. Hope you enjoy your weekend and hopefully see you all out on the crag very soon.


The summer meal weekend

  • Friday, 30th June 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 2nd July
    Location: Bryn Hafod, Dinas Mawddwy, Powys, POWYS SY20 9JA

    Our annual summer meal weekend is coming up on the 1st/2nd July.…

    • 6 people attended

Christmas bouldering competition

  • Tuesday, 12th December 2017 at 7pm
    Location: The Climbing Station, Loughborough

    Get ready to have fun and test your skills against your fellow Bowline Boulderers at our annual…

    • 1 person attended

Club slideshow

  • Wednesday, 6th December 2017 at 7:30pm
    Location: The Blackhorse Pub, Aylestone, Leicester

    Come and share your adventures with fellow Bowliners at…

    • 9 people attended

Thursday Climbing @ Wildcat (Matlock Bath)

  • Thursday, 22nd June 2017 at 6pm
    Location: Wildcat crag, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

    Back to the southern peak district for this weeks Thursday climbing trip. We'll be at 'Wildcat'…

    • 6 people attended

Chairmans walk and lunch

  • Sunday, 3rd December 2017 at 10am
    Location: The Peak District

    We are going to enjoy another great walk in the Peak District for this years Chairman's Walk.…

    • 26 people attended

Joshua Tree climbing trip

  • Friday, 29th December 2017 at 9am - 6pm Sunday, 14th January 2018
    Location: Joshua Tree, California, USA

    Having visited Joshua Tree in 2015 I can confirm that it is a trad climbing paradise with…

    • 4 people attended

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Happening this month

November 2018
Thursday 1st
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 6th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 8th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Saturday 10th
12:30pm Saturday @ Social Climbing
7pm Annual dinner and slideshow
Tuesday 13th
6pm Bouldering @ Social Climbing
Thursday 15th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
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 @ Social Climbing
Thursday 29th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower

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