A very happy new year to you all. Hopefully you had a good start to 2017. We certainly had a great time at the club hut over New Year. The weather was cold but good for walking/scrambling. We had some lovely group walks with beautiful views (click the picture to see what I mean).
Whilst we were out walking some lucky club members were sport climbing in El Chorro. Congratulations to Anni Bishopp on her first 6c lead. You can see a picture of Anni doing the route on the front page of our website where it is our 'photo of the week'.
The start of the New Year brings with it a new set of club meets which I hope will appeal to as many of you as possible. A lot of thought goes into trying to arrange our meets, and there is no better satisfaction for your meet secretary than when we have lots of friendly and keen people filling up the places. This year I am aiming to flesh out all the meets for the year during January so that you can see all the details and choose the ones that you'd like to attend. Already on the website you can find details of all the club hut meets, the ski-ing trip to Tignes, the club AGM, and the bouldering trip to Fontainebleau.
I'll be adding more details over the coming weeks but in the meantime here are the proposed dates for the meets that are not yet on the website. I've not included here any weekends climbing in the Peak district as there will be many of these occuring throughout the climbing season as and when the conditions are favourable:
- 29th April - 1st May - Lake district meet (Wallabarrow Camping Barn)
- Whitsun bank holiday weekend (28th - 30th May + extra days) - Northumberland.
- 12th - 10th June - Isle of Skye (Cuillin Ridge)
- Weekend of 1st/2nd July - Summer meal (North Wales).
- 22nd-30th July - Joint Alpine meet with Ceunant MC.
- Summer bank holiday weekend (26th-28th August) - Cornwall.
- Weekend of 24th/25th September - Yorkshire Gritstone weekend .
- End of Sept/Start of October - Kalymnos
- Weekend of 21st/22nd October - Mountain Biking Meet (Brecon Beacons)
- Saturday 18th November - Club annual dinner.
- Sunday 3rd December - Chairmans walk.
- Wednesday 6th December - Club slideshow.
- Tuesday 12th December (evening) - Christmas bouldering competition at The Climbing Station.
And of course we will be bouldering at The Climbing Station on Tuesday evenings, and climbing at The Tower on Thursday evenings as usual.
If you weren't at our Christmas Bouldering competition last Tuesday then you missed a great evening. We tried a different approach this year with two competitions rather than just the one. We had a 'fun' competition which was based around entrants selecting a suitable level at which to climb, the idea being to level the field and give everyone a fair chance of winning based on challenging themselves. The winners of the 'fun' competition were Rachel Singleton and Andy Railton.
We also had a 'serious' competition in which the harder the route, the more points you scored. The Climbing Station selected a series of routes for the entrants to attempt. The winners of the 'serious' competition were Claudia Sarner, and Andy Potter/Derek Woo (joint first). Andy Richards also ran the speed climbing competition, which this year was based on climbing in pairs which worked really well. The winning pairing was Andy Harper and Andy Potter.
A big thanks to Zoe Pickering and Dave Toach for their help organising the competition, doing the scoring and sorting out all the food and drinks for our competitors to enjoy. Full results list is below.
That's it for meets for this year. We hope you've all enjoyed it and as always we welcome any feedback or suggestions for future meets. The meets list for next year will be going up on the website in the next couple of weeks.
Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year.
Speed climbing competition results:
Andy H & Andy P - 00:46.76
Derek & Jeremy - 00:47.25
Andy Richards & Jeremy - 00:51.00
Andy Railton & Andy P - 00:59.14
Pete M & Ollie - 01:00.07
Yvonne & Simon - 01:04.79
Lucy & Claudia - 01:21.69
Rachel & Tony - 01:27.80
Fun competition results:
Rachel - 71 pts
Andy Railton -64 pts
Pete B - 57 pts
Yvonne - 38 pts
Serious competition results:
Derek - 58 pts
Andy P - 58 pts
Simon C - 55 pts
Tony H - 54 pts
Ollie - 41 pts
Pete M - 40 pts
Claudia - 38 pts
Andy Richards - 37 pts
Lucy - 36 pts
We had a great evening last Wednesday at the club annual slideshow. As seems to be traditional now we got off to a slow start thanks to my late arrival and technical issues. But once underway we were treated to some inspiring stories and pictures of adventures from across the globe. Including Rob, Simon and Masa's very successful alpine trip in the summer, the latest update from Suzie's current Andes expedition, Rachels travels in Australia and South East Asia, Sally's adventures in New Zealand, and more. It's definitely got me excited about the meets we've planned for next year. Look out for invitations to these coming to your inbox over the Christmas period.
But before we write this year off we've got one more evening of fun for you, yes it's time for the annual Christmas Bouldering competition which is taking place this Tuesday evening, from 7pm at The Climbing Station. This a a fun, friendly event no matter what your bouldering level so come along and take part!
Of course there will also be roped climbing at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 18:30 on Thursday as well!
See you tomorrow,
Goodness I can't believe how far back I had to go to find the last weekly email I had sent. Apologies for the lack of Bowline news waiting in your inbox. I've been incredibly busy of late, and whilst the club is very important to me, I just haven't had the time to pen a weekly update email. But rest assured I'm back on the case now and normal service has resumed.
First things first, I hope that I will see you on Wednesday evening for the clubs annual slideshow at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone from 7:30pm. Of course we don't use slides these days, instead we will have a projector and laptop so that you can share with us your favourite pictures and stories. It doesn't have to be just climbing, or about a club trip. Perhaps you have been travelling to interesting places, cycled/walked/paddled somewhere and would like to spend a few minutes telling us about it. The pub does good food and drinks which you can enjoy whilst getting inspired by tales of adventure.
Of course we will be bouldering at The Climbing Station Tuesday night as usual. There will also be roped climbing at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 18:30 on Thursday!
As I mentioned above the past month as been a busy time despite the dark nights and wintery weather. Bowliners have been really busy and we've had a series of very successful meets including our Chairmans Walk, MTB skills days, A love the hut weekend, The club annual dinner, The Mountain Biking meet, and The OMM. I'd love to tell you more about these great trips because we had some brilliant times, but then this email would be 10 times as long so just ask me or one of the other attendee's about it next time you see us.
We are working hard on the programme of meets for the coming year and I will be sending out more details of these over the coming weeks. In the meantime keep an eye out for an invite to the Christmas Bouldering competition next Tuesday evening.
Look forward to seeing you all at the Slideshow
For those coming to the Chairmans Walk our Chairman reports that the road to Edale from Hope is closed so people will have to go through Castleton and over Mam nic. It's a little further so worth allowing extra time for, and making sure you know where to go.
See you Sunday,