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Joint hut meet with Ceunant Mountaineering Club

  • Friday, 16th June 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 18th June
    Location: Ty'n Lon (Ceunant MC hut), Nant Peris, Snowdonia

    We are teaming up with the Ceunant Mountaineering Club for a joint hut meet in Snowdonia.…

    • 6 people attended

Bowline CC - Happy New Year

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 4th January 2017 @ 4:22pm

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.

Family meet at the club hut

  • Friday, 29th September 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 1st October
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Following a very successful meet last September we have another late summer weekend where "the…

Winter family meet at the club hut

  • Friday, 10th March 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 12th March
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    A winter weekend where "the kids rule" at the hut. Previous hut weekends with the kids have…

Club hut weekend

  • Friday, 19th May 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 21st May
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    It's another great weekend for club members to get together at our lovely hut. With two club…

BBQ at the club hut

  • Friday, 14th July 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 16th July
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Join us the club hut for a weekend of adventure. Whether it's Climbing, Scrambling, Cycling or…

    • 3 people attended

Climbing in North Wales at the club hut

  • Friday, 8th September 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 10th September
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Another chance to enjoy a stay in our wonderful club hut and join fellow club members and…

    • 1 person attended

More adventures from our club hut

  • Friday, 6th October 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 8th October
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Come and make the most of the last of the good weather (hopefully) from our wonderful club hut.…

    • 2 people attended

Love The Hut weekend

  • Friday, 7th April 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 9th April
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Come and help us show our hut some 'love' this spring time, and get it ready for us to use over…

Winter walking/scrambling in Snowdonia

  • Friday, 27th January 2017 at 6pm - 5pm Sunday, 29th January
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Brynrefail, Snowdonia

    Our first club hut meet of the year! We've already had some great walks/scrambles in Snowdonia…

Club AGM and Pub Quiz

  • Wednesday, 15th March 2017 at 7:30pm
    Location: Blackhorse Pub, Alylestone, Leicester

    This year our Annual General Meeting not only offers you the chance to have your say on club…

Club Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, 11th January 2017 at 7:30pm
    Location: Blackhorse Pub, Alylestone, Leicester

    We have a friendly team of club members who volunteer to be part of our committee and…

BMC Midlands Area Meeting and Maddy Cope talk

  • Wednesday, 1st February 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 - Exciting times ahead

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 20th December 2016 @ 2:09pm

Hey Bowliners,

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

Bowline CC - Christmas is in the air

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 12th December 2016 @ 6:37pm

Hey Everybody,

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,


Christmas Bouldering Competition

  • Tuesday, 13th December 2016 at 7pm - 9:30pm
    Location: The Climbing Station, Loughborough

    Get ready to have fun and test your…

Bowline CC - We're back on the air

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 5th December 2016 @ 6:01pm

Hello Bowliners,

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


Bowline CC - Chairmans Walk road closure

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 2nd December 2016 @ 1:32pm

Hey Everyone,

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,



Fontainebleau bouldering

  • Saturday, 8th April 2017 at 9am - 4pm Saturday, 15th April
    Location: Fontainebleau Forest, France

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

Chairmans Walk and Lunch

  • Sunday, 4th December 2016 at 10am
    Location: Edale Car Park, Edale, Peak District

    This years Chairman's Walk takes us to the heart of…

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