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BMC Midlands Area AGM and James McHaffie Talk

  • Wednesday, 23rd November 2016 at 8pm
    Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Road (junction with Olton Lane), Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3PE

    Come along to the next gathering of Midlands climbers and walkers. The evening includes a…

Bowline CC - Two MTB places available now and last chance for the annual dinner

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 31st October 2016 @ 5:19pm

Hi All,

We now have TWO places available for the MTB trip next weekend. First come first served, email me if you're interested (ignore that fact that the website says sold out).

Also it's your last chance to get places for the annual dinner. You can book now via the website.

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - Mountain Biking weekend place available

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 31st October 2016 @ 12:50pm

Hi All,

We have our annual Mountain Biking trip this coming weekend (5th/6th November) and this year we are heading to the Dalby Forest. This trip was sold out but now one of our members can't make it so there is a space available. If you're interested let me know ASAP!



Bowline CC - Dinner Time

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 25th October 2016 @ 11:17pm

Hey Bowliners,

We're nearly at the end of October and we still have good climbing conditions this is pretty awesome. I've heard that there has been climbing in The Peak District, North Wales and Scotland over the past week so get out there and make the most of it while you can. I'd join you myself but I'm busy preparing for the OMM at the weekend!

But enough about climbing this weeks mission is to get your tickets booked for the club dinner as we have to confirm our booking by Monday 31st October so you need to book you places NOW VIA THE WEBSITE!!! 

It's going to be a great night so don't miss out, and don't forget partners are very welcome too.

Hope those of you who went bouldering at The Climbing Station tonight had a good session. We're climbing at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 18:30 on Thursday as usual!

Andy :)

Bowline CC - The Boulderer and the Bear

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 17th October 2016 @ 3:26pm

Hey Bowliners,

It was a beautiful day at Stanage Plantation this Saturday, we timed our arrival perfectly to miss the morning dampness and found we weren't the only ones making the most of the great conditions. We had a wonderful time testing ourselves on some of the classic problems, with some highball finishes to really get the blood pumping. Checkout the photo of the week on our website main page which shows Tony attempting 'To Be or Not To Be' (photo by Toby Archer).

On Sunday the Bishopp and Potter families decided to have a rest from
climbing and visit a well known theme park in Staffordshire. Here amongst the various thrill rides there are plenty of ways to encourage you to part with your pennies. Including various challenges to win prizes but with the odds stacked against you. However, if you can climb then using your hands to hang on to things, often thin crimpy things, is second nature. No problem then for Tony to hang on to a pull up bar for two minutes and win a soft, cuddly and rather large addition to the household.
So if you're a climber visiting aforementioned theme park then checkout the challenge down in the Mutiny Bay area. Ideal as a Christmas present, although maybe for a favoured niece/nephew so you don't have to worry about where to keep it!

Of course visiting theme parks is fun but not as good, in my opinion, as going climbing. And with that in mind there may be an opporunity for more climbing at the weekend. We'll keep an eye on the weather and make a suggestion later in the week if conditions look favourable.

In the meantime you can make good use of your time by booking your places for the
 club annual dinner on Saturday 19th November. 


Tomorrow (Tuesday) we are bouldering at The Climbing Station as usual so come along and send some problems with us. Or if your preferences align more to climbing with ropes then join us on Thursday at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 19:00 onwards. Or really splash out and come along to both!

Have a great week!

Bouldering at Stanage Plantation

  • Saturday, 15th October 2016 at 12pm
    Location: Stanage Plantation, Peak District

    UPDATE - The weather forecast has changed so we are now going bouldering at Stanage Plantation…

Bowline CC - Wonderful Wales

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 10th October 2016 @ 2:48pm

Hey Everyone,

Conditions really were wonderful in North Wales this weekend. It seems that our hut was busy with club members out enjoying climbing, scrambling, walking and even some open water swimming. And of course enjoying the apres-climb refreshments!

Hopefully you've all received an invite to the premier social event of the year! I'm talking of course about the club annual dinner on Saturday 19th November. Make sure you get your places booked straight away and help us celebrate 65 years of the Bowline!

As mentioned a few weeks ago Michelle and Masa met up in Scotland last month with their sights set on some of the classic sea stack climbs on the Scottish coast. They truly embraced the spirit of adventure climbing in their quest for sea stack nirvana, read all about in Scottish Sea-Stack Attack by Masa Sakano.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) we are bouldering at The Climbing Station as usual so come along and send some problems with us. Or if your preferences align more to climbing with ropes then join us on Thursday at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 19:00 onwards. Or really splash out and come along to both!

Have a great week!


Love the hut weekend

  • Friday, 25th November 2016 at 6pm - 5pm Sunday, 27th November
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    It's time to do some work on our lovely club hut so…

MTB Skills Course

  • Saturday, 3rd December 2016 at 9:30am - 4:30pm
    Location: Chase Skills (based at Ride and Run), Unit 4 Chase View, Walkers Rise, Hednesford, Staffordshire, WS12 0QU

    Calling all Mountain…

Charnwood Hills Race 2017

  • Sunday, 5th February 2017 at 10am
    Location: Martin School, Link Road, Anstey, Leicester. OS sheet 140, grid ref 547093

    The Bowline Climbing Club are pleased to be hosting the 31st Charnwood Hills race on Sunday 5th…

Bowline CC - Reel rock and Real bouldering

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 2nd October 2016 @ 11:09pm

Hello Bowliners,

What a cracking time we had bouldering at Robin Hood's Stride and Cratcliffe today. The weather was just perfect and climbing was pretty sublime too. There were some excellent sends from the adults and the juniors too. With a heathly dose of tree climbing and picnicing just for good measure. I've heard various people were out enjoying the climbing elsewhere today, hope you all had a great time too!

If all this talk of climbing is getting you inspired why not get some further inspiration from this years Reel Rock film tour. The tour is visiting Birmingham this Thursday evening and a couple of club members are going along to check it out. If you prefer to get your inspiration first hand instead, then join us on Thursday at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 19:00 onwards. Or if you can't wait till then come along to the bouldering session on Tuesday evening at The Climbing Station.

Don't forget this weekend is our last club hut meet weekend of the year. I know quite a few places are already booked so if you want to join in contact Dave Toach to book your place. There is a good opportunity to share transport too, I can offer a couple of people a lift to the hut and back from Leicester (although I won't actually be staying there over the weekend).

This Wednesday evening we have the next meeting of the club committee. These meetings are open to all club members and we'd love to have some of you join us. The meeting starts at 7:30pm at The Blackhorse pub in Aylestone. The Agenda for this meeting is as follows:

  • Apologies for absence
  • Minutes of Last Committee Meeting
  • Matters Arising
  • Declarations of Interest
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Approval of Accounts 2015 - 2016
  • Meets Secretary’s Report
  • 2017 Meets
  • Membership Secretary’s Report
  • Associate membership
  • Hut Secretary’s Report
  • BMC  Name change 
  • Croft Hills Race
  • AOB
  • Date of Next Meeting

The meeting will be followed by the Charnwood Hills Race Committee Meeting.

Bouldering at Robin Hoods Stride and Cratcliffe

  • Sunday, 2nd October 2016 at 10:30am
    Location: Robin Hoods Stride and Cratcliffe Tor

    This Sunday I'm heading to Robin Hoods Stride and Cratcliffe Tor for some bouldering with my…

Bowline CC - 65 years young

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 28th September 2016 @ 4:24pm

Hey Everyone,

We had a well attended trip to the Lake District this weekend just gone. It sounds like a bit of travelling was needed to find dry rock but dry rock was found (and climbed), and some walking was enjoyed too. Sadly we are now on the wind down for this year in terms of climbing trips, with one more club hut meet to go on the weekend of 8th/9th October. But if you fancy some winter sun why not head out to El Chorro with Tony and Anni Bishopp over New Year, the accommodation is nearly fully booked so if you want to go get in touch ASAP. Also big congratulations are in order for Tony for climbing his first 8a, Aberration at Chee Dale, at the weekend.

Now although the season for climbing all the time may be drawing to a close we still have plenty keep you busy in the run up to Christmas. Firstly we have our club annual dinner taking place on Saturday 19th November at the Belmont Hotel in Leicester. We'll be celebrating 65 years of the club so come along and help us make it a night to remember. Two weeks later on Sunday 4th December it is the annual Chairmans Walk and lunch, watchout for more details soon. This years club slideshow will be on Wednesday 7th December, 7:30pm at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. And last but not least the annual Christmas bouldering competition will be on Tuesday 13th December at The Climbing Station in Loughborough.

Don't forget climbing this Thursday is at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 19:00 onwards. Join us if you can!


The Annual Bowline Dinner

  • Saturday, 19th November 2016 at 7:30pm
    Location: The Belmont Hotel, 20 De Montfort Square, Leicester

    Come and help us celebrate 65 years of the Bowline…

Club Slideshow

  • Wednesday, 7th December 2016 at 7:30pm
    Location: The Blackhorse Pub, Aylestone, Leicester

    Come and share your adventures with fellow Bowliners at…

Bowline CC - We're everywhere

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 20th September 2016 @ 5:36pm

Hey Bowliners,

Well you have been a busy bunch over the past week. There I was expecting to start this email with a paragraph on the great time we had on our Family meet in North Wales this weekend. And we did indeed have a brilliant time with sporting climbing in the slate quarries, bouldering, playing in the woods, ice-creams, and games at the hut. But there has been so much else going on that I want to share with you as well. We had our cyclists battling the mud on the Peddars way over the weekend, thanks to Andy Railton for organising. Bowliners were in action at The Roaches and Windgather with Derek and Andy Richards taking on the fiercesome 'Sloth' (another great lead for Derek). Masa and Michelle have been getting into deep water, literally with an ascent of the Am Buachaille sea stack which involves swimming to earn your climbing fix. Meanwhile Simon and Alex have been making us jealous with pictures of beautiful climbing in sunny Italy. Fantastic!

It's been great to be back at our lovely club hut over the past coupe of weekends. Our hut meister, Paul Parker, has been very busy making improvements; we have a new fire escape door, improved surfacing for the parking area and track, a deep clean of all the rooms and kitchen equipment, well kept grounds around the hut, the list goes on. A big thanks to Paul and those club members that have been helping him. We have more improvements planned over the winter which we'll be asking club members to get involved with. In the meantime everyone who visits the hut can help us out by doing the following:

  • Make sure you test the fire alarms, noting any problems, and sign the fire book immediately upon arrival. This is crucial for compliance with fire regs and insurance.
  • Take time to leave the hut in a good clean and tidy condition. We've had a problem with a recent booking at the hut, where it was left in a very bad condition. As a result, the committee have decided that we will now charge a £50 cleaning deposit on any large groups making a first time booking.
  • Let us know immediately if you have places booked at the hut which you no longer need (contact Dave Toach). And if possible try to avoid cancelling at the last minute. The hut is increasingly popular and people have been missing out on staying at the hut because places that had been booked were not actually used.

If you're heading to the Climbing Station for bouldering tonight I'll look forward to seeing you there. Climbing this Thursday is at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 19:00 onwards. Join us if you can!

Hope to see you all soon!


Bowline CC - Mountain Biking skills courses

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 19th September 2016 @ 12:56pm

Hello Bowliners,

I've been looking into a Mountain Biking skills course and I thought this might make a good thing to offer to fellow club members. The date for this course is Saturday 3rd December and it would take place at Cannock Chase trails centre. The minimum number for the course to run is 3 riders, with a maximum of 7 per group. As I know we have a range of abilities I've lined up two courses, one aimed at 'Beginner->Intermediate', and one aimed at 'Intermediate->Advanced'. See below for the outline for each course.

You will need a Mountain Bike in good working order, plus a helmet and gloves. Plus the usual kit for a ride out such as spare inner tube, pump, some drink, lunch, etc. The course will last for around 4-5 hours and cost £50 per person. The course instructors are from Chase Skills.

I need to get back to the course instructors by this Friday to let them know if there is enough interest to run either or both of the courses. I can then make the bookings and pay the deposit which will be £10 per person, with the remaining £40 to be paid by the end of October.

If you are free that day and would like a place please reply to let me know (and which course) by this Thursday!

Beginner->Intermediate course:

  • Body position
  • Descending
  • Climbing
  • Braking
  • Track-stands
  • Wheelies

Followed by a guided ride on and off piste aligned with a skill level needed for a Red graded trail.

Intermediate->Advanced course:

  • Body position
  • Pumping
  • Manuals
  • Bunny hopppping
  • Drops
  • Jumps
  • Steep trails

Followed by a guided off piste ride aimed at Red-Black trail grading

Bowline CC - Slugs and jugs

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 15th September 2016 @ 9:24am

Hello everyone,

It's super to be reporting back after another great club gathering at our lovely hut in Snowdonia. The rock was a little damp in places on Saturday morning but we managed to find climbable rock in the LLanberis pass and enjoyed some brilliant routes. I'd definitely recommend Direct Route on Dinas Mott, a brillant climb with good jugs at the top just when you need them (but watch out for the slugs). On Sunday we split up to various crags, the Ogwen valley was where I headed and had a great time moving together up the Idwal slabs and the Cneiffon Arete. Now I'm looking forward to heading back to the hut this coming weekend for our Family Meet.

Our next meet with a few places still available is to The Lake District on the weekend of the 24th/25th September. We have a super group of club members going and we'd love to have more company so grab your places now via the website (there are only 5 left).

The latest minute of the club committee meeting from the 31st August are now available on the club website in the members area. The next committee meeting will take place on Wednesday 5th October, 7:30pm at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. As always club members are very welcome to attend the meeting.

Tonight we have a double whammy of climbing for you. There is a group heading to Markfield Quarry for 17:45 onwards to make the most of what is probably the last outdoor climbing evening of the year. And some of us are heading to The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys from 19:00 onwards. Join us if you can!

Hope to see you all soon!


Club Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, 5th October 2016 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…

Climbing @ Markfield

  • Thursday, 15th September 2016 at 5:45pm - 8pm
    Location: Markfield Quarry

    Climbing at Markfield Quarry from 5:45 PM onwards - interested contact Andy Railton on 07894…

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