Location: Social Climbing Leicester, East Bond Street, Leicester
Slightly later than initially planned is our annual bouldering competition. We are holding it at Social Climbing in Leicester for a change to our normal venue.
There will be a some exciting oppertunities to show of your style. All in good fun but with some prizes for different catagories, I have set my sights on the last place bonus prize.
Registration starts at 18:45 and the comp kicks off at 19:00
We will order in a few pizza's (Meat/veggie/vegan) to enjoy afterwards. Then we'll head off for drinks at a local haunt after so even if your are not joining us for the comp you can still get involved for a social drink.
Thursday, 27th February 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 5th March 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 12th March 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 19th March 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 26th March 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 2nd April 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 9th April 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm
Location: The Tower Climbing Centre, Beaumont Leys, Leicester
We will be climbing at The Tower Climbing Centre in Beaumont Leys (Leicester) each Thursday (6pm onwards) from now until the evenings get light enough for outdoor climbing.
We're keen to have a good turnout each week and there are plenty of members attending so there's always someone to climb with!
Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 10th March 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 17th March 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 24th March 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 31st March 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 7th April 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 14th April 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 21st April 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 28th April 2020 at 6pm - 9pm
Location: The Climbing Station, Empress Rd, Loughborough, LE11 1RH
Bouldering is a great way to build your technique and strength whether you're a complete beginner or experienced climber. Come and join our friendly group of club members, share tips, idea's, and of course encouragement to complete the next challenging route!
Saturday, 7th March 2020 at 2pm - 10amSunday, 15th March
Location: Feshiebridge, Scotland
We have a winter meet venue booked for March 7th - 15th in Feshiebridge (Scotland), that is for 8 nights. We've booked the Scottish Mountaineering Hut there, with 14 places available. All the normal facilities you'd expect with accomodation in a mixture of rooms and dormitories; note this is self-catering accomodation and the cost does not include food.
The cost is £84 for the week. You'll need to book the whole week out, sorry no part books of the week. Book your places now using the 'Buy Tickets' button above.
Feshiebridge is about 8 miles SW of Aviemore and is perfect for access to the Cairngorms.
So get yourselves ready for winter fun; winter climbing, mountaineering and mountian biking. If we are really lucky with the snow, we even might be able to do some skiing - pisted and back country skiing.
Strictly on a first come first served basis.
We need to get a reasonable number of places booked (otherwise we will have to release places to others), so can we ask that you make the booking by the end of November.
For more details or any questions contact Andy Railton - 07894 533629.
Friday, 13th March 2020 at 6pm - 8pmSunday, 15th March
Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd
Join us the club hut for another weekend of adventure with your fellow club members. Whether it's Climbing, Scrambling, Cycling or Walking there's so much choice to make the most of the hopeful good weather.
Location: Peter Pizzeria, Welford Place, Leicester, LE1 6ZH
The Bowline Climbing Club’s 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held at Peter Pizzeria, Welford Place, Leicester LE1 6ZH, starting 16:00 sharp. Following the AGM those who would like to are welcome to stay on and consume pizza and beer - the more the merrier! You can view the menu, venue and prices here http://www.peterpizzeria.co.uk.
You can just turn up for the AGM, but it would help if you could let us know if you fancy joining us for pizza so we can give them an idea of numbers.
Please click on the 'Register' button above if you want pizza - no cost at this point and no obligation!
PS: There is also pre-AGM bouldering at Social Climbing from 13:00.
Saturday, 11th April 2020 at 9am - 5pmSaturday, 18th April
Location: Forest of Fontainebleau, France
There are limited spaces in the gites, and as expected these were snapped up quickly. However there are numerous other options to stay in Font. A group of club members are booked in for camping at the La Musardier campsite. Any questions, feel free to ask Anthony Bishopp or any of the members that have been on previous years.
This Easter we will once again go to Fontainebleau. For those of you who aren't familiar with Font, Font is one of, if not the, most popular bouldering spots in the world. It has boulders of all levels scattered through dunes and forests. You can climb classic problems such as the La Marie Rose, the world's first 6A put up in 1946 by René Ferlet, or you can seek isolation in the more beautiful and remote parts of the forest. Font must be amongst the best places in the world to work on technique, and it's widely acknowledged if you can climb well in Font, then you can climb well anywhere. The boulders are comprised of rippled sandstone that almost always succumb to a delicate approach rather than raw strength.
Traditionally this is a somewhat self-organised meet. We usually travel by car. It takes about 4h in the UK and 4h in France, with a short ferry/eurotunnel crossing. We usually bring our own pads, but we can hire them locally.
This year we have booked two gites near Saint-Martin-en-Bière. One is for the families and the other for adult members. These will be filled on a first come first served basis. The cost for the week in the gite is £85 per person. This doesn't include bedding, towels, cleaning or extra heating. We will all chip in for the cleaning on the last day.
If you would like to stay in one of the gites that the club has booked then you need to reserve your place here on the website (click the Register button above) AND then you need to pay the full amount to the club account via bank transfer, please follow the instructions on the payments page.
Please pay promptly or we may release your reservation for someone else to book.
Friday, 22nd May 2020 at 9am - 7pmMonday, 25th May
Location: Fair Head
Considered by locals and those who make it across the Irish Sea to be the best cliff in the UK. Fairhead is as long as Stanage, but considerably taller.
The rock is excellent and columnar basalt and makes commanding lines.
The climbs start at VS and go to around E8. Below E3 these tend to follow pretty continuous crack lines, with 40-50m pitches being the norm, think double rack of cams and good jamming skills. The gear is generally supposed to be excellent.
The best way to travel would be to car share and get overnight ferries from Liverpool to Belfast. It's fair to point out that this isn't a cheap option and is probably around £100 each (depending on how many to a car and whether you take a cabin). Shorter, cheaper crossings go from Holyhead to Dublin.
Embarrassingly, it's probably cheapest to fly. For accommodation we have two options, very basic camping walking distance from the crag or a more luxurious campsite with showers a short distance away.
Saturday, 4th July 2020 at 8am - 6pmSunday, 5th July
Location: The Howgills, Lake District
Entries are open for the 42nd Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon which will be held over the weekend of the 4th/5th July 2020 in the The Howgills area of the Lake District. If you've never done a mountain marathon before then the Saunders is a good starting point. Several teams of club members have already entered so why not join us.
Friday, 28th August 2020 at 12pm - 5pmMonday, 31st August
Location: Bowderstone Bunkhouse
This August bank holiday we are visiting the Lake District for some wonderful adventures.
The Bowderstone hut is in the heart of the lakes and is nicely secluded with a 1 mile walk to a pub/tea room. Parking is very short walk away.
Its really well priced, £25 for the 3 nights.
The Bunkhouse is heated by 2 wood-burning stoves and is dog-friendly! Hot water is provided by electric heaters and it has a simply equipped kitchen (with two x 2-ring electric hobs, fridge, microwave, a selection of pans and basic cutlery and crockery), accessible shower-room (+ extra WC) and communal area. Linen and mattresses are not provided – we suggest bringing sleeping bags and camping-type self-inflating mattresses.
There is so much to do there is not nearly enough time. The places usually sell out fairly quickly so I recommend booking places promptly. To book a place at the Hut you need to purchase a ticket
Saturday, 12th September 2020 at 10am - 8pmSaturday, 19th September
For those looking for something a little different, Lundy has a lot to offer, with a broad range of grades, countless classics, and a wild and remote feel. The journey across in the MS Oldenburgh is unforgettable and only adds to the 'island experience', which really is quite unlike anything on the mainland.
Camping is available very cheaply or for those looking for something a little more comfortable then there is self catering options.
The social event of the year is of course the Bowline Climbing Club annual dinner and slideshow. The venue for this year is yet to be revealed but get the date in your diary now and we'll send out invites with all the details nearer the time. We expect to kickoff with drinks from 5pm, with food being served around 7pm.
If you'd like to share some pictures and do a little talk about your adventures that would be great. We hope to have time to fit everyone, to help us plan the slideshow so please let us know when you book if you'd like do a slot and we'll contact you to make arrangements.
We'll also be doing showing a photo reel whilst we eat dinner so if you don't fancy talking but have some interesting pictures to share then please send these to Andy Potter - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The location of this year's Chairman's walk and meal is being kept underwraps until nearer the time as is traditional. But you can save the date in your diary now so you can be sure to join us. All will be revealed when bookings open in the autumn.