The Bowline Climbing Club is an active and friendly Leicester based club with a rich history. We holds regular meets throughout the UK and further afield. As well as rock climbing and mountaineering, club members participate in many other outdoor activities. Club members also have access to our very own club hut in the beautiful Snowdonia national park.
We are always keen to welcome new members to the club. As well as directly supporting the club, members enjoy a discounted rate at our club hut in Snowdonia, reciprocal use of the Barrow Mountaineering Club hut in the Lake District and the Rugby Mountaineering Club hut in Snowdonia. Club members also have access to the clubs supply of equipment, access to training courses organised by the club, and the benefits of membership of the British Mountaineering Council (see below).
In order for potential new members to find out if joining the Bowline Climbing Club is for them we offer the option of becoming a prospective member. Becoming a prospective member of the club is required in order to attend club meets independently i.e. other than as a guest of a club member. Prospective membership is free and lasts for a maximum period of 3 months, after which you can apply to become an associate member. You will need to become an associate member if you would like to continue to be involved with the club and join in with club meets. Of course, we hope you will want to join the club but there is absolutely no commitment to do so.
Prospective membership does not constitute any kind of formal association with the club and therefore prospective members are NOT afforded the rights of associate or full members as set out in the club’s rules of association and byelaws. However prospective members are covered by the club’s insurance policy during their 3 month period as a prospective member. Prospective members must review the details of the insurance cover which can be found in the members area of the website (you'll need to create an account on our website to view the members area, this will also allow you to join our mailing list). Also, on the members area of the website can be found guidance on club meets, use of the club mailing lists, use of the club hut, use of club equipment, etc. To become a prospective member please complete and return to us (via email preferably) our prospective membership form.
Adult Associate/Full membership
If you decide to join the club, and we hope you will, associate membership of the club is £35 (reduced to £27 if joining between July and December). Joint associate membership for a couple is £60 (reduced to £45 if joining between July and December). Details of how to apply for associate membership can be found on the application form. After joining as an associate member for four months and attending several club meets you will be eligible for consideration for full membership.
If you are an existing member of a club affiliated to the BMC you can apply to join as a full club member. Full individual membership is £35 per year and couples may join as joint members at £60 per year. If you are eligible for full membership contact us at email@example.com and we will send you a full membership form to complete.
Please note all appointments to full membership are at the discretion of the club committee. See the clubs rules of association and byelaws for more details (these can be found in the Members Area).
Associate Family Membership
Within the club we have an active 'family' scene for club members who have children or grandchildren with an interest in club activities. We have a number family meets throughout the year which are aimed at club members and their children/grandchildren. We also have some 'family friendly' meets which are normal club meets but which are suitable for children/grandchildren of club members to attend. As of September 2020 we have introduced a new associate membership for children/grandchildren of club members. As well as allowing the children/grandchildren to become part of the club this new membership also ensures that they are covered by the clubs insurance and that the rules regarding children/grandchildren being involved in the club are clearly set out for all members to understand.
For children/grandchildren to be involved in the club and attend club meets they must be joined to the club as as an associate family member by their parent, grandparent or legal guardian (who must be a full or associate club member). There are various rules relating to associate family members which must be carefully read and understood by the parent, grandparent or legal guardian (see the club byelaws in the Members Area). In particular note that when associate family members are involved in club activities or meets they must be accompanied at all times by their guardian member (i.e. their parent, grandparent, legal guardian who is an associate or full member) or another adult club member acting in loco-parentis.
As a club we are affiliated club to the BMC (British Mountaineering Council). As a member of the Bowline Climbing club you are also enrolled as a 'club member' to the BMC. The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is the national representative body for England and Wales that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers. Some of the benefits of being a club member of the BMC include:
You are insured with up to £10m worth of Civil liability cover. Civil liability is if for example; you dislodge a rock onto someone and they sustain injuries, you are covered. This is not personal accident insurance (you can get that cover by upgrading to a full member of the BMC).
Access is subsidised outdoor training courses.
10% discounts at outdoor shops when you show your membership card.
Discounts off BMC publications i.e. maps and guidebooks.
Discount cards are available for using Alpine huts.