September 2016
Tuesday 27th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 29th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
October 2016
Tuesday 4th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Wednesday 5th
7:30pm Club Committee Meeting
Thursday 6th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Friday 7th
6pm More climbing in North Wales (club hut)
Saturday 8th
... More climbing in North Wales (club hut)
Sunday 9th
... More climbing in North Wales (club hut)
Tuesday 11th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 13th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 18th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 20th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 25th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 27th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Saturday 29th
9am The OMM
Sunday 30th
... The OMM
November 2016
Tuesday 1st
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 3rd
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Friday 4th
4pm Mountain Biking Weekend
Saturday 5th
... Mountain Biking Weekend
Sunday 6th
... Mountain Biking Weekend
Tuesday 8th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 10th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 15th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 17th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 22nd
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 24th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 29th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
December 2016
Thursday 1st
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 6th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 8th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 13th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 15th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 20th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Wednesday 28th
Spanish Limestone for New Year
January 2017
Thursday 5th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 10th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 12th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Saturday 14th
TBD Skiing trip to Tignes
Sunday 15th
TBD Skiing trip to Tignes
Monday 16th
TBD Skiing trip to Tignes
Tuesday 17th
TBD Skiing trip to Tignes
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Wednesday 18th
TBD Skiing trip to Tignes
Thursday 19th
TBD Skiing trip to Tignes
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Friday 20th
TBD Skiing trip to Tignes
Saturday 21st
TBD Skiing trip to Tignes
Tuesday 24th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 26th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 31st
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
February 2017
Thursday 2nd
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 7th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 9th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 14th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 16th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 21st
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 23rd
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 28th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
March 2017
Thursday 2nd
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Monday 6th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 9th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Monday 13th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 16th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Monday 20th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 23rd
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Monday 27th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 30th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
April 2017
Thursday 6th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Thursday 13th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Thursday 20th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower

Come and share the adventure with the Bowline Climbing Club!
Rock climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, cycling, walking...

Based in the Leicester area we welcome new members, with or without experience. For more information contact: Richard Freer on 07971 215203 or via email.

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!

Andy

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!

Andy

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…

Bowline CC - Power pack left at the hut

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 12th September 2016 @ 1:26pm

Whilst at the hut this weekend Paul Parker found a USB power pack down the side of one of the sofas. If it's yours please let me (Andy Potter) know and we'll get it back to you.



 

Bowline CC - Pembroke calling

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 6th September 2016 @ 12:29pm

Hi Bowliners and friends,

Time is slipping by all too quickly as I realised when looking back to the brilliant weekend we had in Pembroke and finding that was 10 days ago, wow. It was great to see a good size group in attendance, with lots of new members coming along to cut their teeth on the sublime sea cliffs. Congratulations to Derek on leading his first E1 (checkout the photo of the week on the website). The weather obviously approved and conditions were mostly favourable allowing us plenty of time to enjoy climbing and also enjoy chilling out around the fire pit (thanks Lisa). We definitely will be back here next year, perhaps even for a longer trip.

The weekend just gone didn't quite pan out as well as the Pembroke trip. Despite a reasonable looking forecast we spent Sunday morning hunting around the Peak district looking for dry rock. Eventually our efforts were rewarded with one group finding that Frogatt provided the right conditions for some great climbing. And Black Rocks also turned out to be a good choice for me. We've definitely got to make the most of the remaining weekends so we'll be out and about whenever we can over the next month or so.

Talking of getting out and about, this weekend we are climbing in North Wales and staying at our club hut. There might be a few places left still so why not come and join us. Plenty of great walking, scrambling, cycling, etc too.

If you can't make it this weekend then how about joining us for a spot of Cycling along the Peddars Way on the weekend of 17th/18th September. Or for more climbing, walking, cycling in the Lovely Lake district we have some places left at the wonderful Barrow MC hut on the weekend of 24th/25th September, you can book your places now via the website.

Phew, and if that wasn't enough to whet your appetite then of course we have bouldering tonight at The Climbing Station. The BMC Midlands area meeting is on Wednesday evening. And conditions look very nice for some bouldering/top-roping at Beacon Hill on Thursday evening.

Hope to see you all soon!

Andy

Thursday Climbing @ Beacon Hill

  • Thursday, 8th September 2016 at 5:30pm
    Location: Beacon Hill, Leicestershire

    Lets make the most of the last of the good weather and enjoy some local bouldering/top roping…

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