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February 2019
Sunday 3rd
10am Charnwood Hills Race 2019
Tuesday 5th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Tuesday 12th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Tuesday 19th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Tuesday 26th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station

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: Zoe Pickering on 07709 337976 or via email.

Bowline CC - Discount Day and Bouldering Competition

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Wednesday, 13th February 2019 @ 12:23pm

The Bowline is holding its annual bouldering competition somewhere a bit different this year, at Redpoint Climbing Wall in Birmingham As well as a great bouldering area the venue also has some really good lead climbing – a perfect sharpener for a sport climbing trip or for Font! We even have our own room afterwards for tea and cake. 

In addition to the usual fun and games, the Rock On climbing shop based on site is also offering, for this day only, a 20% discount to Bowliners. Rock on are specialist climbing kit retailers with a great selection and detailed knowledge, so if you are looking for some new climbing kit for the season ahead, why not take advantage of this offer? Maybe you need new climbing or approach shoes? Is it time to replace that tired harness, helmet or rope, or get your hands on a lovely new bouldering mat for Font?! Now is the time to get it! 

In addition to shopping on the day itself, if there is something you particularly need that is not a stock item (maybe you fancy a static abseil rope for example or something else non standard) then given enough notice they may be able to order it in for you.

If you can't make it on the day, but still want something, drop me an email and we could arrange to collect on your behalf. You can reach me via:

As the discount event will only run if there are enough people, please indicate whether you will be interested buying some kit by clicking in the ‘buy a ticket' option here:

Please let us know if you are interested in the discount day by 20 February 

Bowline CC - Save the Date!

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Saturday, 2nd February 2019 @ 8:35am

Hello all

One for the diary - the 2019 Bowline AGM will be held on Saturday 16 March at16.30. Pop it in the diary, come along to have your say and join us for some optional pizza afterwards! The venue will be Peter's Pizzeria, Welford Place, LE1 6ZH - the formal agenda and notice will follow soon! 

Best regards 

Bouldering Competition and Discount Day

  • Saturday, 9th March 2019 at 12pm - 6pm
    Location: Redpoint Climbing Wall, Cecil Street, Birmingham, B19 3ST

    The Bowline is holding its annual bouldering competition somewhere a bit different this year,…

Bowline CC - Staying at the club hut

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 24th January 2019 @ 7:42pm

Hi Bowliners,

We have updated the guide to staying at the club hut which now includes the six cardinal rules for staying at the hut. Our hut secretary has asked that all club members please take note of these rules:

  1. You must book before staying at the hut.
  2. Sign the Hut Book on arrival; test the fire alarm, and safety lights and sign to say that they have been tested in the Hut Book.
  3. Respect all hut users and our neighbours.
  4. Leave the hut clean and tidy. 
  5. Do not leave pots and pans draining. Dry and put them away immediately. 
  6. Unless you have pre-paid, hut fee's are to be paid as soon as you arrive home.

Please note that unless you book the hut exclusively there may be other club members (or non club members) staying at the same time. Also, the hut is reserved for use by club members only across all bank holiday weekends.

At the discretion of the committee a cancellation charge (not exceeding the value of the booking) may be imposed on groups of four or more people cancelling a booking with less than seven days notice.

For more details about the club hut please see the website.

Bowline CC - BMC Affiliation Review

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Sunday, 13th January 2019 @ 8:21pm


Just a reminder that Dave Turnbull, CEO of The BMC, will be  coming to speak with us on Wednesday this week (16 January) in an open forum for all members. 

This is a very important opportunity for club members to engage with both The BMC and the club and we look forward to seeing you all there!  

We will be in the upstairs room at the Black Horse in Aylestone, start time 19.30. There will be chips! 

Best regards 
Zoe Pickering - Chair

Bowline CC - BMC Youth Climbing Series - Volunteers needed

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 7th January 2019 @ 1:22pm

Hi Bowliners,

As you are hopefully already aware a number of club members are also volunteers with the BMC. The BMC Youth Climbing Series Competition (Midlands and Peak area) is taking place over the next few months. We are looking for keen climbers/boulderers to volunteer as judges for the competition. This is a great opportunity to help support a new generation of climbers, and see some really impressive bouldering/climbing skills.

Some familiarity with bouldering/climbing competitions would be an advantage. But if you don't feel confident judging we are also looking for some volunteers to help with competitor registration and collating the results.

The 1st round takes place on Saturday 12th January at The Depot Climbing Centre in Birmingham from 10am to 5pm. If you can help all day that would really great, but any time you can spare could be helpful.

Contact the Midlands Area Youth Co-ordinator - Claudia Sarner -

Kind regards,


BMC Forum

  • Wednesday, 16th January 2019 at 7:30pm
    Location: Blackhorse Pub, Aylestone

    Following our recent membership survey, just over half the responses received indicated wish to…

    • 2 people attended

Bowline CC - BMC Affiliation Review

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Saturday, 22nd December 2018 @ 9:35am


At the 2018 Bowline Climbing Club AGM the club committee was asked to review the club's affiliation to the BMC. The Terms of Reference document for this review can be found in the Committee and General meeting minutes section in the members area of the club website.

As part of the affiliation review we have been looking at the key services that we obtain from the BMC. Of particular importance to the club is the insurance cover we obtain from the BMC, which includes civil liability cover for all club members across a wide range of activities, cover for club members working on our club hut, and insurance for the hut itself. We have been unable to identify any alternative providers who are prepared to provide the same cover to us as an independent organisation. It goes without saying that we would not be able to operate responsibly as a club and a registered society without this cover.

We have also conducted a membership survey to the BMC. Just over half the responses received indicated either a need to understand our affiliation in more detail, or a wish to engage with the BMC to explore areas of concern more fully. In response to this, the CEO of the BMC, Dave Turnbull, is coming to speak with us in an open forum for all club members. This is a very important opportunity for club members to engage with both the BMC and the club.

In order to ensure we make an informed proposal to you all regarding our affiliation to the BMC we would strongly encourage all members to attend the forum.

The venue for the forum will be the The Black Horse pub in Aylestone. We'll be in the upstairs function room starting at 19:30 on Wednesday 16th January 2019, there will be chips!

Following the forum we will be drafting a motion, to be voted on by all club members at our AGM in March, regarding our affiliation to the BMC. We'd really like to consider as much input from members as possible before drafting the motion. If you are unable to attend the forum but have some feedback for us please send an email to the chair (Zoe Pickering).

Best regards

Zoe Pickering - Chair

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