Did you manage to dodge the rain and wind this weekend? Looks like some of you manage to make it out in the Peak district on Sunda. And from what I've seen on Facebook it looks like Rob, Simon and Masa have has a good time out in Chamonix, looking forward to hearing more about their adventures soon. It was also good to see some members getting out for some midweek climbing. Just what you want to see when you're stuck at your desk working is a photo of climbing in glorious sunshine, thanks Yvonne and Graham!
Unfortunately the summer is slipping away from us so it's time for us all to make the most of the remaining climbing opportunities of the year. You could get started with a warm up at The Climbing Station this Tuesday, and then follow up with some outdoor climbing at Markfield Quarry on Thursday. And once your appetite has been whet you'll be itching to head to Pembrokeshire with us for a weekend of fantastic sea cliff climbing. If you will be coming to Pembroke let me know so I can keep you abreast of the plans once we discover if the weather will be in our favour, fingers crossed!
Also a little reminder to get your places booked on our Lake District trip in September, and the Mountain Biking meet in November. However if you can't make the Lake District trip in September then you could checkout this event on the same weekend which is raising funds for Leicestershire Search and Rescue.
The place to be this weekend was Stanage Popular, where the early bird climbers who were at the crag for 8am on Saturday would have been treated to the sight of me falling off Square Buttress Arete (VS 4c). This was a somewhat auspicious start to the day were Andy Richards and I were attempting our own Stanage VS challenge. Luckily my one piece of gear held and solid belaying from Mr Richards meant I avoided a ground fall (just). Next time we will wait a little longer for the rock to dry before starting, but none-the-less we carried on and although I had to retire from the challenge after 12 routes, Andy carried on to achieve 19 VS's before we had to stop for dinner.
Well done Andy, and also well done Michelle Aukland who on the following day ticked 24 routes (totalling 61 stars) in a team up with James from Ceunant Mountaineering Club. It was also great to see some of our new members out on the crag with us on Sunday. We all did our best to help Blanka gets some mileage under her new gear which looked far too bright and shiny!
Looking forward to this week we have bouldering at The Climbing Station on Tuesday as always. The climbing venue for Thursday is not decided yet so watchout for an invite. And don't forget we've got our Pembrokeshire coming up on the bank holiday weekend!
Pleased to see that there has been lots of climbing going on whilst I was busy taking Explorer Scouts for adventures in the Swiss Alps. Glad to see there was lots of you enjoying our lovely club hut on the BBQ weekend, shame I couldn't join you but I will be there for the next club hut meet on the 10th/11th September. And whilst on the subject of September meets don't forget to get your places booked for what will no doubt be an awesome trip to the Lake district on the 24th/25th September.
Of course there is no need to wait for September for your next Bowline climbing fix. As we have a trip to Pembrokeshire on the August bank holiday weekend. Home to probably the best, and most numerous, sea cliff climbs this will be a weekend not to be missed.
As for this week well we have bouldering at The Climbing Station tonight as always. The nights are starting to draw in a little but we are still getting out on Thursday nights while we can. This week we are back at Wildcat crag in Matlock Bath from 6pm. And this coming weekend we are looking to head to the Peak District where a few crazy fools (myself included) are thinking of attempting the Stanage VS challenge. Whilst other more sensible types are just planning to enjoy climbing at Stanage. We'll let you know whats happening, and when, via email nearer the time.
As you are hopefully all aware the Bowline Climbing Club is affliated to the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). As such all members of the Bowline are also club members of the BMC (and I know a number of you are also individual members of the BMC in your own right). The BMC has embarked on a process of rebranding itself with a new logo and a new name 'Climb Britain'.
The rebranding process, and the choice of name/logo, has generated a strong reaction within the BMCs membership. No doubt this will include members of our club. As well as encouraging all of you to have your say on the rebranding at the next BMC Midlands Area meeting on Wednesday 7th September. The committee would also like to hear from our members directly so that we can form a position for the club on this matter, which we can then put forward to the BMC. We would like to hear from as many of you as possible with your views on the rebranding (whether positive, negative or neutral). This would be best done via email to the club secretary (Zoe Pickering) - email@example.com.
For your information the following email was sent to us by Dave Turnbull (Chief Executive of the BMC).
Following my email of earlier this week I am writing to draw your attention to the update article as posted on the BMC website yesterday, see: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/climb-britain-update-from-the-bmc There has been a strong reaction to the idea of rebranding the BMC and we have now announced there will be a period of discussion and feedback in advance of the next BMC National Council meeting on 17 September. The next BMC Area Meetings take place between 1-14 September and each meeting will be attended by one or more members of our Board of Directors (I will be attending at least six) who will explain the rebranding process and take questions. Most of the dates are already established (see: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/upcoming-bmc-area-meetings) but do keep an eye out for changes and updates. It would be great if you could encourage your members to attend these meetings and contribute to the debate. The BMC also intends to hold a meeting specifically for club officials on Tuesday 6 September at a location to be fixed once we know where the demand is coming from. If your club would like to come along to such a meeting I would be very grateful if you could drop me a line to confirm the name of person who will be attending. With thanks