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Rock climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, cycling, walking...

Based in the Leicester area we welcome new members, with or without experience. For more information contact: Andy Railton (07894 533629)

Bowline CC - It's a sellout!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 17th November 2014 @ 10:25am

Hey Bowliners,

If you weren't at the Annual Dinner then I'm afraid you missed out on a great evening at the lovely Brooksby Hall. But don't worry we are already planning the date for the Summer Meal so you can hopefully all join us then for another evening of merry making!

We have had a pretty hectic week not only with the annual dinner but also due to the incredible response to the entries for the 29th Charnwood Hills Race. We opened the online entry on Tuesday late evening and all the places were gone within 24 hours. Whilst we are thrilled the race is so popular, we were rather caught out because the postal flyers announcing the event didn't reach their recipients until after the race was full. This unfortunately means we have quite a few disappointed people and we are very sorry to those who didn't get to find out about entries opening until too late. Next year we will be doing things differently to try and give everyone a fair chance of entering. 

We still have a couple of places left on the Prusik knots and tricky situations course this coming Sunday, let me know ASAP if you'd like to come

The BMC Midlands Area AGM and talk is this Wednesday 7:30pm in Solihull. As a BMC affiliated club it will be great to have good attendance from our members at the AGM.

And of course we have our regular bouldering and climbing sessions on Tuesday/Thursday. 

Hope you all have a fab week!

Bowline CC - Walking with the Chairman!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 13th November 2014 @ 11:46am

Hi Everybody, 

The chairman's walk is on the 7th December. So if you would like to come can you let Andy Railton (07894 533629) know as soon as possible since we need to let the pub know by next weekend what the food orders are. By the way we are in the restaurant so we can't take dogs in there. We will send out the pick up points for the coach in the next few days so if you're on the coach we need to know where you will want to be picked up, again please let Andy Railton (07894 533629) know.




Bowline CC - Bonnes vacances!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 11th November 2014 @ 11:56pm

Hey Bowliners,

Hope you were all having a great time here in good old blighty whilst I was busy sunning myself and enjoying awesome climbing adventures in the south of France. The first of several 'hot rock' trips I've got planned to keep me going until the spring.

Although the weather here may be finally cooling down it doesn't mean the fun has to stop as we proved on the weekend before last with our well attended Mountain Biking meet in the forest of dean. We had a fantastic time and I think a return visit will definitely be in order. Thanks to everyone who came for making it a great trip, and a special thanks to Claudia for organising all the catering!

It's only been two weeks since my last email but it seems there is so much to share so I'll keep it brief but please get in touch if you want to know more:

  • Charnwood Hills Race 2015 - Sunday 1st February, entries are now open online. Remember we need lots of volunteers to help run the race too.
  • We have the club slideshow coming up in a months time. Time to gather up your photo's and storis and come along to share them with your fellow club members. Don't be shy it is a friendly atmosphere and you don't need to talk for long.
  • Prusik knots and tricky situations - Thanks to funding from the BMC we are offering this course to club members. Places are limited, see the website for more details.
  • Next Wednesday (19th Nov) is the BMC Midlands AGM and talk by Matt Stygall. As a BMC affiliated club it would great to have a strong Bowline representation at the AGM of our local BMC area. I'll be going along and I hope you can join me!
  • Climbing this Thursday at The Tower, Beaumont Leys.
  • Club member Rob Pullen has a couple of items for sale as follows. If you are interested contact Rob (

1) Salomon Quest 4D GTX boots, size UK 9 Euro 43 in olive green.  Pretty much perfect condition, used once £85

2) Mountain Equipment Pro Shell Gore Text jacket, size large in green and dark green. Excellent condition, little use £125

Prusik knots and tricky situations

  • Tomorrow, 23rd November 2014 at 10am
    Location: Leicestershire

    If you're reasonably new to climbing you will know how to tie on with a figure of eight (or…

Charnwood Hills Race 2015

  • Sunday, 1st February 2015 at 10am
    Location: Martin School, Link Road, Anstey, Leicester. OS sheet 140, grid ref 547093

    Charnwood Hills Race 2015 - RACE FULL

    We are…

Bowline CC - Stanage Forum AGM this Saturday

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 29th October 2014 @ 11:38pm

Hey All,

Also this Saturday, something that should be of interest to climbers/walkers who enjoy the Stanage/North Lee's area of the Peak. The Stanage Forum AGM is being held on Saturday at 2.00pm at the Memorial Hall, Oddfellows Rd, Hathersage - Admission open and free.


Bowline CC - OMM + MTB = A busy Bowline week!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 27th October 2014 @ 10:32pm

Hey Everybody,

Apologies for the late running of this weeks email but the breaking news I've just been told is that two Bowliners, Michelle Aukland and Suzie Imber, were the 1st Ladies team home in this years OMM Mountain Marathon. Super well done girls!!

Whist Michelle and Suzie were busy enjoying the Northumberland countryside we had pretty reasonable weather for the weekend. There was climbing in the Peak and bouldering on Dartmoor too! Whatever you were up to I hope you had an awesome weekend :)

We still have a few places available on the Mountain Biking meet this coming weekend. And we really would like to get more people coming to the club annual dinner, remember partners and friends are welcome too!

This week we have
bouldering at the The Climbing Station on Tuesday evening. And then climbing at The Tower on Thursday evening.

Also check out these upcoming events from the BMC:

BMC Winter Skills Lectures this November
Are you ready for winter? Neil Johnson and James Thacker (British Mountain Guides) will prepare you at the BMC Winter Lectures.  These popular lectures are set to inspire any budding winter mountaineers out there. Sponsored by Lowe Alpine there will also be a free prize draw every night.

Dates & Venues (lectures start 7.30pm and run for approximately two hours)
Tuesday 25 November           University of Manchester
Wednesday 26 November      Sheffield Hallam University
Thursday 27 November          University of Birmingham
Tuesday 2 December             University College London
Wednesday 3 December        University of Southampton
Thursday 4 December            University of Bristol

Tickets cost £5 per BMC member and £7 non-members. Group discount: buy 10 or more tickets in advance for £3.50 per ticket. 
Tickets can be purchased online from the BMC shop or by telephoning 0161 445 6111.

BMC Rock Climbing Injury Symposium, 2014

15-16 Nov, Park Inn Radisson, Manchester
A full weekend of evidence-based talks and workshops on climbing injuries in adult and young climbers, given by world-leading experts Professors Volker Schöffl and Andreas Schweizer.  There will also be paediatricians, radiologists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and nutritionist.

Aim: to improve the understanding of climbing related injuries: their prevention, diagnosis and management. 
Who for: Coaches, doctors, surgeons, allied health professionals, climbers, parents of dedicated young climbers, sport and exercise specialists. CPD points available.

Booking & full info:

Bowline CC - Mountain Bike Meet final preparation

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 27th October 2014 @ 12:05am

Hi Everybody,

We are very excited as it is less than one week until our Mountain Biking Meet in the Forest of Dean. We still have a few places left if you would like to join us, there is plenty of walking/climbing in the area if you don't fancy MTB.

For those of you that are going now is the time to double check your bike is in good working order, make sure you have all the kit you need for riding (helmet, gloves, waterproofs, spare inner tube, etc). Please also remember to pack your sleeping bag, wask kit, towel, etc, plus food for making your packed lunches and any drinkie of course!

The outline plan the riding do a single track ride on the Saturday, and then visit the trail centre on the Sunday. However it is possible that due to there being a competition on the Sunday at the trail centre we could possibly switch these round (to be decided on Friday when were all there and peoples preferences can be considered).

To help us organise the food and transport for the weekend can I ask you all to send me an email with answers to the following questions for yourself plus any friends you are bringing:

1. Food - We are arranging a group meal for everyone on the Saturday night, it will probably be a curry style dinner. We wil also be arranging breakfast of porridge/toast for everybody. This is all include in the cost of the weekend. What we need to know is whether you have any special dietary requirements that we need to cater for?

2. Transport - Firstly we need to know whether you have transport sorted? If not please let us know so we can try and find someone for you to travel with!

3. Lifts - If you are going in your own vehicle and are able to offer a lift to others please can you let me know where you are travelling from and your contact details so I can pass them on to people in need of a lift?

I think that's it, if you need any more info or have any questions let me know.

Look forward to seeing you all there,

Andy Potter
BCC Meets Secretary
07796 220055

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