E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 20th September 2016 @ 5:36pm
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.
E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 19th September 2016 @ 12:56pm
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!
Followed by a guided ride on and off piste aligned with a skill level needed for a Red graded trail.
Followed by a guided off piste ride aimed at Red-Black trail grading
E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 15th September 2016 @ 9:24am
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.
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.
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.