Location: The Belmont Hotel, 20 De Montfort Square, Leicester
The social event of the year is of course the Bowline Climbing Club annual dinner. This year we are returning to the Belmont Hotel in Leicester on Saturday 18th November from 19:00 until late. We have our own private room with bar, and we will be enjoying a delicious three course meal, costing £25 per person. See below for the menu choices.
We have a maximum of 50 places available and we need to have confirmed our booking by the 31st October. If you want to join us it's not too late but you'll need to contact Zoe Pickering.
NB:v = vegetarian, gf = gluten free
Lightly-spiced butternut squash soup with creme fraiche (v, gf).
Chicken liver parfait, port & cranberry chutney, brioche.
Warm goat's cheese with a hazelnut crust, beetroot salad (v, gf).
Tuesday, 21st November 2017 at 6pm - 10pm, Tuesday, 28th November 2017 at 6pm - 10pm, Tuesday, 5th December 2017 at 6pm - 10pm, Tuesday, 19th December 2017 at 6pm - 10pm
Location: The Climbing Station, Empress Rd, Loughborough, LE11 1RH
Our regular indoor Bouldering session at The Climbing Station in Loughborough. Bouldering is a great way to build your technique whether your a complete beginner or experienced climber. Come and join our friendly group of club members, share tips, idea's, and of course encouragement to complete the next challenging route!
Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Road (junction with Olton Lane), Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3PE
Come along to our next gathering of Midlands climbers and walkers, and get involved in the work of the BMC. Area meetings are run by volunteers and are your chance to join in with debate and influence decisions about what happens in your area as well as the rest of the country.
Area AGM: vacancies for Chair and Area Youth Co-ordinator
The November meeting is also the area AGM, and will include elections for various volunteer roles; the area is seeking a new Chair and Area Youth Co-ordinator. For descriptions of the elected volunteer roles, see the Guide to Area Meetings for BMC Area Officers & Representatives
Organisational Review: report and recommendations
The independent Organisational Review Group’s interim report will be published prior to the November round of BMC area meetings, which will provide an important opportunity for members to discuss the group’s findings and provide feedback to help shape the group’s final recommendations, which will go to a vote at the BMC AGM in April 2018. Read the September 2017 Organisational Review Group newsletter
All are welcome. Food will be provided by the BMC, and the club has a licensed bar.
Thursday, 23rd November 2017 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 30th November 2017 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 7th December 2017 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 14th December 2017 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 21st December 2017 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: The Tower Climbing Wall, Beaumont Leys, Leicester
Whilst we wait for the long evenings to return so we can climb outdoors on a Thursday we will keep ourselves entertained with indoor climbing at The Tower Climbing Centre in Beaumont Leys, Leicester. Come and join our friendly group of club members, whether you're a novice or a seasoned climber there will be something for everyone!
For more information contact Andy Potter (07796 220055)
We have a friendly team of club members who volunteer to be part of our committee and co-ordinate the running of the club. We meet every 4-6 weeks and all club members are welcome to attend our committee meetings!
We are going to enjoy another great walk in the Peak District for this years Chairman's Walk. We'll be meeting at the Heatherdene car park by the LadyBower reservoir for a 10am sharp departure. Please note there is a small charge for parking. It's a circular walk and once back at the cars we can put on dry feet and it's a five minute drive to the Anglers Rest in Bamford.
For those that would like to join us for lunch at the Anglers Rest you'll need to book and pay in advance by the 24th November at the latest. Lunch will be a two course menu costing £17.75 a head. Choices for the main are turkey and all the trimmings, or vegetable wellington with brie, cranberry and mushroom and all the trimmings. Choices for pudding are christmas pudding with brandy sauce, or spiced stewed fruit with chantilly cream and shortbread. Get your places booked now by clicking on the 'Buy Tickets' button above. Please only book one place at a time as we need your menu choices individually.
As the car park is a Pay and Display it makes sense to share lifts so if you are driving and can offer others a lift let us know and we can spread the word. Make sure you arrive in good time to get parked and ready to walk for 10am.
Location: The Blackhorse Pub, Aylestone, Leicester
Come and share your adventures with fellow Bowliners at this years annual Slideshow. Of course we don't use slides these days instead we will have a projector and laptops so that you can share with us your favourite pictures and tales of adventure.
It doesn't have to be just climbing or about a club trip. Perhaps you have been travelling to interesting places, cycled/walked/paddled somewhere and would like to spend a few minutes telling us about it. The pub does good food and drinks which you can enjoy whilst getting inspired by tales of adventure.
We'd like to hear from as many people as possible and you don't need to talk for long (5-10 minutes would be more than enough). So start searching out those photo's and interesting/humourous tales and we look forward to seeing you there!
Get ready to have fun and test your skills against your fellow Bowline Boulderers at our annual Christmas Bouldering competition on Tuesday 13th December, 19:00 at The Climbing Station in Loughborough. With pizza's to share afterwards and fun prizes it's the place to be!
The competition kicks off at 19:30 sharp and you'll want to warm up first so we suggest you get there for 19:00. This year we will have two main competitions, one fun competition with a handicap system to make it as fair as possible. And a 'serious' points based competition for those like that kind of thing. In both cases you'll need a partner to climb with and you'll get 50 minutes to complete as many routes possible.
At 20:30 we will have the speed climbing competition set by Mr Richards, this will be the same format as last year with pairs of climbers racing to be the fastest across the wall. There will be a prize for the winner of each of the main competitions and also the speed climbing competition. Then at 21:00 there will Pizzas and drinks upstairs.
It costs £5 to enter. Cash on the day please (ideally the exact amount).
Friday, 29th December 2017 at 9am - 6pmSunday, 14th January 2018
Location: Joshua Tree, California, USA
Having visited Joshua Tree in 2015 I can confirm that it is a trad climbing paradise with enough routes for multiple lifetimes in a beautiful setting, with nearly year round dry weather. We're planning to head back there this New Year for two weeks of climbing. This will likely be mostly in Joshua Tree but wemay well be tempted to visit Red Rocks near Las Vegas again and maybe even Zion national park.
Visiting this part of the USA is super easy which is one of the things that appeals. We're planning to fly direct from Heathrow to Los Angeles, hire a car, drive to Joshua Tree and go climbing, simple!
Flights from Heathrow to LA are currently around £550 return. Car hire will be around £120 per person (based on 4 sharing a car for two weeks). Park entry is around £40 per vehicle for two weeks, camping around £15 per pitch per night (but a pitch can be 4-6 people). So depending on the number of people sharing a vehicle it's probably around £800 per person including food/drink/fuel/etc.
If you're interested in coming along get in touch with me (Andy Potter), sooner the better as flight prices will likely rise.
Location: Martin School, Link Road, Anstey, Leicester. OS sheet 140, grid ref 547093
The Bowline Climbing Club are pleased to be hosting the 32nd Charnwood Hills race on Sunday 4th February 2018. This is a FELL RACE under Fell Running Association rules. The course is approx 14 miles long and follows public footpaths and open country involving 1200 feet of ascent over Bradgate, Broombriggs and Beacon Hill Country Parks.
We will be using the EntryCentral website for online entry. This year we are taking advantage of the new facility on EntryCentral which allows you to update your personal details and transfer your place to another person up until the 31st January. This will make handling changes easier, both for entrants and for our race administration team. In order to enter the race you must register an account on EntryCentral, we strongly recommend you do this in advance of the entries opening.
Saturday, 31st March 2018 at 9am - 5pmSaturday, 7th April
Location: Forest of Fontainebleau, France
The unique bouldering mecca that is the 'Foret de Fontainebleau' in France is our destination once again for a spring bouldering trip. As the name suggests the main activity for this trip is bouldering, although the area offers pleasant walking and cycling too.
As usual this is one of our 'self-service' meets. So groups of members are organising their transport/accommodation for the trip and then meeting up to boulder together each day. There is a variety of accommodation available including camping, static caravans, gite's and hotels. Several groups have already got gite's booked in our usual area near Milly-la-foret, and there is also camping and static caravans at the nearby La Musardiere campsite.
Early spring is a popular time to visit Fontainebleau as the weather generally at it's best for bouldering. Hence it is a good idea to book early!
Saturday, 30th June 2018 at 9am - 3pmSunday, 1st July
Location: Lake District
Entries will open the 1st December for the 40th Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon which will be held over the weekend of the 30th June / 1st July 2018 in the Lake District. This time we will make sure the race doesn't clash with our summer meal so we can get a load of teams entering. If you've never done a mountain marathon before then the Saunders is a good starting point.
The race is popular and places will go quickly so head on over to the race website for more details and be ready to enter on 1st December.