• The Bowline annual dinner

    Today, 18th November 2017 at 7pm
    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).


    • Corn fed chicken, creamed leeks, fondant potato, mushroom sauce (gf).
    • Salmon, basil crushed new potatoes, tomato fondue (gf).
    • Braised blade of beef, creamed mash, Bourguignon sauce (gf).
    • Pea, asparagus & smoked cheddar risotto (v, gf).


    • Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce & vanilla ice cream (v).
    • Apple & pecan crumble tart, toffee ice cream (v).
    • Passion fruit & creme fraiche tart.

    Followed by Tea, coffee & mints.

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  • Bouldering @ The Climbing Station

    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!

    For more information contact Andy Potter (07796 220055).

  • BMC Midlands area - AGM and Organisational Review discussion

    Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 at 8pm
    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.

     Minutes of previous Area AGM (23 November 2016)

     Minutes of previous meeting (6 September 2017)


    Thanks to Solihull Mountaineering Club for hosting the meeting.

    How to find the Old Edwardians Sports Club

    Connect with the BMC Midlands Area on Facebook

    Follow the BMC Midlands Area on Twitter 

    How to stay in touch with your local BMC area 

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  • Roped Climbing @ The Tower

    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)

  • Club committee meeting

    Wednesday, 29th November 2017 at 7:30pm
    Location: Blackhorse Pub, Alylestone, Leicester

    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!

    The meeting starts at 7:30pm in the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone, which just happens to serve good food and drinks, co-incidence?

    Minutes of the previous meetings can be found in the members area.

  • Chairmans walk and lunch

    Sunday, 3rd December 2017 at 10am
    Location: The Peak District

    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. 

    If you have any questions please get in touch with Zoe - thechairman@bowlineclimbingclub.co.uk

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  • Club slideshow

    Wednesday, 6th December 2017 at 7:30pm
    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!

  • Christmas bouldering competition

    Tuesday, 12th December 2017 at 7pm
    Location: The Climbing Station, Loughborough

    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).

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  • Joshua Tree climbing trip

    Friday, 29th December 2017 at 9am - 6pm Sunday, 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.

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  • Charnwood Hills Race 2018

    Sunday, 4th February 2018 at 10am
    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.

    Entry for the race will open online at 8pm on Wednesday 8th November the entry fee is £16 (please note entries usually sell out extremely quickly). Please ensure you've read the race prospectus before completing your entry. All details entered into the website are kept secure and only used for the purpose of organising and running the race.

    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.

    Race numbers for entrants can be found here

    The race is limited to 350 runners. No entries are allowed on the race day.

    Entries are non refundable, however entries may be transferred using your EntryCentral account up until the 31st January.

    If you have any questions about the race or the online entry process please email us or post your question on the race forum.

    This map shows the race route (you can click the map to view an interactive version):

  • Fontainebleau bouldering

    Saturday, 31st March 2018 at 9am - 5pm Saturday, 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!

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  • Saunders Mountain Marathon

    Saturday, 30th June 2018 at 9am - 3pm Sunday, 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.

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To find out more about the Leicester area based
Bowline Climbing Club
Contact: Zoe Pickering (07709 337976)

November 2017
Saturday 18th
7pm The Bowline annual dinner
Tuesday 21st
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Wednesday 22nd
8pm BMC Midlands area - AGM and Organisational Review discussion
Thursday 23rd
6:30pm Roped Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 28th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Wednesday 29th
7:30pm Club committee meeting
Thursday 30th
6:30pm Roped Climbing @ The Tower
December 2017
Sunday 3rd
10am Chairmans walk and lunch
Tuesday 5th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Wednesday 6th
7:30pm Club slideshow
Thursday 7th
6:30pm Roped Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 12th
7pm Christmas bouldering competition
Thursday 14th
6:30pm Roped Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 19th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 21st
6:30pm Roped Climbing @ The Tower
Friday 29th
9am Joshua Tree climbing trip
Saturday 30th
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
Sunday 31st
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
January 2018
Monday 1st
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
Tuesday 2nd
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
Wednesday 3rd
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
Thursday 4th
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
Friday 5th
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
Saturday 6th
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
Sunday 7th
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
Monday 8th
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
Tuesday 9th
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
Wednesday 10th
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
Thursday 11th
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
Friday 12th
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
Saturday 13th
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
Sunday 14th
... Joshua Tree climbing trip
February 2018
Sunday 4th
10am Charnwood Hills Race 2018
March 2018
Saturday 31st
9am Fontainebleau bouldering
April 2018
Sunday 1st
... Fontainebleau bouldering
Monday 2nd
... Fontainebleau bouldering
Tuesday 3rd
... Fontainebleau bouldering
Wednesday 4th
... Fontainebleau bouldering
Thursday 5th
... Fontainebleau bouldering
Friday 6th
... Fontainebleau bouldering
Saturday 7th
... Fontainebleau bouldering
June 2018
Saturday 30th
9am Saunders Mountain Marathon
July 2018
Sunday 1st
... Saunders Mountain Marathon

The Bowline Climbing Club Limited is a Registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.

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