February 2017
Tuesday 21st
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 23rd
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 28th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
March 2017
Thursday 2nd
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Monday 6th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 9th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Friday 10th
6pm Winter family meet at the club hut
Saturday 11th
... Winter family meet at the club hut
Sunday 12th
... Winter family meet at the club hut
Monday 13th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Wednesday 15th
7:30pm Club AGM and Suzie Imber talk
Thursday 16th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Sunday 19th
10am Prusik knots and tricky situations
Monday 20th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 23rd
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Monday 27th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 30th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
April 2017
Thursday 6th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Saturday 8th
9am Fontainebleau bouldering
Sunday 9th
... Fontainebleau bouldering
Monday 10th
... Fontainebleau bouldering
Tuesday 11th
... Fontainebleau bouldering
Wednesday 12th
... Fontainebleau bouldering
Thursday 13th
... Fontainebleau bouldering
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Friday 14th
... Fontainebleau bouldering
Saturday 15th
... Fontainebleau bouldering
Thursday 20th
6:30pm Climbing @ The Tower
Friday 21st
6pm Love The Hut weekend
Saturday 22nd
... Love The Hut weekend
Sunday 23rd
... Love The Hut weekend
May 2017
Friday 19th
6pm Club hut weekend
Saturday 20th
... Club hut weekend
Sunday 21st
... Club hut weekend
June 2017
Friday 16th
6pm Joint hut meet with Ceunant Mountaineering Club
Saturday 17th
... Joint hut meet with Ceunant Mountaineering Club
Sunday 18th
... Joint hut meet with Ceunant Mountaineering Club
July 2017
Friday 14th
6pm BBQ at the club hut
Saturday 15th
... BBQ at the club hut
Sunday 16th
... BBQ at the club hut
Saturday 22nd
9am Alpine trip to Argentiere (with Ceunant MC)
Sunday 23rd
... Alpine trip to Argentiere (with Ceunant MC)
Monday 24th
... Alpine trip to Argentiere (with Ceunant MC)
Tuesday 25th
... Alpine trip to Argentiere (with Ceunant MC)
Wednesday 26th
... Alpine trip to Argentiere (with Ceunant MC)
Thursday 27th
... Alpine trip to Argentiere (with Ceunant MC)
Friday 28th
... Alpine trip to Argentiere (with Ceunant MC)
Saturday 29th
... Alpine trip to Argentiere (with Ceunant MC)
Sunday 30th
... Alpine trip to Argentiere (with Ceunant MC)
September 2017
Friday 8th
6pm Climbing in North Wales at the club hut
Saturday 9th
... Climbing in North Wales at the club hut
Sunday 10th
... Climbing in North Wales at the club hut
Friday 15th
6pm Family meet at the club hut
Saturday 16th
... Family meet at the club hut
Sunday 17th
... Family meet at the club hut
October 2017
Friday 6th
6pm More adventures from our club hut
Saturday 7th
... More adventures from our club hut
Sunday 8th
... More adventures from our club hut

Come and share the adventure with the Bowline Climbing Club!
Rock climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, cycling, walking...

Based in the Leicester area we welcome new members, with or without experience. For more information contact: Richard Freer on 07971 215203 or via email.

Bowline CC - Meets update

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 10th February 2017 @ 2:01pm

Hi Bowliners,

In an attempt to be much more pro-active with our meets we've been working to get all the details planned out early in the year. You should already have received invites to our joint alpine meet with Ceunant Mountaineering club in July. And you can find all the club hut meets for the year on the Meets & Events page of the website, including our next Love The Hut weekend which is coming up in late April.

We have a number of other exciting meets which I hope to have detailed invites sent out for when I get back from skiing. We have secured accommodation for these meets and I can give you outline of the meets as follows so you can get the ones of interest in your diary. Booking of places for these meets will be done via the website and you'll receive a invite for each meet through which you can make your booking:

  • 29th April - 1st May - Lake district meet - We've got the Wallabarrow camping barn booked for the May Day bank holiday weekend, there are 10 places available in the camping barn. The camping barn has the lovely Wallabarrow crag just next door and lots of other great climbing venues nearby not to mention fantastic walking/cycling. We plan to head to the nearby pub (walking distance) for dinner on the Saturday evening and then do a group meal in the camping barn on the Sunday evening. We expect this weekend to cost £36 per person (which is the cost of the 3 nights in the camping barn plus the group meal on the Sunday night).
  • Whitsun bank holiday weekend (28th - 30th May) - We've got a bunk house booked at the Budle Bay campsite in Northumberland. We have 12 places in the bunkhouse and there is option of camping as well. We've not done a club trip to climb in Northumberland for a long time and I've heard good things about the climbing and bouldering so I'm looking forward to checking it out. As we're staying near the coast we'll meetup for fish and chips on the Saturday evening and then do a group the Sunday. We expect this weekend to cost £36 per person (which is the cost of the 3 nights in the camping barn plus the group meal on the Sunday night and breakfast).
  • Weekend of 1st/2nd July - Summer meal (North Wales) - We're heading to the Bryn Hafod hut in southern Snowdonia to check out the climbing in this lesser visited part of North Wales. We plan to have a pub dinner this year so no one has to do any cooking on the Saturday night. We expect the cost of the weekend to be around £40 which should include accommodation, dinner and the pub and breakfast.

Kind regards,

Andy

Bowline CC - Morocco Rocks and the CHR

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 6th February 2017 @ 11:01am

Hey Everybody,

A very big thank you to everyone who helped make this years Charnwood Hill Race a great success. The race is a very important event for the club and it was great to see loads of club members helping to make the day run smoothly. A special thanks should go to the race committee for all their hard work up to and including the race day (and afterwards too), well done Paul Barrett, Richard Freer, Lisa Mackenzie, Dave Toach, Zoe Pickering, Suzie Imber, and Andy Railton.

A big well done to our Bowliners who ran the race (checkout the pictures over on our Facebook Page). Congratulations to the Tamela Maciel who shaved over 30 minutes off her time from last years race to finish as the 16th placed women and the 1st Bowline women over the line. And also congratulations to Rob Pullen who also beat his time from last year to finish as the 16th placed man and the 1st Bowline man over the line. Full results for the race can be viewed on the website.

Looking forward we have a club committee meeting next Wednesday evening (15th Feb), 7:30pm at the Blackhorse Pub. With our Club AGM coming up in March it's a good opportunity to come along and see how the committee works as we are looking for some new club members to join the team.

Also coming up in March we have the first of this years 'family meets'. This meet is open to all club members but is particularly aimed at those wanting to bring their children along to a meet. For this trip we are heading to our club hut in Snowdonia, for more details checkout the meet information on the website.

Finally a quick note to say that having not been able to send you an update for the past couple of weeks due to being away climbing in Morocco (which was amazing, watch out for a trip report soon), I am going to be away ski-ing next week, so my next update will be in a couple of weeks time. In the meantime I hope you all enjoy yourselves bouldering at The Climbing Station on Tuesday evening, and climbing at The Tower on Thursday evening.

Andy :)

Club Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, 15th February 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…

Bowline CC - Calling all club members

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 23rd January 2017 @ 5:43pm

Hey Bowliners,

It's been a couple of weeks since my last email and it will be another couple of weeks till the next one as I am off to Morocco for some winter sun and adventurous trad climbing. Let's hope while I'm gone the winter conditions here improve for those of you looking for icy adventures, especially as we have the club hut reserved for a members meet this coming weekend so make sure you book your hut places and cross your fingers for good conditions.

I know some club members have been out finding the odd bit of winter climbing here and there although I hear it involved some 'misery' (ask Rob and Charlene about Cadair Idris). It seems conditions were more favourable for our skiers on last weeks trip to Tignes, I haven't heard any details yet but I imagine it was a good time judging from the pictures and comments on Facebook.

You should hopefully have seen invitations to our club Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 15th March, 7:30pm at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. This is an important event for the club and we are very keen to see lots of members present as it is one of the key opportunities for you to have a say about how the club is run. Adding considerably to the appeal of this years AGM we are very lucky to have Suzie Imber giving a talk on her recent trip to summit unclimbed 6000 metre peaks in the Andes. 

Also back for 2017 is the ever popular 'Prusik Knots and tricky situations' workshop on Sunday 19th March. Already 4 out of the 8 places available have been booked. So if you want to attend book your place now via the website, it's free for club members (thanks to funding from The BMC). And mentioning the BMC a reminder that the next BMC Midlands area meeting is on Wednesday 1st February.

Don't forget to grab your climbing shoes and join us for bouldering at The Climbing Station on Tuesday evening, and climbing at The Tower on Thursday evening as usual.

Have a great couple of weeks,

Andy

Prusik knots and tricky situations

  • Sunday, 19th March 2017 at 10am
    Location: Leicestershire

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

Bowline CC - Alpine Aspirations

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 9th January 2017 @ 10:20am

Hey Bowliners,

Hot off the press we have outline plans for our Alpine trip this year. We are teaming up with the guys from Ceunant Mountaineering Club for a joint trip to Argentiere. Although some of us may well take the opportunity to visit for longer than a week we are aiming for everyone to be there over the period from 22nd-30th July. We'll be camping at the main campsite in Argentiere. More details will follow soon but get the date in your diary now!

Also the Ceunant guys have suggested we have a joint hut meet, before heading to the alps, on the weekend of the 17th/18th June. As well as being a great opportunity to socialise and get to know the Ceunant guys, we are also looking to arrange a session on crevasse rescue as part of this weekend. There will be a joint meal at the Ceunant MC hut in Nant Peris on the Saturday night. Again more details will follow soon!

At little closer at hand we have a club committee meeting this Wednesday evening, 7:30pm at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. Remember all club members are welcome to come along to our committee meetings. You can find the minutes of the last meeting on the website in the members area.

Also there is a BMC Midlands area meeting coming up on Wednesday 1st February, 8:00pm at the Old Edwardians Sports Club in Solihull. The meeting will be followed by talk from Sheffield-based rock climber Maddy Cope. Maddy’s talk will focus on trad climbing in Britain and climbing in Yosemite.

Don't forget to grab your climbing shoes and join us for bouldering at The Climbing Station on Tuesday evening, and climbing at The Tower on Thursday evening as usual.

Have a great week,

Andy

Alpine trip to Argentiere (with Ceunant MC)

  • Saturday, 22nd July 2017 at 9am - 6pm Sunday, 30th July
    Location: Argentiere, French Alps

    This year we are teaming up with the guys from the Ceunant Mountaineering Club for a joint…

Joint hut meet with Ceunant Mountaineering Club

  • Friday, 16th June 2017 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 18th June
    Location: Snowdonia

    We are teaming up with the Ceunant Mountaineering Club for a joint hut meet in Snowdonia. The…

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