It's been back to back hut meets over the past two weekends. We had a super time on our Family Meet, where we had the Morrison family joining us for the first time. The weather was kind to us on Saturday so we went Scrambling around Lion Rock, followed by sport climbing in the slate quarries and then back to the hut for a lovely BBQ. Sunday the weather was not so favourable so we all turned our hand to helping with the hut improvements by preparing the base for the new shed. A big thanks to all the kids and grown ups who all mucked in to get it done despite the pouring rain!
I've not heard how this weekends hut meet went but if you were there I hope you had a great time. I did see a picture of a sunny belay at the top of Dream of White Horse posted on Facebook so perhaps there was some adventures afoot (well done Derek).
You won't be hearing from me for a while now as I'll be off in India for some trekking. My next update will likely be in mid September. So in the meantime don't forget all the club meets are on the website and we've had some brilliant times already this year so make sure you get involved and share in the fun. Tuesday bouldering will be running as always and I'm hoping Andy Railton and Brian Quinn will keep the Thursday climbing scene active as the evenings start to draw in.
We had a cracking days climbing on Saturday at Bamford Edge. Despite the wind plenty of top 50 and 3 star climbs were done at one of the lesser known gems of the Peak District, in my opinion. Some Bowliners were out at Stanage on the same day, and also I hear tales of adventure from the alps too. Next time any of you see Simon Perry, be sure to enquire about his experiences with abseiling back down alpine routes.
The next couple of weekends we are heading to our lovely club hut so why not join us? There is our Summer family meet this coming weekend with still a few spaces left (note these meets are open to all club members, not just those with children). And the following weekend it's our "Climbing all the things" meet where we'll be aiming to do, you guessed it, lots of climbing (and post climbing socialising of course)!
And finally just one more reminder to about the BMC undertaking an organisational review. This is an important opportunity to make your voice heard so please take a moment to fill in the anonymous survey - https://www.warpsurveys.com/bmc?type=020.
Looks like the Alpine season is in full swing with various Bowliners out in the mountains and valleys having some pretty awesome adventures judging by the posts on various people Facebook pages. It's making me slightly envious but only a little bit as it's only a few weeks until I'll be off trekking in the Indian Himalayas. But before that I'll be looking to get lots of climbing in here while the sun shines and with that in mind I'll be at Markfield Quarry this Thursday and also hopefully out in the Peak District Saturday (watch out for an invite soon as the forecast is a bit clearer).
As I've mentioned before the BMC is undertaking an organisational review and the team heading the review are asking all members for their views. This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard so please take a moment to fill in this anonymous survey - https://www.warpsurveys.com/bmc?type=020.
Did we have a good time at the hut for our BBQ meet? I'll let Andy Richards mini meet report do the talking:
"Climbing started @ Holyhead in dense supernatural sea mist, with the boat horns sounding. Andy Potter led Harper n Ruth up Black n Tan, then Bruvers, which everyone loved. I took new member Luke up Tension and there was plenty of that in the air when a bush nearly swallowed Luke whole.
Sunday we headed down to Costa Del Tremadog in glorious sunshine Zoe Pickering took Lizzy Jones n Luke up PNP. I ticked Scratch in fine style, Andy Harper lead and loved the best pitch of PNP. And Mr Potter ticked off the lovely but bold n airy Micah Eliminate. I wonder if one of those tiny new cams got placed? (Ed: yes it did)
Graham and Yvonne Alexander (currently MIA with the Chocolate cake!), last seen drinking tea at Eric's! Mmmmm."
Fancy getting out to the the mountains for a walk but don't fancy driving all that way yourself. Well then why not meet up the West Bromwich Mountaineering Club who will be holding their next monthly coach meet on Sunday 13th August 2017 heading to the Berwyns. Bowline members are welcome to attend this event. The Luxury coach will depart Edward Street Car Park West Bromwich (postcode B70 8HU) at 07.00am promptly, there is free car parking on a Sunday, leave the car, sit back and relax.
There will be 2 drop offs at Llangynog and Milltir Gerrig with the pick up later in the day at Llangynog. Coach will arrive back in the Midlands at around 21.30 hours. Anyone unsure of navigating in the hills? No worries join some of experienced members on a led walk. Prices to guests is £22 and under 16s and full time students £8.00, anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To book on the coach, contact the WBMC coach secretary Nigel Tarr on 07703345.