• Bouldering @ The Climbing Station

    Today, 28th January 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 4th February 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 11th February 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 18th February 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 10th March 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 17th March 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 24th March 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 31st March 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 7th April 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 14th April 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 21st April 2020 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 28th April 2020 at 6pm - 9pm
    Location: The Climbing Station, Empress Rd, Loughborough, LE11 1RH

    Our weekly indoor Bouldering at the The Climbing Station in Loughborough.

    Bouldering is a great way to build your technique and strength whether you're 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 Michael Jones 07496146147 or meetsec@bowlineclimbingclub.co.uk.

  • Thursday Climbing at The Tower

    Thursday, 30th January 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 6th February 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 13th February 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 20th February 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 27th February 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 5th March 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 12th March 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 19th March 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 26th March 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 2nd April 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm, Thursday, 9th April 2020 at 6pm - 9:30pm
    Location: The Tower Climbing Centre, Beaumont Leys, Leicester

    We will be climbing at The Tower Climbing Centre in Beaumont Leys (Leicester) each Thursday (6pm onwards) from now until the evenings get light enough for outdoor climbing.

    We're keen to have a good turnout each week and there are plenty of members attending so there's always someone to climb with!

    For more information contact Michael Jones 07496146147 or meetsec@bowlineclimbingclub.co.uk.

  • Charnwood Hills Race 2020 - CANCELLED

    Sunday, 2nd February 2020 at 10am
    Location: Martin School, Link Road, Anstey, Leicester. OS sheet 140, grid ref 547093

    CHARNWOOD HILLS RACE 2020 CANCELLATION

    It is with regret that we have had to cancel this year's Charnwood Hills Race. Following the heavy rains, the trustees of Bradgate Park withdrew permission for us to cross the Park. As such we had no alternative but to cancel the race.

    We have issued a refund to all entrants, this refund is for the full amount i.e. £17. The refund will be returned to the cardholder who made the payment for the original entry. For those of you that have transferred places you'll need to arrange to pass on the refund to the person who has taken your place as appropriate.

    Once again we're really sorry not to be hosting you for the race this year. We will be taking steps to try and secure the running of the race next year so we hope to see you in 2021.

    The Bowline Climbing Club are pleased to be hosting the 34th Charnwood Hills race on Sunday 2nd February 2020. 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. If you are considering entering the race please ensure you've read the race prospectus for more details.

    Entries are on a first come first served basis, entries will open at 7pm on Sunday 10th November via EntryCentral. Entries are expected to sell out very quickly so we recommend setting up an account on EntryCentral before entries open. Please read the race prospectus before completing entering the race. Upon successfully entering the race the entry fee of £17 will taken from your debit/credit card. Note that we will guarantee places for the three fastest women and three fastest men from last year’s race (if you are one of these persons please contact us if you are not able to get an entry). 

    The categories for the race are now aligned to the FRA categories for Women (U21, U23, Senior, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 75) and for Men (U21, U23, Senior, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, and 75). We will gives prizes to the first 3 women and men, and then a prize for winner of each category. Although the FRA don't have team categories we will continue to do teams, with a prize for the 1st men and women's teams with first 3 to count in each team (bottle of wine for each team member of the winning team). We will also give a prize to the first Bowline Woman and Man. This year's race will also feature some extra spot prizes!

    All details entered into the EntryCentral system are kept secure and only used for the purpose of organising the race, and for publishing the results of the race. For information on how we handle personal data and details of your rights in respect to your data held by the club, please see our privacy policy.

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


    If you have any questions about the race or the online entry process please email us. You can also get updates via our Facebook page.

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

  • REC Level 2 Emergency First Aid course

    Saturday, 8th February 2020 at 9am - 5pm Sunday, 9th February
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Brynrefail, Snowdonia

    With the aim of improving the level of first aid skills amongst our members so we can look after each other when we are out climbing, walking, cycling; we are very pleased to be able to offer the 'REC Level 2 Emergency First Aid' course over the weekend of the 8th/9th February at our own club hut.

    The course will be delivered by Helen and Steve Howe of Snowdonia First Aid, based in Llanberis. They ran the same course for us in 2015 and it was very good, particularly as Helen and Steve have both got many years experience in Mountain Rescue so they can bring a practical mountaineering perspective to the course. 

    The course is aimed at any Outdoor professional or enthusiast and focuses on what first aid to do in an emergency where quick help is not an option. There are 12 places available and the cost is only £80 per person for the whole weekend, including accommodation at our club hut, and plenty of tea/coffee throughout the course (Friday and Saturday evenings). We'll also share a group meal on the Saturday night and if last time is anything to go by a few drinks too!

    This is a very competitive rate which the club has been able to secure for this course and we expect the places to go quickly. So we recommend booking straight away if you would like to come. You can pay with your Paypal account, or just using a debit/credit card (no requirement to create a Paypal account if you don't want to). Just click on the 'Buy Tickets' button above to book your place.

    As well as providing a great set of skills for club members to help each other (or others) this course also covers the requirements of all the National Governing Body Award schemes such as Mountain Leader (ML), Mountain Instructor Award (MIA), Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC), Single Pitch Award (SPA), British Canoe Union, Mountain Biking etc.

    COURSE TOPICS - Programme for the weekend

    - Emergency Procedure: DRS ABCDE.

    - Protecting the Airway; Safe Airway Position.

    - Basic Life Support and CPR.

    - Vital signs.

    - Shock and bleeds:

    - Internal and external, minor and catastrophic.

    - Life threatening injuries: chest injuries.

    - Causes of unconsciousness.

    - Medical emergencies:

    - Asthma, heart attack, angina, epilepsy, diabetes, anaphylaxis.

    - Common outdoor diseases:

    - Ticks & Lyme disease, Weils disease, weaver fish, jellyfish stings, adder bites.

    - Sprains, strains, fractures and dislocations.

    - Environmental injuries:

    - Hypothermia, hyperthermia, heat and cold related conditions.

  • Club committee meeting

    Thursday, 13th February 2020 at 7:30pm
    Location: Pete's house

    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 approprimately every 6 weeks and all club members are welcome to attend our committee meetings!

    The next meeting starts at 7:30pm at Pete's house. Minutes of the previous meetings can be found in the members area.

  • Bouldering Competition

    Tuesday, 25th February 2020 at 6pm - 10pm
    Location: Social Climbing Leicester, East Bond Street, Leicester

    Slightly later than initially planned is our annual bouldering competition. We are holding it at Social Climbing in Leicester for a change to our normal venue.

    There will be a some exciting oppertunities to show of your style. All in good fun but with some prizes for different catagories, I have set my sights on the last place bonus prize.

    Registration starts at 18:45 and the comp kicks off at 19:00
     

    We will order in a few pizza's (Meat/veggie/vegan) to enjoy afterwards. Then we'll head off for drinks at a local haunt after so even if your are not joining us for the comp you can still get involved for a social drink.

    Pizza will be from Peter's pizza https://tinyurl.com/tv4y87u approx cost £4.50 PP

    To get an idea of numbers please buy a ticket (they're free). Once we have the numbers I will order the pizza as you start making you way around course.

    If you would like to get in touch call or email Mike Jones to discuss 07496146147 or meetsec@bowlineclimbingclub.co.uk.

  • Scottish Winter Meet

    Saturday, 7th March 2020 at 2pm - 10am Sunday, 15th March
    Location: Feshiebridge, Scotland

    We have a winter meet venue booked for March 7th - 15th in Feshiebridge (Scotland), that is for 8 nights. We've booked the Scottish Mountaineering Hut there, with 14 places available. All the normal facilities you'd expect with accomodation in a mixture of rooms and dormitories; note this is self-catering accomodation and the cost does not include food.

    The cost is £84 for the week. You'll need to book the whole week out, sorry no part books of the week. Book your places now using the 'Buy Tickets' button above.

    Feshiebridge is about 8 miles SW of Aviemore and is perfect for access to the Cairngorms.

    So get yourselves ready for winter fun; winter climbing, mountaineering and mountian biking. If we are really lucky with the snow, we even might be able to do some skiing - pisted and back country skiing.

    Strictly on a first come first served basis.

    We need to get a reasonable number of places booked (otherwise we will have to release places to others), so can we ask that you make the booking by the end of November.

    For more details or any questions contact Andy Railton  - 07894 533629.

  • Love the hut weekend

    Saturday, 14th March 2020 at 6pm - 8pm Sunday, 15th March
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Now the hut has been refurbished we want to keep it in top condition. So this will be our maintenance weekend for 2020 where we will show the hut some love and get it ready for the winter. 

    On this special weekend you get to stay at the hut for free on Friday and Saturday nights in return for spending one whole day working on the hut (either the Saturday or the Sunday). Whichever day you are not working on the hut you can enjoy yourself climbing, walking, cycling or just chilling out!

    There are plenty of different jobs to do at the hut and no special skills are required to help out. Although if you do have a particular talent in something like Plumbing, Electrics, Woodwork, etc I'm sure we can put your skills to good use. 

    We plan to give the hut a deep clean on the inside. Outside we'll make sure everything is tidy and trimmed, drainage channels clear, etc. There may also be repairs and project work to be done, more details nearer the time.

    You'll need to bring your own food/drink for the weekend although tea/coffee plus cakes/biscuits will be provided. On Saturday night we'll walk into Llanberis for a curry and pint. 

    Please bring with you suitable clothing for doing mucky work (possibly in the cold and wet). And please bring any tools we might need (gardening tools are always useful). 

    As with any visit to the club hut please be sure to read our helpful guide to staying at the hut.

    Get in touch with Dave Toach (07703 121591) to book your place in the hut.

  • Peak District Family Meet

    Friday, 27th March 2020 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 29th March
    Location: Peak District

    For further Details please contact anthony.bishopp@gmail.com

  • AGM and Pizza!

    Saturday, 28th March 2020 at 4pm
    Location: Peter Pizzeria, Welford Place, Leicester, LE1 6ZH

    The Bowline Climbing Club’s 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held at Peter Pizzeria, Welford Place, Leicester LE1 6ZH, starting 16:00 sharp. Following the AGM those who would like to are welcome to stay on and consume pizza and beer - the more the merrier! You can view the menu, venue and prices here http://www.peterpizzeria.co.uk.

    You can just turn up for the AGM, but it would help if you could let us know if you fancy joining us for pizza so we can give them an idea of numbers.

    Please click on the 'Register' button above if you want pizza - no cost at this point and no obligation!  

    PS: There is also pre-AGM bouldering at Social Climbing from 13:00.

  • First Shake-out-Climb

    Sunday, 29th March 2020 at 9am - 5pm
    Location: Peak District

    This will be the very first 'Shake-out-Climb'.
    In sailing its called the shake down sail and signifies the first sail of the season

    A good chance to get a the blood pumping and some pre-Font practice in. Bouldering, sport or Trad depending on weather.

    For the hungry we will meet at the pool cafe in Hathersage for breakfast followed by heading over to the Outside cafe at 10:30 to meet less hungry folk. 


    If you are planning to join us please get in touch with Michael Jones 07496146147

    meetsec@bowlineclimbingclub.co.uk

     

  • Fontainebleau bouldering trip

    Saturday, 11th April 2020 at 9am - 5pm Saturday, 18th April
    Location: Forest of Fontainebleau, France

    This Easter we will once again go to Fontainebleau. For those of you who aren't familiar with Font, Font is one of, if not the, most popular bouldering spots in the world. It has boulders of all levels scattered through dunes and forests. You can climb classic problems such as the La Marie Rose, the world's first 6A put up in 1946 by René Ferlet, or you can seek isolation in the more beautiful and remote parts of the forest. Font must be amongst the best places in the world to work on technique, and it's widely acknowledged if you can climb well in Font, then you can climb well anywhere. The boulders are comprised of rippled sandstone that almost always succumb to a delicate approach rather than raw strength.

    Traditionally this is a somewhat self-organised meet. We usually travel by car. It takes about 4h in the UK and 4h in France, with a short ferry/eurotunnel crossing. We usually bring our own pads, but we can hire them locally.

    This year we have booked two gites near Saint-Martin-en-Bière. One is for the families and the other for adult members. These will be filled on a first come first served basis. The cost for the week in the gite is £85 per person. This doesn't include bedding, towels, cleaning or extra heating. We will all chip in for the cleaning on the last day.

    If you would like to stay in one of the gites that the club has booked then you need to reserve your place here on the website (click the Register button above) AND then you need to pay the full amount to the club account via bank transfer, please follow the instructions on the payments page

    Please pay promptly or we may release your reservation for someone else to book.

    There are limited spaces in the gites, so we expect those to go quickly. There are numerous other options to stay in Font including camping, so please also bear these in mind. Any questions, feel free to ask Anthony Bishopp or any of the members that have been on previous years.

  • Bank Holiday Hut Weekend

    Thursday, 7th May 2020 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 10th May
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Join us the club hut for another weekend of adventure with your fellow club members. Whether it's Climbing, Scrambling, Cycling or Walking there's so much choice to make the most of the good weather. 

    You'll need to bring your own food and drink for the weekend. As with any visit to the club hut please be sure to read our helpful guide to staying at the hut.

    Make sure you book your place ASAP by contacting Dave Toach (07703 121591)!

  • Climb all the things, In Fair Head (family friendly)

    Friday, 22nd May 2020 at 9am - 7pm Monday, 25th May
    Location: Fair Head

    Considered by locals and those who make it across the Irish Sea to be the best cliff in the UK. Fairhead is as long as Stanage, but considerably taller.
    The rock is excellent and columnar basalt and makes commanding lines.

    The climbs start at VS and go to around E8. Below E3 these tend to follow pretty continuous crack lines, with 40-50m pitches being the norm, think double rack of cams and good jamming skills. The gear is generally supposed to be excellent. 

    The best way to travel would be to car share and get overnight ferries from Liverpool to Belfast. It's fair to point out that this isn't a cheap option and is probably around £100 each (depending on how many to a car and whether you take a cabin). Shorter, cheaper crossings go from Holyhead to Dublin.
    Embarrassingly, it's probably cheapest to fly. For accommodation we have two options, very basic camping walking distance from the crag or a more luxurious campsite with showers a short distance away.

  • Club Hut Weekend

    Friday, 12th June 2020 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 14th June
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Join us the club hut for another weekend of adventure with your fellow club members. Whether it's Climbing, Scrambling, Cycling or Walking there's so much choice to make the most of the good weather. 

    You'll need to bring your own food and drink for the weekend. As with any visit to the club hut please be sure to read our helpful guide to staying at the hut.

    Make sure you book your place ASAP by contacting Dave Toach (07703 121591)!

  • The Saunders Mountain Marathon

    Saturday, 4th July 2020 at 8am - 6pm Sunday, 5th July
    Location: The Howgills, Lake District

    Entries are open for the 42nd Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon which will be held over the weekend of the 4th/5th July 2020 in the The Howgills area of the Lake District. If you've never done a mountain marathon before then the Saunders is a good starting point. Several teams of club members have already entered so why not join us.

    The race is popular and places will go quickly so head on over to the race website for more details and book your place.

  • Alpine Trip

    Saturday, 1st August 2020 at 12pm - 12pm Saturday, 8th August
    Location: TBC

    Details to follow

  • Bank holiday North Lakes Meet

    Friday, 28th August 2020 at 12pm - 5pm Monday, 31st August
    Location: Bowderstone Bunkhouse

    This August bank holiday we are visiting the Lake District for some wonderful adventures. 

    The Bowderstone hut is in the heart of the lakes and is nicely secluded with a 1 mile walk to a pub/tea room. Parking is very short walk away.
    Its really well priced, £25 for the 3 nights.
    The Bunkhouse is heated by 2 wood-burning stoves and is dog-friendly! Hot water is provided by electric heaters and it has a simply equipped kitchen (with two x 2-ring electric hobs, fridge, microwave, a selection of pans and basic cutlery and crockery), accessible shower-room (+ extra WC) and communal area. Linen and mattresses are not provided – we suggest bringing sleeping bags and camping-type self-inflating mattresses. 

    There is so much to do there is not nearly enough time.

    The places usually sell out fairly quickly so I recommend booking places promptly. To book a place at the Hut you need to purchase a ticket


    For further details please contact Michael Jones meetsec@bowlineclimbingclub.co.uk

  • Lake District Family Meet

    Friday, 11th September 2020 (all day)
    Location: YMC hut, Coniston

    Details to follow

  • Climb all the things, in Lundy

    Saturday, 12th September 2020 at 10am - 8pm Saturday, 19th September
    Location: Lundy

    For those looking for something a little different, Lundy has a lot to offer, with a broad range of grades, countless classics, and a wild and remote feel. The journey across in the MS Oldenburgh is unforgettable and only adds to the 'island experience', which really is quite unlike anything on the mainland.

    Camping is available very cheaply or for those looking for something a little more comfortable then there is self catering options.

    https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/Search-and-Book/location/lundy/#Search

    Time table for travel can be found here https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/globalassets/1-aa-new-responsive-site-images/website/lundy/timetables/stayers-lundy-timetable-2020.pdf
     

    Fares:

    Period Returns 2020: 

    Sailing Tickets
    Adults £74
    Children £38 (4-15)
    Infants £16 under 4's  

    More details to follow

     

  • Club Hut Weekend

    Friday, 18th September 2020 at 5pm - 8pm Sunday, 20th September
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Join us the club hut for another weekend of adventure with your fellow club members. Whether it's Climbing, Scrambling, Cycling or Walking there's so much choice to make the most of the good weather. 

    You'll need to bring your own food and drink for the weekend. As with any visit to the club hut please be sure to read our helpful guide to staying at the hut.

    Make sure you book your place ASAP by contacting Dave Toach (07703 121591)!

  • Annual dinner and slideshow

    Saturday, 14th November 2020 at 5pm
    Location: To be revealed (Leicester area)

    The social event of the year is of course the Bowline Climbing Club annual dinner and slideshow. The venue for this year is yet to be revealed but get the date in your diary now and we'll send out invites with all the details nearer the time. We expect to kickoff with drinks from 5pm, with food being served around 7pm.

    If you'd like to share some pictures and do a little talk about your adventures that would be great. We hope to have time to fit everyone, to help us plan the slideshow so please let us know when you book if you'd like do a slot and we'll contact you to make arrangements.

    We'll also be doing showing a photo reel whilst we eat dinner so if you don't fancy talking but have some interesting pictures to share then please send these to Andy Potter - thechairman@bowlineclimbingclub.co.uk.

  • Chairman's walk and meal

    Sunday, 6th December 2020 at 10am
    Location: To be revealed

    The location of this year's Chairman's walk and meal is being kept underwraps until nearer the time as is traditional. But you can save the date in your diary now so you can be sure to join us. All will be revealed when bookings open in the autumn.

To find out more about the Leicester area based
Bowline Climbing Club 
please contact our chairman.

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

Registered under No. 31545R at the Financial Conduct Authority.

Registered Office: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 3NR.

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