Today, 22nd October 2019 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 29th October 2019 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 5th November 2019 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 12th November 2019 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 19th November 2019 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 26th November 2019 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 3rd December 2019 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 10th December 2019 at 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 17th December 2019 at 6pm - 9pm
Location: The Climbing Station, Empress Rd, Loughborough, LE11 1RH
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: The Belmont Hotel, 20 De Montfort Square, Leicester
The social event of the year is of course the Bowline Climbing Club annual dinner and slideshow. We are returning to the Belmont Hotel in Leicester once again on Saturday 2nd November, kicking off with drinks from 5pm. Don't worry if you can't make it for 5pm, join us when you can. Partners are welcome to join the fun too!
Food will be served at 7pm and this year we are going to have a buffet dinner to allow a bit more time for socialising and enjoying the slideshow presentations from club members.
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 - email@example.com.
We have a maximum of 50 places available so get your places booked now, click the Buy Tickets button above. We need to have confirmed our booking by the 21st October so don't leave it too late!
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!
Friday, 22nd November 2019 at 6pm - 5pmSunday, 24th November
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 2019 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).
The annual Chairman's walk and meal is not to be missed so get the date in your diary now (Sunday 1st December). As usual the location and route is a closely guarded secret. We'll reveal the start/finish point in the early autumn when we open up bookings for the meal.
Our Christmas bouldering competition returns for 2019 at Social Climbing in Leicester on Tuesday 10th December. The competition is suitable for all abilities with various prizes up for grabs. There will be a small charge to enter. After the competition we'll toast the winners with a few drinks. More details nearer the time.
Saturday, 28th December 2019 at 9am - 6pmSaturday, 4th January 2020
Some club members are heading to Sicily for a winter hot rock trip. A number of club members have been frequenting the 4km long cliffs at San Vito lo Capo Salinella. They have come back with tales of endless quality sport climbing literally just behind your tent/chalet.
This is a self-service meet so club members are booking their own travel and accommodation.
We are going on a week long skiing trip to Les Arcs in the French alps. The date has been set based on those that registered an interest, we'll be going from Saturday 11th January to Saturday 18th January.
We are booking group accommodation for all of those attending, this will be self catering. Transport, Lift Passes and Lessons are to be booked separately by those attending. Some members are driving out, others are taking the overnight train.
Location: Martin School, Link Road, Anstey, Leicester. OS sheet 140, grid ref 547093
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!
The race is limited to 350 runners. No entries are allowed on the race day.
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.
Saturday, 7th March 2020 at 4pm - 10amSunday, 15th March
Location: Mill Cottage, Feshiebridge, Scotland
We are re-invigorating our winter meets programme for 2020 with a full weeks trip to Scotland. We've got the excellent Mill Cottage booked from Saturday 7th March to Sunday 15th March. Of course we'll be hoping for good winter climbing conditions but whatever the weather we'll have plenty do with good walking, mountain biking, skiing, etc in the area.
More details nearer the time but get the date in your diary now!
Saturday, 11th April 2020 at 9am - 5pmSaturday, 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.