Club of South Africa
explore – discover – connect – protect - climb!

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Who we are
The Club consists of 14 Sections, geographically distributed. Contact the section nearest to you to join in activities.
Monthly MCSA news that included upcoming events and mountain news from around the world. News items should be sent to
International mountaineering news

MCSA Journal indices
Indices for MCSA journals from 1979 to 2014 are now available as searchable pfd's. We are working to upload the 1894 to 1978 indices.

MCSA turns 125 this year
The MCSA turns 125 this year. Follow events on twitter.

125th Anniversary T-Shirts
The JHB Section has arranged a 125 year edition First Ascent T-shirt.
The cost is R250 per T-shirt. Order yours now.

1-2-5...Climb! at least 125 routes and peaks

The Mountain Club of South Africa is celebrating its 125th birthday on 8 October 2016. We would like all members to join up, invite friends and the public so as to climb at least 125 peaks and rock routes, especially on 8 October 2016, but also during the period of 1 to 16 October 2016. We hope to raise awareness about our Club and our mountains as well as to mountaineer, climb and have fun. Go Wild! Climb in one of the outlaying or unknown mountain ranges or on your doorstep; bag a first ascent or do the 100th ascent of one; climb our highest peaks or stroll up a hill; go alone or convince the town mayor (and especially some reporters or even TV crews) to accompany you; or organise an outreach meet. Register your peak or route NOW. Explore – Discover - Connect – Protect – Climb!

July Camp
This year, July Camp will be held at Lotheni in a remote and secluded part of the southern Drakensberg, from 2 to 16 July.

The MCSA 2016 expedition to Patagonia
As part of the 125 year celebrations, an expedition to an expedition to Patagonia is planned. There was a HUGE response to the invite. No new applications can be accepted. Follow their progress.
2016 Supertramp award
To celebrate the 125th year of the MCSA, here are our Supertramps who will be exploring the world:
Already there: 19-year-old Micha Stiller is trekking solo for 600km in Nepal from Bhimdatta to Kathmandu
Later in the year:
- Chris Arderne, Michael Kloos and Rick Kotze will bag volcanoes in the Cordillera Neovolcanica and climb in Mexico
- Alex Bester will climb in the Pedras Negras in Angola in November together with Ebert Nel
- Jed Johnson and team mates, Craig Burton and Andrew Court, will climb at the Hand of Fatima in Mali in November
- Tiffany Wells and team members, Kirsten Roberts and Sam Stainton, will climb in South East Asia at the end of 2016.
 Congratulations and the best of luck to all!  Sincere thanks to the donor for a cool R128 000.

The Mountain Research Initiative
The MRI is an international organization based in Switzerland that aims to advance Global Change research in mountains. Check out the latest events at MRI Global News.  How about a degree in Earth and Environmental Science at a university endorsed by the Aga Khan?

Disclaimer: Mountain climbing has its risks. All who join in Mountain Club outings or use information from this website do so entirely at their own risk

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