MCSA turned 125 on 8 October 2016
The Mountain Club of South Africa has celebrated its 125th birthday on 8 October 2016. Many members and friends have joined in climbing at least 125 routes, hills and peaks; especially on 8 October 2016, but also during the period of 1 to 16 October 2016. One aim was to increase awareness about the Club and mountains but the second was also to mountaineer, climb and have fun!
The oldest participant, Merv Prior (91-years-old) rock-climbed on Arch Rock at Keurboomstrand and the youngest participant Alex Harvey (8-months-old) was in a carrier on his father’s back on the Magaliesberg near Wonderboom. At one event – the Priors - four generations were present and the Maggs managed three.
Interesting peaks summited outside SA included Mt Jeonwu in South Korea, a volcano - Piton de la Fournaise - in Reunion and Mt Kosciuszko in Australia. A night mountain rescue practice was conducted. Some fun events also took place such as a formal dinner on top of the Drakensberg at Mount-aux-Sources and pizza-and-poker on Popple Peak.
More: MCSA Facebook page and the Magaliesberg Section Webpage and Members’ Stories and here.
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The Mountain Club of Malawi is very active, and the climbing part of the club has been rejuvenated in the last couple of years. Check their FaceBook group and website www.mcm.org.mw.
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.
The MCSA 2016 expedition to Patagonia
2016 Supertramp award
To celebrate the 125th year of the MCSA, here are our Supertramps who will be exploring the world:
Already achieved: 19-year-old Micha Stiller has trekking solo for 400 kilometres of rural Himalayan Nepal solo and unassisted over the course of three weeks, allowing him to immerse himself in culture and landscape virtually untouched by tourism.
Later in the year:
- Chris Arderne, Michael Kloos and Rick Kotze will bag volcanoes in the Cordillera Neovolcanica and climb in Mexico in DecemberCongratulations and the best of luck to all! Sincere thanks to the donor for a cool R128 000.
- Alex Bester will be exploring bouldering options in Chimanimani Mountains in Zimbabwe
- Jed Johnson and Craig Burton will go rock climbing in Ethiopia
- Tiffany Wells and Kirsten Roberts, will climb in South East Asia at the end of 2016.
MCSA 125-year anniversary National Meet – CederbergThe MCSA 125-year anniversary Meet held at Sanddrif & Kromrivier from Friday 30 Sept – Sunday 09 Oct 2016 was very successful and enjoyable. About 70 people attended: hikers, mountaineers and rock-climbers. There was a huge variety of spring flowers after the good winter rains. The 125-yr buff was worn in most imaginative ways to celebrate in style. See the MCSA Facebook page for some report-backs.
Drakensberg Cableway Project
The Mountain Research InitiativeThe 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?
AfroMont, the African branch, is of particular relevance to us.
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