Mountain Club of South Africa

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If in trouble in the mountains contact the nearest emergency number as listed here or use this map to locate the nearest MCSA Search & Rescue coordinator.

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 is available hereNews items should be sent to 
2016 Supertramp award
The 2016 MCSA Supertramp Award of up to R20 000 is available to a young South African (no more than 25 birthdays by 31 December 2015) who either individually or in a group (which must be comprise entirely of South Africans under 25-years-old) will take on a mountaineering-related expedition/trip during 2016. The expedition can be to any country — including South Africa — for any length of time. Preference will be given to originality as well as to first ascents and/or unusual/remote destinations. Information and application documents hereApplications deadline 5 January 2016.

The MCSA will turn 125 next year
The MCSA will turn 125 next year. As part of the celebrations, an expedition to Patagonia is planned. If you are interested in participating, email Ulrike KieferFurther info about climbing and walking possibilities here

Magaliesberg declared a World Biosphere Reserve
After nearly a decade of lobbying and sustained efforts by a small committee of dedicated environmentalists‚ including the MCSA, the Magaliesberg was declared a world biosphere reserve. The Magaliesberg is almost 100 times older than Mount Everest and half the age of the earth. Besides the range’s unique biomes - the Central Grassland Plateaux and the sub-Saharan savannah - it has a very rich biodiversity. The Aloe Peglerae and Frithia pulchra are unique to the area. There are 443 bird species, almost half the total bird species of Southern Africa. The Magaliesberg is under intense pressure from urbanisation and has in the past lacked the support of a strong regulatory framework to back its status as a Protected Area.
AND Gouritz declared a World Biosphere Reserve
At the same time the Gouritz Cluster in the southern Cape was declared a world biosphere reserve. Members of the South Cape Section were involved in driving the process.  South Africa now has eight recognised biosphere reserves: Kogelberg (proclaimed in 1998), Cape West Coast Extension (2003), Waterberg (2001), Kruger to Canyons (2001), Cape Winelands (2007), Vhembe (2009). It is hoped that the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve will be declared in the near future, too.

Fund-raising for Nepal earthquake
The Mountain Club undertook a fund-raising drive (that ended on 10 July) for the Nepalese who have suffered enormous losses in the wake of the massive earthquakes that occurred on 25th April and 12 May. The beneficiary was the Khumbila Samrakshhan Pratisthan Khumbila Foundation. The people who run the Foundation have been hands-on since the day the first earthquake struck and have been distributing aid since then, and continuously, as they have received donations. 
National Camp, 5-12 September 2015
The annual MCSA National Camp in the remote, rugged and magnificent Baviaanskloof has come and gone, and was a resounding success. There were over 100 participants, and the recent exceptional rains made the area a paradise. For more photos and commentary, see the National and  Eastern Province Facebook pages as well as

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