8 October 2016: 1-2-5...Climb!
The countdown has begun for the MCSA’s 125th anniversary! The Mountain Club of South Africa is celebrating its 125th birthday on 8 October 2016. Will ALL please try and be in the mountains on 8 October so as to climb at least 125 peaks and rock routes, 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. Register your route (whether dog walk, first ascent or sport route; backyard or Timbuktu) or provide feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org (Pictures max size 500kB please).
Take your friends with, or a local government official or a journalist (Any press coverage will be great), or organise an outreach meet. If you have an MCSA 125-year anniversary Buff, please wear it. Let’s go to the mountains and celebrate!
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The Club consists of 14 Sections, geographically distributed. Contact the section nearest to you to join in activities.
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International mountaineering news
News from Africa
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.
The MCSA turns 125 this year. Follow events on twitter.
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 – Southern CederbergThe meet will be from Friday 30 Sept – Sunday 09 Oct 2016. This mountain range offers phenomenal hiking, rock climbing, bouldering, trail running and mountain biking, just three hours from Cape Town. Fri 30th Sept – Tues 04 Oct - Day trips around Sanddrif & Kromrivier. Stay at a chalet, or camp. If you wish to stay longer, camping only has been reserved till Sunday 9 Oct. Some longer multi-day hikes are possible.
The meet will be based at Sanddrif. The accommodation booked is very convenient for hiking and climbing which ranges from easy to extreme, perfect for any and all MCSAers from across the country, of all levels. Both venues offer chalets and camping. The Cape Town section owns a great property called Breekkrants, about 20 minutes drive from Kromrivier, one of the accommodation places. There are some off-day activities too: wine tasting at Dwarsrivier. Really excellent wines, not to be missed. Buy some to take home! A new microbrewery at Kromrivier; An Observatory 20 minutes away; Maalgat, a great swimming hole for keeping cool on a hot or lazy afternoon.
Bookings: Robert Breyer, Robert@cityrock.co.za; 084-651-3219 More info.
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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