The Club is engaged in a number of different activities:
One of the MCSA's main activities is climbing. South Africa really lends itself to climbing having not only an abundance of rock but the weather to go with it. Sections go out on regular basis to what are called 'meets'. On these meets climbers get together to climb routes at a specific venue. Check out a section listed on our home page closest to you to see their meets programme. For more details on the various forms of climbing see here.
The MCSA is the oldest amateur conservation body in South Africa and its members have contributed to increasing awareness of environmental issues as well as actual conservation for a long time. Valuable work in the field of alien eradication has been done as Club members often visit areas which are difficult to access.
The Club also acts as a pressure group for mountain conservation. The Club campaigned for the declaration of the Cape Peninsula and Magaliesberg Nature Areas, and members serve on management committees of both. The Club is a co-founder of the Habitat Council and the prime mover in the establishment of the Magaliesberg Protection Association and the Federation of Drakensberg Users Group (FDG). Members serve as Honorary Forest Wardens and advise on the conservation of the Drakensberg, administer programs to eradicate alien vegetation in mountains and contribute to the Protea Atlassing Project.
Most activities are regionally based. We participate in the annual International Mountain Day annually on 4 December.
News on the lawsuit regarding the Kgaswane Country Lodge can be found at the Environment subpage
Funds are available to help with expeditions. See the Expeditions subpage for more details and application forms.
The Journal of the MCSA is published annually and serves as a record of the mountaineering-related activities of the Club's members. Its contents represent the fulfilments of many of the objectives of the MCSA and the articles, photographs and sketches in each Journal show members and friends engaged in mountaineering activities at home and abroad.
Each year there are articles and illustrations focusing on the environment, on the flora and fauna encountered in remote parts of South Africa and elsewhere, on search and rescue, and on the history, geology and archaeology of mountain areas. With this extensive range of content, the Journal not only provides a record of mountaineering activities, but is an interesting, informative, entertaining and inspiring work, reflecting the spirit of adventure of the mountaineers and explorers of South Africa.The Journal also features Annual Reports of the Sections, book reviews, new route descriptions and obituaries. The Journal therefore serves as a work of reference for those seeking information about mountaineering and mountaineers, about the Sections of the MCSA, about South Africa's wilderness areas in general. It is for this reason that Journals are kept by individual members, by the Section libraries, by University libraries and by the libraries of overseas climbing clubs.
As the Journal enjoys a wide and varied readership, and caters to the tastes of all mountaineers, hikers, explorers and "armchair" travellers, it has proved to be an enduring publication: the first Journal was published in 1894. An index is available for the Journal. Quality printing on matt finish paper, quality typesetting, reproduction and binding, the glossy hard cover and superb colour photographs have made the Journal a welcome addition to many a private bookshelf, and an enduring and often-consulted work of reference in many libraries.
The Club has made numerous awards to its distinguished members over the years. A list of these can be found here.