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2014-11

1. UIAA News

       1.2  Mountain Videos for World Park Congress – 12-19 November 2014

1.3    Mountain Protection Award      

1.4    Athlete Registration – Ice Climbing World Tour 2015

1.5    Climbing  Against Cancer T-shirts

1.6    Advice sheet on risks of drug use in the mountains

1.7    Member spotlight

2. Annual Meet of the Western Cape Sections - 8-9 November

3. 50TH Anniversary of the opening of the Johnson Hut – 1964: 6-7 December

4. Morocco reunion: 1992 Women’s Centenary Expedition to Morocco

5. Salmon Skyrun - 2014 – 22 November

6. Journal  2014 – Call for submissions

7. United Nations Mountain Protection Day – 11 December 2014

8. Supertramp Award - 2015

9.  Black Diamond Tradathon – 2015

10. Origin Mountain Festival – Umgeni Valley KZN

11. International Youth Climbing Camp at Ariege - 2015

12. International Lead Climbing Competition - Feedback

13. Du Toit’s Kloof Hut – new arrangement for access

14. Route descriptions in KZN and other areas

15. Photos of the Magaliesberg

16. Himalaya Fall 2014 – Final numbers from blizzard – 31 October 2014

17. Section News

18. Facebook and web pages

19. Snippets

20.  Stirring the Billy by Scops Owl

21. Any newsworthy items

 

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1. UIAA NEWS

 

1.1   MOUNTAIN VIDEOS FOR WORLD PARK CONGRESS – 12-19 NOVEMBER 2014

 The Mountain Protection Commission of the UIAA and the IUCN – International Union for the Conservation of Naturehttp://www.iucn.org/   - are teaming up for the World Parks Congress (WPC - worldparkscongress.org/) to be held in Sydney in November. WPC occurs once every 10 years, and focuses on parks and protected areas around the world. 

 

The IUCN would like UIAA members to make one-minute video messages from mountain protected areas around the world, including the highest and most famous peaks in each continent. These will be screened at WPC. 

 

The videos can be from smart phones, cameras, etc... The videos must be filmed in “landscape format” (horizontal) and during the video you must clearly show the mountain landscape view you have in the background. It would be best if someone in the video can show a UIAA and MCSA logo.

Here is the required format of the video:

  Someone in the video must start the message saying this:  “Hello Sydney!  Then tell us your name(s) and that you belong to the MOUNTAIN CLUB OF SOUTH AFRICA. 

 2. We (or “I” if only one person) are (am) concerned about Mountain Protected Areas in the world. Sorry we (or “I” if only one person) can’t be at the World Parks Congress, but we (or “I” if only one person) am a little busy at the moment.” 

 3. Explain where you are (mountain, national park, other type of protected area, and the country); tell us your current height on the mountain and how high the mountain is; and tell us why you think it’s such a beautiful place and why you love it. 

 4. Finish by saying. “We (or “I” if one person) hope the promise of Sydney works out. Good luck to all of you who are part of the Congress.  Good Bye for now!” 

 Please send your videos to: Linda@protectmountains.org or/and valerie.thoeni@theuiaa.org  and a copy to secretary@mcsa.org.za    we would like to have at least one video per Section please. Who is going to get to the highest peak in SA before the D-date?

 

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1.2 UIAA GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS

UIAA has released a statement about permanent structures on Mount Everest. Tomatsu Nakamura is made an Honorary Member and Alpinist Steve House receives a special award. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-167-UIAA-General-Assembly-News.html

 

1.3 UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD – 2014

 

Pamir Horse Adventure, A Tajikstan-based community tour operator has won the award for its conservation and tourism development initiatives in the Pamir Mountains. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-168-Tajik-horse-tour-operator-in-the-Pamirs-wins-UIAA-Mountain-Protection-Award.html

 

1.4 ATHLETE REGISTRATION FOR 2015 UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CUP TOUR

Online registration is now open. Athletes participating can only register online through their federation. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-171-Athlete-registration-for-2015-UIAA-Ice-Climbing-World-Cup-Tour-open.html

 

1.5 CLIMBERS AGAINST CANCER T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE THROUGH UIAA OFFICE

Limited edition T-shirts which proclaim UIAA support for Climbers against Cancer are now on sale.  Please contact the UIAA office. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-169-Climbers-Against-Cancer-T-Shirts-available-through-UIAA-office.html

 

 

1.6 ADVICE SHEET ON RISKS OF DRUG USE IN THE MOUNTAINS

This has been developed by UIAA Medical Commission.  It is a layperson’s advice sheet and is the result of five years of discussion and consensus building. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-161-Advice-sheet-on-risks-of-drug-use-in-the-mountains-developed-by-UIAA-Medical-Commission.html

 

1.7 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Tunc Findik has four more peaks to climb before he completes his quest to summit the world’s 14 highest mountains over 8000 metres. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-163-Member-spotlight-Freedom-lies-in-the-mountains-for-Turkish-climber-Tunc-Findik.html

 

 

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2. ANNUAL MEET OF THE WESTERN CAPE SECTIONS  

 Worcester Section invites all to the Annual Joint Meet of the Western Cape Sections

8/9 November 2014: Chavonnes Peak, Hex River Mountains.  We will walk up to Thomas Hut on Saturday and then with day packs onwards to Chavonnes Peak. There are several options for other peaks too: Brandwacht, Fonteintjies or even the “W”.   The hut has 20 mattresses. Small tents can be pitched outside the hut. There is water at the start of the route and then only again at the hut. Take fire wood and something to braai. We will meet @ 8h00 at the reception of Fairy Glen Game Resort.   Leader: Tonie Roux (084 774 4104; tonie.roux@westerncape.gov.za)

 

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3. 50TH ANIVERSARY OF THE OPENING OF THE JOHNSON HUT - 1964

 On Saturday 6 December, and Sunday 7 December, the Hottentots Holland Section will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Johnson Hut, on 16 December 1964. This will be a special occasion for us all, and we would like to invite you and your family to join us on this weekend.   Saturday afternoon, around 16h00, we will have the yearly AGM of the HH Section followed by a braai.

Saturday Evening Braai – Theme - Bavarian Alpine. German sausages and Pretzel bread will be supplied – bring extra food and drink for a long night! Bavarian Alpine clothes if you feel like it. We, as the committee, have decided that this will once again, reminds us all of our dear friend Ulli Deutschlander  

Day walks will be on the cards, for the Saturday and Sunday. Anyone will be welcome to sleep over in the hut (limited space), under the stars, or in your own tent. We will provide fresh water, and there is a beautiful pool for swimming in the Landroskloof River.  To attend please contact: viljoenthom@hotmail.com  Short notice also    welcome, as long as you understand what to expect at the hut.

 

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4.  REUNION: 1994 WOMEN’S CENTENARY EXPEDITION TO MOROCCO

 Venue: Sunday 30th November 2014 from 5.00p.m at the MCSA Cape Town Clubhouse.  Participants and friends: Come and join us!  Get your old team together, plan your food around your favourite Moroccan dishes, bring whatever paraphernalia you still have, carpets, cushions, clothes and a gazebo or tent.  Friends, family and especially those who hoped to come but didn't, are invited. (There was a red-headed belly dancer with a jewel in her navel!)   You can bring mint tea and your favourite wines. The bar will be open. Photos on Power Point would add extra atmosphere.  Given enough interest, we will also organise a local and reasonably level hike in the morning.  Group leaders, get your girls together and let me know who can make it.  Looking forward to your emails:  Annette Mason 0282715591 / 073567 8954  amason@kingsley.co.za 

 

 

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5. SALMON SKYRUN 2014 – 22 NOVEMBER

The Salomon Skyrun 2014 has attracted some of the biggest names in the ultra mountain game confirmed to line up in Lady Grey on 22 November. International runners who will tackle the unmarked 100-odd kilometre route through the highlands of the north-Eastern Cape include Gary Robbins,  the current course record holder for Hurt 100 in Hawaii; Nick Clark, who has placed well at Western States and Hardrock 100; Mike Foote, Julia Böttger and 2013 Zugspitz Ultratrail winner Philipp Reiterwww.skyrun.co.za  Phone: 021 884 4752

 

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6. JOURNAL 2014 – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

This is a call for submissions to the 2014 Journal No. 117 to be published by the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA.) http://cen.mcsa.org.za/home/journal.   

About the MCSA Journal: The MCSA Journal has been published since 1894. Apart from reaching 3,000 + MCSA members, the MCSA provides about 60 complimentary copies to libraries of eight South African universities; the UIAA;  the National Library, the Royal Geographic Society in London, the American Geographic Society, the International Mountaineering Museum in Nepal, international alpine associations such as the British Mountaineering Council; the Alpine Club, the Scottish and New Zealand Mountain Clubs and other Mountain Clubs in Africa (Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe). 

 

Contributions for the 2014 Journal should reach the Editing Team through the Journal Co-Coordinator: journal@mcsa.org.za  by 31 January 2015.   Late submissions will only be accepted by prior arrangement (best via email so that there is a written record.)  Submissions missing information as requested will also be returned to authors.

 

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7. UNITED NATIONS MOUNTAIN PROTECTION DAY – DECEMBER 11 2014

International Mountain day is a global observance launched initially at the Headquarters of the United Nations, New York on December 11 2002.   This year, the theme for IMD is Mountain Farming. This is an opportunity to raise awareness about how mountain agriculture, which is predominantly family farming, has been a model for sustainable development for centuries. Family farming in mountain regions is undergoing rapid transformation due to population growth, economic globalization, urbanization and the migration of men and youth to urban areas.

 

At the same time, these changes can provide opportunities for local development. People who reside in mountain areas can diversify their income by engaging activities such as tourism, high value mountain products and handicrafts. An enabling policy environment that includes tailored investments could improve farmers’ access to resources and increase their capacity to generate income.   

Posters are available and Sections are invited to use the day to highlight the need to protect mountain environments in their areas. Co-ordination Maretha Alant maretha.alant@sanparks.org    This is linked to -  International Year of Family Farming 2014   International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas (IPROMO) course on mountain family farming, and the FAO/MP publication ‘Mountain Farming is Family Farming’. http://www.fao.org/forestry/internationalmountainday/en/

 

 

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8. SUPERTRAMP AWARD 2015  

The 2015 MCSA Supertramp Award of up to R15, 000 is available to South African citizens who are no older than 25 years as at 31 December 2014 and who in 2015 will be participating in or leading an expedition of South African mountaineers who are all no older than 25.  Closing date: 5 January 2015.  Information and application forms: MCSA Sections or MCSA Honorary Secretary:     http://cen.mcsa.org.za/

 

 

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9.   2015 BLACK DIAMOND TRADATHON

 The 2015 Black Diamond Tradathon will be held in the beautiful Cederberg area, at the famous Wolfberg crags. The event will be held on 14 March 2015.

 

 

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10. ORIGIN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL – UMGENI VALLEY KZN

This event will take place from 13-16 June 2015. The format of the event will be based on the popular mountain festivals overseas where the emphasis is on the celebration of climbing. There will be workshops for beginners, slideshows, slack-lining, night trail runs and other fun events taking place all long weekend. Or you can simply join a crew and go climbing.  And, of course, time will be available to visit some of the other stellar crags in KZN. The event will take place at Umgeni Valley which boasts not only some of the best sport routes in KZN but also accommodates Trad climbers and boulderers. Details to follow:   http://www.climbing.co.za/2014/10/origin-mountain-festival/

 

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11. INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CLIMBING CAMP AT ARIEGE

The French Alpine Federation – Toulouse will host an international Youth Climbing Camp at Ariege, South of France: (120 km from Tolouse)

Date: 04-09 July 2015.  It is possible to stay a few days and to arrive on any day.

Place: Gite Les Oustalous, Les Cabannes. http://www.villagesdebeille.com/oustallous.html

 

Accommodation and Food: Rooms for two people, all meals and lunch packs are provided by the event organiser and will be prepared by the youth.

Staff/leaders: All the staff are qualified to supervise the event; instructors Alpinism or Climbing or Canyoning.

Participants: Young people from 16-24 years old. Participants should lead climb at a minimum of 5b French grade.  We will be offering places to a maximum of 3 participants per country Federation. Participants younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult Climber/coach, who is able to look after them during this meet.

Price:  20 EUR per participant/ per night, payable on arrival to the organiser.

Accommodation, full board, leading and organisational costs are included.

(30 EUR for those accompanying youth under the age of 18.)

Registration Deadline: 28 June 2015

 

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12. THE 2014 NATIONAL LEAD CLIMBING COMPETITION - FEEDBACK

For the first time in many years, the Western Cape became host to the biggest indoor climbing competition in South Africa: the 2014 National Lead Climbing Competition.

The event was held at City Rock in Observatory, Cape Town. 113 competitors from across the country took part in this year’s National Lead Event.

 

Each province was allowed up to 9 competitors per each of the 12 categories.  The format of the event included two qualifier rounds on the Saturday 4th October 2014 followed by one Semi-Final and one Final Round on Sunday 5th October 2014. More details and the names of winners at: http://www.climbing.co.za/2014/10/2014-national-lead-climbing-competition/#lightbox[gallery-1]/45/

 

 

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13.  DU TOITS KLOOF HUT- NEW ARRANGEMENT TO ACCESS

 A Combination lock has been placed on the hut security gate.  Members please contact the office by phone or email prior to going to the hut to find out the combination.  This should be done for every visit as it is planned to change the combination on a regular basis. The normal hut key will still be required for signing in at the car park and entry to the front door.  Emergencies: Convenor Daniel Reinecke: 0844 084408. Home: 021 975 9319 Office: 021 843 2206.

 

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14.  ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS IN KZN AND OTHER AREAS

 At present RDs and access information for the various crags in KZN are located in different places.  Some are easily accessible on our MCSA-KZN web site or on ClimbZA. Others are in the hands of various individuals and not easily accessible to the general climbing community.  In the past, RDs for Harrismith Mountain (Platberg) and various obscure crags in and around KZN have been lost and no record of these routes remains.

 

The Committee has decided that it would be advantageous to have this type of information available in a central repository.  Gavin Peckham has offered his services for this purpose.  If you are in possession of any RDs, topos, access information, etc that are not already on record (or even if they are) you are invited to send them to Gavin in any format – even hand written if that is all you have.

 

Please realize that Gavin will not necessarily be responsible for processing any of this information, posting it to the web, etc.  He will simply provide a secure repository for the information, so that it is available to climbers and does not fall through the cracks and disappear.  Gavin's contact details:  Gavin Peckham, P O Box 593, Empangeni, 3880.  Tel: 035 792 4543.  gavin.peckham@gmail.com

 

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15. PHOTOS OF THE MAGALIESBERG

Vincent Carruthers and Kevin Gill are compiling a picture book of the Magaliesberg to mark the probable registration of the Magaliesberg Biosphere next year. They are looking for about 200 really exquisite, high resolution photographs of the Magaliesberg/Cradle of Humankind region in any of the following categories:

SCENERY - beautiful or unusual landscapes, waterfalls, rock formations, etc.

ACTION - hiking, climbing, ballooning, hang-gliding, cycling, boating, etc.

LIFE IN THE MAGALIESBERG - farming, villages, markets, crafts, tourism, etc.

HISTORY - old artefacts, stone walls, fortifications, old buildings, wagons, etc.

FAUNA AND FLORA - birds, mammals, insects, flowers and trees

GENERAL - virtually anything of interest in the region

If you have one or more photographs you would like them to consider, please contact

Vincent Carruthers at vcms@mweb.co.za. Unfortunately they cannot offer a fee for the pictures they use, but all photographs will be fully acknowledged and contributors will receive a copy of the book.

 

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16. HIMALAYA FALL 2014 - FINAL NUMBERS FROM BLIZZARD – 31 October 2014

It has been a little more than two weeks since the incredibly strong blizzard – spurred on by cyclone Hudhud in the Indian Ocean – hit Nepal, creating a tragic scene in the Himalaya. Now that things have finally calmed down there and mostly returned to normal, we're beginning to get a better understanding of the scope of what happened, and just how deadly the storm truly was.

 

According to official reports, 43 people lost their lives in the blizzard, most of whom were Nepali, although there were also casualties from Canada, Israel, India, Japan, Poland, and Slovakia as well. In the days that followed the storm, more than 70 helicopter flights were made, carrying 514 people out of the mountains. This is the largest search and rescue operation ever conducted in Nepal, with evacuations on a massive scale.  There are still some Nepali's that are believed to be missing, which means the number of dead could still rise.

 

The ferocity of the snow storm so early in the fall caught many people off guard, and they simply weren't prepared to deal with it. The fall is typically a great time to be in the Himalaya, but this storm was completely unexpected.

 

It also doesn't help that many trekkers show up completely unprepared for their journey. They often lack the proper gear, and level of fitness, for a challenging hike, and have no idea what kind of weather to expect.

 

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17.  SECTION NEWS 
 

17.1 PAARL/WELLINGTON SECTION

Paarl/Wellington Section has hosted its first National Meet (Mini Camp.)  In total about 70 persons attended the 2014 National Meet. There were 30 hikes from Monday, 6 October to Friday, 10 October in the Paarl/Wellington area, based at Olive Glen Farm. Ten hikes were in the Krom River hut area, 9 on Olive Glen farm, 9 in the Paarl/Du Toits Kloof mountains and 2 in the Wellington area. One hike was a longer 3-day hike from the Wednesday to the Friday. Permits were obtained for all hikes in areas belonging to Cape Nature.

 

Eleven out of a total of 14 sections were represented; Paarl Wellington, Worcester, Cape Town, Hottentots Holland, South Cape, Eastern Province, Stellenbosch, Magaliesberg, Johannesburg, Tygerberg and Kwazulu-Natal. The EP section was the most active partner, followed by CT, SC and JHB. The age of the hikers ranged from 4 years to 80 years. Persons went hiking 257 times, 191 times by visitors or members from sections other than PW, and 66 times by PW members. This resulted in an average of 9 hikers per occasion.

 

Some of the hikes had to be either postponed or cancelled due to bad weather or danger from slipping on rocks in wet weather. Seven of the planned hikes did not take place. The more popular hikes were those to our Krom River hut, either for the day or sleeping over and hiking in the vicinity of the hut the following day. Other popular hikes were Wemmershoek Dam (moderate, 20 hikers) and Paarl Mountain (easy, 17 hikers). We had one rock climbing event at Paarl rock attended by young people. Some of the Krom River hut and Olive Glen hikes were attended by children (9) from PW or other sections. We had 18 hike leaders from PW and one from Stellenbosch. Congratulations Paarl/Wellington! Thanks in particular to Bruce and Avril Powrie.

Report by Esme Jordaan.             

 

  17.2 CAPE TOWN SECTION
A youth camp will be held at Olive Glen in Paarl over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd November 2014.  The camp will include a hike on Saturday, camping overnight at Olive Glen and then rock climbing at Paarl Rock on Sunday.

International Mountain Day will be observed in conjunction with the sections annual Christmas braai on Friday 12 December. Various Meets will take place during the day.

 

17.3 KZN SECTION

Jonathon Newman is looking at doing a 13 day Sentinel to Sehlabathebe GT. Either in late December this year or between long weekends, March/ May next year.   Anyone who is interested in joining please let him know. He is willing to take people who haven't done a GT before, provided they are willing to join him on a high Berg hike beforehand.   jonathan.the.ghaznavid@gmail.com

 

Club members are requested to collect the latest edition of the annual club journal from Bush and Bundu at 175 Pietermaritz St.

 

 

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18.  FACEBOOK AND WEB PAGES

 National: https:\\www.facebook.com\pages\Mountain-Club-of-South-Africa\181163071916739

MCSA Search and Rescue Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MCSASAR

Cape Town: https://www.facebook.com/MountainClubOfSouthAfricaCT

EP: www.facebook.com/MCSAEPSection

Free State https://www.facebook.com/MCSAFS

Hottentotsholland: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mountain-Club-of-South-Africa-Hottentots-Holland-Section/385143928232942

Johannesburg: https://www.facebook.com/groups/141752442885/

KZN: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_185119868204602

Magaliesberg:  https://sites.google.com/site/mcsamagaliesberg

‎Namibia:  http://www.mcnam.org/ - new domain!!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/162627897488/

Paarl/Wellington: https://www.facebook.com/PaarlWellingtonMCSA

Stellenbosch: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_132651793466552

Links for all section's web pages are all on the national webpage.

 

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19.  SNIPPETS

19.1 GRANDAUGHTER – AUSTRALIAN AND OCEANIA NATIONAL BOULDERING CHAMPION

Mervyn and Jean Prior are very proud of their grandchild Claire Langmore
(member of the Johannesburg Section) who recently become the Female Australian
and Oceania National Bouldering Champion of 2014. Her fiancé James Kassay
took the Male Champion position. Claire has spent a few months this year
participating in the majority of the 2014 Bouldering World Cup series, as
well as a number of international competitions. We are proud of her
achievements and glad to see she is following the family passion for rock
climbing.

19.2 K2 60 YEARS LATER - 2014

A  climbing expedition promoted by the Government of Gilgit Baltistan has been carried out with the collaboration of the EV-K2-CNR Association that is operating in the Karakorum and in the Himalayas coordinating several activities, among which a network of GNSS permanent stations with the aim of detecting the tectonic movements of the mountain chain and of its glaciers.

 

The mission to Pakistan had the main purpose of providing the necessary technical assistance to the Pakistani climbing expedition denominated “K2 Sixty Years Later”, which is a reference to the Italian expedition that first climbed K2 in 1954.

 

The expedition also included a scientific program which involved the measurement of the mountain with satellite GNSS technology.  This had never been done in the past, because in 1996 the measurement was performed with the classical trigonometric method and in 2004 it hadn’t been possible to carry the GPS receiver to the summit due to the fall of one of the climbers. http://www.evk2cnr.org/cms/files/evk2cnr.org/4pagine%20per%20web%20ing.pdf

 

 

19.3 NEW WEBSITE - WHATSPECIES

 WhatSpecies is a social platform where users can share their sightings and knowledge of nature.   To celebrate the launch of WhatSpecies, a competition has been launched - The WhatSpecies Biodiversity Challenge.  The competition runs until 31 December 2014 and full details about the challenge can be viewed at:  http://whatspecies.com/challenge

 

 

 

19.4 VIDEO: MAMMUT LIGHTS UP THE MATTERHORN TO CELEBRATE 150 YEARS OF CLIMBING

2015 will mark the 150th anniversary of the ascent of the Matterhorn. The video gives a behind the scenes look at the project.  http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/video-mammut-lights-up-matterhorn-to.html

 

19.5 THE SOUTH AFRICAN RESEARCH CHAIRS INITIATIVE (SARCHI)

SARCHI Chair on Biodiversity Value & Change in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve.

Hosted by University of Venda & Centre for Invasion Biology. Call for applications: MSc and PHD bursaries 2015.

 

Requirements: Students should have an appropriate degree (Honours for MSc; MSc for PHD) and a good academic record in ecology. Preference will be given to candidates who can work independently, have a Code 08 driver’s licence, and are well organised.

 

Conditions: Preference will be given to South African citizens. Submit applications (or request additional information) to: Prof Peter Taylor, SARCHI Chair,

University of Venda (Peter.Taylor@univen.ac.za) Closing date: 28th November 2014

 

SARCHI Chair on Biodiversity Value & Change in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve

Hosted by University of Venda & Centre for Invasion Biology.  Call for applications: Postdoctoral fellowship.

 

Applicants should submit a cover letter including a short motivation (1-2 pages) for their suitability for the position, together with CV, PDF copies of up to three recent publications and full contact details of three referees, to Prof Peter Taylor Peter.Taylor@univen.ac.za  Please submit your application by Friday 28th November 2014.

 

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20. STIRRING THE BILLY – by Scops Owl

Should the MCSA Journal be published in e-book form in the near future or not?

(Feedback eNews October: No feedback was received on standardised membership requirements for the MCSA).

 

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21.  Any newsworthy items for inclusion in MCSA National News can be sent to the Editor, Bridget Carrick:  bridget.carrick7@gmail.com

 

 

QUOTE

 

I love life during expeditions because you are at one with nature, have strong bonds with team members and life is so simple. You concentrate completely on just one thing: The Mountain.

Katja Staartjes
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