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2014-07

In this news bulletin:

 

1)            Beginner Ice Climbing Course – 6 August

2)            National Meet - 3 -12 October

3)            Morocco Women’s Centenary Expedition 1994 – Reunion

4)            2014 MCSA Supertramp is off to Iceland

5)            Rocklands Bouldering permit

6)            Tradathon – Feedback

7)            Visas required for travel in Kenya

8)            Local guides now required for trekking in Nepal

9)            Brief report on UIAA Council meeting in Hong Kong 2014

10)          The Himalayan Club E Letter

11)          Peru Expedition –June/July 2014

12)          Section News

13)          Facebook and web pages

14)          Snippets

15)          Newsworthy items

 

 

1) BEGINNER ICE CLIMBING COURSE

 

This course, to be held at Sani Pass, teaches all the basics of climbing steep water-ice routes.  Climbing equipment provided. August 6th – August 8th. http://www.peakhigh.co.za  http://www.on-the-edge.co.za/events/cleft-peak-to-cathedral-peak-traverse

 

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2)  NATIONAL MEET - October 2014:

 

The Paarl-Wellington Section will host the 2014 National Meet during the October school holidays from 3-12 October. Hikes will take place in the Paarl/Wellington area and at PW’s wonderful Krom River Hut. There will be a braai on 10 October.

                There will ONLY be 100 places available at the base camp on Olive Glen Mountain Farm at the foot of the old DuToits Kloof tunnel, Klein Drakenstein, Paarl.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Olive-Glen-Mountain-Farm/276871869076974) so jump for the opportunity to get one of them! It will cost R70 per adult per day to stay there.  Bookings have to be made through Avril Powrie:brucepowrie@gmail.com;  021 873 0960/ 082 921 4325

Application form, map and proposed hikes at: https://sites.google.com/a/mcsa.org.za/mcsa/home/meets 

 

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3) MOROCCO WOMEN’S CENTENARY EXPEDITION 1994 - REUNION:

 

A reunion will take place sometime between 24 November and 7 December. Jean Mason will be coming all the way from Switzerland! Contact Annette Mason (amason@kingsley.co.za)

 

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4) 2014 MCSA SUPERTRAMP IS OFF TO ICELAND

 

This year’s MCSA Supertramp, Bernie Theron (Magaliesberg Section) is on his way to Iceland!  He plans to walk around 550km unsupported without the safety net of a satellite phone or GPS in a landscape dotted by volcanoes.   Bernie says it was the geological wonders and the remote location which attracted his attention to Iceland.  His plan is to complete a 4-5 week, one way, solo and unsupported trek through Iceland during their summer. His route will cross the vast wilderness of the island country and will take him from the most northerly point of the Island, Hraunhafnartangi, cross- country through the Icelandic wilderness, ending at the southernmost point, Kötlutangi. http://www.climbing.co.za/2014/06/2014-mcsa-supertramp-iceland/

 

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5) ROCKLANDS BOULDERING PERMIT

 

From 1 June 2014 no access is allowed anywhere in Rocklands without a permit.  It is available from De Pakhuys office and campsite, CapeNatures’ Kliphuis Campsite, Clanwilliam Tourism Office and the shop at Travellers Rest.

       You can purchase permits with or without a credit card. The permit guarantees entry to all bouldering areas in Rocklands including CapeNature, De Pakhuys and Travellers Rest areas.  Climbers must carry the permit with them at all times.

Booking Terms and Conditions:   http://www.quicket.co.za/events/4582-rocklands-bouldering-permit/

 

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6) 3RD BLACK DIAMOND TRADATHON – FEEDBACK

 

Over 100 climbers of all levels and ages gathered at Monteseel for the 3rd annual Tradathon on 14th June.  http://www.climbing.co.za/2014/06/2014-tradathon-report/

 

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7) VISAS REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL IN KENYA

 

The Kenyan High Commission has announced that South African travellers wanting to visit Kenya will need a visa from September 1 2014. No clarity can be achieved about passengers transiting through Nairobi needing a visa and conflicting information is being given to passengers at this time. Kenya Airways recognises that this could mean a huge loss of business if people decide to go via Dar es Salaam instead on SAA and then on a connecting flight to Kilimanjaro on Precision Air.

 

Ordinary visa applicants travelling to or transiting through Kenya will be required to pay a service charge of R 750 ($70).

All applicants will be required to produce the following documents:

1. Return Air Ticket

2. Invitation letter from the host in the Republic of Kenya

3. Letter from employer/institution/college/school

4. Proof of funds (bank statement)

5. Applicants must appear in person for Biometrics

6. Two Passport Photographs

The processing period for the visas is strictly five (5) working days. Updates can be checked on: http://www.kenya.org.za/

 

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8) LOCAL GUIDES NOW REQUIRED FOR TREKKING IN NEPAL

 

The country has been grappling with ways to make the country safer for foreign adventure travellers. One of the new rules is that travellers are required to have a local guide with them at all times. This shift in policy comes after Nepal’s Joint Coordination Committee (JTCC) has been meeting with the goal of improving conditions for both travellers and guides. http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/

 

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9) BRIEF REPORT ON THE UAAA COUCIL MEETING IN HONG KONG 2014:

 

The Council meeting of UAAA (Asian Mountaineering and Climbing Federation) was held in Hong Kong from 30th May – 1st June 2014. The Council meeting was mainly attended by officials of national alpine federations and national mountaineering federations from all over the Asia. On the recommendations of the committee, the Government of Nepal decided to give free access to all peaks below 5800m. The full report can be read at: http://www.planetmountain.com/english/News/shownews1.lasso?l=2&keyid=41902

 

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10) THE HIMALAYAN CLUB E-LETTER

 

Vol. 29, June 2014 is available at www.himalayanclub.org/pdfs/elv29.pdf the newsletter includes articles and news concerning climbs and explorations, events and news, club activities and obituaries

 

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11) PERU EXPEDITION

 

Michael Schaff (mschaff@telkomsa.net) and a group is on expedition in Peru. They were going to hike the Huayhuash Circuit, and then spend five weeks climbing in the Cordillera Blanca. They intended to start with Pisco, Yanapaccha, and Chopicalqui, before moving to other areas in the Blanca. Alpamayo & Quitaraju are also part of the plan. We are eagerly awaiting their feedback.

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12)  SECTION NEWS

 

12.1) The KZN Section newsletter for the second quarter of 2014 has been placed on the web-site: http://kzn.mcsa.org.za/about-us/newsletters

 

 

12.2) ANNUAL MCSA DINNER – FREE STATE - FEEDBACK

 

The Free State Section of the MCSA, celebrated its 60th Anniversary, hosting the Annual MCSA dinner. The guest Speaker was Rose Gardner who has summited four of the seven highest peaks on the seven continents. Feedback is on the MCSA Facebook Page.  National: https:\\www.facebook.com\pages\Mountain-Club-of-South-Africa\181163071916739

 

 

12.3) LADY’S SLIPPER - EASTERN PROVINCE

 

Visiting Port Elizabeth? Every Wednesday afternoon a group meets at 4pm at the Westway Centre to climb on the property of Eastern Province Section, Lady’s Slipper. The climb uses the existing footpath and usually starts at 4:45pm and is over by 6:15pm.  From around mid-June to mid-July the group meets at 3:30pm. The climb is often followed-up with an inexpensive meal at a country restaurant. Leaders: Tertius Coetzee 082 927 0440 and Gavin McLachlan 083 272 6300.

 

 

12.4) DEEP WATER SOLO – WILGEPOORT - FEEDBACK

 

The first deep water solo competition in Africa took place at Wilgepoort, the latest property bought jointly by the Johannesburg and Magaliesberg Sections.  Due to a sudden change in the weather conditions it was stopped half way and will be continued at the end of November.

http://www.climbing.co.za/2014/06/deep-water-solo-wilgerpoort-south-africa/

 

 

12.5) ROCKLANDS CONSERVATION DAY – FEEDBACK

 

A group of about 40 climbers attended the 2014 Rocklands Conservation Day on an icy but sunny Saturday 7 June 2014.  Cape Nature staff led by Patrick Lane (Cederberg Manager) provided 30 of the endangered cedar trees which were planted in an around the Roadside boulders.

      The Clanwilliam Cedar tree (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis) is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) – growing only in areas at 800 to 1 400 m above sea level. It has seen a considerable reduction in population size due to an increase in both the amount and intensity of fires in the recent past.  It is one of few fynbos species that is not adapted to fire. The climbers also fixed paths and boulder bases in and around the Roadside boulders.  Based on the success of this day, The MCSA and Cape Nature hope to make this an annual event.  http://www.climbing.co.za/2014/06/rocklands-conservation-day-report-2014/  http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantwxyz/widcedar.htm

 

 

12.6) UIAA YOUTH TRAINING SEMINAR, 15-19 AUGUST, MAGALIESBERG

 

The first UIAA Youth Training Seminar to be held in Africa will take place from 15-19 August at Maretlwane in the Magaliesberg. The Seminar is fully subscribed. There will be participants )15 in total) from several African countries and several Sections are sending representatives. The organiser of this event is Jenny Paterson (jpaterson@iafrica.co.za), the MCSA’s corresponding member on the UIAA Youth Commission. Funding was received from ASRIF.

 

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13) FACEBOOK AND WEB PAGES

 

(Not here? Seven Sections to go! Please let us know your address)

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

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

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/

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

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

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

 

 

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14) SNIPPETS

 

14.1) ICIMOD SUPPORTS K2 EXPEDITION

 

The 'First Nepali Women Expedition to K2 2014' comprising three young women climbers from Nepal – Maya Sherpa,  Dawa Yangzum Sherpa  and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa –  set  out on June 19  to climb Mt K2  in Pakistan.  The goal of the expedition is to raise awareness about climate change and sustainable development in the Himalayas. ICIMOD is collaborating with the Himalayan Women Welfare Society.   http://k2expedition2014.org/updateaN for updates on the expedition.

 

 

14.2) WORLD’S BEST HIKES: EPIC TRAILS

 

A truly great trail winds into the essence of a place, so when assembling this list of the world’s great hikes National Geographic kept an eye on more than the footpath. They looked for walks that travel deeper into a location’s history and culture. Sure, there’s outdoor adventure on each of these 20 hikes, but the trails also tell a rich story. So here they are the holy grails of trails across the world. —Doug Schnitzspahn http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/best-trails/worlds-best-grail-trails/#/north-drakensberg-traverse-south-africa_56343_600x450.jpg

 

14.3) DEVIL’S PEAK – WHAT’S IN A NAME?

 

An MCSA member, who shall remain nameless, wonders whether we should consider a name change for the Hex!! This after reading that Christians in Cape Town have petitioned the Western Cape Provincial Geological Naming Committee to change the name of Devil’s Peak to something less demonic. http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/bid-to-change-the-name-of-devil-s-peak-1.1701557#.U7AtiJSSxaM

 

 

14.4) THE CAT’S WHISKERS

 

When Craig Armstrong met his cat, Millie, at an adoption centre in Utah, it was a match made in mountain climbing heaven. "She climbed up my back and sat on my shoulders," Armstrong wrote in an article for BackCountry.com where he works. "It took about four seconds to realize we were now partners.”

    "She literally loves to climb things. She’s an incredible athlete but steep juggy routes just aren’t her thing. When bouldering, though, she’s done some pretty amazing gaps and dynos." http://instagram.com/pechanga

 

14.5)  INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR A POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

 

14.5.1 Population ecology of owned, free-roaming dogs in transfrontier conservation areas in southern Africa: Implications for rabies control. For further information, please contact: Prof. Darryn Knobel at darryn.knobel@up.ac.za or 012 529 8049 

14.5.2 The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (NZG) is a national research facility reporting to the National Research Foundation (NRF). The following positions are available within the Centre for Wildlife Health and the Centre for Conservation Science:

Position 1: Post-Doctoral Fellow in Avian Ecology and Conservation Biology. An opportunity is available at the NZG, in collaboration with the Percy

FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town. Enquiries: Dr Adrian Tordiffe at Adrian@nzg.ac.za or +27 12 3392718.

Position 2: Post-Doctoral Fellow in Molecular Biology / Ecology / Genetics. An understanding of small and fragmented wildlife populations with regards to phylogeography, genetic diversity and hybridization will be an advantage. 

Enquiries: Dr D. Dalton at desire@nzg.ac.za or (+27) 012 328 3265 extension 234 CLOSING DATE FOR BOTH POSITIONS: 15 July 2014, 16h00

 

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

 

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QUOTE

 

The secret of the mountain is that the mountains simply exist, as I do myself: the mountains exist simply, which I do not. The mountains have no "meaning," they are meaning; the mountains are. The sun is round. I ring with life, and the mountains ring, and when I can hear it; there is a ringing that we share. I understand all this, not in my mind but in my heart, knowing how meaningless it is to try to capture what cannot be expressed, knowing that mere words will remain when I read it all again, another day.”

Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard

 
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