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2015-01

Good Day! MCSA Member

 

In this news bulletin:

 

1)            Message from the President 

2)            MCSA Journal – Call for submissions – Deadline 31 January

3)            Journal Advertising

4)            Annual War Memorial Service – 22 February 2015

5)            Black Diamond Tradathon – 14 March 2015

6)            Annual Dinner – 23 May 2015

7)            Origin Mountain Festival – Umgeni Valley KZN - June 2015

8)            125 years of the MCSA - 2016 

9)            50th Anniversary of the opening of the Johnson Hut – Feedback

10)          Du Toits Kloof Hut – new access arrangement and new cell number

11)          International Youth Climbing Camp at Ariege – July 2015 – Apply 28 June

12)          UIAA News

          12.1)  BMC International Summer Climbing Meet 10-17 May 2015: APPLY BEFORE 10 JAN!

          12.2) Athlete Registration for 2015 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup Tour

          12.3) 2015 UIAA General Assembly dates set for S Korea

          12.4) Marietta-Uhden was UIAA World Cup Champion in bouldering

          12.5) William Lowell Putnam (1924-2014)

          12.6) Bozeman cheers as UIAA ice climbing world tour presented by The North Face debuts in North America - Feedback

13) Section News

14)  Facebook and web pages

15) Snippets

16) Stirring the Billy by Scops Owl

17) Any newsworthy items

 

 

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1) MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 

 

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”, said the American President, Theodore Roosevelt.

         There often are ox wagons full of criticism about “The Mountain Club”, many opinions but few hands and little action. YOU can help! (Or is it a case of: “Ask not what you can do for your Club. Ask what’s for lunch?” - Adapted from Orson Welles).

                Thanks to all who do help for their contributions.

Have a brilliant 2015!

                                - Petro

 

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2)  MCSA JOURNAL 2014:  - CALL FOR SUBMISSONS

 

Closing date for submissions is 31 January 2015. If you are interesting in submitting an article please check the MCSA website for the guidelines, style sheet   etc:    http://cen.mcsa.org.za/home/journal . For obituaries, please remember to include a head and shoulders photograph of the deceased as a separate item – the photograph is not to be embedded in the obituary itself.  Submissions can be emailed to:  journal@mcsa.org.za   or jennyapaterson@gmail.com  

 

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3) JOURNAL ADVERTISING

 

Members with suggestions of who could be approached to advertise in the 2014 Journal, please contact the Journal Editor, Jenny Paterson jennyapaterson@gmail.com  Rates are very reasonable; copies are distributed worldwide and they don’t end up in the paper circulation so it is real value for advertiser’s money.

Please support our 2013 Journal advertisers (and mention it to them!): Drifters, Ram Mountaineering, Cape Union Mart and Dream World Adventures

 

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4)  ANNUAL WAR MEMORIAL SERVICE - 2015

 

The Annual War Memorial Service will be held at Maclear’s Beacon on February 22nd 2015. The service commemorates members of the club who have died in the previous year. At the service in February we will in addition commemorate the outbreak of World War 1 and all those who died in the conflict. 

 

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5)  2015 BLACK DIAMOND TRADATHON – 14 March 2014

 

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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6) ANNUAL DINNER 2015 – 23 May, Knysna

 

23 May is the date for the 2015 Annual Dinner to be hosted by our youngest Section, South Cape Section, who will be turning 10-years-old. It will be held at the Yacht Club in Knysna. Details will be forthcoming. Preliminary contact: Greg Devine devinemachines@gmail.com

 

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7) ORIGIN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL – UMGENI VALLEY KZN – 13-16 June 2015

 

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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8) 2016: 125 years OF THE MCSA!

 

Around the corner is the MCSA’s 125th birthday. There will be a grand Annual Dinner hosted by the mother section, Cape Town Section, an international meeting of the medical commission of IKAR (International Commission for Alpine Rescue), a kloofing meet in the Eastern Cape, climb-125-peaks and much more.

 

If you would like to serve on a subcommittee for this important event or have any proposals, please contact Petro petrogrobler@telkomsa.net

 

What about a MCSA logo laser image on Table Mountain, a celebratory calendar with a picture of each decade, a song book, an MCSA buff (and oh for that elusive ’History of the MCSA’ publication…)?

 

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9) 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OPENING OF THE JOHNSON HUT - FEEDBACK

 

Saturday midday on 6th December 2014, saw Mountain Club members, friends and families make their way up through Vergelegen Farm past the snake trap and up the  well-constructed road towards the parking area at the foot of Hottentots Holland Mountain with temperatures in the mid-thirties.

 

We started our day with a dip in the freezing water of the famous pool and then settled into getting ready for the very informal official AGM of the Hottentots Holland Mountain Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa (about 30-40 people).

 

Before we knew it proceedings were over and we reminisced about bygone years from when the hut was built, when it was opened and the adventures that were had in-between. It seemed that only Mrs. Wilson and I (with late parents Joe and Betty Rowswell) were relics from when it all began. The movie that Heather Kok (my cousin and daughter of Jim Imrie, who took most of the footage) gave me was transferred from the 8mmvideo camera to DVD which was admired by all during the afternoon. The braai was lit and the Batavian theme took gear. The bratwurst, bagels   and the music started were appropriate for everyone’s enjoyment, creating a relaxing festive atmosphere.

 

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10)  DU TOITS KLOOF HUT- NEW ACCESS ARRANGEMENT AND NEW CELL NUMBER

 

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:   079 692 5865 - N.B new cell number.  Home: 021 975 9319 Office: 021 843 2206.

 

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11) INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CLIMBING CAMP AT ARIEGE

 

The French Alpine Federation – Tolouse 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) UIAA NEWS

 

12.1) 2015 BMC INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CLIMBING MEET – 10 -17 May 2015

 

The 2015 BMC International Summer Climbing Meet will be based in the majestic Llanberis Pass, North Wales, from 10 to 17 May. During the week approximately 30 international guests from up to 25 countries will be teamed up with British host climbers to go climbing.  http://www.theuiaa.org/events-144--2015-BMC-International-Summer-Climbing-Meet.html  Apply to the MCSA before 10 January: Ulrike Kiefer (ukiefer@icon.co.za)

 

 

12.2) 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

 

 

12.3) 2015 UIAA GENERAL ASSEMBLY DATES SET FOR SEOUL S KOREA

 

The 2015 UIAA General Assembly will be held in Seoul, South Korea, Arizona from 20 October to 25 October 2015. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-188-2015-UIAA-General-Assembly-dates-set-for-Seoul-Korea.html

 

 

12.4) GERMAN CLIMBER – MARIETTA-UHDEN WAS UIAA WORLD CUP CHAMPION IN BOULDERING

 

Born in 1968, the former professional climber passed away on 24 November 2014 after a long battle with cancer which friends said she had fought for years with the same strength, energy and tenacity she brought to her climbing.

 

http://www.theuiaa.org/news-192-Marietta-Uhden-1968-2014-Legendary-German-climber-was-UIAA-World-Cup-champion-in-Bouldering.html

 

12.5) WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM (1924-2014)

 

William Lowell Putnam (1924 - 2014) was an Honorary Member of the UIAA and one of its greatest friends and supporters.  He died after a week-long coma following a fall. http://www.theuiaa.org/news

 

12.6) BOZEMAN CHEERS AS UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD TOUR PRESENTED BY THE NORTH FACE DEBUTS IN NORTH AMERICA – FEEDBACK

 

Bozeman is a mountain town where residents love to ice climb in nearby Hyalite Canyon, and they showed up in droves to watch the first UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour presented by The North Face in North America http://www.theuiaa.org/news-187-Bozeman-cheers-as-UIAA-Ice-Climbing-World-Tour-presented-by-the-North-Face-debuts-in-North-America.html

 

 

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13) SECTION NEWS 

 

FREE STATE SECTION - JOINT MEET NORTHERN PARTS 1-3 May 2015

 

The Free State Section invites the northern sections of the MCSA to a joint three-day hike in the Maluti range in Lesotho from 1 to 3 May 2015. A route of more or less 45 km, starting in the region of the Afri ski resort and covering a beautiful part of the Malutis. Passports and tents are required. The border post can be reached in two hours from Johannesburg. Thursday night will probably be spent in the Backpackers at Ficksburg. Contact Chris Joubert at: 084 425 5058. or  ccjoubert@gmail.com.   This is an ideal opportunity to see and enjoy the Malutis. Members from all Sections are very welcome.

 

CAPE TOWN SECTION - INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY - FEEDBACK

 

International Mountain Day was celebrated by the Cape Town Section on Friday 12th December in conjunction with the end of year braai.  The Hon Sec did the honours with the best boerewors rolls in town. The event was well attended by the regular Friday evening members who were joined by other members after their various Mountain Day Meets. The braai concluded;  Geoff Dalgeish gave his thought provoking  presentation  “Re Wilding the Soul ,“ which had had to be postponed the previous Friday due to load shedding.

 

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14)  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

Tygerberg: https://www.facebook.com/bksa.tygerberg and

http://sites.google.com/site/bksatygerberg

 

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

 

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15) SNIPPETS

 

15.1) THANKS TO MICHAEL VAN BREDA – IT CONVENOR

 

Thanks are due to Michael van Breda, our IT convenor, for registering the domain name mountainclub.org as a gift to the Club.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Club_of_South_Africa Anyone who would like to update and expand this for us please? Contact: petrogrobler@telkomsa.net

 

 

15.2) VIDEO – CLIMBER ANGY EITER IN SOUTH AFRICA

 

Earlier this year, rock climber Angy Eiter travelled to South Africa with some friends to check out the rock climbing and bouldering scene. This video shares some of their exploits, while giving us some highlights of the South African landscapes. http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/video-rock-climbing-and-bouldering-in.html

 

15.3) NEW ZEALAND SEARCH FOR MOUNT COOK CLIMBERS CALLED OFF

 

Rescuers in New Zealand have called off their search for three climbers missing presumed dead on Mount Cook.  Sydney doctor Michael Bishop, 53, Yohann Viellehner, 58, from Germany and his 27-year-old son Raphael were last seen in the early hours of Monday (Dec 29th.) Aerial searches of the mountain, also known by its Maori name Aoraki, have turned up no sign of the men. Mt Cook, in the South Island, is New Zealand's tallest peak at 3,724m (12,217ft). It is a popular challenge for climbers from around the world. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-30670959

 

15.4) FORBES INTERVIEWS UELI STECK

 

It isn't often that a mountaineer gets mainstream press from a source like Forbes, but then again, not every mountaineer is Ueli Steck. The magazine recently conducted an interview with the "Swiss Machine," which you can read in its entirety here.  http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/forbes-interviews-ueli-steck.html

 

15.5) ALAN ARNETTE ANNOUNCES PROJECT 8000 FOR ALZEIMERS

 

Alan Arnette used the arrival of 2015 to announce a major new endeavour. In a blog post to his website Alan has announced Project 8000 for Alzheimer's which will be his attempt to climb all of the 8000 meter peaks in an effort to raise funds and awareness to combat that debilitating disease. http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/alan-arnette-announces-project-8000-for.htm

 

15.6) 6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON POLAR AND ALPINE MICROBIOLOGY

 

6-10 September 2015, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

The conference will bring together the scientific community for discourse on the latest in all aspects of cold-living micro-organisms and their role in polar and alpine environments. The 2015 conference will again provide an opportunity to share ideas and build research collaborations addressing the latest developments in microbiology in polar and alpine habitats.

Registration and abstract submission deadline: 1 February 2015

http://polaralpinemicrobiology2015.prf.jcu.cz/

 

15.7) ‘GORILLAS IN THE CROSSFIRE’

 

In a national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a caretaker struggles to save gorillas from the violence of a brutal civil war. This Op-Doc video profiles Andre Bauma, who takes care of the orphaned mountain gorillas of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 140 of his fellow rangers have been killed while protecting their park, which has been home to armed rebels. Taking care of these animals is key to the region's stability and can facilitate economic growth.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/07/opinion/gorillas-in-the-crossfire.html?_r=2

 

15.8) NASA: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF EARTH’S CO2

 

An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1SgmFa0r04

 

15.9)  A SPONSOR STEPS AWAY FROM THE EDGE

 

Clif Bar Drops Sponsorship of 5 Climbers, Citing Risks

Moments before the San Francisco premiere of “Valley Uprising,” a documentary about the evolution of rock climbing in Yosemite National Park, Gary Erickson, the Clif Bar founder, was asked to stand and be acknowledged. He received a warm ovation. Clif Bar, a maker of nutrition bars with long ties to the climbing community, and with a climber on its logo, was a major sponsor of the film.  Two months later, Clif Bar has withdrawn its sponsorship of five top professional climbers featured in the film, some with a year or more left on their contracts, saying the climbers take risks that make the company too uncomfortable to continue financial support. It has stirred debate in the outdoors community, creating rare introspection about how much risk should be rewarded.  Among those whose contracts were withdrawn were Alex Honnold and Dean Potter

From: the New York Times. By John Branch Nov. 14, 2014

 

15.10) AFROMONT 21ST SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE OF THE AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF INSECT SCIENTISTS (AAIS)

 

Theme: “Impacts of climate change on insects in Africa: Opportunities and challenges.” 

Applications by 28th February 2015. www.serb-benin.org or www.isac-int.org    sniassy@icipe.org

 

15.11) THE AFROMONT RESEARCH DIGEST

 

AfroMont: The AfroMont Research Digest (formerly the Newsflash) is sent out every month to about 700 email addresses of the AfroMont Network, and they welcome contributions. Anyone with an interest in African mountains and mountain research can contribute to this Digest. Please send short concise material and photographs to Dr Sue Taylor staylor@zoology.up.ac.zahttp://mri.scnatweb.ch/en/networks/mri-africa

 

15.12) START PARTNERS WITH COLLABORATIVE ADAPTATION RESEARCH INITIATIVE IN AFRICA AND ASIA (CARIAA)

 

This is an initiative that is supporting research on climate change in semi-arid regions, deltas, and glacier-fed river basins. Through this initiative, START (global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training) is teaming up with the University of Cape Town, University of East Anglia, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, and Oxfam on the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Areas (ASSAR) project. This project (ASSAR) is funded through the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in

Africa and Asia (CARIAA). http://start.org/

 

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16) STIRRING THE BILLY BY SCOPS OWL

 

The MCSA Journal is great value - the cost of a family-size pizza (included in Sections’ subs).

The question is, are the days of books over?  Would you prefer to read the journal online?

(Comments by replying to this mail BUT please cut the text of the newsletter before sending. Feedback in the next edition of eNews.)

 

Feedback December: Any value from UIAA membership? Well, a Worcester Section member got a good discount (R200 on R700) at Italian alpine huts (at Brenta) with his MCSA card when with other UIAA members…

 

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

 

QUOTE

 

According to the Greek poet Homer, the gods of ancient Greece would play chess upon the ancient peaks of Simen Mountains

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