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2015-02

In this news bulletin:

1) Journal 2014 submissions

2) Journal advertising

3) MCSA National Secretary

4) MCSA Annual General Meeting and elections

5) MCSA National sub-committees and other positions

6) Annual Memorial Service – 22 February 2015

7) Black Diamond Tradathon – 14 March 2015

8) Annual Dinner – 23 May 2015

9) Origin Mountain Festival – Umgeni Valley KZN – 13-16 June 2015

10) July Camp –   27 June to 11 July

11) National Meet: Baviaanskloof,  5-12 September

12) 125 years of the MCSA - 2016 

13) Supertramp Award 2005 – 2015

14) Supertramp Award winner - 2015

15) UIAA New

15.1) Global Youth summit Events – general information

15.2) International route-setting seminar and rock-climbing festival, Nakhichevan Azerbaijan 27 April - 11 May

15.3) BMC International Summer Climbing Meet 10-17 May 2015

15.4) International Youth Climbing and Trekking camp, Ariège, France 4-9 July

15.5) XIII Youth Europe-Asia climbing festival in Russia and Switzerland 12 July - 2 August

15.6) International Trekking camp in Dolomites, Italy 19-25 July

15.7) International Youth Expedition on Mt Damavand, Iran 21-29 July 2015         

15.8) International Mountaineering School Georgia 2015 26 July – 2 August

15.9) International Youth Leader Training Seminar in Skopje area, FYR Macedonia 19-23 August

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

15.11) UIAA General Assembly concludes with statement about permanent structures on Mount Everest.

16) Mountain Mania at Egu – 12-17 April 2015

17) Climbathon 2015 - IMF Alpine Mountain Leadership programme – 04-28 August 

18) Section News

19) Facebook and web pages

20) Snippets

21) Scops Owl

 

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1) JOURNAL 2014

 

Submissions are still needed – please send in yours if you have a story to share!   http://cen.mcsa.org.za/home/journal for more details or contact the editor:  journal@mcsa.org.za or jennyapaterson@gmail.com 

 

2)  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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3) MCSA NATIONAL SECRETARY

Daniel Reinecke of Cape Town Section has been elected as the National Secretary of the MCSA. Congratulations, Daniel!

His contact details: Cell 079 6925 865; Office 021  483 2206; Home 021 975 9313; Email daniel.reinecke@gmail.com or secretary@mcsa.org.za

 

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4) MCSA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND ELECTIONS

The AGM of the MCSA will take place on 9 May 2015 at the Cape Town Section Clubhouse. Nominations for the positions of the President, Treasurer and Secretary can be made by any Section by 9 March 2015. Contact your Section or the national Secretary, Daniel Reinecke (secretary@mcsa.org.za), for details, and if you would like to propose candidates (or yourself!)

 

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5) MCSA NATIONAL SUB-COMMITTTEES AND OTHER POSITIONS

The MCSA has several national subcommittees and the convenors thereof will be appointed on 9 May. Currently we have: Access (Roy Kendall), Expeditions (Ulrike Kiefer), IT (Michael van Breda), Medical (Eckart von Delft), Mountain Protection (Maretha Alant), Search & Rescue (Rob Thomas) and Youth (vacant). Most of these subcommittee convenors are also corresponding members on the international UIAA Commissions (four-year-terms until 2016). Alan Jarvis is a full member of the UIAA Safety Commission. Rik de Decker is on IKAR MEDCOM (International Commission for Mountain Emergency Medicine).

We have on communications: eNews editor (Bridget Carrick), Web &FB Editor (Werner Illenberger) and Journal Editor 2014 (Jenny Paterson). Our honorary auditor is Lester Coelen.

All are thanked profusely for their on-going contributions thus far during the past term.

If YOU would like to become involved in any way as a convenor or subcommittee member, please contact your Section or Petro Grobler (petrogrobler@telkomsa.net).

Our most urgent needs are for members to help with Public Relations, administration, sponsorships and the MCSA’s 125th birthday in 2016.

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6) ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE – 22 February 2015

 

The Annual Memorial Service will be held at Maclear’s Beacon on February 22nd 2015 at 12:00. The service commemorates members of the Club who have died in the previous year. Contact: Rose Ferguson at the Cape Town Section Clubhouse (mcsacapetown@iafrica.com; 021-465 3412 or join in with many of the Western Cape Sections who have scheduled meets (see their individual programs on the MCSA Web Page).

 

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7) 2015 BLACK DIAMOND TRADATHON – 14 March 2015

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 (Google Tradathon).

 

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8) ANNUAL DINNER 2015 – 23 May, 2015 - 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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9) ORIGIN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL – UMGENI VALLEY KZN – 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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10) JULY CAMP – 27 JUNE-11 JULY 2015

 

The dates to diarise for the July Camp this year are from Saturday 27th June to Saturday 11th July. The place has not been finalised. There will be more from the organisers later.

 

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11) NATIONAL MEET: BAVIAANSKLOOF, 5-12 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

This year the Eastern Province Section is hosting the annual MCSA National Camp in the remote and magnificent Baviaanskloof. This famous valley kloof and its majestic mountains are well known throughout South Africa for their rugged, unique character, but while they are well known not many people have had the chance to camp there and to explore the surrounding mountains. The kloof is bordered to the south by the majestic Kouga Mountain wilderness with many high peaks and magnificent kloofs, and to the north by the equally magnificent Baviaanskloof range. High peaks include Kougakop, Smutsberg and Sipoonskop to the south and Scholtzberg and Mac to the north. With gorges, krantzes and peaks, the area is a paradise for the mountaineer.

                The base-camp will be held on the farm “Doornkloof” in a well set up campsite which is about 90 minutes’ scenic drive from Willowmore. Ordinary two wheel drive vehicles can access “Doornkloof” campsite from Willowmore without any difficulty. One can also enter the kloof from Patensie, but then a 4x4 is needed. The chosen campsite is well prepared with good facilities and is on the banks of the Baviaanskloof River. Swimming in the dam at the camp and in pools in the gorges is possible for those not bothered by cold. There will be space for a large number, with numerous camping sites and braaing/cooking areas. A number of toilets and showers are provided.

                Parties will go out on day trips and longer trips to climb and explore the various high points in the range. The day trips will range from easy to moderately strenuous, while the longer trips will be more demanding. Sub-camps may be held at Scholtzberg and in the Kouga Mountains, providing access to these areas. Mountain biking and a four or five day cycling circuit of the Kougas may be arranged.

                The National Camp will be held from Saturday 5th to Saturday 12th September 2015. There will be a welcome braai, with traditional braai food provided, on the evening of the 5th and a farewell get together on the evening of the 12th. Members must provide all their own food (except for the welcome braai and farewell function) and equipment, including tents. The exact costing of the National Camp is currently being finalised and will be announced in the near future. Applications must reach the organizer as soon as possible after the costing and application form has been issued. It is anticipated that this will be finalised by the end of April at the latest. The size of the National Camp will be limited by the size of the “Doornkloof” campsite and, depending on the response, it may be necessary to limit the numbers.

 

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12) 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 would like to make any proposals, please contact Petro (petrogrobler@telkomsa.net). What about a MCSA logo laser image on Table Mountain, a celebratory calendar with a picture representing each decade, a song book, a photographic comp, an MCSA buff (and oh for that elusive ’History of the MCSA’ publication…)?

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13)  SUPERTRAMP AWARD 2005-2015

 

The MCSA would like to acknowledge the tremendous generosity of the sponsor of the MCSA Supertramp Award for a decade already!!

A Short summary of the Supertramp Award - 2005-2015

 

2005: Guillaume du Toit - India (with Jason Gillman)

2006: Greg Borman - Brazil (Eric Riemann, Marian Penso, Anna-Luisa Fatti, Dominique Dix-Peek): (cancelled because of Varig going bankrupt)

2007: Donovan van Graan - peakbagging Georgia, Armenia and Turkey (with Billy van Graan)

2008: No applications were received in time.

2009: Kyle Meenahan - walking within 100km along SA's border (solo)

2010: Michael Woodward - big wall climbing in Mulanje (with Grant Davies)

2011: Joe Mohle - climbing in Morocco

2012:  Alasdair Walton - Colombia (with Michael Potgieter, Bryian Meenehan)

2013:  Duncan Fraser - new route in Mozambique (plus Leonard le Roux, Benjamin de Charmoy)

2014: Bernie Theron - solo across Iceland

14) SUPERTRAMP WINNER - 2015

 

The winner of the 2015 MCSA Supertramp Award, for a whopping R18 000, is Matthew Davey of Cape Town Section. He and Margot Leger, aim to summit and explore the ‘other’ 9000+ft volcanoes in the East African Rift Valley. The six volcanoes that the expedition is targeting fall within the borders of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and include the five peaks of Mt Elgon, Ol Doinyo Lengai, Mt Meru and several others. Some of these are remote, relatively under-explored, poorly documented and pose serious trekking challenges. This four-week expedition will happen between November and December 2015, starting in Kampala (Uganda) and ending in Arusha (Tanzania). They hope to raise awareness about African mountaineering and trekking possibilities beyond well-known destinations such as Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya and the Rwenzoris.

Matthew says: “A massive (and excited) thank you to the anonymous sponsor of the MCSA Supertramp Award 2015 and the Mountain Club of South Africa for supporting exploration on African soil!”

 

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15) UIAA NEWS

 

15.1) UIAA GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT EVENTS – 2015 –General Information

Several events are available to Federation Youth Members.  If you are interested in any of these mentioned, please contact MCSA UIAA Youth Commission representative, Jenny Paterson, for more information:  jennyapaterson@gmail.com

These events are a great opportunity for your young members (aged between 14 and 25 years old) to:

- practice ice climbing, climbing, and/or mountaineering;

- learn new techniques and improve knowledge about safety issues;

- be in an international team, get to know new people and different cultures;

- promote the idea of peace between different nations through a wonderful sport;

- be aware of the importance of protection of the environment and implication of a respectful behaviour in mountaineering and climbing. Youth is the future and we encourage you to participate.  http://www.theuiaa.org/global-youth-summit.html

  

15.2) INTERNATIONAL ROUTE-SETTING SEMINAR AND ROCK-CLIMBING FESTIVAL, NAKHICHEVAN AZERBAIJAN  27 APRIL – 11 MAY 2015

Route-setting seminar: 27 April - 11 May 2015; Rock climbing festival: 4 - 11 May 2015.  Participants:  18+ years who must provide a climbing CV.  Numbers will be limited to 15 in total. Cost: €250 - covers: visa support, airport transfer (coming and leaving), food at the camp, training, participation in festival programme, gas and local transportation. Payment is due in cash on arrival.  Deadline for registration: 30 March 2015. http://www.theuiaa.org/events-143-International-route-setting-seminar-and-rock-climbing-festival-Nakhichevan-Azerbaijan-2015.html

 

15.3) 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 - 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.          

Dirk Versfeld of Stellenbosch Section will represent the MCSA.

http://www.theuiaa.org/events-144--2015-BMC-International-Summer-Climbing-Meet.html

 

15.4) INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CLIMBING AND TREKKING CAMP, ARIEGE, FRANCE JULY 4 -9 2015

Participants: Youth aged 16 to 24 years old. Participants should be able to lead climb at minimum, a 5b French grade. There is a maximum of three participants per country federation. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult climber/coach, who is able to look after them during this meet.   Registration deadline:   28 June 2015. Cost to be confirmed. http://www.villagesdebeille.com/oustallous.html

 

15.5) XIII YOUTH EUROPE-ASIA CLIMBING FESTIVAL IN RUSSIA AND SWITZERLAND 12 JULY – 2 AUGUST 2015

Participants: Ages 18-30 years old. Participants younger than 18 should be accompanied by a Federation team leader who is over 18.

12 July - 17 July 2015: Russia – Shikhan Rocks in Ural Mountains near Ekaterinburg.

18 July - 2 August 205: Switzerland - rock climbing near Geneva, climbing Mount Matterhorn (4478 m), rest at Lake Geneva (150th anniversary of first ascent of Matterhorn).

You can participate in both phases of the Festival or in the phase of your choice either in Russia or in Switzerland.  The sport program of the Festival includes courses on safety issues and climbing/mountaineering basic skills, bouldering competitions on Shikhan rocks (near Ekaterinburg), rock climbing in Switzerland, trekking along Alexander Suvorov’s way and the ascent of of Matterhorn. Cost: to be confirmed, but tentatively in the region of €550.  Registration deadline:   28 June 2015.

www.theuiaa.org/events-137-XIII-Youth-Europe-Asia-festival-Switzerland-2015.html

 

15.6) INTERNATIONAL TREKKING CAMP IN DOLOMITES, ITALY 19 -25 JULY 2015

Participants: This is a trekking project for youth aged 14 – 17. A maximum number of 28     participants are admitted (14 italians + 14 foreigners). (Participants will most likely have to be accompanied by a Federation Leader and responsible person).   Cost:  €350 per person and includes: full accommodation in  Mountain lodges  and "packed” lunches. Transfers by private bus to and from the airports and the Dolomites.

http://www.theuiaa.org/events-136-Discovering-the-magic-of-the-Dolomites-Longarone-Dolomites-Italy-2015.html

 

15.7) INTERNATIONAL YOUTH EXPEDITION ON MT DAMAVAND, IRAN 21 - 29 JULY 2015

I.R. Iran Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation is organizing its first ascent of Mt. Damavand, a beautiful former volcano. Young people from UIAA national federations are invited to join this unique event aimed at building cooperation and team spirit through mountaineering. Participants should be between 16 and 24 years of age. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a qualified Federation Leader and parental consent must be obtained and provided to the Federation responsible. Registration deadline: 15 May 2015. Cost: There are four different programmes which are differently priced.

http://www.theuiaa.org/events-149-International-Youth-Expedition-on-Mt-Damavand-Iran-2015.html

 

15.8) INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAINEERING SCHOOL GEORGIA 26 JULY – 2 AUGUST 2015

Participants: Young people aged 16 years and over. If under 18, participants need to be accompanied by a qualified Federation Leader.  Parental consent must be obtained by the Federation responsible. Registration deadline: 13 July 2015. Cost:  € 230 for 8 days of the entire program, payment on arrival. http://www.theuiaa.org/events-138-International-Mountaineering-School-Kazbek-Gorges-Georgia-2015.html.

 

15.9)  UIAA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH TRAINING SEMINAR SKOPJE AREA, FYR, MACEDONIA 19 -23 AUGUST 2015

The training takes place in the Matka Canyon area. It covers an area of around 5.000 hectares and is located 15 km southwest of Skopje. The gorge has a rich complex of mediaeval buildings but also contains dozens of caves and large number of indigenous plants and animals.  Participants: Young people, aged over 18 years who have an interest working with children and youth. The training is limited to three participants per country federation. http://www.theuiaa.org/events-134-UIAA-Youth-Leader-Training-Seminar-Skopje-FYR-Macedonia-2015.html

 

15.10) ATHLETE REGISTRATION FOR 2015 UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CUP TOUR

Online registration is now open. Athletes participating can only register online through their federation

 

15.11) UIAA GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONCLUDES WITH STATEMENT ABOUT PERMANENT STRUCTURES ON MOUNT EVEREST

18 October 2014, FLAGSTAFF, Arizona:  Member federations of the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation voted today at their annual General Assembly against the construction of permanent structures to aid those who want to climb Mount Everest.

                A growing number of people from around the world continue to attempt to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain and accidents on the mountain, often resulting in multiple deaths of both climbers and the Sherpas who guide them, have brought urgent attention to the issue of overcrowding.

                The Government of Nepal recently floated the idea of the installation of steel ladders and fixed ropes on the "Hillary Step” to ease congestion on the route to the summit. The Hillary Step is an imposing 12 m (39 ft) rock wall situated at 8,760 m (28,740 ft), and the final challenge, before the summit.

                The text of the statement which UIAA members voted to support reads:

As one of the most iconic landmarks of the world, Mount Everest belongs to all of mankind. Thus, the ascent of this magnificent mountain should be reserved to those who acquired the skills and the experience needed to reach the highest point of the world.

                Therefore, the UIAA does not support the addition of permanent structures to the ascent routes, as this would lessen the value of the achievement, spoil the adventure and encourage the abuse of this sacred place we call Mount Everest.

                UIAA president Frits Vrijlandt said the ultimate decision on whether to install a permanent structure near the summit rests with the Nepalese government. "Everest is a World Heritage Site and is therefore of universal importance, not just to the people of Nepal but the whole world,” said UIAA president Frits Vrijlandt. "The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation statement represents the views of climbers and mountaineers from around the world who have strong affection and respect for the world’s highest mountain, and which we hope the Nepalese government will consider.”

 

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16) MOUNTAIN MANIA AT EGU – 12 APRIL-17 APRIL 2015

 

The Mountain Research Initiative invites you to join us at this year's European Geosciences Union Meeting in Vienna, Austria. We have a full schedule of activities planned - join us and be inspired by other mountain researchers!  Space is limited, so register early. (Registration will follow in mid-March.)The EGU General Assembly Programme will be available on 25 February 2015.

 

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17) CLIMBATHON 2015 – IMF ALPINE MOUNTAIN LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME - 04 – 28 AUGUST 2015

The Indian Mountaineering Federation will be conducting an Alpine mountaineering leadership programme -“Climbathon 2015” at Bara Shigri Glacier of Lahaul & Spiti in H.P. from 04 August 2015 to 27 August 2015.  The objective of the programme is to disseminate the latest techniques of alpine mountaineering and develop alpine mountaineering skills. Fees: US$ 500 per participant.  Please discuss with our Expeditions Convenor, Ulrike Kiefer (ukiefer@icon.co.za). Application form and details of climbathon -2015: www.indmount.org Apply by 15 March.

 

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18) SECTION NEWS 

 

CAPE TOWN SECTION - REQUEST FROM STEPHEN VENABLES

 

“Please can you help me?  During my very enjoyable lecture tour last year (MCSA was as hospitable as ever) I met in Cape Town a relative of James Wordie, the geologist who was on Shackleton's Endurance expedition.  I cannot remember her first name, but perhaps someone in the Cape Town section could help me get in touch with her?”

Please contact: Daniel Reinecke (secretary@mcsa.org.za) if you can help.

 

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.

 

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19) 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

Worcester: http://www.mcsawor.co.za

https://www.facebook.com/mcsawor

Links for all sections’ web pages are all on the national webpage.

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20) SNIPPETS

 

20.1) BANFF FILM FESTIVAL FINALIST

 

A Southern Africa Rock Odyssey”, starring Alex Honnold and Hazel Findlay, directed by Nic Good and produced by Robert Breyer, has been selected as a finalist for the Banff Film Festival. Well done!

 

20.2) MATT BUSH FREE SOLOING ON T ABLE MOUNTAIN

 

This video follows free soloist Matt Bush as he climbs some of the iconic rock faces of Table Mountain. Matt is now working on a film project to document the amazing climbing opportunities that exist here.  This video will on reaffirm South Africa's reputation for being one of the best destinations for adventure on the entire planet.

http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/video-free-soloing-table-mountain-in.html     Video: Free Soloing Table Mountain in South Africa with Matt Bush

 

20.3) SOUTH AFRICAN JUMPS OFF MT AVALANCE - NEW ZEALAND

 

Reaching speeds of up to 140 kilometres an hour, a South African daredevil fulfilled a two year dream of leaping off Mt Avalanche. http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/nz-s-record-basejumper-i-ve-always-wanted-fly-6217371

 

20.4) FREE CLIMBERS REACH El CAPITAN PEAK AND MAKE HISTORY

 

Two US climbers - who spent more than two weeks scaling the sheer face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park - have finally reached the summit of the 3,000ft (914m) rock.  Kevin Jorgeson, 30, and Tommy Caldwell, 36, are the first climbers to do so without aids, except for harnesses and ropes to prevent deadly falls.

They began their historic half-mile ascent on 27 December.  During the climb the pair slept in tents suspended from the mountain.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/05/sports/on-el-capitans-dawn-wall-two-climbers-make-slow-progress-toward-a-dream.html?_r=0

 

20.5) MOUNT KENYA’S VANISHING GLACIERS

 

New York Times article about how one photographer uses fire to draw attention to Mount Kenya's vanishing ice.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/magazine/mount-kenyas-vanishing-glaciers.html?emc=eta1&_r=1

 

20.6) VIDEO CLOUD SYMPHONY - TIMELAPSE JOURNEY THROUGH ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND THE HIMALAYA

 

This video features some amazing landscapes from England, Scotland and the Himalaya of India and Nepal, shot in timelapse. In each of these settings, the clouds in the sky overhead add a level of beauty and drama.  http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30824372

 

20.7) MOUNTAIN RESEARCH INITIATIVE - A NEW BLOG SERIES

 

From the Andes to the Zagros and from glacier lake fauna to sustainable tourism, the interests of the MRI community are extraordinarily diverse. One of the challenges of serving such a community is delivering information that is both useful and interesting to as wide a range of people as possible

http://mri.scnatweb.ch/en/?option=com_content&view=article&id=2123:mri-begins-a-new-blog-series&catid=226:global-news&Itemid=112

 

20.8) MOUNTAIN RESEARCH INITIATIVE - FACEBOOK

 

MRI wants to hear from you on Facebook! The MRI uses Facebook to build camaraderie in the mountain research community by posting both offbeat articles about all things mountains and fun articles about our members.

Every week throughout the month of February, we will publish short stories about funny field moments, plus a photo and the link to your personal fb profile, LinkedIn page or homepage.   Have a story to tell? Please indicate your interest by replying by email with the following information:

Name and affiliation

Your research interests in 3 keywords

A short story (~200 words) about one of your funniest field moments

Link to personal page (fb, LinkedIn, etc)

Please attach a photo.    https://www.facebook.com/MountainResearchInitiative

 

20.9) MOUNTAIN RESEARCH INITIATIVE - JOB VACANCIES –

 

Job vacancy: Program Director in the Ecosystem Science Cluster at the US NSF

Program Director at the National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking candidates for Program Director in the Ecosystem Science Cluster (ES) within the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) , Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) in Arlington, VA. The application process closes on February 9, 2015 http://www.nsf.gov/careers/openings/

 

20.10) KAILASH SACRED LANDSCAPE CONVERSION AND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (KSLCDI) REGIONAL PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION PLAN 2012-2016 (2012)

 

The Kailash Sacred Landscape (KSL) spreads across a vast region that includes remote portions of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China and contiguous areas of Nepal and India. This area is historically, ecologically, and culturally interconnected; it is the source of four of Asia's most important rivers. At the heart of this landscape is the sacred Mount Kailash, revered by millions of people in Asia and throughout the world. The region and its people are highly vulnerable to climate change and environmental degradation, as well as threats associated with ongoing globalization processes and accelerating development

http://lib.icimod.org/record/27763?utm_content=bufferd4e1c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

20.11) START ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Check out the latest calls for abstracts and announcements of grant, training, and fellowship opportunities from START and their partner organizations in the past month (December 2014) at http://start.org/category/announcements

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21) STIRRING THE BILLY BY SCOPS OWL

 

One of the advantages of being a Club member is that one is allowed to take a guest or two or four (depending on the Section) with you to some Club properties. But is it really to the advantage of the Club? Would more people not join the Club if that was evoked? Could asking high(er) guest fees not improve the income of Sections so that membership fees don’t need to increase?

Feedback January: e-Journal or hard copy of the Journal? This at least evoked some replies from members!

We definitely want to keep the hard copy of the Journal going!” (Hannelie Morris)

I must respond immediately by saying a loud 'NO' to an electronic MCSA Journal.  I get cross-eyed enough doing what has to be done on my PC - which seems to take a good portion of the day.” (Pat van Nierop)

The value of the journals is not necessarily in reading them now, but having them on your shelf for later reference. It would be sad not to have paper copies – first prize is to have both digital and paper copies available. “Digital for searching, paper for nostalgia!” (Hector Pringle).

 

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"I believe that the ascent of mountains forms an essential chapter in the complete duty of man, and that it is wrong to leave any district without setting foot on its highest peak."

-- Sir Leslie Stephen

 

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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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