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2015-10

In this bulletin:

1) Message from the President

2) 2015 BANFF Mountain film festival world tour films

3) Contributions to the 2015 Journal

4) Annual Western Cape Hike – 31 October 2015

5) MCSA Training weekend – 14-15 November 2015 at Olive Glen Farm, Paarl

6) MCSA Supertramp Award 2016

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7) Proposal for a National Expedition in 2016

8) Trad climbing in Table Mountain National Park - correction

9) Alumni UCT Mountain and Ski Club Journal Articles

10) Olive Nieuwoudt’s book – My Cederberg Story

11) BMC International Climbing Meet 24-31 January 2016

12) International Mountain Day - December 11 2015

13) Hits on MCSA Facebook page

14) UIAA

                14.1) COP 21 – Paris December 2015       

14.2) Mėmento Montagne ėtė English release

15) Facebook and web pages

16) Section News

17) Snippets

18) Any newsworthy items

 

 

 

1) MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

I was at the National Meet at Baviaanskloof in September - boy these Eastern Cape people are tough! In the Magaliesberg the only time you go off-path is to find another path - these guys spend all their time off-path.  (And the concept of contouring seems to be foreign to them). I have attended a number of National Meets, and this was one of the best - the camping venue, the organisation, the hiking and kloofing were brilliant. Congratulations to the Eastern Province section for organising such a great meet. They even had mountain biking and 4x4 activities.

 

I did some kloofs, and I got to thinking: "How many types of 'mountaineering' are there?" I count about 14 (including kloofing). The question in my mind now is, does the MCSA represent all types of mountaineering? How do we involve ourselves in 'other' forms of mountain activity? What about competitions, bouldering, sport, gym, international meets, snow and ice, and the other types of climbing? What should the MCSA's involvement be, and if it's more than it is now, how are we going to promote, represent and fund mountain activities? I am well aware that many sections have some good initiatives, but should there be a national strategy and position on all forms of mountain activity? What about trail running? Orienteering? And how about mountain biking and  4x4 activities? I think we should be having a national conversation about these and a number of other issues related to the role and relevance of the MCSA.

 

Terry White

 

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2) 2015 BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR FILMS

 

Banff is back in October with films of adventures.  This October the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to South Africa, bringing with it films of adventures by ski, bike, rock, ropes and on water. For the tenth year, Cape Union Mart proudly hosts the screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour films at Ster-Kinekor cinemas in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.

 

 The 2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is screened at these Ster-Kinekor cinemas:

 Cape Town: Cavendish Square, Friday, 23 October to Monday, 2 November 2015

 Cape Town: Tygervalley Centre, Friday, 23 October to Monday, 2 November 2015

 Johannesburg: Sandton City, Friday, 23 October to Monday, 2 November 2015

 Pretoria: Brooklyn Mall, Friday, 23 October to Monday, 2 November 2015

 Durban: Gateway, 30 & 31 October 2015 (two nights only)

 Port Elizabeth: The Bridge, 31 October 2015 (one night only)

Shows start at 20h00 and all 11 films are shown at each screening. 

Tickets are available from 9 September 2015 and they can be purchased directly through Ster-Kinekor. Book online at www.sterkinekor.com  or call Ster-Kinekor Ticketline on 082 16789. Ticket prices are the same as a standard Ster-Kinekor ticket.

Details and information at: www.banff.co.za.

 Preview clips of movies on the Banff Mountain Film Festival website;   http://www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival/worldtour/films/

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3) CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 2015 JOURNAL

 

This is a call for contributions for the 2015 Journal.  These can be sent to the Editing Team   to: jennyapaterson@gmail.com  or  journal@mcsa.org.za.  Please refer to the Guidelines and Style Sheet on the national website:    http://cen.mcsa.org.za/home/journal

 

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4) ANNUAL WESTERN CAPE HIKE

 

Dit is Paarl/Wellington se beurt om die jaarlikse Western Cape hike aan te bied. Ons doen dit op die 31 ste Oktober 2015.   Die plan is om  Saterdag  31 Okt van Kromrivierhut na Springtuigbeugel te stap en terug. Die wat by die hut wil oorslaap is welkom. As die hut vol is kan daar gekamp word.

 

Besprekings by die hut word deur Avril Powrie:  apowrie@paarlonline.co.za"    gedoen. Freddie Steytler sal die stap leier wees.

 

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5) MCSA TRAINING WEEKEND – 14-15 NOVEMBER 2015 AT OLIVE GLEN FARM -  PAARL

 

This is for new, potential and current leaders. There will be training in map and compass reading, alien vegetation, first aid, safety and security, weather, river crossings, human behaviour, GPS and route finding over rough ground. MCSA Cape Town Section will provide a braai (includes food and wine) on the Saturday night for everyone. The camping cost for other Sections will be R90.00. The people who attend will camp there, and except for the braai on the Saturday night, will need to cater for themselves. 

Should you be interested, please book with Rose – MCSA Cape Town Section –mcsacapetown@iafrica.com, detailing the following:

MCSA Section and membership number

Name:     E-mail address:   Cell number.

You will then be advised by Urs Huber with all the arrangements at the beginning of November.

 

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6) 2016 MCSA SUPERTRAMP AWARD

 

The 2016 MCSA Supertramp Award of up to R20 000 is available to a young South African (no more than 25 birthdays by 31 December 2015) who either individually or in a group (which must be comprised entirely of South Africans under 25-years-old) who will take on a mountaineering-related expedition/trip during 2016.

Information and application documents are available from MCSA Sections or the MCSA Secretary (secretary@mcsa.org.za) or petrogrobler@telkomsa.net

All applications MUST reach the award committee by no later than 5 January 2016. Previous unsuccessful applications may be resubmitted.

The MCSA Supertramp Award has been administered by the Magaliesberg (Pretoria) Section of the MCSA since 2005 for those young, impecunious wanderers whose cynicism is still directed outwards, in the hope that they will purchase at least a map, and as a tribute by the donor to the voyager who was Alexander Supertramp who wisely gathered his rosebuds whilst he could (Read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.)

 

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7) PROPOSAL FOR A NATIONAL EXPEDITION IN 2016

 

The MCSA will turn 125 next year. To celebrate this, the expedition sub-com would like to facilitate a national expedition which can appeal to a wide spectrum of MCSA members – trekkers, climbers, mountaineers. The O’Higgins area in Patagonia was selected as the most suitable venue. It offers a number of challenging peaks, almost unlimited trekking options and relatively easy access to the Patagonian Ice Cap and its snow peaks. The area is rarely visited and there is strong potential for new routes and even unclimbed peaks. The expedition will be entirely self-supported; no guides or commercial operators will be employed. Expedition members will be asked to take part in the planning and will so gain valuable experience. The expedition subcom will however provide assistance, guidance and coordination. The duration of this expedition will be approximately one month including travel time. Members will be able to extend that period for as long as they like. The most suitable time will be December 2016 to February 2017. The exact time will be determined according to flight costs and members’ preference. The total cost is difficult to estimate at present and will depend on the development of the Rand. At the present rate of exchange the flight to Santiago will cost around R16 000 and landed costs, including over land travel, food, fuel and minor expenses, should stay below R15 000. The expedition will be self-funded by members. The MCSA will endeavour to secure some sponsorship and, depending on money available, will try to support some members. If you are interested let the expedition sub-com know. Please indicate your level of interest by giving a rating of 1 to 5 where “1’’ means ‘’vaguely interested’’ and ‘’5’’ means ‘’almost committed’’. You will be added to a data base and informed of developments. Please send your reply to ukiefer@icon.co.za https://sites.google.com/a/mcsa.org.za/mcsa/home/MCSA%20125y%20expedition.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

For more information about the Lago O’Higgins area of Patagonia – general geography of the Southern Patagonian Icecap, history, maps and possible site for a base camp: https://sites.google.com/a/mcsa.org.za/mcsa/home/PROPOSED%20MCSA%20NATIONAL%20EXPEDITION%20further%20information.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

 

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8) TRAD CLIMBING IN TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARKS - CORRECTION

 

Please note that the perception with respect to activity permits for trad climbing in TMNP is NOT correct. Permits are NOT required for trad climbing.

The misconception came about due to a misunderstanding of the position by one of the Rangers who stated at a meeting that permits were required.

The "required process" has been in abeyance for a number of years but if/when it does take place we will be calling on the support of all climbers in order to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion

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9) ALUMNI UCT MOUNTAIN AND SKI CLUB JOURNAL ARTICLES

 

UCT MSC is planning to publish their Journal again – the last one was published in 2010 so they’re planning on doing three publications:  2011/2012 and 2013/2014 towards the end of this year, and 2015/2016 during next year and this is an appeal from Alex Weiss, UCT MSC Journal Editor, to Alumni to please submit contributions!  

Alex writes:   “What we are looking for is an account of your fondest memory while on a UCT MSC excursion. Whether it be on a hike, climb or expeditions. We just want to share the heritage of the Mountain and Ski Club with current members. Articles can be written under your own accord. It can be written in a light-hearted or a stern tone (though with the MSC, it’s likely to be light-hearted!).  If at all possible, please provide a photo or two.  Please include your name (obviously) and the year/s you were a member of the MSC.

Please send your articles (in WORD) and images (photo format, viz: JPG, TIF, GIF) to this address and contact me if you want to get in touch for whatever reason.    Alexw032@gmail.com

 

Alex Weiss   - UCT MSC Journal Editor

 

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10) OLIVE NIEUWOUDT’S BOOK – My Cederberg Story

 

Olive Nieuwoudt's book, My Cederberg Story describes a short history of the farms, people and places in the Cederberg. There are many amusing tales which she endeavoured to preserve for future generations. 

The cost: R100 (This amount will exclude the postage).

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this book, please confirm your order at this e-mail address. I will contact you with the details in connection with the payment and delivery. tygmail@googlegroups.com

Susan (Nieuwoudt) de la Bat   021-919 0653/ 073 223 0440      https://sites.google.com/a/mcsa.org.za/mcsa/home/My%20Cederberg%20story%20cover-omslag.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

 

 

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11) BMC INTERNATIONAL CLIMBING MEET

 

The 2016 BMC International Winter Climbing Meet will be based at Glenmore Lodge in the heart of the Cairngorms from 24 to 31 January. During the week approximately 40 international climbers from up to 25 countries will be teamed up with about 40 British host climbers to go climbing. Past Meets have attracted climbers not only from Europe but as far as Japan, South Africa, India, Pakistan, China, Canada, America, Israel, New Zealand and Iran.

 “Invites were sent to the international federations by email on 24 August. Please contact your federation if you wish to take part as an international guest. The deadline for Federations to apply by is Monday 19 October 2015.” https://www.thebmc.co.uk/love-winter-climbing-join-us-on-the-bmc-international-winter-meet-2016

The D-date for applications to the MCSA is usually set for at least 2 weeks before the closing date at the BMC so it should be 5 October. Applications to:    secretary@mcsa.org.za

 

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12) INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY – 11 DECEMBER 2015

The theme this year is ‘Promoting Mountain Products’    International Mountain Day 2015 provides an occasion to highlight how mountain communities are protecting biodiversity by producing a large variety of typical products and providing crucial goods and services to all of us.  The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003, as they encouraged the international community to organize events at all levels on that day to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development.   http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/international-mountain-day

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13) HITS ON MCSA FACEBOOK PAGE

For interest and contemplation. Hits on the MCSA facebook page:

Magaliesberg declared a World Biosphere Reserve    -   3600

Fund-raising for Nepal earthquake    -   319

The 2015 National Committee, as elected at the AGM on 9 May 2015   - 188

Vote for Nightjar Adventurer 2015   - 168

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14)  UIAA

 

14.1) COP 21 –PARIS DECEMBER 2015

In December, Paris will host the 21st session of the conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), an event gathering around 40,000 participants, including country delegates, observers and civil society members. This conference is crucial to find a universal, legally binding agreement to effectively mitigate climate change and boost the transition towards resilient, low-carbon societies and economies. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-290-COP-21-Time-to-take-action-.html

 

14.2) MĖMENTO MONTAGNE ĖTĖ ENGLISH RELEASE!

 

The popular Mémento Montagne été with the help of the Alpine Club of Canada has been translated into English. This handbook, with the support of the Petzl Foundation, was intended as a reference book for trip leaders and instructors of clubs and federations within the UIAA. It has been compiled by consultation with experts from many countries participating in the UIAA Training Standards, and has been "field-tested" on numerous courses world-wide.

We are delighted to announce that the English-language version of the Mémento Montagne été, called Alpine Skills: Summer is now available in paperback.

Alpine Skills: Summer has four modules that focus primarily on summer activities including Basic Knowledge, Alpine Hiking, Climbing and Alpinism.
 
The handbook price is CHF 8 (excluding delivery) and is available exclusively to UIAA member federations.  Alpine Skills: Summer is a not-for- profit Handbook and meant for distribution to leaders and instructors within the UIAA member federation family. Federations are invited to purchase quantities of this highly acclaimed handbook for distribution to students on their training courses.
 If you wish to order handbooks for your federation, please contact Agnès Semelet: 
agnes.semelet@theuiaa.org. We recommend that you order immediately in order to avoid disappointment, as we have limited stocks.

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15) 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 Townhttps://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

Johannesburghttps://www.facebook.com/groups/141752442885/

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

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

Magaliesberg Section’s new web page: www.mcsamagalies.co.za

‎Namibia:  http://www.mcnam.org/                                               

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

 

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16) SECTION NEWS

 

CAPE TOWN SECTION

 

OUTREACH FIRST AID TRAINING WEEKEND

 

First Aid training is normally deadly dull. But not when it is organised by MCSA CT Outreach!  We realised that because we work with kids, we need to hone our skills and get all out volunteers up to Level 1 certification.   Andre van Schalkwyk called in WildMedix, who sent the most entertaining trainer in the history of trainers - Jaco Moller - to the clubhouse to show us how it is done.   A fun time was had by all, and 12 of us are now officially certified!

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17) SNIPPETS

17.1) LEOPARD TRUST TRAIL RUN 

Join the inaugural Cape Leopard Trust Trail Run at the spectacular location of Cascade Country Manor in Paarl on Saturday, 24 October   Tickets and route descriptions available on    http://www.quicket.co.za/events/11747-2015-cascade-cape-leopard-trust-run/#/       Date: Saturday, 24th October 2015       Time: 7am   Location: Cascade Country Manor, Paarl -  www.cascademanor.co.za


17.2)
AFROMONT - PECS CONFERENCE 3-5 NOVEMBER, 2015 STELLENBOSCH

 Scientists from various disciplines, from within and beyond the PECS network, to share cutting-edge research insights on social-ecological dynamics in the Anthropocene. The conference will engage and involve multiple stakeholders concerned with sustainable development and who are interested in developing new solutions and strategies.  http://mri.scnatweb.ch/en/networks/mri-africa

 

17.3) THE MOUNTAIN RESEARCH INITIATIVE       

EGU General Assembly 2016,   17 – 22 April 2016, Vienna, Austria

The EGU is a good venue for highlighting current mountain research topics, from elevation dependent warming to sustainable mountain development. There are certainly also other topics concerning global change in mountains that are worthy of sessions at the EGU.

If you have a session proposal let us know.  We would be happy to help staff, advertise and promote your session as appropriate!   The closing date for session’s proposals is 18 September. drexler@giub.unibe.ch      http://mri.scnatweb.ch

 

 

17.4) HIMALAYAN CLUB E-NEWS

 

The Himalayan Club E-Letter which includes Climbs and Explorations, The Himalayan Club, News and Views, Awards and Obituaries.  https://www.himalayanclub.org/downloads/e-letter/elv32.pdf

 

 

17.5) NEW NAME FOR MOUNT McKINLEY

Thanks to President Obama, the mountain’s name wiII be restored to the Alaskan Native name Denali. https://www.facebook.com/theuiaa/timeline

 

17.6)  VIDEO: THE MOUNTAINS OF BRAZIL;

Fantastic video shot by a drone in the Pedra Selada region of Brazil. http://theadventureblog.blogspot.co.za/

 

17.7) STARTING YOUNG:

Ellen Degeneres interviewed the parents of one-year old Ellie, who started climbing at 8 months. Check out the interview at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPINE_6cno8

17.8) CLIMBING STUPIDITY:

Have a look at the climbing.com site where they have an “unbelayvable” section – where they publish unbelievable stories of climbing stupidity – there are some lessons to be learned. See an example here: http://www.climbing.com/news/unbelayvable-two-terrible-anchors/

 

17.9) FUTURE EARTH –RFP FOR AFRICAN REGIONAL OFFICES

Research Network for Global Change in African Mountains

The deadline for submission is October 28. 
For f
urther information: david.oram@futureearth.org. 
  
http://www.up.ac.za/centre-environmental-studies/more.ph

 

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 QUOTE

‘Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime.  Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.’

Edward Whymper – Scrambles Amongst the Alps 1871

 

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18)  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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