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2013-08

Dear MCSA Member - In this News Bulletin

1)      Botanical Society and Kirstenbosch Gardens turn 100

2)      Cable Car Proposal for the Drakensberg

3)      Stephen Venables lecture tour - Facebook Page

4)      Youth Leader Training Course

5)      Journal

6)      Joint Meet of the Western Cape Sections, Jonkershoek, 16 November

7)      National Matters

8)      Section News

9)      Snippets

1) BOTANICAL SOCIETY AND KIRSTENBOSCH GARDENS TURNS 100

As part of their centenary celebrations, the Botanical Society and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens held a silver tree planting ceremony on 24 July. The MCSA was honoured to have been invited and was represented by several Cape Town Section members. The MCSA extends congratulations to BotSoc and Kirstenbosch on their centenaries. 

The Silver Tree Restoration Project aims to secure the future of the endangered Silver Tree (Leucadendron argenteum) as an icon of biodiversity conservation on Table Mountain. Thousands of saplings now line the newly dubbed ‘Silver Tree Avenue’ from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden's Rycroft Gate to the historic Cork Oak planting where Southern Cross Drive meets Rhodes Drive. These saplings will eventually create a beautifully shaded walkway and ultimately extend as far as Constantia Nek.

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2) CABLE CAR AGAIN PROPOSED FOR THE MNWENI AREA IN THE DRAKENSBERG

From the Natal Witness 29 July: Mount Amery has been officially identified as the summit terminus for the proposed Drakensberg cable way. A business plan will be created followed by an environmental impact assessment (EIA). The land is owned by the Ingonyama Trust and is mainly utilized by hikers based at the Amangwane Mnweni Hiking and Cultural Centre. According to Graham Muller of Graham Muller and Associates, the cable way will greatly increase tourism to the area. The cost of the construction is estimated at being between R420 - 500 million.

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3) FACEBOOK PAGE FOR STEPHEN VENABLES TOUR

A Facebook page has been created for the Stephen Venables' lecture tour taking place from 10 - 23 November 2013https://www.facebook.com/events/273440666129319/

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4)  YOUTH LEADER TRAINING COURSE

The Youth Leader Training Course scheduled for 25-31 August has been cancelled.

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5) JOURNAL 2012 and 2013

2012 Journal: Members can expect an early Journal, compliments of Journal Editor, Jenny Paterson.  

2013 Journal: Any member who would be interested in being the Editor of the 2013 Journal, must please contact the MCSA Secretary (secretary@mcsa.org.za). The next Editor will be appointed in November.

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6) JOINT MEET OF THE WESTERN CAPE SECTIONS, 17 November

Stellenbosch Section will be hosting the 2013 Joint Meet of the Western Cape Sections on Sunday 17 November. It will be a day walk in Jonkershoek: Up with Swartboskam to Klipspringervlakte and on to Pic-sans-Nom; down with Swartboskloof. Average fitness is required and there will be some scrambling. Come and enjoy the beauty of the place, the indigenous forest and the views over the Jonkershoek Valley, the Helderberg and the Cape Peninsula. Meet at 8:00 at the Jonkershoek gate. Remember to bring your Wild Card. Lea: Peter-Jan Randewijk (pjrandewijk@gmail.com, 021 883 8592 (h)).

The meet will take place on the day following the Annual Dinner also to be hosted by Stellenbosch Section at Clos Malverne Wine Estate in Stellenbosch: Saturday 16 November at 19h. Details on: http://goo.gl/OqHZR . Bookings: Paul Verhoeven (treasurer@ste.mcsa.org.za; 021 887 4113). Combine the two events and overnight in Stellenbosch! One option is Elsbeth’s guesthouse (Ask Paul for more info).

GESAMENTLIKE STAP VAN DIE WES-KAAP AFDELINGS

Sondag 17 November - Daguitstappie in Jonkershoek: Op met Swartboskam na Klipspringervlakte na Pic-Sans-Nom en af met Swartboskloof.
Gemiddelde fiksheid stap en klouter met mooi natuurskoon. Inheemse woud en uitsigte oor Jonkershoekvallei, Helderberg en Kaapse skiereiland.
Ontmoet 08h00 by die Jonkershoekhek. Onthou wildcards. Stapleier Peter-Jan Randewijk (
pjrandewijk@gmail.com, 021 883 8592 (h)).

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7) MCSA – NATIONAL MATTERS

MCSA members are invited to bring any national matters of concern to the attention of Petro Grobler (petrogrobler@telkomsa.net; president@mcsa.org.za). It would be good though first to discuss your concerns with your Section committee.

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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8.) SECTION NEWS

8.1) NEWSLETTERS NEW ON THE WEB PAGE

KwaZulu-Natal Section last quarter 2013: http://kzn.mcsa.org.za/about-us/newsletters

(Ed.: If Sections would please let me know when their latest newsletters are posted on the web, this will be covered in eNews and members of all Sections could be alerted to it in this way.)

8.2) EMERGENCY NUMBER – Eastern Cape : The correct number is 073 324 4985

8.3) SOUTH AFRICAN AIRFORCE – KwaZulu-Natal Section Search & Rescue 50 years

The KwaZulu-Natal Section Search and Rescue will be celebrating 50 years of collaboration with the South African Air Force in helicopter search and rescue in KZN at a banquet to be held on 17 August. Honoured guests include members of the team that carried out the first operation and senior members of the organisations they work with as well as many of the past and present air crews, rescue team members, Ezemvelo, forestry, SAPS and EMRS personnel will be attending. The Club would like to congratulate them on reaching this milestone.  See: http://kzn.mcsa.org.za/search-rescue/50-year-anniversary

8.4) BOULDERING WALL – Cape Town

The bouldering wall opening at the Cape Town Section clubhouse was a great success. Nearly thirty climbers competed in the bouldering competition, including some younger than 10 years old.  It was difficult to get the boulderers to stop climbing when it was time for a hearty meal of butternut and pea soup and beer from the keg.   delaney@rockchicks.co.za

8.5) WOW PROW – Free State

Although there are only a handful of routes, this is sport climbing on pocketed sandstone with grades from 27 to 33 with a single 16. The crag was discovered by Hector Pringle and the bolts supplied by the MCSA Johannesburg and Magaliesberg sections.  Location: 5 minutes from Clocolan in the Free State, 3.5 hours drive south of Johannesburg and one hour drive east of Bloemfontein.  Call the owner a couple of days before you go. Farmer’s information: email Andrew Pedley. www.climbing.co.za/2013/07/wow-prow-topo

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9) SNIPPETS

9.1) NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEST TRAILS

National Geographic poled 20 well-known figures from the world of exploration and adventure to compile a list of 20 top trails. Some of the walking routes that earn a place on the list include the Sierra High Route in California, the Pacific Crest Trail, the trek to Everest Base Camp and the 321 km Snowman Trek in Bhutan. One of the hikes isn't even officially open yet: The Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker Historical Trail that runs for 580km through South Sudan and Uganda. It runs from Gondokora near Juba, in South Sudan, to Baker’s View, which overlooks Lake Albert in Uganda. http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/best-trails/worlds-best-hikes-dream-trails/

9.2)  K2, PAKISTAN

Marty Schmidt (53) and his son (25) of NZ hoped to be the first father and son team to summit K2 together. The death of both climbers has been confirmed. Both Marty Schmidt and his son Denali Schmidt have been killed by an avalanche.  Well-known South African adventurer, Mike Horn, had earlier descended with other climbers to base camp because the weather was so bad. His blog was quoted in Beeld:  “Nature has the last say. The mountains this year already has claimed 26 lives. Climbers must know when to turn back.” http://www.explorersweb.com/everest_k2/news.php?url=marty-and-denali-schmidt-reported-missin_137506126

9.3) TOUR DIVIDE CHALLENGE

The Tour Divide challenge is simple: Race the rooftop of North America by mountain bike; travel self-supported along all 2,745 miles of Adventure Cycling Association's Great Divide Mountain Bike Route; keep moving and be moved; exist well outside one's comfort zone in tackling a cross-continent bikepacking odyssey; finish as fast as possible without cracking. Johannesburg Section member, Alex Harris, finished third. For the full results: www.tourdivide/leaderboard

9.4)  BEARDS BETTER AT ALTITUDES

For years mountaineers have been ridiculed for their beardy weirdy image, but now it seems that facial hair may actually enhance performance at high altitudes.  Scientists from Wisconsin Institute of Physiological Performance Science conducted a high altitude field study which appears to show that growing a beard actually improves oxygen uptake at high altitudes.

Climbers on last year's Save The Yeti Everest expedition were kitted out with advanced, but lightweight respiratory monitoring equipment which they used, climbing without supplementary oxygen, at all altitudes from base-camp to the summit.

Some 50% of the climbers were clean shaven, with the others encouraged to grow a beard. The results were remarkable. At base-camp, ORI – Oxygen Respiratory Index – was comparable for both groups. By 7,500 metres, the bearded sample showed, on average, a 7.3% rise in ORI compared to the clean-shaven mountaineers, by 8,000 metres, the gap had grown to 10.7% and on the summit, bearded climbers were processing oxygen almost 15% more efficiently/. This could mean the difference between life and death in Everest's harsh climate.   The longer the beard growth, the more effective it seemed to be.

Some of the greats of 20th Century climbing – Reinhold Messner, Chris Bonington, Brian Blessed – are known for their impressive beards and our study suggests a scientific basis for what, on the face of it, seems purely a fashion decision.   www.outdoorsmagic.com/outdoors.news

9.5) The Korean climbing community and the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour lost one of its most passionate voices with the sudden death of Kim Jaewook. He was a pioneer in ice climbing and the development of ice climbing competition in Korea, and a member of the UIAA Management Committee. The World Cup stop in Cheongsong, Korea launches the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, and which Jaewook was involved in organizing.

9.6)
50 YEARS REUNION OF TIQUIMANI EXPEDITION TEAM

50 years ago a South African expedition of MCSA members successfully made 1st ascents of a number of peaks in the Andes. The climbers were: Don Good, Malcolm Griffin, Bob Reinecke, Harold Hill, Colas Coetzee, Robin Sandell. 

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The Mountain by Emily Dickinson

 The mountain sat upon the plain
In his eternal chair,
His observation omnifold,
His inquest everywhere.

The seasons prayed around his knees,
Like children round a sire:
Grandfather of the days is he,
Of dawn the ancestor.

 Best regards

Bridget Carrick
e-News  Editor 

                “explore – discover – connect – protect”

                "verken – ontdek – ontmoet – bewaar

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