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2014-05

In this news bulletin:


1)            MCSA National Committee 2014

2)            MCSA/UIAA Global youth summit – youth leader training course

3)            First Highline Meeting Rocklands 2014: 15 – 25 May

4)            Annual Dinner – 2014: 31 May

5)            July Camp –  2014: 5 – 9 July

6)            Peru Expedition 2014: June/July 

7)            Roc Rally  - Waterval Boven 2014: 27 – 28 September

8)            National Meet – 2014: October

9)            Chamonix Mountain Festival 2014: 29 June – 6 July

10)          Climbathon, India 2014: August 

11)          USA Climbers Meet – Yosemite Valley 2014: 6 – 11 October

12)          Everest – Sherpas killed in avalanche

13)          S A Team crushed by Everest decision

14)          10th Rory Lowther memorial challenge – feedback

15)          Montague Mayhem 2014 – feedback

16)          Section News

17)          Snippets

18)          Newsworthy Items

 

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1) MCSA NATIONAL COMMITTEE 2014

 

The national affairs of the MCSA are seen to by a committee consisting of the chairmen of its 14 Sections and three elected officers. At the MCSA AGM held on 12 April 2014, the following persons were elected to the Executive Committee:

President: Petro Grobler (president@mcsa.org.za).

Treasurer: Andrew Warren (treasurer@mcsa.org.za)

Deputy President: Brian Lambourne

Additional members of the Executive Committee: Peet Badenhorst and Dobek Pater.

The position of Secretary (secretary@mcsa.org.za) is vacant at present.

 

The MCSA especially wants to thank Jenny Paterson for the major role she has played in particular as secretary of the Central Committee (since April called the National Committee) over many years. She is continuing her excellent work inter alia as Journal Editor and on the UIAA Youth Commission. 

 

The chairmen of the MCSA Sections are (see the Section Web Pages for their contact details):

Amajuba: Herman Kühne; Cape Town: Brian Lambourne; Eastern Province: Magnus Wagener; Free State: Charlotte Augustyn; Hottentots-Holland: Viljoen Thom; Johannesburg: Dobek Pater; KwaZulu-Natal: James Voortman; Magaliesberg: John Fletcher; Namibia: Roland Graf; Paarl-Wellington: Wouter Jordaan; South Cape: Greg Devine; Stellenbosch: Peet Badenhorst; Tygerberg: Johan Botha; Worcester: Tom Jourdan.

 

The convenors of the MCSA national standing committees are: Access: Roy Kendall; Conservation: Maretha Alant; Expeditions: Ulrike Kiefer; IT: Michael van Breda; Medical: Eckhart von Delft; Search and Rescue: Rob Thomas; Youth: vacant. 

 

In addition on the UIAA subcommisions:  Safety: Alan Jarvis; Youth: Jenny Paterson.

 

If there is any information on the Club’s national affairs or contact details that you cannot find on the MCSA Web Page (http://cen.mcsa.org.za), please contact Petro (petrogrobler@telkomsa.net). The MCSA’s Facebook page is on: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mountain-Club-of-South-Africa/181163071916739

 

The 2013 Annual Report can be read on at https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1283631/secretary-report-2013.pdf

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2) MCSA/UIAA GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT: YOUTH LEADER TRAINING COURSE 2014: 15-19 AUGUST 2014

 

This course will be run from 15 - 19 August 2014 (inclusive) and anyone involved with youth/youth training and development is urged to attend.  More details about the event, and the application form, can be found on the MCSA website:   http://cen.mcsa.org.za/home/youth or contact jpaterson@iburst.co.za

     The number of participants is being limited to 15 in total and there are 6 spaces still available.  Deadline for registration is 15 May 2014.

 

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3) FIRST SOUTH AFRICAN HIGHLINE MEETING- ROCKLANDS

 

Highliners from SA and abroad are invited to attend the first South African Highline Meeting which will be hosted at De Pakhuys in Rocklands from 15-25 May 2014. For more information sylvain.burki@gmail.com      http://www.climbing.co.za    http://www.cederbergtosea.co.za/        It’s high time for slackers!

 

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4)  ANNUAL DINNER

 

This is to be held in Bloemfontein and will be at the A-Lodge on 31 May at 18h30.

The Guest Speaker is Rose Gardner, a member of the Free State Section who has completed 4 of the 7 summits. Her topic is ‘Getting high the legal way’   Free State Section is celebrating its 60th Anniversary.   The cost of the dinner is R230.00.  The Free State members will accommodate out of town guests.  Please RSVP by the 24th May.  Please also let them know if you would be interested in a day walk on 1 June.

Contact: Charlotte Augustyn:  charlottea100@gmail.com  

 

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5) JULY CAMP: 5 - 19 July 2014.

 

Once again we are privileged to have a new Base Camp Site this year, on a promontory at the junction of the Mkhomazi and the Mlahlangubo Rivers.  The reserve itself is very seldom visited partly because the Campsite has not yet been rebuilt after being gutted a few years ago. As a result, only the very occasional hiking party wanting to sub-camp at Rooibessiebos or visit Kaula or Bird’s Nest Caves tend to go there. So despite the fact that we are camping at a magnificent grassland site, albeit fairly close to the entry road, we still have the solitude we all so dearly love. Not only is there water a plenty, there are excellent swimming pools on the Mkhomazi both above and below the Camp for all those wanting to indulge in the Berg waters in July!

          For further information, queries and additional forms: The Convenor, July Camp Sub-Committee, Rikki Abbott Wedderburn, Telephone: (Home) 033  2392 374 (Cell) 082  538 538 9  e-mail: ronwedd@netactive.co.za  Application forms and brochure:

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=bWNzYS5vcmcuemF8bWNzYXxneDo1NjIxNzI0MTZiNjQ5YmI2

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=bWNzYS5vcmcuemF8bWNzYXxneDo2M2FmZGNjZWI5NDE3ZGQx

 

 

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6) PERU EXPEDITION

 

Michael Schaff is leading an expedition to Peru in June/July 2014. They are first going to hike the Huayhuash Circuit, and then spend five weeks climbing in the Cordillera Blanca. They intend to start with Pisco, Yanapaccha, and Chopicalqui, before moving to other areas in the Blanca. Alpamayo & Quitaraju are also part of the plan. For the Huayhuash, they are now full, but can still accommodate more climbers in the Blanca. If interested, please contact Michael: mschaff@telkomsa.net

 

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7)  ROC RALLY

 

The Roc Rally will be held around the weekend of 27-28 September at Waterval Boven: For further details:     rocrope@gmail.com

 

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8)  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 

 

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9) CHAMONIX MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL 2014: 29 June – 6 July

 

Chamonix Mountain Festival is the climbing meet for like-minded autonomous climbers:  29 June – 6 July.   The 2014 programme is even more packed than last year. In addition to climbing every day, there will be films, lectures, discussions and social events most evenings too http://www.chamonixmountainfestival.com/festival-info/https://www.facebook.com/ChamonixMountainFestival

 

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10) CLIMBATHON 2014 – INDIA – AUGUST

 

Climbathon 2014 is a subsidized mountaineering programme conducted on the Bara Shigri Glacier in the Indian Himalaya by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation.  Criteria for   participation: Applications are invited from participants who have done their Advance Mountaineering Course from one of India’s Mountain Institutes and achieved a grading A.  Participants should be in the age group 18-35 years and have taken part in trekking and climbing expeditions. The duration is 24 days and runs from 11 August 2014  - 3 September 2014. 

      International climbers will be invited to be instructors.   Participants have the opportunity to climb a peak on the Bara Shigri Glacier as part of a mixed group of 50 students and Instructors

       There is a nominal participation fee as Climbathon 2014 is subsidized and sponsored by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. If selected, Indian participants are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of Rs 1000/- while foreign climbers will be charged a fee of US $500.

       Applications are accepted until the 1 June and applications forms can be downloaded for Indian and foreign climbers from the IMF website.  Final decision on selected participants will be made by 1 July 2014.   http://www.theuiaa.org/upload_area/Climbathon-2014-V2.pdf  

 

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11) USA CLIMBERS’ MEET – YOSEMITE VALLEY

 

The American Alpine Club is hosting its 7th annual International Climbers’ Meet (ICM) and invites participants to the event, to be held the week of Oct 6 - October 11, 2014 in Yosemite Valley.

         Experience with placement and removal of protection, multi-pitch rope management, at least two years of technical rock climbing, and the ability to follow sustained 5-8 granite is mandatory. The goal is to host a diverse group of climbing abilities from a multitude of countries.   American Alpine Club members from the USA will be participating again this year.

      The fee is $415 USD per person. Participants provide their own transportation to Yosemite Valley, California. The deadline for applications is June 16.

http://www.facebook.com/InternationalClimbersMeet2012?ref=hl

https://www.americanalpineclub.org/p/internationalclimbersmeet

 

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12) EVEREST 2014 – 16 SHERPAS KILLED IN AVALANCHE

 

According to eyewitness accounts, an avalanche swept across the Khumbu Icefall at about 19,000 feet (5,800 meters), in an area called the "popcorn field." The Sherpas were ferrying loads for climbers when the accident occurred.

      The climbing season on Everest was officially shut down after a meeting with Sherpas and officials from the Nepali government. Several teams had already announced that they were leaving, and as the days passed, more and more climbers elected to go home. This is in the wake of the avalanche that killed 16 Sherpas on Friday 18 April, which led to the remaining Sherpa contingent asking for a seven day moratorium on climbing out of respect to those that had lost their lives. Repercussions from this season are likely to be felt for years. It is a lost season on the world's tallest mountain, at least on the South Side. There will still be plenty of summits from the North.http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/everest-2014-confusion-and-disarray.html#more    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/04/140418-everest-avalanche-sherpa-killed-mountain/

 

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13) SA TEAM CRUSHED BY EVEREST DECISION

 

The South African climbers who have been waiting to see if their climb will be allowed were finally notified on 24 April that they will not be able to climb Everest. The South African expedition team, consisting of Saray Khumalo and Sibusiso Vilane have been given an extension on their permits for five years.

        According to the team they have two options, come back home or climb another mountain. Their bodies are acclimated to the atmosphere so they may climb a different mountain. http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/kwazulu-natal/sa-climbers-fearful-as-sherpas-riot-1.1679344#.U1sT21WSzRJ

 

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14) 10th RORY LOWTHER MEMORIAL CHALLENGE – FEEDBACK

 

The competition was run over two days instead of one and the event extended geographically to include not only Appin farm at Swinburne but also Mount Everest on the other side of Harrismith, adding over 200 more pitches. This year 63 teams competed of which school teams accounted for 30. By the time the dust had settled on Saturday, a total of 1376 routes and hiking destinations had been logged by the 63 teams (105 on Friday by the Open and Masters competitors). This ranged from a low of 2, to a high of 111 (with a median of 18) http://www.climbing.co.za/2014/04/rory-lowther-memorial-challenge/

   The Club provided sponsorship of R2000 for nine Free State climbers to attend the Rory Lowther Memorial Challenge in order to promote climbing in the Free State. 

           

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15) MONTAGUE MAYHEM 2014 -FEEDBACK

 

Over 70 climbers took part this year in a sweltering 36 degrees Celsius.  There were some occurrences during the day as well as a number of unique prizes.    After a fairly relaxed after-party, climbers crashed for the night in their tents and around campfires.

        Sunday dawned with the promise of another sweltering day and about twenty climbers took part in the free Yoga Session. Later climbers headed off to Waterworld Crag to take part in the Climber Responsibility Day and help restore and dam part of the base of the crag which has seen significant water pooling after the heavy floods. The MCSA donated R2000.00 towards the event. http://www.climbing.co.za 

 

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16) SECTION NEWS

 

16.1)  KZN CRANE FOUNDATION – FEEDBACK

A good response was received from the Club regarding the netting of the domes for the Crane Foundation’s rearing facility. The support is indicative of the level of Club members’ commitment to conservation. If you are interested in helping, please email Andrew at andrew@enviroplan.co.za  to arrange a weekend work party. www.kzncrane.co.za nic@enviroed.co.za via google groups.com

 

16.2) CAMBALALA: Cambalala House is situated near the Mike’s Pass lookout. There will be a Work Meet at Cambalala House on the weekend of the 17 & 18 May, 2014.  They need to cut grass, paint outside and prepare for winter – so they need some willing volunteers to come along and give a hand!   Please contact Clem Robins on 084 500 4666 if you are able to assist.

 

16.3) 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

 

16.4) CLIMBER CONSERVATION DAY - CAPE TOWN

 

The MCSA Rock Sub-Committee and CapeNature will be holding a Climber Conservation Day on June 7 and 8 at the Kliphuis Campsite.   For more information:https://www.facebook.com/events/249269141909602/?ref=5 www.climbing.co.za/

 

16.5) FACEBOOK PAGES – ALL SECTIONS

 

CapeTown https://www.facebook.com/MountainClubOfSouthAfricaCT

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

 

We’re out there! (Not here? Please let us know the URL).

 

On a national level, we are still looking for a web/Facebook editor/PRO. Please volunteer! petrogrobler@telkomsa.net

 

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17) SNIPPETS 

 

17.1) PETER MATTHIESSEN – DIED APRIL 5 AGE 86 

 

Peter Matthiessen was a writer, environmentalist and traveller. His most famous and decorated work is The snow leopard which chronicles his travels through the remote regions of Nepal.  The book won several major awards. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/06/peter-matthiessen-author-dies-86

 

17.2) NIGHTJAR ADVENTURER - 2014

Voting for Nightjar Adventurer 2014 has been opened!  Many South African adventurers are doing amazing things but are completely under the radar. We’d like to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements. Please go onto the below site and nominate your adventurer/s of the year as well as cast your vote for those already nominated.  We should support the brave and the seekers amongst us.  http://www.nightjartravel.com/nightjar-adventurer-2014

 

17.3) TRACKS4AFRICA – REQUEST TO MCSA MEMBERS

 

We would like to ensure we have the data on our maps correct. If you notice anywhere that on our maps roads are not marked correctly, or we can add a waypoint/road marker named private or no access, to make sure our users are informed about the roads and areas, please let us know:    http:// www.tracks4africa.co.za

 

17.4) NEW TRAIL RUNNING WORLD RECORD SET ON TABLE MOUNTAIN

 

On Saturday, April 5, Andre Calitz ran up and down Table Mountain 14.5 times in 12 hours; the equivalent of running up Everest, plus an additional 1409 meters (4622 ft), over the course of half a day. http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/new-trail-running-world-record-set-on.html

 

17.5) FIRST ASCENT OF EVEREST WITHOUT OXYGEN

This is a 50 minute documentary produced back in 1978, when the thought of climbing Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen seemed like a crazy idea. It follows Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler as they make the first ascent of the mountain without using gas.   Video: First Ascent Of Everest Without Supplemental Oxygen

 

17.6) ICE CLIMBING IN AN ICE CAVE – BRITISH COLUMBIA

This video features climber Tim Emmett taking on an incredible looking climb in an ice cave located at Helmcken Falls, British Columbia. http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/video-ice-climbing-ice-cave-at-helmcken.html

 

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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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QUOTE

mountain vibe stillness

breeds a setting quite unmatched

in its Purest Form....

 

Marty King

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explore – discover – connect – protect”

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