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2016-05

In this bulletin:

1) New President of the MCSA

2) Journal index no.4 for the years 2001-2014

3) Wilderness Medical Conference and ICAR MEDCOM –Report back

4) Safety and Security in the Drakensberg-Alert

5) July Camp 2016 – Details

6) National Meet – 1-4 October 2016 –Extended Dates

7) 1-2-5...Climb - 8 October - 2016 

8) 125th Anniversary T-shirts

9) UIAA –Global Youth Summit Events:

I)                     A. International Youth Rock Climbing Camp - Italy  25 - 30 June 2016 

II)                   B. Youth Summer Camp – Iran 23 – 30 August 2016

III)          Creating First Aid Mountain Leaders in India

1V)          PractICE climbing, our guide for the future of the sport

10) American Alpine Club 9th Annual International Climbers’ Meet Sept 25 - October 2 2016

11) facebook and web pages

12) Section News

13) Snippets

14) Any newsworthy items

 

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1) NEW PRESIDENT OF THE MCSA

 

At the recent meeting of the National committee of the MCSA, Greg Moseley
was appointed President to take over from Terry White who is stepping down.

Greg Moseley is well known to CT section members as a former Chairman of our
section, and for being MC at our annual Loyalty Awards.

Greg is still actively mountaineering, and has had extensive experience on
overseas expeditions as well as on our local mountains. He currently still
manages the Expeditions portfolio for the CT section.

 

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2) JOURNAL INDEX NO. 4 FOR THE YEARS 2001 – 2014

 

Some years ago the National Committee decided that this index will only be web-based. The task was completed recently and has been uploaded to the MCSA website.  It can be found on the following link:  

https://sites.google.com/a/mcsa.org.za/mcsa/home/journal-indices

Also uploaded is Index No 3, for the years 1979 – 2000.

 

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3) WILDERNESS MEDICAL CONFERENCE AND ICAR MEDCOM – REPORT BACK

 

The Wilderness Medical Conference and ICAR Medcom was held on Monday 01 April. The

MCSA is hosting this as part of our 125th year celebrations. Rik de Dekker set the bar quite high in general so without delay let’s give credit where it is due (no pressure on raising the bar even more during the rest of the events planned for the rest of the week!).

 

Rik’s vision which dates from at least 2 years ago has finally come true starting with Monday’s Wilderness Medical Conference held at the CPT Club House. I think the organising team with Rik leading as well as MSAR can be tremendously proud of how successful it was and that the personal time and effort they put in was worth it. Not only did the conference provide some much needed input on a number of key questions facing wilderness medicine but it was well attended by a number of emergency organisations, medical professionals, rescue teams, guides etc. from across the country. As our 125thanniversary gift to those that need our services I am convinced it will make a contribution to wilderness medicine knowledge in South Africa. In addition Rik was able to get some young and upcoming locals to make very valuable contributions at the workshops which will hopefully help to foster more research and focus on wilderness medicine in the local medical fraternity and perhaps even become a more regular event (especially if it something can be held in the North of the country to spread the learning to that part of the country).

 

The wilderness medicine workshop also contributed to help push medical topics and wilderness medicine on our own training agenda for our own teams so that it can hold its own compared to technical and other topical which we have traditionally been very strong (btw this was one of the general objectives we discussed at last year’s National MSAR Subcom meeting).

 

The rest of the week: The ICAR guys spent Tuesday climbing and hiking on a nondescript Cape Town hill accompanied by the Cape Town team members. The ICAR Medcom meeting began on Wednesday and continued until Thursday.  On Saturday there will be a rescue demonstration at Platteklip Gorge which might just catch some media attention as a press release has already been issued to the media.

 

I trust that you agree that this is yet another event which helps to ensure that MSAR maintains a nationally relevant rescue organisation that keeps abreast of international best practices. The challenge is that we make sure we learn and apply these lessons and not be complacent.

Well done Rik and team!

 Dean van der Merwe

 

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4)  SAFETY AND SECURITY IN THE DRAKENSBERG

 

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A decision has had to be made to close the Amphitheatre region to all persons, until the security situation stabilises. From the 20th of May 2016, the Amphitheatre region will be closed to all persons. This means that no persons will be allowed into that area, and will be considered trespassing (with possible fines) if found there. Patrols will be done to enforce this decision. The area is described as follows: From the cairn above the chain ladders, along the escarpment to Mount Amery, and back up towards Mont Aux Sources, and down again to the cairn. This is the area managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.  The full article is at: http://www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/2-drakensberg-security/55995-berg-alert-2016.html?start=50#68144


Please be aware of the recent violent attack in the Drakensberg and take precautions during future trips. See statement by the Conservation Manager at Royal Natal posted on VE:

 http://www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/2-drakensberg-security/55995-berg-alert-2016.html?start=10#67994

 

 A report of an incident by Stephen Richert, Conservation Manager, Royal Natal Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site was posted on Monday. If you are planning a trip to the Berg, please be vigilant and take heed of the precautions that he recommends:  See:  http://www.climbing.co.za/2016/04/drakensberg-safety-recent-attack/

 

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5) 97th JULY CAMP 2016 – LOTHENI SATURDAY 2ND TO SATURDAY 16TH JULY 2016

This year, July Camp will be held at Lotheni – a nature reserve in a remote and secluded part of the southern Drakensberg, or to give it its correct name, the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site. July Camp has been there only once before and that was in 1996, the year of the ‘Big Snow’, so 20 years later seems a good time to return!  This site offers wide vistas with striking views of Redi, Hawk and Tent and to the north stands Giant’s Castle. The name Lotheni means ‘in the ashes’ referring to the burnt appearance of the shale found in the Lotheni River. The area is well watered by a number of rivers. There are several waterfalls and pools to delight the brave who want to swim, or the photo-enthusiast who prefers to experience the Berg through the lens of a camera or the trout fisherman (fishing licences are available from the Office). Both the Little Berg and the Escarpment call to the hiker to come and explore them. Mountain-biking is an option that is permitted in the reserve.  Our Base Camp will be situated alongside the Lotheni River, in a part of the reserve that is well known for its grassland and marshland bird life. When we were at the Campsite on one of the recce trips, we disturbed a Reedbuck right at the Campsite. That seemed a very inviting omen.  

 

The brochure and application forms are available and are on the KZN Section webpage. Or contact Rikki Abbot Wedderburn  ronwedd@netactive.co.za  Cell: 082 538 5389  Tel:  033 2392 374 or Mike Coke cokemd@the cokes.co.za who is handling the booking.  http://kzn.mcsa.org.za/meets/july-camp

 

To acquaint yourself with the area, the relevant maps are the KZNatal Drakensberg Park Hiking Map nos. 4 and 5 which are available from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, P O Box 13609, Cascades, 3202 or customerservice@kznwildlife.com. Black and white MCSA Berg maps will be available in the Camp.

 

 

6) MCSA 125-YEAR ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL MEET – SOUTHERN CEDERBERG.

    FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 09 OCTOBER 2016

 

All the chalets and camp sites at Sandrif have been booked for the Meet.  

The Cederberg needs no introduction. But just in case: This mountain range offers phenomenal hiking, rock climbing, bouldering, trail running and mountain biking, just three hours from Cape Town

 

Friday 30th September – Tuesday 04 October - Day trips around Sandrif & Kromrivier. Stay at a chalet, or camp. Stay longer - camping only, and some longer multi-day hikes.

 

The accommodation booked is very convenient for hiking and climbing which ranges from easy to extreme, perfect for any and all MCSAers from across the country, of all levels.  Both venues offer chalets and camping.

 

The Cape Town section owns a great property called Breekkrants, about 20 minutes drive from Kromrivier, one of the accommodation places.  There are some off-day activities too: wine tasting at Dwarsrivier. Really excellent wines, not to be missed.  Buy some to take home! A new microbrewery at Kromrivier;  An Observatory 20 minutes away; Maalgat, a great swimming hole for keeping cool on a hot or lazy afternoon.

 

 The Magaliesberg Section is doing an initiative to bag 125 peaks within the 1 -16 October time frame. This is also part of the 125-year anniversary celebrations. The main peak-bagging day is Saturday, October 8.  So this meet will probably help the Club gain a dozen or so peaks to add to the total.  All the information at:

 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v679go4w6ezcfxv/AAAHHWq2q6IQFlkLahaIpCava?dl=0  or e-mail

Robert Breyer: robert@cityrock.co.za

 

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  7) 1-2-5...CLIMB - 8 OCTOBER 2016 

 

HAVE YOU BOOKED YOUR PEAK YET?

 

 Where ever in the world you are going to be on 8 October, go CLIMBING. It is the 125th birthday of the MCSA!

 

-          Cape Town Section will host the National Meet in die Cederberg and there surely will be climbing and peak-bagging galore

-          EP Section’s bagging Ford Fordyce, Huisklip, Peak Formosa and, on 8 October, Cockscomb of course!

 

 

-       Greg Devine and the South Cape Section will be climbing Fonteintjiesberg and Brandwag Peak

-          Trevor Johnson of KZN will be ringing The Bell for the MCSA.

-          Magaliesberg Section will be at the most recently acquired ‘Transvaal’ property, Wilgepoort: singsong and all. Etcetera Etc

 

Register your peak or route NOW: www.mcsamagalies.co.za

Contact: petrogrobler@telkomsa.net for further information

 

The aim is for Sections and members to involve friends and the public so as to climb at least 125 routes and peaks, especially on 8 October 2016, but also during the period of 1 to 16 October 2016. We hope to raise awareness about our Club and our mountains as well as to mountaineer, climb and have fun!

 

Go Wild! Climb in one of the outlaying or unknown mountain ranges or on your doorstep; bag a first ascent or do the 100th ascent of one; climb our highest peaks or stroll up a hill; go alone or convince the town mayor (and especially some reporters or even TV crews) to accompany you or you can even maybe organise an outreach meet (For ideas, revisit 2002 International Year of the Mountains or the 1991 Journal for the 100th year peaks).

 

Explore – Discover - Connect – Protect: Hike or climb!

One Hundred and Twenty Five Years of the MCSA!!   8 October 2016

 

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8) 125th ANNIVERSARY T-SHIRTS

The details and design of the proposed t-shirt can be found on the MCSA’s national website, on the following link:  http://cen.mcsa.org.za/home/125th-anniversary-t-shirt.

 

 

 

 

 

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9)  UIAA GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT EVENTS:

 

IMPORTANT TO NOTE PLEASE - that anyone wishing to participate in any UIAA GYS event, should apply through their MCSA Section and the MCSA Youth Commission Member, and not go direct. All application forms must be signed off by the latter. For more information on either of the above GYS events, contact jennyapaterson@gmail.com    

 

A.       INTERNATIONAL YOUTH ROCK CLIMBING CAMP -ITALY:  25 - 30 JUNE 2016

Location: Arco, Trento, Italy
PROGRAMME
This event, included in the Global Youth Summit, is dedicated to rock climbing.

The proposed activity will be structured to allow a different stylistic approach to rock climbing: the vertical wall, the inclined wall, the overhanging wall. We will climb on one-pitch routes. There will be the possibility to climb on multi-pitches routes up to 200 metres, depending on the technical ability of the participants.

We will practise bouldering and climbing on the artificial walls.  
Difficulty level:  5 c / 6 c.

GENERAL INFORMATION

-          This project, included in the Global Youth Summit Events, is a Climbing Camp dedicated to young boys and girls between 15 – 19 years old. Parental consent must be for under 18s obtained by the member Federation who is responsible for the young participation.

-          A maximum number of 20 participants are admitted (10 Italians + 10 foreigners)

-          DATES: From Saturday June 25 to Thursday June 30, 2016.

-          The registration deadline is May 31 2016

-          MEETING PLACE: arrivals by plane: Saturday, June 25th  at Verona airport no later than 13:00. Arrivals by train: Verona train station no later than 14.00.
COST: The cost is €280 per person and includes:  accommodation in the camping’s bungalows, dinner, breakfast and packed lunches. Transfers by private bus from and to the airport; excludes international airfare, cost of visa, spending money etc.

-          Participants:  Youth members aged 18 – 25 years; participants under the age of 18 have to be accompanied by responsible guardian.
IMPORTANT: groups arriving by plane: please do not book the return flight leaving before 14:00 (2 p.m.) – Thursday, June 30th.

 

B.      YOUTH SUMMER CAMP – IRAN 23 – 30 AUGUST 2016 

Location:  Mount Sabalan, Iran.

Dates:       23 – 30 August 2016

Accommodation: hotel in Tehran; hotel or hostel in Ardebil; tent/hut at 3 800m

Food:  full board, and packed lunches

Participants:  Young people aged 16 years to 32. If under 18 to be accompanied by a qualified Federation Leader. Parental consent must be for under 18s obtained by the member Federation who is responsible for the young participation.

Insurance: Participants must have their own insurance cover.

Equipment: Mountain clothes for high altitude, cold and windy weather including: mountain boots; sleeping bag; helmet; sun glasses; gloves; hat; navigation equipment/GPS; camera; personal first aid kit; waterproofs; ice axe; crampons; 3 carabiners; ascender; harness.

There are 4 different programmes on offer: (day by day programme for Mt Sabalan Event is available)

Plan I:    Mt Sabalan Event – attend ice course / normal trek of Mt Sabalan  :   Registration Fee €500

Plan II:  Mt Sabalan Event – attend ice course / normal trek of Mt Sabalan / thereafter climb Mt Damavand :  Registration Fee €980

Plan III: Mt Sabalan Event -  attend ice course / normal trek of Mt Sabalan / thereafter climb Mt Damavan / city tours of Isfahan and Kashan : Registration Fee €1 580

Plan IV: Mt Damavand event with Tehran, Kashan Esfahan city tours and historical Abyaneh village tour:  Registration fee   €1 050

The above costs exclude international airfare, cost of visa, spending money etc.

 

CREATING FIRST AID MOUNTAIN LEADERS IN INDIA

Medcom approved course devised to enhance the skills of the country’s mountaineers will be organized by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) in June and July 2016. http://www.theuiaa.org

 

 PractICE CLIMBING - OUR GUIDE FOR THE FUTURE OF THE SPORT

The UIAA has published a guide to the sport of ice climbing, dedicated to member federations, athletes, national bodies, event organizers and also ice climbing lovers who want to improve their skills and knowledge. http://www.theuiaa.org

 

 

 

10) AMERICAN ALPINE CLUB 9TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CLIMBERS’MEET 

 

The American Alpine Club is hosting its 9th annual International Climbers’ Meet (ICM), to be held the week of Sept 25 - October 2, 2016 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.

Early Bird fee until July 20th is $465 USD per person.

Beginning July 21 the fee will be $515 USD per person.

 

All International applications will be reviewed by May 30th and notice will be given of your acceptance on that date.  We will be accepting applications up until one week before the event on a first come first serve basis. SPACE is LIMITED.  

 

We would love to have attendance from South Africans againFor more information and applicationhttps://americanalpineclub.org/international-climbers-meet

 

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11)  FACEBOOK AND WEB PAGES

 

National: https://www.facebook.com/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: www.mcsamagalies.co.za

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

Paarl/Wellington: https://www.facebook.com/PaarlWellingtonMCSA

South Cape: https://mcsasc.wordpress.com/

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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12) SECTION NEWS

 

CAPE TOWN SECTION – YOUTH SECTION

 

CAPE LEOPARD TRUST YOUTH CAMP - FEEDBACK

 

The Cape Leopard Trust Camp was held over the weekend of the 22nd to 24th April 2016 at Simonskloof, Montagu.  Fourteen children attended, five parents and three Supervisors attended.  We were looked after by Hadley, Rona and Hilde from the Cape Leopard Trust.

 

The weekend got off to an adventurous start when we got caught in the savage storm over the Cape Peninsula on our way through to Montagu.  We remained in contact with Simonskloof and discovered in Worcester that some of our tents had blown over.  Rather than arrive in the middle of a storm and rush around getting into wet tents, we started phoning around Montagu for some more solid cover for the night.  The Guano Caves Resort came to our rescue with their backpackers and we arrived in Montagu after the rains and with a clearing sky.  The group prepared dinner and settled in for the night.

 

Saturday morning broke sunny and warm and the rest of the weekend presented us with amazing weather.

 

KZN SECTION

 

BERG CABLE CAR – UPDATE

 

KZN Section is in the process of acting against the proposed Drakensberg Cable Car planned from the Businghata Valley to Mount Amery. Having registered as an interested and affected party in the business proposal and with plans to register as an interested party once the consultant to undertake the EIA has been announced. A letter expressing concern about the impact that the Cable Car would have on the local environment has been sent by the KZN-Section Chairman to the National Minister of the Environment, the UIAA and UNESCO. The KZN-Section is currently setting up an Action-Group to begin moving on various issues. More updates to follow soon.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=0942dad932&view=att&th=1547fcf31fb71506&attid=0.1&disp=safe&zw

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=0942dad932&view=att&th=1547fcf31fb71506&attid=0.1&disp=safe&zw

The latest club newsletter is up on the website. It can be viewed at:    http://goo.gl/zPCWZo

FROM STELLENBOSCH SECTION NEWSLETTER

SAMUEL HOLTZKAMP EN DIE JONKERSHOEKMARATON:

“It is called a marathon, but a title can be misleading. Falling just under 10km short of the traditional distance, it is shorter than a marathon, but can take up to 3 times as long to complete. It is a mix of scrambling, power hiking, trail running, bundu bashing and bum sliding over a distance of 33km. Starting on Botmaskop and traversing along the horseshoe shaped watershed around the Jonkershoek valley all the way to Stellenboschberg. Along the way you summit 7 peaks; Botmaskop, Square tower Peak, Pieke (North Twin), Rifberg (Virgin & Third Ridge Peak), Second Ridge (Katedraal), First Ridge (Katedraal), Haelkop and Stellenboschberg.

The first recorded attempt was on 19 May 1962 when Rudolph Buhrman, Piet Hugo and Jan du Plessis completed it in 19h30min. In the same year the legendary Ernst Lotz set the standard at 14 hours. In the late sixties, a new record was set at 10h45min by Christopher Spottiswood. On 10 October 1991 it was the ladies setting the example, with Lydia Roos completing the route in 10h13min. And then in October 2000 Henco Jordaan set the record at 9h40min where it stood for 15 years... After 8:44:57 I reached the beacon by hopping over the large boulders with very tired legs.

 Lees meer oor die maraton in http://www.trailtimes.co.za/news/2015/12/16/jonkershoek-marathon

En in http://www.featsa.co.za/2015/03/the-jonkershoek-marathon/

Ook in https://robynkime.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/a-jonkershoek-marathoncoming-up/

 

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13) SNIPPETS

 

13.1) MAGALIESBERG BIOSPHERE

 

Are you interested in getting involved? The Volunteer application form is at:

http://www.magaliesbergbiosphere.org.za/

 

13.2) CENTENARY OF SHACKLETON’S ENDURANCE EXPEDITION

 By way of celebration, Stephen Venables – along with fellow South Georgia Crag Jones – will be joining the granddaughter and great-grandchildren of one of the three men who made that epic mountain crossing in 1916 – Tom Crean. We plan to follow his footsteps in October.

 

Tom Crean’s descendants will be sailing to South Georgia on Pelagic.  But Crag and Stephen will be going out earlier, on Skip Novak’s larger boat Pelagic Australis, hoping to make first ascents at the southern end of the island, before the rendez–vous with the Crean party.

 

 THERE ARE STILL TWO PLACES AVAILABLE.  Please get in touch if you are tempted to join the support team or – if you are an experienced mountaineer – the climbing team.    We depart Stanley on September 10 and return October 15, 2016.  Unlike regular cruises, we will have time to explore the island thoroughly.  

 http://www.pelagic.co.uk/pdfs/2016_03_30_sgeoven_prospectus_hires.pdf

  smwvenables@gmail.com

 Looking further ahead, there is another Antarctic Peninsula trip for January 2018.  

 

 

13.3) SET UP YOUR OWN CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAMME

Cape Citizen Science is a project that offers many opportunities to participate in scientific research. Studying plant disease is essential to feeding the world and keeping forests healthy! Join them in a research project to survey plant disease in the Fynbos. http://www.35igc.org/Verso/1/Scientific-Programme

13.4) 1ST INTERNATIONAL LONG TERM ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH OPEN SCIENCE MEETING 9-12 0CTOBER 2016 –SKUKZA, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

 The theme for this conference is: Long-Term Ecosystem Research for sustainability under global changes: Findings and challenges of ILTER from local to global scales http://www.saeon.ac.za/ilterosm2016

 13.5) SARIMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE – DURBAN 16-20 MAY 2016

The broad theme of the SARIMA Annual Conference in 2016 will centre around the leveraging of unique resources to position southern Africa’s Research and Innovation globally, but will also explore the challenges and best practices associated with playing on the global field. http://mri.scnatweb.ch/e

13.6)5 35TH INTERNATIONAL GEOLOGICAL CONGRESS (IGC) – CAPE TOWN – 27 AUGUST – 4 SEPTEMBER http://www.35igc.org/Verso/1/Scientific-Programme

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  QUOTE

 

‘In the mountains there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can’t.’

 

Rusty Baillie

 

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