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2016-06

In this bulletin:

1) Random Presidential Perambulations

2) National Committee AGM – 7 May 2016

3) Safety and Security in the Drakensberg-Alert

4) Los Supertramps in Mexico

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) Youth Adventure on the move – Wild for Change expedition

10) 125th Annual Dinner – Report back

11) MCSA 2015 Baviaanskloof national camp - Reunion

12) UIAA

12.1) Youth Summer Camp – Iran 23-30 August 2016

12.2)  ‘The Mountain God’ awarded best climbing movie.

12.3) Creating First Aid mountain leaders in India

12.4)  PractICE Climbing – Our guide for the future of the sport

13) facebook and web pages

14) Section News

15) Snippets

16) Any newsworthy items

 

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1) RANDOM PRESIDENTIAL PERAMBULATIONS

Presidents seem to be out of favour just at the moment but I am hoping that we can – at least within the confines of the MCSA – change the perception slightly. I fully appreciate that this is not a popularity contest and that from time to time, I will probably tread on some toes but I hope that we can all remember why we joined this great Club in the first place. Please note the main object of the Club:

To organise and facilitate mountaineering…

I am fortunate to be married to the Club Librarian – not that this position is her primary function in life but it is relevant to some of the points that I wish to put “out there” in this the first of what I intend (hope!) will be a quarterly set of more or less random musings. This from the perspective of someone who has devoted a good deal of his life to the mountains – and hopes to for some years yet!

But back to the library! I have abused – mea culpa! – my position as the librarian’s spouse to have first dibs on the books that are ordered for the library and more critically, to be have the first look at the other club journals that we receive in exchange for our own excellent publication. As a result, I have retained a feel for what is happening in world mountaineering even though my days on the sharp end appear to be over.

These journals – the Alpine Journal, the AAC Journal and the NZAC Journal and so on, are an absolute mine of information for anyone planning a trip to pretty well any part of the world plus the pictures are inspiring! Make sure not to miss the Japanese publications – the pictures of the eastern Himalaya are just out of this world!]

Clubs the world over are suffering as we are from a loss of members and an ageing membership. This does not signify that climbing – in the broadest possible sense of the word – is no longer popular but that in this age of instant gratification and communications and travel being a hundred times easier than they used to be, the choices for the younger generation are manifestly greater than they ever have been before. And this is a good thing! Regardless of what us boring old f***s might think.

The reason behind this apparently random chain of thought, is to draw attention to one of the main benefits of being a member of the MCSA. And that is to be part of the greater world-wide community of climbers. And this through our contacts with other clubs and associations and notably, the UIAA. Yes, I know that there are those members who do not see any benefits from belonging to this organisation but believe me – we do get benefits! And one of those is to be part of the world mountaineering community. It is not just for élite climbers – we can all benefit. Information in this data-conscious age, reciprocal rights with other clubs world-wide… And did you know that the MCSA is the de facto representative of Africa in the UIAA? And as such we punch somewhat above our weight in that world forum?

So – make use of the connections that we have, the information that we have, the ability to travel and make contact with like-minded people the world over. It is a valuable resource!

As President, one of the first tasks that I undertook was to send a message of congratulations to my counterpart in New Zealand. They are also celebrating their 125th Anniversary this year. We have a lot in common with our Kiwi cousins and it is a relationship to be nurtured. 

 

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2)  NATIONAL COMMITTEE AGM - 7 MAY 2016

 

At the MCSA AGM held on 7 May 2016, the following persons were elected to the Executive Committee:


President: Greg Moseley   (CT)
Treasurer: Richard Ferguson   (CT)
Deputy President:  John Fletcher (MAG)
Additional members of the Executive Committee: Tom Jourdan (Worcester); Gerhardt Lamprecht (Amajuba)
Secretary: Jenny Paterson

The convenors of the MCSA national standing committees are: Access: Roy Kendall (standing down when a replacement can be appointed); Conservation: Maretha Alant; Expeditions: Ulrike Kiefer; IT: Francois Searle/Werner Illenberger; Medical: Eckhart von Delft; Outreach: Camilla Adelle; PRO (NEW)  Marilyn Zimmermann with Evelyn Holtzhausen; Search and Rescue: Dean van der Merwe; Youth: Jenny Paterson.

The chairmen of the MCSA Sections are:
Amajuba: Gerhard Lamprecht; Cape Town: Martin Hutton-Squire; Eastern Province: Francois Searle; Free State: Jacques Raubenheimer; Hottentots-Holland: Viljoen Thom; Johannesburg: Grant Rens; KwaZulu-Natal: Murray Sanders; Magaliesberg: John Fletcher; Namibia: Maarten Venter; Paarl-Wellington: Wouter Jordaan ; South Cape: Dave Barnes ; Stellenbosch: Paul Verhoeven; Tygerberg: Hugo Kritzinger; Worcester: Tom Jourdan.

 

Mr Lester Coelen was appointed Auditor.

 

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3) 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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4) LOS SUPERTRAMPS IN MEXICO

 Three MCSA 2016 Supertramps have combined forces to test their mountaineering mettle in Mexico. Meet Los Supertramps! Rick, Michael and Chris aure super excited to announce that their new blog lossupertramps.co.za is up and running. If you're keen for a quick adventure and a sneaky chuckle, check it out and join us for a wild time in the mountains!

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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.

 

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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 the 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) YOUTH ADVENTURER ON THE MOVE – WILD FOR CHANGE EXPEDITION

 

Bernie Theron, youth member of Magaliesberg Section, teamed up with Wild Factor (http://wildfactor.co.za/ ) for this challenging undertaking! Wild Factor’s main goal is to successfully run the 2016 Wild for Change Project, raising awareness and funds for climate change projects in Africa. They partnered up with social enterprise Green Pop (www.greenpop.org) to achieve this (do check out their website – established in 2010, they have in the interim planted over 60 000 trees in South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania!)  Wild Factor plans to plant at least 22 trees in each country Bernie visits.  Duration: ± 9 months; challenge? Survival, paddling (550 km), hiking (900 km) cycling (13 000 km)!  Bernie received financial support from the MCSA’s Centenary Journal Youth Fund and extra from an anonymous donor.  Follow him on:

 https://www.facebook.com/wildfactorsa/

https://www.instagram.com/bernie_theron/

https://twitter.com/wildfactorsa

 

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10) 125th ANNUAL DINNER – REPORT BACK

 

The 125th Annual dinner was hosted by the Cape Town Section and held at Moyo's restaurant Kirstenbosch.  113 members attended including 7 ex chairpersons from the Magaliesberg section. It was a great gathering of mountaineering friends from all the MCSA sections.

 

Some guests were taken by surprise at the special African Starter course of fried Mopani worms, and a few even managed to enjoy them!  The guest speaker was Dr Xavier Ledoux , a renowned French Mountain Rescue anaesthetist who pioneered the technique of regional anaesthesia for mountain accident patients. Dr Ledoux and other search-and-rescue physicians who attended the dinner had been delegates at the ICAR Medcom (International Commission for Mountain Emergency Medicine) “Spring” meeting, which was held in Cape Town for the first time, co-hosted by the MCSA and WSAR.

Our new National President Greg Moseley (who takes over from Terry White) presented Xavier with a special Magaliesberg 125th Buff.

 

 

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11) MCSA 2015BAVIAANSKLOOF NATIONAL CAMP - REUNION

 

Due to the success of the MCSA National Camp held in the Baviaanskloof in September last year, EP Section took the unusual step of hosting a Reunion at the same venue just six months later.

Forty six participants from nine Sections returned to the Doringkloof basecamp from 27 April- 2 May for five days of kloofing exploration, mountain walking and 4x4 travel on the classic jeeptracks of the Kouga Mts. It turned out to be a great week including a new technical slotkloof exploration, an ascent of Bezuidenhoutsberg and plenty of moderate and upper moderate walks on the ridges, valleys and open country of the Kloof. Only complaints the organizers heard of, were the difficulty of choosing between events each day and that the Camp was over too soon.

 

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12) UIAA

12.1) 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. jennyapaterson@gmail.com

 

 12.2) 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

 

12.3) 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

 

 

 

12.4) ‘THE MOUNTAIN GOD’ AWARDED BEST CLIMBING MOVIE

Citadel, by adventure film maker Alastair Lee, and featuring leading British climbers Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey, won the UIAA Award for Best Climbing Film at the 2016 Trento Film Festival on Saturday 7 May. Citadel, dubbed ‘The Mountain God’ is an imposing 3,000m peak in one of the remaining untouched corners of the Great Alaskan Range: the Neacola Mountains.http://www.theuiaa.org/

 

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13) 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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14) SECTION NEWS

 

KZN SECTION

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

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15) SNIPPETS

 

15.1) MAGALIESBERG BIOSPHERE

 

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

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

 

 

15.2) PRESIDENT ELICTATED MOUNTAIN SUMMITEERS

 

The first ascent of Mt. Manalsu and Mt. Lhotse was celebrated amidst a grand function in Kathmandu. Rt. Hon’ble President of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari, was the Chief Guest of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the First Successful Ascent of Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Lhotse program. At the programme jointly organized by Government of Nepal and Nepal Mountaineering Association, was attended by a galaxy of luminaries from different walks of life. The main attraction of the program was legendary mountaineer and first successful summiteer of Mt. Manaslu  in 1956 Mr. Minoru Higeta, the only survivor of the first successful summiteer of the expedition team. http://www.nepalmountaineering.org/newspage-319-President%20felicitated%20mountain%20summiteers

 

 

15.3) 63RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST SUMMIT OF EVEREST

 

May 29th marked the 63rd anniversary of the first summit of Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. To celebrate, National Geographic has put together this fantastic short video that introduces us to these two men, and their very humble beginnings. It seems fitting to salute the two climbers in whose footsteps everyone else follows, and this short clip is a good tribute to their legacy.

http://theadventureblog.blogspot.co.za/      Video: The First Men to Climb Everest

   

 

15.4) MOUNT EVEREST CLIMBERS: DEATH TOLL RISES TO FIVE 

The death toll on Mount Everest has risen to five after Nepalese officials confirmed that two bodies, believed to be a pair of missing Indian climbers, have been found. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/25/mount-everest-climbers-death-toll-rises-to-five/

 

 

15.5) 35TH INTERNATIONAL GEOLOGICAL CONGRESS (IGC) – CAPE TOWN – 27 AUGUST – 4 SEPTEMBER http://www.35igc.org/Verso/1/Scientific-Programme

 

 

15.6) 1ST INTERNATIONAL LONG TERM ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH OPEN SCIENCE MEETING 9-12 OCTOBER 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

 

 

15.7) INVITATION TO THE 11TH AARSE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – 24TH -28TH OCTOBER 2016 –KAMPALA, UGANDA

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

 

AARSE is the premier African conference for scientists and practitioners involved in remote sensing, earth observation, space science and geospatial technology in general. AARSE conferences are geared at keeping society and governments abreast of the exponentially growing technology, but also provide a forum not only for dissemination, but also for discussion on tackling the continent’s development challenges. www.aarse2016.org   http://mri.scnatweb.ch/en/networks/mri-africa

 

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 QUOTE

The anxious night passes at length away

From the Far East appears the opening day

But still they see the form stupendous stand

As though to warn intruders from the land.

By fleecy locks the mighty mass is crowned

Grandeur and danger compass it around

With front of adamant, its lengthening shape

Presents the Guardian Genius of the Cape.

 Luís Vaz de Camões, ‘Lusiadas’

 

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

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