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2016-08

In this bulletin:

 

1) MCSA 125-Year Anniversary National Meet - Southern Cederberg - CHANGE IN BOOKING –LAST CALL

2) 1-2-5...Climb - 8 October - 2016 

3)   MCSA Search and Rescue emergency numbers

4) Alumni UCT Mountain and Ski Club Journal articles

5) July Camp - feedback

6) The BMC to change its nam

7) UIAA

            7.1 A special year for the Mountain Club of South Africa

 8) facebook and web pages

9) Section News

10) Snippets

11) Any newsworthy items

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1) MCSA 125-YEAR ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL MEET SOUTHERN CEDERBERG – LAST CALL AND CHANGE IN BOOKINGS.

We have decided that it would be best for members to book and pay their accommodation directly with the accommodation venues. Please email Corlette at bookings@mcsacapetown.co.za for the relevant contact details and booking procedure for the venues.

 

LAST CALL.

 

MCSA 125-year anniversary Cederberg meet.

Deadline for chalet bookings is August 10. After that, we are giving them back to the hosts.

We are still looking for meet leaders.  1-day or multi-day hikes. Fast or slow. Experienced or not.

Cape Town or other sections!  This is after all a country-wide meet.

 

We strongly advise members to secure their accommodation as soon as possible as the Cederberg area is very popular destination during the October school holidays.

 

The meet will be from Friday 30 Sept – Sunday 09 Oct 2016. This mountain range offers phenomenal hiking, rock climbing, bouldering, trail running and mountain biking, just three hours from Cape Town.
Fri 30th Sept – Tues 04 Oct - Day trips around Sanddrif & Kromrivier. Stay at a chalet, or camp. If you wish to stay longer, camping only has been reserved till Sunday 9 Oct. Some longer multi-day hikes are possible.

The meet will be based at Sanddrif. 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 and 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.

https://sites.google.com/a/mcsa.org.za/mcsa/home/MCSA_125_year_Cederberg_meet.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

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2) 1-2-5...CLIMB! – 1-16 OCTOBER 2016 

 

We aim to log climbs of at least 125 routes and peaks, especially on 8 October 2016 (the 125th birthday of the MCSA), but also during the period of 1 to 16 October 2016. Register your peak or route NOW: www.mcsamagalies.co.za

The KZN section is adding some hiking fun in the Drakensberg to this initiative in October:

Pizza and Poker on Popple!; Summiting Sterkhorn (and other explorations in the Monk’s Cowl area); Ndumeni Dome’s Medieval Butter Tasting; Cathedral Peak Dinner Party; Climb Bamboo Mountain in your Crazy Hat

 

Where are our overseas members??

Contact: petrogrobler@telkomsa.net for further information

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3) MCSA SEARCH AND RESCUE EMERGENCY NUMBERS

 

 

Cape Town/Somerset West

Tel: 021 937 0300 (WSAR)

Cape Town Co-Convenor: 082 499 9656 - David Nel

Cape Town Co-Convenor: 082 290 2937 - Ant Hall

Hottentots Holland Convenor: 082 393 0407 – Gela Tölken

 

For mountain security / crime related incidents in the W-Cape parks / Table mountain call: 086 110 6417

 

Garden Route

Plettenberg Bay/Knysna/George

Tel: 10177 (Metro)

Convenor: 082 339 1240 – Drew Scott

Co-Convenor: 082 323 4349 - Rogan Hindmarch

 

Eastern Province Port Elizabeth

Tel: 10177  / 041 585 1555 (Metro)

Tel: 072 324 4985 (Standby 1)

Tel:  073 755 2250 (Standby 2)

Convener : 083 630 3903 - Shelley Puffett 

Co-convenor: 082 781 1770 - Tim Jones

 

KwaZulu-Natal

Durban / Pietermaritzburg / Drakensberg

Tel: 0800 005 133 (Metro)

Convener: 082 990 5876 - Gavin Raubenheimer

 

Gauteng

Johannesburg / Pretoria

Tel: 074 125 1385 (Standby 1)

Tel: 074 163 3952 (Standby 2)

Convenor: 083 509 6301 – Andrew Sheahan

Note the Gauteng team also provides assistance in the Free State, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga

 https://www.facebook.com/MCSASAR and http://www.mcsa.org.za/

The Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) Search and Rescue National Convenor is Dean van der Merwe – 083 274 1116

All phone numbers are the emergency numbers that can be contacted in case of a mountain rescue emergency (primary numbers are in bold). Please specifically state that you are calling regarding a ‘Mountain Rescue Emergency’. The primary cities from which the teams operate are shown in italics. Where a provincial coordination centre that uses MCSA Search and Rescue as a resource exist, the number of the provincial coordination centre is given as the priority contact number

 

The MCSA does not charge for rescues, helicopter flight criteria applies, MCSA SAR reserves the right to perform its own assessment of incidents and may transfer incidents to more appropriate agencies or request additional assistance, assistance is dependent on resource availability, resources provided on a volunteer basis

Information correct as of April 2016. To be informed of updates on this list please send a mail to vdm.dean@gmail.com

 

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4)  ALUMNI UCT MOUNTAIN AND SKI CLUB JOURNAL ARTICLES

UCT MSC will be publishing their Journal again this year and this is an appeal from Alex Weiss, UCT MSC Journal Editor, to Alumni to please submit contributions. 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 Alex if you want to get in touch for whatever reason.   Alexw032@gmail.com      Deadline is 31 October 2016 please.

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5) REPORT BACK OF THE JULY CAMP 2016 – RIKKI ABBOTT

 

July Camp 2016 at Lotheni in the Southern Drakensberg was a most enjoyable event.

 We continued our trend of recent years of an increasing number of very young Campers. We believe very strongly that this ensures not only the future of July Camp, but also of the Mountain Club. About ten adults asked for KZN MCSA membership forms.  Very grateful thanks go to the President of the KZN Section, Murray Saunders, who shared the concern of the July Camp organisers over the low number of KZN Section members who attended July Camp.  He pro-actively challenging all the KZN Section Committee members to attend the opening weekend and had a very pleasing response. More Section members attended than is usual.

 

We had more overseas visitors than in the past and let those of us who are still here catch up with news of many distant friends. Maybe we should get these erstwhile Natal Section members who now live overseas to compile and distribute an annual newsletter?

 

It was also special in that, at last, we have broken through the colour bar. Thanks to the commitment of Taffy, Miles and Afifa, and their intention to be back again next year with more of their hiking friends.

 

After years of trying to establish contact with the Scouts, this year we seem to have pushed the right button and had a party of 25 Cubs, Scouts, leaders and parents for the second weekend of Camp.  They all seem to have enjoyed it very much and are eager to be back again next year. They scored a hit with the organisers when some of them came back at the end to help with dismantling the Camp.

 

The Camp was well attended with the final number of man-nights even increasing during the Camp as we welcomed first-timers and old friends who made spur of the moment decisions to join us. Fortunately we had sufficient food and our chef, Vusi Ndlovu, son of the legendary Ishmael Ndlovu, took all in his stride and produced very tasty and satisfying meals that astonished newcomers and kept the regulars coming back for seconds.

 

Graham Smith led a very fit young party to the top and all returned very pleased with their trip. Other sub-camping parties were led by Norman Owen Smith, Liz Warren, Gerhard Venter and Rod Saunders. Every day saw at least one day party going out and these were led by Dave Morgan, Rachel Saunders, Margaret Brown, Liz Warren, Andy Hackland, Kate Davies and Roger Paul.

 

An outstanding feature of this Camp was the exceptional hospitality we received from the Ezemvelo staff. Sibongiseni Mica Khoza, the Acting Officer-in-Charge of Lotheni Nature Reserve visited us almost every other day, just to make sure that we did not need anything and Bongiwe Duma, the Receptionist was a most gracious and caring hostess.  We thoroughly enjoyed their visits and were able to reciprocate by inviting them to share several meals with us. Another pleasant surprise was a visit from Dumisane  Mpontshane, the Officer-in Charge of Vergelegen, the July Camp venue of two years ago.

 

The weather was relatively mild, with most days being typical for July, cold in the mornings until the sun reached the Camp site (about the end of breakfast), and then warming until it was quite warm to hot at mid-day and the earlier part of the afternoon, and then suddenly dropping when the sun left the Camp site at afternoon tea time. The evenings were still and certainly cold enough to ensure that we needed campfires. 

 

 I am immensely grateful to Ezemvelo KZNWildlife for the unique privileges they accord to July Camp.  Such is the relationship that we have built up with them over the years that we are allowed to have three fires at July Camp, the essential cooking fire (although we do take gas if the weather prevents the wise use of a kitchen fire), the fire under the hot water donkey and the camp fire (weather permitting). This year we had wonderful camp fires and enjoyed their warmth that encouraged chatting and singing.

 

After such a successful Camp, surely every July Camper must have left Lotheni refreshed in body and spirit.

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 6) THE BMC TO CHANGE ITS NAME

 

After more than 70 years trading as the British Mountaineering Council, the BMC has decided to move with the times and change its name to Climb Britain and unite all its members under one 'Climb' banner.  Hill walking, climbing and mountaineering have evolved since the BMC was first established in 1944, and the name ‘Mountaineering Council’ doesn’t quite cut it these days. Read the full article on: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/bmc-to-change-its-name-to-climb-britain

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7) UIAA

7.1) A SPECIAL YEAR FOR THE MOUNTAIN CLUB OF SOUTH AFRICA

The Mountain Club of South Africa will celebrate its 125th anniversary on 8 October 2016. Around that date, 125 peaks will be climbed by members and the public. Also, a National Meet will be held from 1-9 October 2016 in the Cederberg Mountains which is world-famous for bouldering, trad climbing and hiking. Members from UIAA federations are welcome to join. If interested in attending. please contact Robert Breyer at robert@cityrock.com

As part of the celebrations, the 125th Annual Dinner took place in Cape Town, the MCSA hosted the spring commission meeting of ICAR Medcom and a special Buff was produced.

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8) 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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9)  SECTION NEWS

KZN SECTION

 

The latest club newsletter is up on the website. It can be viewed at:  https://goo.gl/5a6Mhv

 

CHALLENGES FACING THE DRAKENSBERG CABLEWAY PROJECT http://kzn.mcsa.org.za/Resources/Drakensberg-cableway-challenges

 

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10) SNIPPETS

 

 LOS SUPERTRAMP BLOG

 https://lossupertramps.co.za/   blog  tracking the build-up to our expedition to Mexico.

MAGALIESBERG BIOSPHERE

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 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

 

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

 

APEX INDIAN MOUNTAIN FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER VOLUME 3 MAY 2016

http://goo.gl/LBilHN

 

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

  

QUOTE

 

 KINKED

‘Mountaineers, like anyone else with a kink, are good, bad, and indifferent. In so far as they are monomaniacs they may become less useful members of society, but they also become in a sense artists who express themselves in rock and ice and snow, in technique and endurance, as a painter expresses himself in paint and canvas.’

                                                                                                From: ‘They Survived’

                                                                                                            By Wilfred Noyce
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