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2016-09

In this bulletin:

1) Random Presidential Perambulations

2) MCSA 125-Year Anniversary National Meet - Southern Cederberg – Menu of opportunities and reply forms

3) 1-2-5...Climb - 8 October - 2016 - Update

4) MCSA Search and Rescue emergency numbers

5) Alumni UCT Mountain and Ski Club Journal articles

6) facebook and web pages

7) Section News

8) Snippets

9) Any newsworthy items

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1) RANDOM PRESIDENTIAL PERAMBULATIONS

I seem to remember that the first 100 days of a presidency tends to define the direction that the said president is taking – at least in the United States! That being the case, I can hardly trump that one (ha ha ha!! Sorry folks!). But I will continue to quote various of our aims and objects in each of these streams of consciousness that I will be putting out every quarter – if the Editor of the national News Letter and the Librarian keep up the pressure that is! This time I make no apologies for utilising the same object that I quoted last time…

To organise and facilitate mountaineering…

… because to me it is the total raison d’être of the Club and without this we are nothing.

What can I do from the position of President that is not handled – and handled much better – at the Sectional level. Within South Africa, perhaps not a great deal – although there are various developments which indicate that there are a couple of things happening nationally that will lead to an encouragement of mountaineering within this country. There are also developments outside of South Africa that I find very exciting and I am quite certain that other members of the MCSA will find them equally exciting.

Within this country, we are developing a relationship with the Department of Sport and Recreation whereby, they are assisting us in our outreach efforts such that we will be able to have a more directed and aim-driven ongoing outreach programme. This will allow previously and currently, disadvantaged youth the opportunity to “discover” the mountains. We all managed this ourselves in a variety of ways – each one being different and in a sense, this is the “right” way as one then finds one’s own path. Within this “new” country of ours, the problem is different and a different sort of encouragement is required. This is what we are attempting to do with our outreach programmes. As part of the cooperation with the Department of Sport and Recreation, we will be assisting various university groups to climb the highest peaks in each province – the Nine Peaks–Nine Provinces Initiative. This should be a lot of fun and may well be of interest to members around the country. Some of the peaks are of course extremely easy – Gauteng comes to mind! But others are somewhat more challenging…

Another initiative this year, is reaching out to the other Clubs and Associations around Africa and this is proving to be extremely rewarding. I wrote to the various mountaineering bodies around Africa with the aim of “representing” them at the UIAA General Assembly in October and out of this has come the beginnings of a more concrete relationship. We have now reached the point where a Joint African Meet has been proposed with Uganda offering to be the host. This would be representatives of all the mountaineering clubs in Africa joining together in a “meet” in the Ruwenzori next year. I trust you will agree that this is an exciting prospect! Watch this space!

Contact Details for Greg:    Home: +27 21 701 7618 Mobile: +27 83 763 9943

E-mail: president@mcsa.org.za

 

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2) MCSA 125-YEAR ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL MEET SOUTHERN CEDERBERG – MENU OF OPORTUNITIES AND REPLY FORMS

 

 For the organisers of the Cederberg meet in October to better understand what participants would like to do while they are there.  The menu of opportunities and the reply form for members to complete and return to the office can be found at:

 

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.

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.

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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3) 1-2-5...CLIMB! – 1-16 OCTOBER 2016 

 

Only a month to go and the Club will be 125-years-old!

 

Register a peak at http://www.mcsamagalies.co.za/index.php/2014-08-19-20-47-44/125-peaks or check where you can join in (even in Wales and Germany too!).

If that’s too much hassle, just please diarise the date and GO TO THE MOUNTAINS or CLIMB A ROCK FACE on 8 October, take some friends with and celebrate! (Any time between 1-16 October will do).

Send your story afterwards to petrogrobler@telkomsa.net please and if you have a 125-Buff, a pic to admin.mag@mcsa.org.za

******************************************************************** 4) 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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5)  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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6) 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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7) 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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8)  SNIPPETS

 

THE WESTERN CAPE CLIMBING PROVINCIAL LEAD COMPETITION

http://www.westerncapeclimbing.co.za/

 

 LOS SUPERTRAMP BLOG

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

AFROMONT-MT KILIMANJARO MOUNTAIN RESEARCH MEETING 22-26 FEBRUARY 2017

Please diarise the above dates for the 2017 AfroMont-Mt Kilimanjaro African Mountain Research meeting, hosted by the Mt Kili research programme based at Moshi.    http://mri.scnatweb.ch/en/networks/mri-africa

 

AMERICA’S MOST REMOTE SITE

 

The undiscovered side of Yellowstone - the most remote place in the contiguous 48 states, the farthest you can go to get away from it all – the only place you can be more than 20 miles from a road – is deep in the south-eastern corner of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/25/yellowstone-national-parklimate change will mean the end of

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CLIMATE CHANGE WILL MEAN THE END OF NATIONAL PARKS AS WE KNOW THEM

 

After a century of shooing away hunters, tending to trails and helping visitors enjoy the wonder of the natural world, the guardians of America’s most treasured places have been handed an almost unimaginable new job – slowing the all-out assault climate change is waging against national parks across the nation.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/22/climate-change-national-parks-

 

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

  

QUOTE

‘If in normal conditions it is skill, which counts, in such extreme situations, it is the spirit, which saves.’  Walter Bonatti

 

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