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In this news bulletin:

1)            Watmough Book Tender

2)            Journal 2013

3)            Journal 2014

4)            Boulder comp, Cape Town - 20 September

5)            National Meet, Klein Drakenstein – 5-11 October – day walks too!!

6)            FEAT, Johannesburg - 2 October

7)            Reel Rock Tour, Cape Town – 3 October

8)            Boven Mountain Festival - 3-5 October

9)            Banff Mountain Film Festival – 24-31 October

10)          Climb for a Life, Silvermine – 12 October

11)          Morocco 1994 reunion – 30 November

12)          South African National Lead Competition -4-5 October

13)          Access to Hilton College crags, KZN

14)          Brandberg access – Namibia

15)          SA Mountain Magazine 50th issue

16)          UIAA News

17)          Section News

18)          Facebook and web pages

19)          Snippets

20)          Stirring the pot

21)          Any newsworthy items






Dr Richard Watmough, an entomologist and long-standing member of the Magaliesberg Section bequeathed his collection of rare and valuable books to the Magaliesberg Section. These books deal with a wide variety of topics mainly relating to the natural world; trees, animals, birds, insects, butterflies, etc. Some of these books are very valuable, some are Africana and some have been out of print for a long time. The books will be on tender for two months, starting from 7 Aug 2014 and ending on Friday 5 October 2014. More  info:

A list of the books:




2) JOURNAL 2013


The 2013 Journal is available from your Section. Please collect as postage is expensive and there is a lot of hassles with returned post too.

It has a new-look, soft cover, compliments of the Editor, Jenny Paterson, saving you R5/copy on R80/copy (plus savings on postage). Feedback from members about the new format can be made by replying to this mail (but please cut the message text).






Annually, members are invited to apply for the position of Journal Editor. Please contact Petro (; 073 401 7590) by 18 September – also if you are willing to assist with editing, advertising etc. The 2014 Editor will be appointed in October.




4) BOULDER COMP, CAPE TOWN – 20 September za/2014/08/cityrock-boulder-competition/






The Paarl-Wellington Section will host the 2014 National Meet during the October school holidays from 5-11 October. There will be 3-4 day hikes per day from very easy to quite active (3A-C tot 1A). Provision will be made for children so parents can attend longer hikes.

The hikes will take place in the Paarl/Wellington area and at PW’s wonderful Krom River Hut. It is a beautiful environment and the fynbos will be in bloom. Base camp is on Olive Glen Mountain Farm at the foot of the old DuToits Kloof tunnel, Klein Drakenstein, Paarl Hot showers, flush toilets, free wood and all.   There will be a braai on 10 October.  Bookings have to be made through Avril Powrie: 082 921 4325,   Map and proposed hikes at: 






Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks (FEAT) is a one-night only evening of talks by South African adventures. 10 speakers have only seven minutes to speak about an aspect of a recent expedition and they also show images. Topics range from surf ski to mountaineering, climbing, fat biking, and polar travel, expedition running and biking.  Tickets (R190): book online  Speakers include: Ryno Griesel and Cobus van Zyl. Ryno currently co-holds the record for the 210km Drakensberg Grand Traverse (DGT) with Ryan Sandes. Photo wall in the foyer. Doors open at 18h30. The show starts at 19h00.  for details of the evening, adventure news and videos of talks from past events. Info: Lisa




7) REEL ROCK TOUR, Cape Town - 3 October


REEL ROCK 9 will feature Valley Uprising, which follows the evolution of climbing and the birth of a lifestyle in Yosemite National Park.

CityROCK Climbing Gym, 19 :30, R60 at the door, contact:






Since 2002, the Waterval Boven Roc Rally has been hosted annually in the spring and it was run by Alex and Gustav van Rensburg. The climbing community would like to thank them heartily. This year the reigns have been passed on and the scope of the event extended to include trail running, mountain biking and slack liners. It has been renamed the Boven Mountain Festival. Tuks Exploratio will also participate. There will be a new scoring system, a raffle ticket reward system and online registration. Website:  Info: Ebert Nel (






The Banff Mountain Film Festival 2014 programme can be found at:

For the first time in PE! Also in Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria.




10) CLIMB FOR A LIFE, Silvermine – 12 October


Sunday, October 12th, SA Mountain, together with The Sunflower Fund will hold a “CLIMB for a LIFE” climbathon at the Silvermine Crags to raise money for this worthwhile cause. You don’t have to be a climber! There will be experienced climbers to show you the ropes, so if you’ve always wanted to try your hand at a bit of rock climbing, now is your chance. Every little bit helps and your presence will go a long way.






Sunday 30th November 2014 from 5.00p.m at the MCSA Cape Town Clubhouse.  Participants and friends: Come and join us!  Get your old team together, plan your food around your favourite Moroccan dishes, bring whatever paraphernalia you still have, carpets, cushions, clothes and a gazebo or tent.  Let’s recreate some of the fun and memories we enjoyed back then.  Friends, family and especially those who hoped to come but didn't, are invited. (There was a red-headed belly dancer with a jewel in her navel!)   You can bring mint tea and your favourite wines. The bar will be open. If you were the photographer in your party, photos on Power Point would add extra atmosphere.  Given enough interest, we will also organise a local and reasonably level hike in the morning.  Group leaders, get your girls together and let me know who can make it.  Looking forward to your emails:  Annette Mason 0282715591 / 073567 8954 






The South African National Lead Competition will take place this year on the 4th and 5th of October at City ROCK gym in Cape Town.






Hilton College approached the KZN Section regarding climbers on their cliffs. Due to changes at the school they have had to start charging mountain bikers, birders etc who use the estate.  The MCSA now pays R1000 per year for its members to have access to the climbs. There are three conditions:

a) Climbers must carry their MCSA ID cards with the relevant year sticker on the back. This is to be shown to the security staff at the gate.

b) Inform the estate manager, Deren Coetzer before arriving so that your name can be put on the security booking sheet at the gate.

c) Sign out when leaving.

Note:  The MCSA card is for climbing only.






Brandberg access remains unchanged. Hikers have to apply for a leisure & recreational activities permit at the National Heritage Council of Namibia. Contact:  Mr Karipi (Tel: +264 61 244 375)   N$ 150.00 per permit max 7 hikers.  Any Brandberg hike must be accompanied by a local guide from the Tsiseb Conservancy. Cost of the guide 300.00 N$ per the trip of max 4 days.  The permit office in Windhoek will organise a guide. (Thanks to Roland Graf for the update).






SA Mountain Magazine reached a milestone: 50th issue. Congratulations to Cape Town Section member, Tony Lourens, editor and publisher, on reaching this milestone. Tony donated 50 copies for delegates to the upcoming General Assembly of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (the UIAA), of which the MCSA is a member (Thanks Tony!).






16.1) UIAA YOUTH TRAINING SEMINAR, 15-19 AUGUST, MAGALIESBERG – FEEDBACK: The UIAA MCSA Global Youth Training Seminar was held at the Maretlwane Bush Camp in the Magaliesberg and was attended by Mountain Clubs from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.  The seminar was run by Brett Nicolson and organised by Jenny Paterson, with guest speakers from the South African National Climbing Federation’s George Stainton (President) and Paul Bruyere (Coaching and Competitions Portfolio), Rob Tomas and Hector Pringle.  The seminar focused on Youth in our Mountains and the best way to teach them and train them with a staunch emphasis on safety and protection.  The programme consisted of working with Youth for Mountain Walking and Rock Climbing.  The Rock Climbing went deeper into how to coach kids climbing as well as where their climbing careers could take them from earning the South African Protea Badge and travelling the world to attend the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Cup and World Championship competitions.  Each country’s Mountain Club representatives left the seminar with greater perspective and new visions on how to proceed with their individual youth programmes and how each country can work together to show our Youth why our mountains and environment are so precious to us and how they can help. The UIAA Youth Commission provided generous funding to the MCSA to host this seminar.


16.2)  2nd International Rock Climbing Research Congress, Pontresina, Switzerland – 15-19 September 2014: The conference will highlight the latest results from world leading researchers in the field of sports climbing; ice climbing and mountaineering including an opportunity to climb Piz Palü.


16.3) THE 7TH EUROPEAN HYPOXIA SYMPOSIUM 19th-21st September 2014:  (From Molecules to Mt.Everest – From Science to Practice) which includes the UIAA Medical Commission as a partner will take place at the training centre of the German Federal Police at Kührointalm near Berchtesgaden at the base of Watzmann and above Königssee





Nothing in particular: see the Section web pages





National: https:\\\pages\Mountain-Club-of-South-Africa\181163071916739

MCSA Search and Rescue Facebook Page

Cape Town:


Free State





‎Namibia: - new domain!!!



Links for all section's webpages are all on the national webpage.





19.1) IFSC CLIMBING YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES – SAMANTHA STAINTON: Samantha Stainton, the South African girl climber who accompanied the IFSC to the Nanjing Sports Lab at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games this August talks about what she loves about climbing!


19.2) SUCCESSFUL EXPEDITION TO MOZAMBIQUE’S SECOND HIGHEST MOUNTAIN: Lost Mountain Success: New Species, a New Route, and a Conservation Plan Underway. Scientists, conservation workers, climbers, filmmakers, students, and volunteers,  the whole Lost Mountain Team spent four weeks in May-June 2014 exploring and documenting ecological diversity and conservation potential in a region of isolated granite domes in eastern Africa.  

RESEARCH - Discovery of one new snake species; CLIMB - Establishment of the first technical climbing route on Mozambique’s Mt. Namuli;                                                                                                                            CONSERVE - Completion of the first integrated conservation plan for Mt. Namuli; SHARE THE STORY - The Lost Mountain Film will be released in 2015


19.3) MOUNTAIN TEAM DELIVERS BABY IN THE ALPS: Outside Online reports that a team of mountain rescuers had to climb up to a remote mountain hut in Austria's Tyrol region to assist a woman who had gone into premature labour. The woman was 24-weeks pregnant when she set out on her alpine trek, and was at an altitude of about 8200 feet (2500 meters) when she went into labour.


19.4) CLIMBERS DIE AFTER FALL FROM MONT BLANC:  Two climbers and their guide have fallen 800m to their death in the Mont Blanc range.  The deaths came just days after six climbers fell 250m to their death on another peak, the Aiguille d’Argentiere, and brings to 20 the number of deaths or missing since the beginning of the climbing season.


19.5) REINHOLD MESSNER – EYE OPENING INTERVIEW: On the eve of his 70th birthday mountaineering legend Reinhold Messner talks about the challenges he sought as a younger man and gives his strong opinions on life, death and the mountains.


19.6) WOMENS CLIMBING SYMPOSIUM – GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM – 27 SEPT 2014: The Women's Climbing Symposium is being held at The Climbing Academy in Glasgow with some of the leading female climbers from around the world. If you purchase a full WCS ticket you will be able to sign up for 2 of the 4 one hour coaching workshops with some of the most experienced female coaches in the UK.


19.7) VIDEO – URBAN ASCENTS WITH ALEX HONNOLD: Is there anything that Alex Honnold can't climb? After watching this video, you'll probably be asking yourself the same question. It is 5+ minutes of Alex doing his thing in all kinds of urban settings. It is footage of the talented rock climber acting like Spider-man.


19.8) AFRICA FUSION OFFICIAL TRAILER: Africa Fusion features Alex Honnold and Hazel Findlay climbing in South Africa (and Spitzkoppe in Namibia) – they visit Yellowwood, Waterval  Boven, Blouberg, Table Mountain, Cape Town crags and more.


19.9) NAIROBI – INVESTMENT IN CLIMBING CHANGE ADAPTION: Investment in climate change adaptation can help ensure that the impacts of climate change, including a projected 20-50 percent decline in water availability - do not reverse decades of development progress in Africa according to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Full report at:


19.10) KAYAKING THE RELENTLESS RIVER OF EVEREST IN NEPAL: Ben Stookesberry was joined by Nepalese paddler Surjan Tamang on a journey to explore the Dudh Kosi River a stretch of water that traces its origins to Mt. Everest, but over the years has carved out its own identity.


19.11) K2 EXPEDITION ‘WOMEN CLIMBING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE’: Three young women climbers from Nepal – Maya Sherpa, Dawa Yangzum Sherpa and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa successfully summited K2 at about 14.45 local time on July 26th  A new world record as the first women from Nepal to summit the second highest peak in the world.


19.12) ASIAN TREKKING NEWSLETTER: The newsletter - from Ang Tshering Sherpa, President of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) contains:

             Update on the tragic avalanche on Mt. Everest

             The opening of new peaks for mountaineering in Nepal

             Efforts to collect and publish information about Peaks in Nepal

             Dawa Steven's participation in recent public events

             A summary of expeditions organized or supported by Asian Trekking in the past spring climbing season


19.13) FRANKFURT SCHOOL – UNEP COLLABORATING CENTRE FOR CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FINANCE: In order to raise public awareness and pave the way for an increased use of renewable energies the Centre carries out projects on a global scope but with a strong focus on Africa where a transfer to green energy has great potential. The Centre combines research and project implementation on the ground in their Nairobi, Kenya office. In this effort the Centre presents the next edition of its newsletter offering a transparent look into its recent activities and international project work.


19.14) MOUNTAINEERING RESEARCH SURVEY: Mountaineering researchers from Columbia University have requested help in a short online survey.  Take part in the survey at:


19.15)  The Mountain Research Initiative requests your help in identifying:

 1) Recent evidence-based assessments of mountain areas that address, directly or obliquely, sustainable mountain development (SMD) and,

2) Datasets that you believe are relevant to such assessments. This is the first step toward a set of sessions and roundtable at Perth III, Mountains of Our Future Earth that focus on assessments of sustainable mountain development. MRI is prepared to develop this theme of quantitative and comprehensive assessments through virtual and real meetings with interested parties between now and October 2015, and invites you to become a part of that effort.

19.16)  NEW UAE HIKING WEBSITE- DUBAI: This website gives various hikes in the Hajjar and other mountain ranges, including in the northern RAK emirate, some 'wadi's' (dry river beds) in Fujaira emirate,  and  some across the Oman border.  New hikes are being added constantly.




20) STIRRING THE POT – a new monthly!


What if a new Section is founded in the southern suburbs of Cape Town?

Is Cape Town Section not perhaps too big and unwieldy? Can one have a Club ‘atmosphere/vibe’ in such a big Section? Advantages and disadvantages?

Comments by replying to this mail BUT please cut the text of the newsletter before sending. Feedback in the next edition of eNews.



21) Any newsworthy items for inclusion in MCSA National News can be sent to the Editor, Bridget Carrick:



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