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2014-12

1) Message for the festive season – Petro

2) BMC International Summer Climbing Meet: North Wales, Llanberis Pass, 10 to 17 May 2015

3) MCSA Journal – Call for submissions

4)  50TH Anniversary of the opening of the Johnson Hut – 1964

5) United Nations Mountain Protection Day – 11 December 2014

6)  Supertramp Award - 2015

7)  Annual War Memorial Service – February 2015

8)) Black Diamond Tradathon – March 2015

9)  Origin Mountain Festival – Umgeni Valley KZN - June 2015

10) Morocco Reunion - Feedback

11) Salmon Skyrun - Feedback

12) Conservation

13) Du Toits Kloof Hut – new arrangement to access

14) Route Descriptions in KZN and other areas

15) Photos of Magaliesberg

16) UIAA News

    16.1)       UIAA Global Summit Mixed Climbing Competition – US – 30 December 2014

    16.2)       Athlete Registration for 2015 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup Tour

    16.3)      Climbers against Cancer T-Shirts Available through UIAA Office

    16.4)      International Youth Climbing Camp at Ariege – July 2015

    16.5)      UAAA is 20 years old

17) Section News

18) Facebook and web pages

19)  Snippets

20) Stirring the Billy by Scops Owl

21)  Any newsworthy items

 

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1) MESSAGE FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

 

December holidays/Christmas…. For me it always had been a time to escape and climb mountains, especially in the Cape.

                Once I had a sunburnt face that looked like camouflage material; once I nearly drowned on a ledge in a 72-hour deluge in the mountains at Swellendam (and ticked off a helicopter ride by our world-famous SAR team).

                Some people who had joined me on those trips sadly are not there anymore; some will be traversing the Klein Swartberg this December with their offspring.  All in all, how wonderful to be able to go to the mountains!

                I wish all members at least a bit of the mountains over this holiday period: even if it is catching up on reading your 2013 Journal. And may you all enjoy a lot of mountains in 2015 and take your friends, family and also sommer some strangers with. All the best for 2015!

-          Petro

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2) BMC INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CLIMBING MEET: NORTH WALES, LLANBERIS PASS. 10-17 MAY 2015

           

The BMC is pleased to announce that next year’s BMC International Summer Climbing Meet ‘Giving back to where we climb’ will be located in the majestic Llanberis Pass of North Wales which has some of the best traditional climbing in Britain:

 

Successful applicants will be teamed up with a British based host climber each day and they will take you out climbing. Partnerships will be changed every few days so that you get to climb with different people. There will be an optional Trad Clinic (placing runners, building belays, belaying with two ropes) by James McHaffie on the first morning, one day’s stewardship work for Snowdonia National Park and several evening presentations throughout the week.

 

The MCSA can put forward the names of two representatives, ideally one female and one male, who must be a minimum of 18 years of age, have at least two years’ experience if traditional lead climbing (placement and removal of protection).  Preference will be given to people who have not attended a BMC International Meet before. If the meet is oversubscribed, places will be reduced to one per federation. Contact for more detail: Ulrike Kiefer (ukiefer@icon.co.za). Applications to Ulrike by 16 December 2014.

 

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3) MCSA JOURNAL 2014:  - CALL FOR SUBMISSONS

 

Jenny Paterson has been appointed as the Editor of the 2014 Journal. Closing date for submissions is 31 January 2015. If you are interesting in submitting an article please check the MCSA website for the guidelines, style sheet   etc:    http://cen.mcsa.org.za/home/journal . For obituaries, please remember to include a head and shoulders photograph of the deceased as a separate item – the photograph is not to be embedded in the obituary itself.  Submissions can be emailed to:  journal@mcsa.org.za   or jennyapaterson@gmail.com   

 

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4) 50TH ANIVERSARY OF THE OPENING OF THE JOHNSON HUT - 1964

 On Saturday 6 December, and Sunday 7 December, the Hottentots Holland Section will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Johnson Hut, on 16 December 1964. This will be a special occasion for us all, and we would like to invite you and your family to join us on this weekend.   Saturday afternoon, around 16h00, we will have the yearly AGM of the HH Section followed by a braai.

Saturday Evening Braai – Theme - Bavarian Alpine. German sausages and Pretzel bread will be supplied – bring extra food and drink for a long night! Bavarian Alpine clothes if you feel like it. We, as the committee, have decided that this will once again, reminds us all of our dear friend Ulli Deutschlander  

Day walks will be on the cards, for the Saturday and Sunday. Anyone will be welcome to sleep over in the hut (limited space), under the stars, or in your own tent. We will provide fresh water, and there is a beautiful pool for swimming in the Landroskloof River.  To attend please contact: viljoenthom@hotmail.com  Short notice also    welcome, as long as you understand what to expect at the hut.

 

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5) UNITED NATIONS MOUNTAIN PROTECTION DAY – DECEMBER 11 2014

 

International Mountain day is a global observance launched initially at the Headquarters of the United Nations, New York on December 11 2002.  This year, the theme for IMD is Mountain Farming. This is an opportunity to raise awareness about how mountain agriculture, which is predominantly family farming, has been a model for sustainable development for centuries. Family farming in mountain regions is undergoing rapid transformation due to population growth, economic globalization, urbanization and the migration of men and youth to urban areas.

                                             

At the same time, these changes can provide opportunities for local development. People who reside in mountain areas can diversify their income by engaging activities such as tourism, high value mountain products and handicrafts. An enabling policy environment that includes tailored investments could improve farmers’ access to resources and increase their capacity to generate income.   

Posters are available and Sections are invited to use the day to highlight the need to protect mountain environments in their areas. Co-ordination Maretha Alant maretha.alant@sanparks.org    This is linked to -  International Year of Family Farming 2014   International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas (IPROMO) course on mountain family farming, and the FAO/MP publication ‘Mountain Farming is Family Farming’. http://www.fao.org/forestry/internationalmountainday/en/

 

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6)  SUPERTRAMP AWARD 2015  

 

The 2015 MCSA Supertramp Award of up to R15, 000 is available to South African citizens who are no older than 25 years as at 31 December 2014 and who in 2015 will be participating in or leading an expedition of South African mountaineers who are all no older than 25.  Closing date: 5 January 2015.  Information and application forms: MCSA Sections or

MCSA Honorary Secretary:     http://cen.mcsa.org.za/

 

 

 

7) ANNUAL WAR MEMORIAL SERVICE - 2015

 

The Annual War Memorial Service will be held at Maclear’s Beacon on February 22nd 2015. The service commemorates members of the club who have died in the previous year. At the service in February we will in addition commemorate the outbreak of World War 1 and all those who died in the conflict. 

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8) 2015 BLACK DIAMOND TRADATHON

 The 2015 Black Diamond Tradathon will be held in the beautiful Cederberg area, at the famous Wolfberg crags. The event will be held on 14 March 2015.

 

 

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9)  ORIGIN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL – UMGENI VALLEY KZN

 

This event will take place from 13-16 June 2015. The format of the event will be based on the popular mountain festivals overseas where the emphasis is on the celebration of climbing. There will be workshops for beginners, slideshows, slack-lining, night trail runs and other fun events taking place all long weekend. Or you can simply join a crew and go climbing.  And, of course, time will be available to visit some of the other stellar crags in KZN. The event will take place at Umgeni Valley which boasts not only some of the best sport routes in KZN but also accommodates Trad climbers and boulderers. Details to follow:   http://www.climbing.co.za/2014/10/origin-mountain-festival/

 

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10) MOROCCO REUNION – FEEDBACK

 

Approximately 35 people gathered at the Clubhouse in Cape Town on Sunday afternoon the 30th of December to remember the Moroccan adventure. Guests came from near and far notably the UK and Switzerland.  Moroccan dress, jewelry and scarves were in abundance and Moroccan carpets and bougainvillea decorated the boma.  Annette Mason and Sarah Foyle provided a wonderful Moroccan meal. Petro made a surprise visit, heavily disguised!  Old friends reminisced and caught up with each other’s lives. Annette who had organised it all gave a vote of thanks for all those who helped make the occasion a success and the party drank a toast to absent friends. To finish the evening a slide show of photographs taken on the expedition was shown, with good natured comments, speculation and much laughter from the audience.

 

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11)  sALMON sKYRUN – FEEDBACK

 

Iain Don-Wauchope won the 2014 Salomon Skyrun powered by Powertraveller in a new course record of 12:08. Canadian Gary Robbins finished second and South African Jock Green took third place. http://www.on-the-edge.co.za/

 

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12) CONSERVATION

 

Three videos from the MCSA were submitted for viewing to the World Parks Congress (See eNews November): Deanne Kieser of Johannesburg Section organised one at Kings Kloof; from KwaZulu-Natal Section Judith Stiller at Gatberg and Kerry Kee from the top of Pyramid. Thanks to all the ‘actors’, videographers and speech writers who made this possible.

 

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13) DU TOITS KLOOF HUT- NEW ARRANGEMENT TO ACCESS

 

A combination lock has been placed on the hut security gate.  Members please contact the office by phone or email prior to going to the hut to find out the combination.  This should be done for every visit as it is planned to change the combination on a regular basis. The normal hut key will still be required for signing in at the car park and entry to the front door.  Emergencies: Convenor Daniel Reinecke: 0844 084408. Home: 021 975 9319 Office: 021 843 2206.

 

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14)  ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS IN KZN AND OTHER AREAS

 

At present RDs and access information for the various crags in KZN are located in different places.  Some are easily accessible on our MCSA-KZN web site or on ClimbZA. Others are in the hands of various individuals and not easily accessible to the general climbing community.  In the past, RDs for Harrismith Mountain (Platberg) and various obscure crags in and around KZN have been lost and no record of these routes remains.

 

The Committee has decided that it would be advantageous to have this type of information available in a central repository.  Gavin Peckham has offered his services for this purpose.  If you are in possession of any RDs, topos, access information, etc that are not already on record (or even if they are) you are invited to send them to Gavin in any format – even hand written if that is all you have.

 

Please realize that Gavin will not necessarily be responsible for processing any of this information, posting it to the web, etc.  He will simply provide a secure repository for the information, so that it is available to climbers and does not fall through the cracks and disappear.  Gavin's contact details:  Gavin Peckham, P O Box 593, Empangeni, 3880.  Tel: 035 792 4543.  gavin.peckham@gmail.com

 

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15) PHOTOS OF THE MAGALIESBERG

Vincent Carruthers and Kevin Gill are compiling a picture book of the Magaliesberg to mark the probable registration of the Magaliesberg Biosphere next year. They are looking for about 200 really exquisite, high resolution photographs of the Magaliesberg/Cradle of Humankind region in any of the following categories:

SCENERY - beautiful or unusual landscapes, waterfalls, rock formations, etc.

ACTION - hiking, climbing, ballooning, hang-gliding, cycling, boating, etc.

LIFE IN THE MAGALIESBERG - farming, villages, markets, crafts, tourism, etc.

HISTORY - old artefacts, stone walls, fortifications, old buildings, wagons, etc.

FAUNA AND FLORA - birds, mammals, insects, flowers and trees

GENERAL - virtually anything of interest in the region

If you have one or more photographs you would like them to consider, please contact

Vincent Carruthers at vcms@mweb.co.za. Unfortunately they cannot offer a fee for the pictures they use, but all photographs will be fully acknowledged and contributors will receive a copy of the book.

 

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16) UIAA NEWS

 

16.1) UIAA GLOBAL SUMMIT MIXED CLIMBING COMPETITION – US - 30 DECEMBER 2014

 

UIAA Global Youth Summit Mixed climbing (speed and lead) competition event in United States 30 December 2014
This special event for young climbers (15 to 21 years old) will take place in Durango, Atlanta (US) on 30-31 December. Information can be found on the UIAA page:  http://www.theuiaa.org/events-128-UIAA-Youth-Mixed-International-Climbing-Competition-Durango-United-States-2014.html  also on the event website:          www.rockloungedurango.com 

 

The cost is US$55 for the event. Accommodation will be in local hotels.  The organisers will provide transport for the competitors but there is a free trolley bus service.
Participants have to be in Durado on 29th for competition briefing/rules etc.     Registration can be done on-line.

Anyone interested in participating should allow two days travelling to and from the event.  A visa is required for the US.  A small amount of funding may be available:  for more details contact Jenny Paterson on email:     jennyapaterson@gmail.com

 

16.2)  ATHLETE REGISTRATION FOR 2015 UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CUP TOUR

Online registration is now open. Athletes participating can only register online through their federation. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-171-Athlete-registration-for-2015-UIAA-Ice-Climbing-World-Cup-Tour-open.html

 

16.3) CLIMBERS AGAINST CANCER T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE THROUGH UIAA OFFICE

Limited edition T-shirts which proclaim UIAA support for Climbers against Cancer are now on sale.  Please contact the UIAA office. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-169-Climbers-Against-Cancer-T-Shirts-available-through-UIAA-office.html

 

16.4) INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CLIMBING CAMP AT ARIEGE

The French Alpine Federation – Tolouse will host an international Youth Climbing Camp at Ariege, South of France: (120 km from Tolouse)

Date: 04-09 July 2015.  It is possible to stay a few days and to arrive on any day.

Place: Gite Les Oustalous, Les Cabannes. http://www.villagesdebeille.com/oustallous.html

 

Accommodation and Food: Rooms for two people, all meals and lunch packs are provided by the event organiser and will be prepared by the youth.

Staff/leaders: All the staff are qualified to supervise the event; instructors Alpinism or Climbing or Canyoning.

Participants: Young people from 16-24 years old. Participants should lead climb at a minimum of 5b French grade.  We will be offering places to a maximum of 3 participants per country Federation. Participants younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult Climber/coach, who is able to look after them during this meet.

Price:  20 EUR per participant/ per night, payable on arrival to the organiser.

Accommodation, full board, leading and organisational costs are included.

(30 EUR for those accompanying youth under the age of 18.)

Registration Deadline: 28 June 2015

 

16.5) The Union of Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA) is 20 years old and the special birthday was celebrated in grand style at the group’s annual General Assembly held in Hiroshima Japan. http://www.theuiaa.org/newsletter-29-November-2014.html

 

 

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17) SECTION NEWS 

 

FREE STATE SECTION - JOINT MEET NORTHERN PARTS 1-3 May 2015

 

The Free State Section invited the northern sections of the MCSA to a joint three-day hike in the Maluti range in Lesotho from 1 to 3 May 2015. A route of more or less 45 km, starting in the region of the Afri ski resort and covering a beautiful part of the Malutis. Passports and tents are required. The border post can be reached in two hours from  Johannesburg. Thursday night will probably be spent in the Backpackers at Ficksburg. Contact Chris Joubert at: 084 425 5058. or  ccjoubert@gmail.com.   This is an ideal opportunity to see and enjoy the Malutis. Members from ALL Sections are very welcome.

 

JOHANNESBURG SECTION – CONGRATULATIONS TO GREG AND CHERYL DEVINE AND ROB THOMAS

 

Congratulations to Greg and Cheryl Devine on being awarded honorary membership. Congratulations also to Rob Thomas, National SAR convenor on receiving the Chairman’s Award “for his years of dedication to Mountain Search and Rescue in the Northern Regions and at national level, developing the MSAR to be recognised in South Africa and abroad as one of the best organisations in its field.”

 

 

CAPE TOWN SECTION - NOVEMBER 2014 YOUTH CAMP - FEEDBACK

 

Over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd November, the Section’s Youth Program held a Camp at Olive Glen in Wellington.

 

Five small children hiked up the mountain from Olive Glen on the Saturday and explored the river.  They were taught some navigation using a compass and map, as well as some rope work with minimal equipment to assist with kloofing and hiking.  We played around with some “what if” situations and encouraged “mountain sense” in the kids.  On the Sunday, we were joined by two more children and all seven climbed on granite at Paarl Rock for the very first time.  It was a very enjoyable weekend and the children enjoyed the wood-fired pizzas and camping on the Saturday night,

 

Thanks to Eckhardt Conradie for being our guide and to Bruce and Avril Powrie for accommodating us at their farm.

 

NAMIBIA SECTION

 

Namibia Section was founded in 1970 but joined the MCSA in 1984. So it’s been 30 years of solidarity this year. Congratulations!

 

KZN SECTION

 

Jonathon Newman is looking at doing a 13 day Sentinel to Sehlabathebe GT. Either in late December this year or between long weekends, March/ May next year.   Anyone who is interested in joining please let him know. He is willing to take people who haven't done a GT before, provided they are willing to join him on a high Berg hike beforehand.   jonathan.the.ghaznavid@gmail.com

 

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18) FACEBOOK AND WEB PAGES

 National: https:\\www.facebook.com\pages\Mountain-Club-of-South-Africa\181163071916739

MCSA Search and Rescue Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MCSASAR

Cape Town: https://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

Johannesburg: https://www.facebook.com/groups/141752442885/

KZN: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_185119868204602

Magaliesberg:  https://sites.google.com/site/mcsamagaliesberg

‎Namibia:  http://www.mcnam.org/ - new domain!!                                               https://www.facebook.com/groups/162627897488/

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

Stellenbosch: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_132651793466552

Tygerberg: https://www.facebook.com/bksa.tygerberg and

 http://sites.google.com/site/bksatygerberg

 

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

 

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19)  SNIPPETS

 

19.1) HIKERS AND CLIMBERS AGAINST CRIME

The community of Kommetjie has taken a stand against crime on Slangkop Mountain. On December 13th a hike has been organised to protest against crime on the mountain. The hike is symbolic of the mountain user community taking back and restoring peace and safety with the professional approach of SANParks. Details at: http://www.climbing.co.za/2014/11/hikers-and-climbers-against-crime/

 

19.2) NEW WEBSITE - WHATSPECIES

 WhatSpecies is a social platform where users can share their sightings and knowledge of nature.   To celebrate the launch of WhatSpecies, a competition has been launched - The WhatSpecies Biodiversity Challenge.  The competition runs until 31 December 2014 and full details about the challenge can be viewed at:  http://whatspecies.com/challenge

 

19.3) THE AFRICAN MOUNTAIN REGIONAL FORUM

 

The African Mountains Regional Forum, organized by ARCOS in collaboration with a number of partner organisations, was held in Arusha, Tanzania, in October 2014. 

 

African mountains provide indispensable goods and services for communities living in and around them and for downstream and lowland users. However, pressure from increasing human activities and climate change are leading to rapid montane biodiversity loss, land degradation and natural disasters. Measures are urgently needed to put sustainable mountain development measures in place.

 

There is an ongoing need for comprehensive science-based and up-to-date information on mountain biodiversity and human livelihoods in mountainous areas, yet delegates noted that information sharing is often weak because of generally inefficient channels to transfer this information to stakeholders.   The African Mountains Regional Forum will now be established as a formal entity. The idea is to keep the new Forum flexible and able to respond to the challenges of research, science-based decision making, advocacy and policy making. Delegates undertook to step up efforts to 'keep African mountains on the agenda" and press for more sustainable mountain development in Africa. www.events.arcosnetwork.org

 

 

19.4) AFROMONT 21ST SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE OF THE AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF INSECT SCIENTISTS (AAIS)

 

Theme: “Impacts of climate change on insects in Africa: Opportunities and challenges.”  

Applications by 28th February 2015. www.serb-benin.org or www.isac-int.org    sniassy@icipe.org

 

 

 

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20) STIRRING THE BILLY – by Scops Owl

Do members get value from the MCSA being a member of the UIAA?

(Feedback eNews November: No feedback seems to be the pattern).

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

 

 

QUOTE

 

Where hangs the deep blue vault of Heaven,

Star-powdered, flashing gold,

Where sing our hills the same sweet song.

The tale is never old.

Where flaming colours speed the sun,

Where westering shadows glow,

Where everything in nature calls,

Oh pack your kit and go.

 

From the diary of A Jurgans, Cape Town 1911
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