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2015-06

In this bulletin:

1) Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser

2) National Committee 2015

3) National Committee AGM

4) Message from the President

5) Origin Mountain Festival – Umgeni Valley KZN – 13-16 June 2015

6) July Camp – 27 June – 11 July 2015

7) National Meet: Baviaanskloof 5-12 September 2015

8) Annual Dinner - Feedback

9) Alpine Journals missing!

10) Expedition to Indian Himalaya – 20 August – 30 September2015

11) Mountain protection Award –Deadline

12) UIAA News

13) Facebook and web pages

14) Section News

15) Snippets

16) Any newsworthy items

 

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1) NEPAL EARTHQUAKE

 

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE FUNDRAISER

The eyes of the world have moved from the double tragedy that occurred in Nepal a month ago, and are focused on other areas of disaster and conflict.  And the plight of the people of Nepal has remained, and in fact is worsening as the Monsoon moves in. Over half a million homes were destroyed. The death toll rose to over 8 000.  Nepalese – those who have managed to get them – are living in tents.

 

Our appeal is continuing and will continue until 10 July 2015. Concern has been raised about who the beneficiary of the MCSA’s fundraising will be. At this time we are still evaluating NGOs carefully and no decision has yet been made. But we can reassure members that the funds raised will not be given to the Nepalese Government, but to an NGO that has an established track record.

 

To those of you who have donated generously already, a sincere - Thank You.

 

Donations can be paid into the following current bank account:

MOUNTAIN CLUB OF SOUTH AFRICA, JHB SECTION

Bank:  Nedbank Killarney

Acc #: 1916 044 239

Branch #: 191605

REFERENCE:  (your) SURNAME (+) NEPAL   (this is very important please)

 

For audit and balancing purposes it is important to send proof of payment to jennyapaterson@gmail.com   All donations will be acknowledged.

 

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2) NATIONAL COMMITTEE 2015

 

The national affairs of the MCSA are seen to by a committee consisting of the chairmen of its 14 Sections and three elected officers. At the MCSA AGM held on 9 May 2015, the following persons were elected to the Executive Committee:

President: Terry White president@mcsa.org.za

Treasurer: Andrew Warren treasurer@mcsa.org.za

Deputy President: Brian Lambourne

Additional members of the Executive Committee: Peet Badenhorst and Grant Rens.

Secretary: secretary@mcsa.org.za Daniel Reinecke.

 

The convenors of the MCSA national standing committees are: Access: Roy Kendall; Conservation: Maretha Alant; Expeditions: Ulrike Kiefer; IT: Michael van Breda; Medical: Eckart von Delft; Outreach: Camilla Adelle, Search and Rescue: Rob Thomas; Youth: Jenny Paterson.

 

The chairmen of the MCSA Sections are (see the Section Web Pages for their contact details):

Amajuba: Hermann Kuhne; Cape Town: Brian Lambourne; Eastern Province: Magnus Wagener; Free State: Jacques Raubenheimer; Hottentots-Holland: Viljoen Thom; Johannesburg: Grant Rens; KwaZulu-Natal: Gavin Raubenheimer; Magaliesberg: John Fletcher; Namibia: Roland Graf, Paarl-Wellington: Wouter Jordaan; South Cape: Greg Devine; Stellenbosch: Peet Badenhorst; Tygerberg: Johan Botha; Worcester: Tom Jourdan.

 

PHOTOGRAPH OF THOSE ATTENDING THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEETING 9 MAY AT CAPE TOWN CLUBHOUSE

 

https://sites.google.com/a/mcsa.org.za/mcsa/contacts/MCSA%20National%20committee%202015.jpg?attredirects=0&d=1

 

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3) NATIONAL COMMITTEE AGM 9 MAY 2015

 

Terry White introduced Phiko Mbuqe who is the Senior Sport and Recreation Coordinator of the Sport and Recreation Service Providers (Funding Unit), of the Department of Sport and Recreation of South Africa (SRSA) and asked him to speak to the meeting about how the Department could become involved in the objectives and programmes of the MCSA.

            Phiko Mbuqe explained that SRSA assists national federations of sport and recreation organizations with their development goals. The Department has recently provided R150 000 to the MCSA’s outreach programmes and  looks forward to  receiving another funding application from the MCSA for the new financial year.

 

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4) MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

At the excellent Annual MCSA Dinner hosted by the Southern Cape Section, I was asked to outline where I saw the Club and where we were heading in the future. In summary, I believe we face five challenges – all of which relate to our relevance as a Club, and in the communities in which we operate.

 

Firstly we need to be thinking about the activities that call themselves ‘climbing’. We need to become more relevant to sports climbing, bouldering, competition climbing and gym climbing, as many, if not most of the participants in these areas are not members of the MCSA. Secondly, we need to revisit our role as landowners in South Africa, as the government is currently discussing far-reaching laws which govern land ownership. Thirdly, we probably need to expand our thinking in terms of conservation – conserving the wider mountain areas is not going to be achieved by the MCSA alone, and we need to ally ourselves with as many conservation bodies as possible.

 

Fourthly, we need to give a lot of thought to our demographics - we need to be actively trying to recruit members of the representative race groups if we are to remain relevant in South Africa in the future. And if we can’t recruit, we need to ally ourselves with other representative clubs and bodies. Finally we need to work hard at providing value and relevance to younger people in the climbing community.

 

None of this will be easy, or indeed will be agreed on by all Sections and members, so the first step is to open the dialogue. However I do believe the MCSA with its proud history, and its reputation in terms of the mountains, rescue, conservation and land ownership, is well placed to meet these challenges. As you will see elsewhere in this newsletter the Cape Town section has already embarked on this journey, and we can learn from them.

-          Terry White

 

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5)  ORIGIN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL – UMGENI VALLEY KZN – 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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6)  JULY CAMP – 27 JUNE – 11 JULY 2015

 

The 2015 JULY CAMP will be held at HIGHMOOR, a very beautiful part of the Berg.   Families are most welcome (we've had an under three year-old and several over eighties, two of whom went to the top!), so age is no barrier. Nor do you have to be a member of MCSA or a recognised hiking or climbing club.  Visitors are most welcome. Day walkers are every bit as important, and as welcome as the fittest 5 day trippers! The Camp is earlier than usual to accommodate school holidays.  The Committee really looks forward to seeing you at the 2015 July Camp in the build up to our Centenary Camp!   Book early! 

N.B.There are some mistakes in the brochure!

The most important one is that on the application form, Mike Coke's e-mail has not been changed to  cokemd@thecokes.co.za

The second one is that the distance from the Car Park to the Base Camp site was omitted.  (1.6 kilometres.)  The information brochure and application form are at:

https://sites.google.com/a/mcsa.org.za/mcsa/home/July%20Camp%202015%20announcement%20%26%20Application%20form.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

 

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7) NATIONAL MEET: BAVIAANSKLOOF 5-12 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

 This year the Eastern Province Section is hosting the annual MCSA National Camp in the remote and magnificent Baviaanskloof. This famous valley kloof and its majestic mountains are well known throughout South Africa for their rugged, unique character, but while they are well known not many people have had the chance to camp there and to explore the surrounding mountains. The kloof is bordered to the south by the majestic Kouga Mountain wilderness with many high peaks and magnificent kloofs, and to the north by the equally magnificent Baviaanskloof range. High peaks include Kougakop, Smutsberg and Sipoonskop to the south and Scholtzberg and Mac to the north. With gorges, krantzes and peaks, the area is a paradise for the mountaineer.

       The base-camp will be held on the farm “Doornkloof” in a well set up campsite which is about 90 minutes’ scenic drive from Willowmore. Ordinary two wheel drive vehicles can access “Doornkloof” campsite from Willowmore without any difficulty. One can also enter the kloof from Patensie, but then a 4x4 is needed. The chosen campsite is well prepared with good facilities and is on the banks of the Baviaanskloof River. Swimming in the dam at the camp and in pools in the gorges is possible for those not bothered by cold. There will be space for a large number, with numerous camping sites and braaing/cooking areas. A number of toilets and showers are provided.

       Parties will go out on day trips and longer trips to climb and explore the various high points in the range. The day trips will range from easy to moderately strenuous, while the longer trips will be more demanding. Sub-camps may be held at Scholtzberg and in the Kouga Mountains, providing access to these areas. Mountain biking and a four or five day cycling circuit of the Kougas may be arranged.

The National Camp will be held from Saturday 5th to Saturday 12th September 2015. There will be a welcome braai, with traditional braai food provided, on the evening of the 5th and a farewell get together on the evening of the 12th. Members must provide all their own food (except for the welcome braai and farewell function) and equipment, including tents. The application form: http://baviaans2015.epmcsa.org.za/     Baviaanskloof National Camp email: baviaans2015@epmcsa.org.za

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8) ANNUAL DINNER

To celebrate the South Cape Section’s 10th birthday the MCSA Annual Dinner was held on the upper deck at Salina’s Beach restaurant in Wilderness. 57 MCSA members attended - 9 of our guests attended from other sections, including our president Mr. Terry White.

 

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9) ALPINE JOURNALS MISSING!

 

NB:  Journals are for reference only they may not be taken out of the library.

 

Alpine Journals for 2007 – 2009/10 and the American Alpine Journals 2009 and 2012 have gone missing!  They could have been borrowed!!!  Has anyone – maybe a Chairman, a Journal Editor - got them and forgotten?  The MCSA receives reciprocal copies of Journals from such places as Scotland and New Zealand. Members can access interesting and valuable information about mountaineering and the climbing world and its personalities.

 

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10) EXPEDITION TO INDIAN HIMALAYA – 20 AUGUST –30 SEPTEMBER 2015

Writes Marianne Schwankhart (marianne@dragontree.co.za): Miya valley is in the Himalaya, India, just east off the Rotang pass.  There are many unclimbed peaks.  We’re hoping to do some long new rock routes and maybe some existing.  We were planning on a 5 week trip, at the end of July that will give use close to 4 weeks in the mountains, but have been advised to go a bit later for better weather so thinking of 20 August to 30 September. We would fly to Delhi; take an overnight bus to Manali and shop. Take a jeep ride to Udaipur, and a 2/3 day walk to BC.  I’m in contact with a couple of outfits in India to try and get the best quote but a lot of them aren’t reliable with emails so it makes me doubt their logistics reliability.  One guy is very good and knows a lot (from research he’s also assisted loads of other expeditions) but his prices are rather high for just two of us.  The more people who join the expedition the more the expenses are shared.

 

1 - Vehicle - 52,000 - R10 000 (for one day’s driving there and back – Manali up Rotang pass)

2 - Horses - 100,800 - R20 000 (7 horses to drop us and fetch us – charged for 12 days there and back)

3 - Guide - 101,500 - R20 000 (for 3 weeks – mostly parking off in BC)

4 - Helper - 58,000 - R11 000 (mostly so guide has company - won’t be in BC alone)

5 - Tents, utensils, gas bottles etc rentals - 29,000 -  R5 500

 

If this appeals to anyone, they can contact me and I’ll tell them more.

Marianne Schwankhart:  082 296 9657  W : www.dragontree.co.za

 

 

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11) MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD

 

The deadline for nomination for the US $ 5,000 Mountain Protection Award for Stewardship sponsored by Western University and Golden Rock Travel of Azerbaijan is 31 July 2015 http://www.theuiaa.org/news-222-Nomination-period-opens-for-UIAA-Mountain-Protection-Award.html

 

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12) UIAA NEWS

12.1) UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE A STANDALONE EVENT

The UIAA Ice Climbing Commission has decided to make the UIAA Ice Climbing World Championship a separate event from the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. http://www.theuiaa.org/news.html

 

12.2)  UIAA CELEBRATES 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH OLYMPIC MOVEMENT

Two decades ago when sport climbing was in its infancy, the International Olympic Committee recognized the UIAA as the first international body to represent climbing and mountaineering. http://www.theuiaa.org/news.html

 

12.3) MOUNTAINEERING COMMISSION MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

An agreement has been signed between the UIAA Mountaineering Commission, the Japan Mountaineering Association (JMA) and rescue groups to share accident and rescue data as part of a project to develop a worldwide accidents database run by the UIAA. http://www.theuiaa.org/news.html

12.4) YOSEMITE FILM WINS UIAA AWARD FOR BEST CLIMBING

Valley Uprising, an American film that traces the recent history of climbing in the Yosemite Valley through interviews with living legends is the winner of the UIAA Award for Best Climbing Film at the Trento Film Festival.http://www.theuiaa.org/news.html

 

12.5) ROCK CLIMBERS AWARD

Every year the UIAA will choose the best male and female rock climbers from among athletes participating in different events around the world. The climbers will be chosen by a group of experts based on criteria established by an awards assessment team.   A prize purse of CHF 2’000 will be shared among the male and female winners. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-256-UIAA-announces-Rock-Climbers-Award.html

 

13) 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

Magaliesberg Section’s new web page: www.mcsamagalies.co.za

‎Namibia:  http://www.mcnam.org/ - new domain!!                                               

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

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

Tygerberghttps://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

 

CAPE TOWN SECTION: OUTREACH SOCIAL BRAAI

 

In an effort to get various groups doing community hikes together, MCSA CT's Outreach Programme hosted a very social social at the clubhouse on May 23. Our own Outreachers, as well as new volunteers and representatives of Hikers Network, CPMC, HH, H4H and Leliebloem got together to share ideas and, of course, braai. It was a great opportunity to swap stories and ideas and make plans to work closer together, share training opportunities and get more people on the mountain. 

If you have any ideas, or want to join MCSA Outreach, contact Camilla (camillaadelle@gmail.com) or Hanlie (hanliegouwsrsa@gmail.com

YOUTH PROGRAMME – SOMETHING FOR THE LITTLE ONES

Cape Town Section members with children may be interested to know that we now have a Youth Programme which caters for the younger generation, exposing them to the joys and rewards of mountain-related activities at early ages. Members' children aged six and upwards who have been registered as Family Members are eligible to participate in the activities offered. For 2015  dates and more information: www.mcsacapetown.co.za/youth-programme.

 

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15) SNIPPETS

 

15.1) MCSA NATIONAL – HELP NEEDED

 

There is an urgent need for members to help with Public Relations, Administration, Sponsorships and the MCSA’s 125th birthday in 2016. If you can help please contact daniel.reinecke@gmail.com  

 

15.2) BERNIE THERON VOTED NIGHTJAR ADVENTURER 2015

 

 http://www.nightjartravel.com/magazine/winners-nightjar-adventurer-2015

15.3) AMERICAN ALPINE CLUB SEEKS CLIMBERS – 2015 INTERNATIONAL CLIMBERS MEET

  http://www.theuiaa.org/events-168-International-Climbers-Meet-at-Joshua-Tree.html

 

15.4) TALL TREES

People from tree climbers –Stellenbosch, climbed two of the large yellowwood trees on the Blouberg. They measured 40.15m and 40 m which makes them the highest indigenous trees in the country, higher than the Tall Tree at Tsitsikama.

 

15.5) IDENTIFYING FROGS

 

Cliff Dorse will happily help identify frogs for members. clifford.dorse@capetown.gov.za

 

15.6) EDEN TO ADDO GREAT CORRIDOR HIKE -SEPTEMBER

This takes place every September and there are still places available.  

 ROUTE: Starting in the Garden Route National Park, across the Tsitsikamma and Kouga mountains to the wilderness of the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site, over the to T’Numqua peak into the Springbokvlakte and ending in the Addo Elephant National Park.

     IT’S UNIQUE: Traversing FIVE distinct biomes: coastal forest, fynbos, succulent karoo, nama karoo, subtropical-thicket, it is the most biodiverse corridor on earth. You will walk through areas where the last truly free elephants, black rhino and buffalo still roam without fences to hamper their movement. You will follow the spoor of leopard, bush buck and red hartebeest.

      BENEFITS: The Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative is a non-profit Public Benefit Organization. All money raised contributes to building essential conservation corridors on private land linking nature reserves from Robberg to Addo and thereby allowing for free movement of all species.

      LOGISTICS:  Safari-style mobile camps that is fully catered with delicious meals.  Limited to 20 participants.  Advanced registration essential.  http://www.edentoaddo.co.za/hike-the-e2a-corridor Or call +27 44 5331627.  

 

15.7) REGISTRATION FOR THE X1V WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS -7 – 11 September 2015 DURBAN

 

The Congress will be the most significant opportunity in 2015 for the world’s foresters and forest supporters to share expertise and experience, forge new partnerships and define a coherent, global vision of the roles of forests and forestry in sustainable development.
To register and book accommodation, please visit the conference website

 

15.8) EVEREST IS LOWER AFTER THE APRIL/MAY EARTHQUAKES

  

 Before the April/May earthquakes Everest was 8848m high but a satellite image has shown that it is now lower by 2,5cm. It is said that it will grow back at about 1cm per year. Kathmandu is at a bit higher altitude after the earthquakes. http://en.cyplive.com/ru/news/everest-stal-nizhe-iz-za-zemletryaseniya-v-nepale.htm

 

15.9) STUDY – MOST GLACIERS IN MOUNT EVEREST AREA WILL DISAPEAR WITH CLIMATE CHANGE

 

About 5,500 glaciers could disappear or drastically retreat by the end of the century with severe impacts on farming and hydropower, say scientists

http://www.mtnforum.org/content/most-glaciers-mount-everest-area-will-disappear-climate-change-%E2%80%93-study

 

15.10) ARMAGEDDON CAVE VIDEO

Only an hour away from Johannesburg lies a cave caused by a meteor crash 2 billion years ago and never before known to man – until now.  In a global exclusive, Carte Blanche cameras descend into an astonishing section.

Click here to view the Armageddon Cave Video on carteblanche.com

See also the article on cavingnews.com


 Quote

 

"I've climbed with some of the best climbers in the world, more importantly, to me; they are some of the best people in the world. That's another reason why I climb."    — Jim Wickwire.


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

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