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2015-03

In this news bulletin:

1)  MCSA Elections

2) MCSA Annual General Meeting and Elections

3) MCSA National sub-committees and other positions

4) New Draft Management Plan for Table Mountain National Park

5) Black Diamond Tradathon – 14 March 2015

6) Annual Dinner – 23 May 2015 - Wilderness

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

8) July Camp –   27 June to 11 July

9) National Meet: Baviaanskloof - 5-12 September

10) 125 years of the MCSA - 2016 

11) Mountain Mania at Egu – 12-17 April 2015

12) Additive Adventure 2015-Lost Mountain next Gen symposium – July 10 –July 21

13)  Mountain Club of Zimbabwe – Journal 2015

14) UIAA News

                14.1 IMF Hosts climbathon on Bara Shigri Glacier – deadline 15 March 2015

                14.2 Mountain Protection Award

             14.3 UIAA Ice Climbing World Championship

                14.4 ARISF UIAA Global youth summit camp in Guillestre, France14.5

                14.5 Turkey hosts its first UIAA Global Youth Summit Ice Climbing Training Camp.

                14.6 UIAA courses held for the mountain communities of Ajoun, Dana, Karak and Radi Rum.

             14.7 Popularity of Diploma of Mountain Medicine growing

                14.8 British Mountaineering Council warns about dangerous crampons being sold online

15)  Section News

16)  Facebook and web pages

17) Snippets

18) Members Billboard

19.1 Stirring the billy by Scops Owl – Guest Appearance

19.2 Stirring the billy by Scops Owl – Feedback

20)  Any newsworthy items

 

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1) MCSA ELECTIONS

 

“It is that time of the year where YOU as a member can make a difference to the MCSA by nominating and voting for members on the MCSA Section and National committees OR by making YOURSELF available and effect the changes YOU want. That is what democracy is about: vote them out and vote new ones in!”  

 Best regards, Petro

 

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2) MCSA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND ELECTIONS

 

The AGM of the MCSA will take place on 9 May 2015 at the Cape Town Section Clubhouse. Nominations for the positions of the President, Treasurer and Secretary can be made by any Section by 9 March 2015. Contact your Section or the national Secretary, Daniel Reinecke (secretary@mcsa.org.za), for details and if you would like to propose candidates (or yourself!).

 

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3)  MCSA NATIONAL SUB-COMMITTTEES AND OTHER POSITIONS

 

The MCSA has several national subcommittees and the convenors thereof will be appointed on 9 May. Currently we have: Access (Roy Kendall), Expeditions (Ulrike Kiefer), IT (Michael van Breda), Medical (Eckart von Delft), Mountain Protection (Maretha Alant), Search & Rescue (Rob Thomas) and Youth (vacant). Most of these subcommittee convenors are also corresponding members on the international UIAA Commissions (four-year-terms until 2016). Alan Jarvis is a full member of the UIAA Safety Commission. Rik de Decker is on IKAR MEDCOM (International Commission for Mountain Emergency Medicine).

 

We have on communications: eNews editor (Bridget Carrick), Web &FB Editor (Werner Illenberger) and Journal Editor 2014 (Jenny Paterson). Our honorary auditor is Lester Coelen.

 

All are thanked profusely for their on-going contributions thus far during the past term.

 

If YOU would like to become involved in any way as a convenor or subcommittee member, please contact your Section or Petro Grobler (petrogrobler@telkomsa.net).

 

Our most urgent needs are for members to help with Public Relations, administration, training, youth, sponsorships and the MCSA’s 125th birthday in 2016.

 

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4) NEW DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

 

The draft of the new plan for the period 2015-2025 has been released for public review and comment. Comments will be received between 16 February and 28 March 2015. Please take the opportunity to look at it and identify any problems

before it is formally accepted, particularly with respect to climbing and access to climbing.  In order to comment on the draft you first need to register at:

http://www.sanparks.org/conservation/park_man/forms/reg_form.php  Download Management Plan:   http://www.sanparks.org/conservation/park_man/draft_plans.php

 

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5)  2015 BLACK DIAMOND TRADATHON – 14 March 2015

 

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

 

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6)  ANNUAL DINNER 2015 – 23 May, 2015 - Wilderness

 

23 May is the date for the 2015 Annual Dinner to be hosted by our youngest Section, South Cape Section, who is turning 10-years-old. It will be held in Wilderness at Salina’s Restaurant. There of course will be a great peak to climb together on the Sunday. All members are very welcome but especially it really is NOT too far for the Vrystaters, Eastern Province and the Western Cape Sections, so please could they make an effort to attend? Further details will be forthcoming. Contact person: Greg Devine devinemachines@gmail.com

 

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7)  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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8) JULY CAMP – 27 JUNE – 11 JULY 2015

 

The dates to diarise for the July Camp this year are from Saturday 27th June to Saturday 11th July. The place has not been finalised. There will be more from the organisers later.

 

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9)  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 exact costing of the National Camp is currently being finalised and will be announced in the near future. Applications must reach the organizer as soon as possible after the costing and application form has been issued. It is anticipated that this will be finalised by the end of April at the latest. The size of the National Camp will be limited by the size of the “Doornkloof” campsite and, depending on the response, it may be necessary to limit the numbers.

 

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10) 2016: 125 YEARS OF THE MCSA!

 

Around the corner is the MCSA’s 125th birthday. There will be a grand Annual Dinner hosted by the mother section, Cape Town Section, an international meeting of the medical commission of IKAR (International Commission for Alpine Rescue), a kloofing meet in the Eastern Cape, climb-125-peaks and much more.

         If you would like to serve on a subcommittee for this important event or have any proposals, please contact Petro (petrogrobler@telkomsa.net). What about a MCSA logo laser image on Table Mountain, a celebratory calendar with a picture of each decade, a song book, an MCSA buff (and oh for that elusive ’History of the MCSA’ publication…)?

 

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11)  MOUNTAIN MANIA AT EGU – 12 APRIL – 17 APRIL 2015

 

The Mountain Research Initiative invites you to join us at this year's European Geosciences Union Meeting in Vienna, Austria. We have a full schedule of activities planned - join us and be inspired by other mountain researchers!  Space is limited, so   register early. (Registration will follow in mid-March.)The EGU General Assembly Programme  is available.

 

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12) ADDITIVE ADVENTURE 2015 – LOST MOUNTAIN NEXT GEN SYMPOSIUM – JULY 10 – JULY 21

 

Applications are open for 20 African undergraduate and graduate students. The

Symposium is 12-days of conservation, science, and adventure.  Place: Mozambique’s Limpopo and Gorongosa National Parks.  Scholarships are available to African participants. Admissions close April 15 2015.

http://www.thelostmountainfilm.com/additive-adventure-2015-lost-mountain-symposium-details-african-students/

 

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13) MOUNTAIN CLUB OF ZIMBABWE - JOURNAL 2015

 

The Mountain Club of Zimbabwe turns 60 years-old this year.  The MCZ is very active: they have over 100 members who climb and walk up and down mountains and enjoy the special areas of beauty in Zimbabwe. They also have many weekend visits away.

They are looking into publishing their first Journal in 15 years: A5, colour. They hope to find some advertisers to help fund it: US$100 per page, own graphics). Members, who had been living and climbing in Zimbabwe in earlier years, might want to provide support?   Contact: Val Caldecott – Chairperson of MCZ. calde@zol.co.zw

 

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14) UIAA NEWS

 

14.1) IMF HOSTS CLIMBATHON ON BARA SHIGRI GLACIER – DEADLINE 15 MARCH 2015

 

The deadline for Climbathon 2015, a subsidized mountaineering programme conducted on the Bara Shigri Glacier in the Indian Himalaya by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation is 15 March 2015 http://www.theuiaa.org/events-154-IMF-hosts-Climbathon-on-Bara-Shigri-Glacier.html

 

14.2) 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

 

14.3) UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

 

WoonSeon Shin of Korea and Maxim Tomilov of Russia are Lead "World Champions"

Under a perfect blue sky and stunning alpine backdrop, the world’s best competition ice climbers gathered in Rabenstein, Italy for the UIAA Ice Climbing World Championship in Lead presented by The North Face Korea http://www.theuiaa.org/news-214-WoonSeon-Shin-of-Korea-and-Maxim-Tomilov-of-Russia-are-Lead-World-Champions-.html

 

14.4) ARISF UIAA GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT CAMP IN GUILLESTRE, FRANCE

 

Sixteen young people gathered for the first ARISF sponsored International Youth Ice Climbing Camp organised by the French Alpine Club. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-221-ARISF-sponsors-UIAA-Global-Youth-Summit-camp-in-Guillestre-France.html

 

14.5) TURKEY HOSTS ITS FIRST UIAA GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT ICE CLIMBING TRAINING CAMP

 

The spectacular frozen waterfalls that dot the cliffs near Erzurum was the venue for the first International Youth Festival of Ice Climbing.http://www.theuiaa.org/news-219-Turkey-hosts-its-first-UIAA-Global-Youth-Summit-ice-climbing-training-camp.html

 

14.6) UIAA COURSES HELD FOR THE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES OF AJOUN, DANA, KARAK, AND RADI RUM

 

UIAA Training Standards Chair Steve Long reports that three courses were held for the mountain communities of Ajloun, Dana, Karak and Wadi Rum on the request of UIAA associate member Jordan Tourist Board in Turkey

http://www.theuiaa.org/news-219-Turkey-hosts-its-first-UIAA-Global-Youth-Summit-ice-climbing-training-camp.html

 

14.7 ) POPULARITY OF DIPLOMA OF MOUNTAIN MEDICINE GROWING

 

Interest continues to grow on certification for the UIAA, ICAR AND ISMM Diploma of Mountain Medicine says Medical Commission President David Hillebrandt. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-220-Popularity-of-Diploma-of-Mountain-Medicine-growing-.html

 

14.8) BRITISH MOUNTAINEERING COUNCIL WARNS ABOUT DANGEROUS CRAMPONS BEING SOLD ONLINE

http://www.theuiaa.org/news-223-Buyer-Beware-The-perils-of-buying-crampons-online.html

 

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15)  SECTION NEWS 

 

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

 

The Free State Section invites 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.

 

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16)  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!!                                                

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

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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17) SNIPPETS

 

17.1)  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.  

 

 

17.2) RESEARCH ON HIKING AND ACCREDITATION OF TRAILS

 

Liandi Slabbert [mailto:LiandiSlabbert@tuks.co.za] will be conducting research on hiker’s needs and the influence of accreditation of trails on hiking tourism for a Masters thesis at Tuks. Members are welcome to contact her in order to participate in the study.

 

 

17.3) THE MOUNTAIN RESEARCH INITIATIVE

 

EGU Key Contact Workshop - 12 April 2015   Place: Café Landtmann Bel-Etage - Vienna Join us in the long tradition of discussing current research-related challenges over "Kaffee und Kuchen.  Participation free. http://mri.scnatweb.ch/en/events/key-contact-workshops/2131-2015-04-12,-vienna,-mri-kcw-prior-to-the-egu-general-assembly-2 http://www.egu2015.eu/

 

 

17.4) MOUNTAINS OF OUR FUTURE EARTH – PERTH, SCOTLAND – 4-8 OCTOBER 2015

 

The Mountain Research Initiative is co-organizing the Mountains of Our Future Earth conference. This conference occurs only once every five years.  If you work in mountain research, don't miss it!

     This year, the Initiative is sponsoring a Photography Competition and Exhibition in conjunction with the conference. Both amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to take part. The competition will focus on various themes within the concept of "global change in mountains".

http://www.up.ac.za/centre-environmental-studies/more.ph

 

 

17.5) SAFETY FEARS PROMPT CHANGE TO EVEREST CLIMBING ROUTE

 

The route used by mountaineers to scale Mount Everest is to be changed amid fears of an increased avalanche risk.  Nepal will change the path next month after a deadly collapse in 2014 killed 16 Sherpa guides - the worst single loss of life in expedition history.  The current route up the mountain has been in use since the 1990s.  Mountaineers will now take a more central route after Base Camp, avoiding the left side of the Khumbu Icefall, where last year's accident occurred. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31509212

 

 

17.6) EVEREST PERMITS: CLIMBERS WANT NEPAL ‘TO HONOUR 2014 PROMISE’

 

Hundreds of climbers forced to abandon expeditions on Mount Everest last year are waiting to hear whether they will be able to try again in 2105. "Making the permits transferable like that was a new thing that required changes in regulations which is a long process," Tourism Minister Deepak Chandra Amatya told the BBC.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31587654

 

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18) MEMBERS BILLBOARD

                          

Erika van Niekerk 0723429224 of Worcester Section is looking for space for 2 to walk the Fish River Canyon.

 

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19.1 STIRRING THE BILLY BY SCOPS OWL - GUEST APPEARANCE

 

The MCSA seriously needs to decide whether it wants to remain a ‘club’ or become a realistic representative body for mountaineering in South Africa…

If you ask me I would say that the most critical outcome of this inertia within the MCSA, and the one which now really affects outdoor enthusiasts in South Africa the most, is access. The fact is that recreation in the outdoors only exists as an activity if it is accessible, free and hopefully safe from criminal activity. All I see happening in South Africa is more and more red tape and a supine Mountain Club that has carved out various land and permit deals for a small clique of membership who will gradually whither away as they run out of volunteers. I think the MCSA needs to grow some testicles, massively increase its membership base and become a realistic force at a government level to ensure reasonable access to uncultivated land for outdoor recreation for all South Africans.” Jeremy Colenso on ZA Climb.

 

19 .2 STIRRING THE BILLY BY SCOPS OWL – FEEDBACK -JANUARY

 

FEEDBACK eNews January on taking guests for free with to Club properties: Writes Roland Magg: Firstly, the advantage seen 'in isolation' to the member seems a good one.  No hassle etc.  But that is where the trouble lies.  If one only looks at an immediate advantage, one fails to see the long term issues.

                So, I think the rule that members can take guests is fine.  It is pretty standard in all sorts of clubs all over the place.  But, where the MCSA does things differently, is by allowing the guest free access or privileges (well on JHB and Mag props anyway.) In other clubs a large premium is charged for non-members.  Somewhere between 50-100% or more.  Further (in JHB section anyway), it causes confusion where non-members are charged at meets, but some think they are guests of members and hence should not pay.

                The thing is members must realise that they are paying a premium for allowing guests free access.  In the long term, if the guest fee is raised to such an extent that those who frequently use the mountains will see the benefits of being a member and would hopefully join.  Whereas those who don't use the mountains much, will probably be comfortable with paying higher fee.  It might be a nuisance to members who might end up paying the fee and who have to send money through - but that is probably something that can be solved with a better system.

 

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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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20)   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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