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2015-04

In this news bulletin:

1) MCSA Annual General Meeting and elections

2) MCSA National sub-committees and other positions

3) Klein Swartberg - access

4) Alpine Journals missing

5) Montague Mayhem – 18 & 19 April 2015

6) Annual Dinner – 23 May 2015 - Knysna

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

8) July Camp –  27 June to 11 July 2015

9) National Meet: Baviaanskloof 5-12 September 2015

10) Western Cape joint meet: Sat 31 October 2015

11) Black Diamond Tradathon – 14 March 2015 - Feedback

12) 125 years of the MCSA - 2016 

13) UIAA News

                13.1) Happy Birthday

                13.2) 2015 Ice Climbing World Tour

13.3) Nepalese Mountain Training Scheme in final stages of development

13.4) Safety label holders

13.5) Safecom meeting

13.6) FEDME Hosts International Mountaineering Congress ‘CIMA21015’

14) UIAA Global Youth Summit events – 2015

                14.1) International Youth climbing and trekking camp – Ariège, France 4-9 July

14.2) XIII Youth Europe – Asia climbing festival in Russia and Switzerland 12 July – 2 August

14.3) International trekking camp in Dolomites, Italy 19-25 July

14.4) International Youth expedition on Mt Damayand, Iran 21-29 July

15) Mountain Club of Zimbabwe – Journal 2015

16) Mountain protection Award –Deadline

17) Chris Bonington Awarded the seventh Piolet d’or

18) Section News

19) Facebook and web pages

20) Snippets

21) Any newsworthy items

 

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1)  MCSA NATIONAL - AGM

 

The AGM of the MCSA will take place on Saturday 9 May 2015 at the Cape Town Section Clubhouse at 8:00. The agenda includes the adoption of the Annual Report and Financial Statements of the Club. Members are welcome to attend. Members can obtain copies of documentation from their Section chairmen or the MCSA Secretary, Daniel Reinecke (Daniel.reinecke@gmail.com), as from Monday 4 May.

Members are welcome to bring any issues not resolved by their Sections to the attention of the National Committee: Contact Petro Grobler (petrogrobler@telkomsa.net; 073 401 7590) – MCSA President 2014/5.

 

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2)  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 (vacant/Roy Kendall), Expeditions (Ulrike Kiefer), IT (Michael van Breda), Mountain Protection (Maretha Alant), Search & Rescue (Rob Thomas) and Youth (vacant).

 

Roy, Ulrike and Maretha are also corresponding members on the international UIAA Commissions (four-year-terms until 2016) as is Eckart von Delft  on the UIAA Medical Commission and Jenny Paterson on the Youth Commission.  Alan Jarvis is a full member of the UIAA Safety Commission. Rik de Decker serves 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 their past terms!

 

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). We will also be establishing a subcommittee for Outreach and Camilla Adele will most likely chair it.

 

Our most urgent needs are for members to fill the Youth and possibly Access portfolios and to assist with public relations, administration, sponsorships and the MCSA’s 125th birthday in 2016.

 

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3) KLEIN SWARTBERG - ACCESS

 

Colas Coetzee from Ladysmith has asked that we pass the following message to members wishing to visit the MCSA’s Swartberg properties and Toverkop.

 

Access conditions and the parking area are unchanged and remain as before – park under the gum trees near the dam.

Currently the access gate is NOT locked, and the Volschenks will be on the farm over the week end.

However, members are asked to phone the Volschenk family – owners of the farm where members park their car/s - to let them know that they intend leaving their car/s on the farm, before hiking onto the MCSA property, and on up to Toverkop.

Their phone no.s are:  Mr le Grange Volschenk (snr) 083 378 1040  or  his son, Mr Jan Volschenk   083 500 6851.  Either number will do.

 

Should there be no answer, please leave a voice message with your details and intentions.

 

Colas has requested that members also let him know of their intention to access the properties, as a back up to calls to the Volschenks.

Colas’s ph. no.s are  028 551 1856 or 028 551 1021 – both land lines.

 

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4) ALPINE JOURNALS MISSING!

 

Alpine Journals for 2007 – 2009/10 and the American Alpine Journals 2009 and 2012 have gone missing!  They could have been borrowed and not written down. It may have been before the electronic database was in operation.  Has anyone – maybe a Chairman, a Journal Editor - got them and forgotten?  EASY TO DO! The MCSA receives reciprocal copies of Journals from such places as Scotland and New Zealand. Members can access valuable information about mountaineering and the climbing world and its personalities.

 

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5)  MONTAGUE MAYHEM – 18TH AND 19TH APRIL 2015

 

Rock Rally of the year! Best Fancy Dress, Tons of prizes to be won, Spit Braai and Party Beer on Tap, Sunday morning free Yoga class

Venue: De Bos Campsite, Montagu
Start: 8:00am Saturday 18th April 2015
End: Sometime on Sunday 19th April 2015 http://www.climbing.co.za/2015/03/montagu-mayhem-2015-rock-rally/

 

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

 

23 May is the date for the 2015 Annual Dinner to be hosted by our youngest Section, South Cape Section, who will be turning 10-years-old.

 23 May at 18:00    at Salina's Beach Restaurant in Wilderness 

This is going to be a great event to celebrate the Section turning10 years. Hey - "they have come a long way" - So find your Buffs, Bowties or Butterflies and prepare yourself for an evening of FUN. 

HURRY, HURRY - limited seating on Salina's Upper Deck!!

 Also attached is the Menu for your information.

RSVP WITH PAYMENT DETAILS BEFORE 23 APRIL: AVRIL: yamagoo@mweb.co.za

 Contact: eviebowen@telkomsa.net  devinemachines@gmail.com

Invitation:

https://sites.google.com/a/mcsa.org.za/mcsa/home/MCSA%20annual%20%20dinner%202015%20invite.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

Menu: https://sites.google.com/a/mcsa.org.za/mcsa/home/MCSA%20annual%20%20dinner%202015%20menu.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

 

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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) WESTERN CAPE SECTIONS - JOINT MEET 2015 –SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER 2015

The Joint Meet will be hosted by the Paarl/Wellington Section.

Friday night – 30th October - Sleep over at the Krom River hut to get an early start on Saturday 31st.

Saturday is a day hike to Springstygbeugel and back to the hut with an optional sleepover at the hut on Saturday night.
An easier hike in the vicinity of the hut can be arranged on request.
Contact Freddie Steytler (0844587701) or Wouter Jordaan (0845481836).

 

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11) BLACK DIAMOND TRADATHON - FEEDBACK

 

200+ people attended the Tradathon and I don’t think anyone has seen so many climbers on routes at one time in Wolfberg beforewww.climbing.co.za/2015/03/wolfberg-tradathon-pictures

 

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12)  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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13) UIAA NEWS

13.1) Happy Birthday! The symbol which has to come stand for the UIAA is 50-years-old 
 

The UIAA logo which is recognized today around the world as a symbol of excellence, quality and safety was the spontaneous creation of a boy named Oliver fifty years ago.. 

The original UIAA Safety Label logo is 50-years-old

Fifty years ago, in an inspired moment, a universal seal of approval was born. 

The story of the UIAA logo, recognized today around the world as a symbol of excellence, quality and safety, was the spontaneous creation of a boy named Oliver, the son of Jean Juge, then vice-president of the UIAA Ropes Commission.  The logo stands for the values of the UIAA including love freedom, respect, risk awareness, decision-making and willpower.

 

Within an hour, father and son had finalized the concept and the logo was quickly registered in Switzerland that same year, 1964, in Switzerland and internationally a year later. Later

the circle was adjusted and the letters UIAA  placed below the mountain that Oliver had drawn.

Today, the UIAA represents over 3 million climbers and mountaineers from 85 member federations in 63 countries, and the symbol represents the best and highest standards in training, mountain protection, mountain medicine, youth activities and competition climbing.

 

The UIAA is also committed to Olympic ideals of fair play and international cooperation

 

 

13.2) 2015 –ICE CLIMBING WORLD TOUR

 

What a season it was for the 2015 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour! From the historic Bozeman competition which marked the arrival of UIAA ice climbing in North America to a first Gold for the Swiss.

13.3) NEPALESE MOUNTAIN TRAINING SCHEME IN FINAL STAGES OF DEVELOPEMENT

A group of ten experienced Nepalese trainers attended an advanced week-long assessors’ workshop in Langtang, Nepal conducted by Steve Long, chair of the UIAA Training Standards Panel.

 

13.4) SAFETY LABEL HOLDERS 
 

A warning has been put out that Fusion Climb depicts the UIAA logo on its website and climbing gear, claiming UIAA certification. Fusion Climb has applied to be a Safety Label holder, but has never sent laboratory reports from accredited UIAA Labs.

 

13.5) SAFECOM MEETING 
 

The annual UIAA Safety Commission meeting will be held in Chamonix, France between 2 - 5 June 2015. Details to follow.

 

 

13.6) FEDME HOSTS INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAINEERING CONGRESS ‘CIMA21015’ 
 

More than 300 people gathered in Zaragoza, Spain to attend a unique congress, CIMA 2015, which discussed the challenges of mountaineering in the XXI century

 

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14) UIAA GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT EVENTS – 2015

Several events are available to Federation Youth Members.  If you are interested in any of these mentioned, please contact MCSA UIAA Youth Commission representative Jenny Paterson for more information:   jennyapaterson@gmail.com

 

14.1) INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CLIMBING AND TREKKING CAMP ARIÈGE, FRANCE 4-9 JULY  

 

(Very popular event!)  Participants: Youth aged 16 to 24 years old. Participants should be able to lead climb at minimum, a 5b French grade. There is a maximum of three participants per country federation. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult climber/coach, who is able to look after them during this meet.
Cost: to be confirmed.  Registration deadline:   28 June 2015. http://www.villagesdebeille.com/oustallous.html

 

14.2) XIII Y0UTH EUROPE-ASIA CLIMBING FESTIVAL IN RUSSIA AND SWITZERLAND 12 JULY – 2 AUGUST

Participants: Ages 18-30 years old. Participants younger than 18 should be accompanied by a Federation team leader who is over 18. 
12 July - 17 July 2015: Russia – Shikhan Rocks in Ural Mountains near Ekaterinburg. 
18 July - 2 August 205: Switzerland - rock climbing near Geneva, climbing Mount Matterhorn (4478 m), rest at Lake Geneva (150th anniversary of first ascent of Matterhorn).

You can participate in both phases of the Festival or in the phase of your choice either in Russia or in Switzerland.   Registration deadline: 30 April 2015. Number of participants is limited.  
Cost:   to be confirmed, but tentatively in the region of €550 for the full programme. www.theuiaa.org/events-137-XIII-Youth-Europe-Asia-festival-Switzerland-2015.html

 

14.3) INTERNATIONAL TREKKING CAMP IN DOLOMITES, ITALY 19-25 JULY

 

(MCSA has taken up two spaces on this popular event already – this does not mean that no further spaces will be available to us, but we should enquire as early as possible should any further youth members be interested)

Participants: This is a trekking project for youth aged 14 – 17. A maximum number of 28 participants are admitted (14italians + 14 foreigners). (Participants will most likely have to be accompanied by a Federation Leader and responsible person).
Cost:  
€350 per person and includes: full accommodation in  Mountain lodges  and "packed” lunches. Transfers by private bus to and from the airports and the Dolomites. http://www.theuiaa.org/events-136-Discovering-the-magic-of-the-Dolomites-Longarone-Dolomites-Italy-2015.html

 

14.4) INTERNATIONAL YOUTH EXPEDITION ON MT DAMAYAND, IRAN 21-29 JULY

Participants: Young people aged 16 years 24. If under 18 participants to be accompanied by a qualified Federation Leader. Parental consent must be obtained for under 18’s and must be provided to the Federation who is responsible for the young participant.
Registration deadline: 15 May 2015
Cost:    there are four different programmes, differently priced.  Please enquire soon if you are interested in participating. http://www.theuiaa.org/events-149-International-Youth-Expedition-on-Mt-Damavand-Iran-2015.html

 

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15) 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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16)  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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17) CHRIS BONINGTON AWARDED THE SEVENTH PIOLET D’OR

 

The Piolet d’Or Life Achievement was created to reward a mountaineering career that has inspired generations through its spirit and is in harmony with the criteria established by the charter.  In 2009 the first career Piolet d’Or was awarded to Walter Bonatti.  He was followed by Reinhold Messner (2010), Doug Scott (2011), Robert Paragot (2012), Kurt Diemberger (2013) and John Roskelley (2014.) http://pioletsdor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=330&Itemid=462&lang=en

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18)  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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JOHANNESBURG SECTION – NEW PREMISES

 

The Johannesburg Section is moving. The Club will be relocating to the new CityROCK Johannesburg climbing gym, currently under construction. The move is planned for August.  We will be renting an administrative office from CityROCK, and our members will have access to a large 130m 2 room for our weekly Wednesday evening events. We are entering into a 1-year lease, which is effectively a trial period at the end of which Club members will need to decide whether the arrangement has worked for us.  At the Section’s AGM on Wednesday night, members voted overwhelmingly in favour of this planned move. http://mcsajohannesburg.org   www.cityrock.co.za/johannesburg or www.facebook.com/CityROCK.johannesburg 

 

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19)  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

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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20)  SNIPPETS

 

20.1) HENDRIK ‘BEES’ MARIAS IN HELICOPTER CRASH

 

The Aviation and Mountain Rescue community lost a legend when Hendrik 'Bees' Marais was killed in a forced landing while flying for Working on Fire as part of the fire fighting effort in the Western Cape Mountains.

During his lengthy and distinguished career he flew for the South African Air Force, the South African Police Service Air Wing, the Department of Antarctica and the Islands, the Air Mercy Service of the South African Red Cross and most recently Working on Fire accumulating in excess of ten thousand hours of flying time.

Without his skill, experience and bravery countless rescues of injured and lost people in the Cape Mountains would not have been possible.

 

20.2)   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.  

 

 20.3)  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.

 

20.4)  DRAKENSBERG NORTHERN TRAIL

The Drakensberg, for a long time, has been a destination for tourists. Now it has become a hot spot for a new breed of tourist – the trail runner. Pro runners and trail stars have added ‘the Berg’ to their list of training venueshttp://www.doitnow.co.za/content/its-about-time-drakensberg-northern-trail?utm_source=TotalSend&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Subscriber%2320314&utm_campaign=DO%20IT%20NOW%20Weekly%2013%20Mar%202015#sthash.euc3Sjhv.dpuf

 

 

20.5) 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.

 

20.6)   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

 

20.7) AAU-AFROMONT CONFERENCE – ADDIS ABABA - REGISTRATION 22 - 24 June 2015

Arrangements for the Addis Ababa University - AfroMont’s 2015 mountain science conference are shaping up, the conference venue is arranged, and the conference website set up for registration, abstract submission and payment. The deadline for registration and abstract/poster submission is 15 April 2015. http://www.afromont2015.org/

 

20.8)  HIMALAYAN SPRING SEASON 2015

 

The spring season at Everest is starting soon. Many teams will arrive at their base camps in early to mid April. In a regular year summit successes can be announced in the second half of May. The 18th of May is the day when statistically most people have summited Everest. 

 

Approximately 65% of the successful summit attempts have been made from Nepal. The climb from the south is more popular but is said to have higher natural risks Summiting Everest from the north, the Tibetan side is getting more popular since the avalanche disaster in 2014.

 

20.9) 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

 

20.10) ETHOPIAN COFFEE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

 

Taking action following climate change modelling could mean life or death for Ethiopia’s coffee sector. Coffee is a global commodity and now in 2015, has become the second most traded commodity in the world after crude oil and most of the good coffee comes from Ethiopia. 
http://mri.scnatweb.ch/en/?option=com_content&view=article&id=2206:aau-afromont-conference-registration-is-now-open&catid=224:african-news&Itemid=112

20.11) DASSIE DISASTER

 

An Australian backpacker has been left disfigured after mistaking a dassie on Table Mountain for a quokka. Quokkas are small Australian marsupials that look like they could be dassies’ first cousins.  Unlike the friendly quokkas, which pose calmly in selfies, Cape Town dassies are violent and aggressive.

According to an eyewitness, the young tourist knelt down and put her arm around the dassie, which responded by clamping down on her nose with its teeth. Table Mountain staff were only able to separate the two after the dassie had been sedated with a tranquiliser dart.

A leading rodentologist, Evan Mowser, warned that this behaviour is becoming common amongst the Cape dassie population: “Clueless tourists have been encroaching on dassies’ natural habitats for decades, and dassies have responded with a heightened level of territorial aggression. Dassies have also had their nocturnal cycle disrupted by the lighting of the mountain by night. Finally, tourists have taken to leaving their cigarette butts all over the mountain, which the dassies are now eating.”

Basically, what you have is aggressive, sleep-deprived wild animals which are suffering nicotine withdrawal. I’m surprised that a tourist hasn’t been killed and eaten yet”, concluded Mowser.

Source: zanews.co.za

 

20.12)  POST –DOC POSITION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BONN

The Crop Science Group at the Institute of Crop Science and Research Conservation (INRES), and the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), at the University of Bonn, Germany, are looking for a Post-doc to evaluate the impacts of innovations in technology and crop management on the productivity of cropping systems in Africa.  For further information:  http://www.zef.de/fileadmin/webfiles/downloads/vacancies/vac_Innovation_centers_postdoc_ZEF_final.pdf

 

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21) STIRRING THE BILLY BY SCOPS OWL 

 

The MCSA is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers at as low a cost as possible.

Who would like to take a guess as to what % higher the REAL budget would be if costs, not even mentioning time, would be paid for?

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No feedback had been received on whether the Club “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.”

 

 

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"The true art of climbing is survival, and the point at which that becomes more difficult is when, having mastered what till then has been considered the epitome of achievement, you try to go one stage further. To venture where no one has been before and where hardly anyone wants to follow - or even understands what it is you are trying to do. It is there, in that unknown region, where sensations and experiences are found that are of far greater intensity than any from 'well-grazed" lands."

Reinhold Messner

 

 

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