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2015-09

Good Day! MCSA Member

In this bulletin:

1) 2015 BANFF Mountain film festival world tour films

2)2014 Journal

3) Contributions to the 2015 Journal

4) Activity permit required for trad climbing in Table Mountain National Park

5) National Meet: Baviaanskloof 5-12 September 2015

6) Olive Nieuwoudt’s book – My Cederberg Story

 7) UIAA News

7.1) American Alpine Club seeks climbers; international climbers meet – Sept 23 – Oct 03 2015

7.2) Dates for 2015 -2016   Ice climbing World Cup tour

7.3) UIAA President Fritz Vrijlandt speaks out on the need to protect our mountain environment

8) Facebook and web pages

9) Section News

10) Snippets

11) Any newsworthy items

 

 

 

1) 2015 BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR FILMS

 

Banff is back in October with films of adventures.  This October the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to South Africa, bringing with it films of adventures by ski, bike, rock, ropes and on water. For the tenth year, Cape Union Mart proudly hosts the screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour films at Ster-Kinekor cinemas in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.

 

 The 2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is screened at these Ster-Kinekor cinemas:

·       Cape Town: Cavendish Square, Friday, 23 October to Monday, 2 November 2015·      Cape Town: Tygervalley Centre, Friday, 23 October to Monday, 2 November 2015

·         Johannesburg: Sandton City, Friday, 23 October to Monday, 2 November 2015

·         Pretoria: Brooklyn Mall, Friday, 23 October to Monday, 2 November 2015

·         Durban: Gateway, 30 & 31 October 2015 (two nights only)

·         Port Elizabeth: The Bridge, 31 October 2015 (one night only)

Shows start at 20h00 and all 11 films are shown at each screening. 

Tickets are available from 9 September 2015 and they can be purchased directly through Ster-Kinekor. Book online at www.sterkinekor.com  or call Ster-Kinekor Ticketline on 082 16789. Ticket prices are the same as a standard Ster-Kinekor ticket.

Details and information at: www.banff.co.za.

 Preview clips of movies on the Banff Mountain Film Festival website;   http://www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival/worldtour/films/

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2)  2014 JOURNAL

This is being distributed now to sections. Please check with your secretary/administrator if yours has been received and pick up your copy.

 

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3)  CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 2015 JOURNAL

 

This is a call for contributions for the 2015 Journal.  These can be sent to the Editing Team   to: jennyapaterson@gmail.com  or journal@mcsa.org.za.  Please refer to the Guidelines and Style Sheet on the national website:    http://cen.mcsa.org.za/home/journal

 

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4) ACTIVITY PERMIT REQUIRED FOR TRAD CLIMBING IN TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

 

Without any consultation with the MCSA or climbers, the park has unilaterally decided to include all trad climbing as an activity requiring a permit.

http://www.climbing.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?f=62472&t=13212

 

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5) 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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6) OLIVE NIEUWOUDT’S BOOK – My Cederberg Story

 

Olive Nieuwoudt's book, My Cederberg Story describes a short history of the farms, people and places in the Cederberg. There are many amusing tales which she endeavoured to preserve for future generations. 

The cost: R100 (This amount will exclude the postage).

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this book, please confirm your order at this e-mail address. I will contact you with the details in connection with the payment and delivery. tygmail@googlegroups.com

Susan (Nieuwoudt) de la Bat   021-919 0653/ 073 223 0440      https://sites.google.com/a/mcsa.org.za/mcsa/home/My%20Cederberg%20story%20cover-omslag.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

 

 

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 7) UIAA

7.1) AMERICAN ALPINE CLUB SEEKS CLIMBERS – 2015 INTERNATIONAL CLIMBERS MEET Sept 27th - October 3rd, 2015

The American Alpine Club would like to extend an invitation to participate in the annual International Climbers' Meet (ICM). At least two years' experience of technical rock climbing, experience with placement and removal of protection, and the ability to follow sustained 5.8 granite is mandatory.

The ICM is held the week of Sept 27th - October 3rd, 2015 in Joshua Tree National Park, California. The goal is to host a diverse group of climbing abilities from a multitude of countries, and American Alpine Club members from all parts of the U.S.A.  http://www.theuiaa.org/events-168-International-Climbers-Meet-at-Joshua-Tree.html

 

7.2) DATES FOR 2015-2016 ICE CLIMBING WORLD CUP TOUR

 

Dates for the 2015-2016 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup Tour that include continental championships in Europe, North America and Asia have been confirmed by the UIAA Ice Climbing Commission.  UIAA – style ice climbing has a growing following. The competition starts in Bozeman, Montana in December and ends in Kirov, Russia, http://www.theuiaa.org/

 

 

7.3) UIAA PRESIDENT FRITS VRIJLANDT SPEAKS OUT ON THE NEED TO PROTECT OUR MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT http://www.theuiaa.org

 

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8) 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 Townhttps://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

Johannesburghttps://www.facebook.com/groups/141752442885/

KZNhttps://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/                                               

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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9) SECTION NEWS

 

CAPE TOWN SECTION

 

Good News for Cape Town residents and tourists who want to go up Table Mountain.
Kobus Swanepoel, Customer Relations Management (CRM) Transport Information Centre, has advised that effective from 15 August 2015, an agreement with the Table Mountain Aerial Company has been reached which will result in all passengers travelling on the MyCiTi shuttle portion of Route 110 between Lower Tafelberg and Upper Tafelberg stops be allowed to travel free of charge.
 (This means you can park more easily at Kloof Nek and avoid the congestion along Tafelberg road)

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KWAZULU-NATAL SECTION

Lorna Peirson R.I.P

Farewell, Lorna.   You are one of the greats of a wonderful era of the MCSA KZN, and a wonderful person.  Even back in the mid to late 1960’s when I was active in the club you were an icon.  I spent many lovely hours rambling the Natal hills with you, Les and Lorna (Curtin) Kay, Rikki, and Kay Nixon.  Even when not at July Camp you were there in spirit as we sang your songs.  We all thank you for what you gave us.   Barrie Ridgway, Canberra Australia.

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10) SNIPPETS 

10.1) SAFETY ON TABLE MOUNTAIN – INTERVIEW WITH PADDY GORDON

John Maytham talks to Paddy Gordon of SANParks regarding safety on Table Mountainhttp://www.climbing.co.za/2015/08/safety-on-table-mountain-interview-with-paddy-gordon/#comments

 

10.2) THE CAPE LEOPARD TRUST EDUCATION PROGRAMME – INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY – SEPT-DEC 2015

 

The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) is a research and conservation NGO, based in the Western Cape. It uses research as a tool for conservation, finding solutions to human-wildlife conflict and inspiring interest in the environment through an interactive and dynamic environmental education programme. The Education Project is looking for interns to help with its environmental camps in the Cederberg during its second camp season in 2015. For more information and application form: contact Catherine Kühn:  capetown@capeleopard.org.za

 

 

 

10.3) 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 at
http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/world-forestry-congress/en/

 

 

 

10.4) TROPILAKES 2015 – 23-29 SEPTEMBER

 

The TropiLakes 2015 team would like to remind you to register and submit abstracts for the TropiLakes2015 conference in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, 23-29 September 2015. Deadline for registration is 20 August 2015. Four days of excursions will be organized on and around Lake Tana – which recently has been registered in UNESCO’S man and biosphere reserve network. For a preliminary list of sessions and presented papers: http://geoweb.ugent.be/tropilakes2015/

 

 

10.5) MOUNTAIN RESEARCH INITIATIVE CONFERENCE 4-8 OCTOBER PERTH SCOTLAND

The Centre for Mountain Studies together with the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) and the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA), all members of the Mountain Partnership, are organising a third conference in Perth, Scotland. This is a contribution to the global Future Earth programme, a 10-year international research initiative that will develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades. http://perth.uhi.ac.uk/specialistcentres/cms/Conferences/Perth2015/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

10.6) AFROMONT - PECS CONFERENCE 3-5 NOVEMBER, 2015 STELLENBOSCH

 

Scientists from various disciplines, from within and beyond the PECS network, to share cutting-edge research insights on social-ecological dynamics in the Anthropocene. The conference will engage and involve multiple stakeholders concerned with sustainable development and who are interested in developing new solutions and strategies.  http://mri.scnatweb.ch/en/networks/mri-africa

 

10.7) THE MOUNTAIN RESEARCH INITIATIVE       

EGU General Assembly 2016,   17 – 22 April 2016, Vienna, Austria

The EGU is a good venue for highlighting current mountain research topics, from elevation dependent warming to sustainable mountain development. There are certainly also other topics concerning global change in mountains that are worthy of sessions at the EGU.

If you have a session proposal let us know.  We would be happy to help staff, advertise and promote your session as appropriate!   The closing date for session’s proposals is 18 September. drexler@giub.unibe.ch      http://mri.scnatweb.ch

 

 

10.8) NEPAL OPENS EVEREST TO CLIMBERS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE EARTHQUAKE

 

Nobukazu Kuriki, a Japanese climber, will begin his ascent Tuesday as the first mountaineer since the devastating earthquake-turned-avalanche killed 19 mountaineers. On Sunday, Nepal’s tourism minister, Kripasur Sherpa, handed over Kuriki’s climbing permit in a ceremony.  Kuriki will be attempting to scale Everest during the fall, considered by climbers to be a difficult season compared to spring. “The main purpose of my climb is to spread the message that Nepal was safe for climbers and trekkers even after the earthquake,” Kuriki said”

Kuriki, who has attempted the climb four times before and lost nine fingers to frostbite in his most recent attempt, plans to scale the summit in September. http://time.com/4007494/nepal-everest-climbers/ http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/

 

10.9) VIDEO: SKIING THE GRAND TETONS WITH JIMMY CHIN

See what kinds of obstacles this team had to overcome in the short film which is both beautifully shot and inspiring.

http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/video-skiing-grand-tetons-with-jimmy.html

 

10.10) MOUNTAINEERING COLLECTION FOR PURCHASE

An exceptional Mountaineering Collection is for purchase.  It was brought together by the Dutch Amateur mountaineer Bastiaan Cornelis Pieter Hendrik van Baak, a fanatical climber and hiker since the early 1930s.  The Collection is being offered to select private individuals and organizations such as The Mountain Club of South Africa.  The collection can be viewed at:  https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7D84wvSlyu4fm8yWmFmQU5vcjhwOXFfdVJ2NjA2MzBCWndKM01YOC1GeC1CbDZZNnN4aVk&usp=sharing.  

Price and references are available upon request.

 

10.11) FIVE FACTS ABOUT WHAT IS POSSIBLY THE WORLD’S FIRST FLOWER

 

David Dilcher, a paleobotanist from Indiana University, and his colleagues in Europe have identified a 125 million to 130 million-year-old freshwater plant as one of earliest flowering plants on Earth.

This ancient aquatic plant, called the Montsechia vidalii, has overtaken the Archaefructus sinensis, an aquatic plant found in China, as one of the possible first flowers on the planet. The age of the plant is placed in what is called the Barremian age of the early Cretaceous period.  "Montsechia possesses no obvious 'flower parts,' such as petals or nectar-producing structures for attracting insects, and lives out its entire life cycle under water," Dilcher said. "[However] the fruit [from the plant] contains a single seed" - the defining characteristic of a flowering plant.  Dilcher said that in terms of appearance the plant resembles a modern plant called Ceratophyllum,  a dark green aquatic plant whose leaves make it a popular decoration in aquariums and koi ponds. http://www.news24.com/Green/News/Five-facts-about-whats-possibly-the-worlds-first-flower-20150818

 

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When we reach the mountain summits, we leave behind us all the things that weigh heavily on our body and our spirit. We leave behind all sense of weakness and depression; we feel a new freedom, a great exhilaration, an exhilaration of the body no less than of the spirit.

Jan Christiaan Smuts

 

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11)  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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