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2015-11

In this bulletin:

1.      Message from the President

2.      Contributions to the 2015 Journal

      3)  Annual invitational RockMaster Lead competition – 5 December - 2015

      4)   Report back from Baviaanskloof National Camp

      5)   MCSA Supertramp Award 2016

     6)  Proposal for a National Expedition in 2016

     7)  Alumni UCT Mountain and Ski Club Journal Articles

     8)  Olive Nieuwoudt’s book – My Cederberg Story

     9)  Congratulations to the Mountain Club of Zimbabwe

     10)  International Mountain Day - December 11 2015

     11)  UIAA

11.1)   2015 UIAA Genera; Assembly: A Review

11.2) Remote access operations: Reaching the unreachable

11.3) The UIAA integrates Respect for the Mountains

11.4) COP 21 – Paris December 2015           

11.5) Mėmento Montagne ėtė English release

     12)  Facebook and web pages

     13)  Section News

     14)  Snippets

     15)  Any newsworthy items

 

 

 

1) MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

FUNDING AND THE MCSA

 

In 2014 the Sports and Recreation (SRSA) department provided funding to the MCSA across multiple sections, of R150 000 for development and outreach programs.

 

The great news is that after some really hard work by Camilla Adelle of the Cape Town section, and some inputs from the Exco team, the SRSA have awarded the MCSA R400 000 for this year! Well done Camilla, and all those involved. The funds will be spent against development and outreach projects which have already been submitted to the SRSA.

 

There’s a lot we have to do get funding from SRSA next year. Firstly they ask the MCSA for its 5 year strategy, secondly they ask for our development plans per section, then for the demographics of the club, and finally for a business plan. They ask for a lot more, but these were the ones that gave us problems this year. In the first year we dealt with it by saying that we would prepare them for next year. This year we dealt with it by putting in ‘draft’ strategies and plans. Next year these strategies and plans will have to be firm. We have to get the MCSA strategy properly written and agreed – after that we need business plan that will execute on the strategy. For this last year (2015), I pulled previous documents from earlier National Committee meetings, cleaned them up, and called it a ‘draft’

 

I do believe we need a strategy (with or without our funding issues), and will be driving the discussion with the National Committee in the next few weeks. I also believe that the MCSA needs to get more professional in how it manages its affairs, given the demands being made on us by funders and government, and as landowners, custodians, conservators, and as “speakers for the mountains”. The strategy will have to deal with our professionalism amongst other things.

 

And while “keep things the same” is a strategy, it is not a viable one when everything around you is changing.

 

Terry White

 

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2) 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.   Guidelines and Style Sheet can be found on the national website    http://cen.mcsa.org.za/home/journal   -  please refer to these. Please do not format your WORD documents! 

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3) ANNUAL INVITATIONAL ROCK MASTER LEAD COMPETITION -5 DECEMBER 2015

 

The annual invitational Rock Master lead climbing competition will be held at the new CityROCK climbing gym in Jo'burg on the Saturday 5 December. new CityROCK gym which has just opened in Johannesburg.

 

 

4) REPORT BACK FROM BAVIAANSKLOOF NATIONAL CAMP

 

The Baviaanskloof National Camp, organised by the Eastern Province
Section, was based at the beautiful camp site on the Farm Doringkloof in
the Western Baviaanskloof from 5-13 September 2015. A total of 106
participants attended from all parts of the country, including a family
from the UK.

Following the heavy rains of the previous week, the camp was blessed
with excellent weather, with only one day of rain. Thirteen leaders led the 33
guided outings during the week.

Outings ranged from easy half day and day walks to more strenuous 3-4
day walks into the Kouga and Baviaans Mountains, and technical kloofing.
The outings included mountain biking, a 4x4 trail and a cultural
morning. Peaks summited included Scholtzberg, Smutsberg, Sipoonkop and
the Baviaanskloof ridge. Other highlights included the magnificent, very
narrow slot kloofs in the area that were the focus of many of the
walks, the spring flowers, the rare Cedar trees at the top of most of
the kloofs, the poitjie and spitbraai at the start and end of the camp
and the camaraderie.

The friendliness and co-operation of the landowners was greatly
appreciated by everyone.

Attendees enjoyed the camp so much that by popular request there is
going to be an informal re-union based at the same camp site 27 Apr to 2
May 2016.

 

 

5)  2016 MCSA SUPERTRAMP AWARD

 

The 2016 MCSA Supertramp Award of up to R20 000 is available to a young South African (no more than 25 birthdays by 31 December 2015) who either individually or in a group (which must be comprised entirely of South Africans under 25-years-old) who will take on a mountaineering-related expedition/trip during 2016.

Information and application documents are available from MCSA Sections or the MCSA Secretary (secretary@mcsa.org.za) or petrogrobler@telkomsa.net

All applications MUST reach the award committee by no later than 5 January 2016. Previous unsuccessful applications may be resubmitted.

The MCSA Supertramp Award has been administered by the Magaliesberg (Pretoria) Section of the MCSA since 2005 for those young, impecunious wanderers whose cynicism is still directed outwards, in the hope that they will purchase at least a map, and as a tribute by the donor to the voyager who was Alexander Supertramp who wisely gathered his rosebuds whilst he could (Read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.)

 

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6)  PROPOSAL FOR A NATIONAL EXPEDITION IN 2016

 

The MCSA will turn 125 next year. To celebrate this, the expedition sub-com would like to facilitate a national expedition which can appeal to a wide spectrum of MCSA members – trekkers, climbers, mountaineers. The O’Higgins area in Patagonia was selected as the most suitable venue. It offers a number of challenging peaks, almost unlimited trekking options and relatively easy access to the Patagonian Ice Cap and its snow peaks. The area is rarely visited and there is strong potential for new routes and even unclimbed peaks. The expedition will be entirely self-supported; no guides or commercial operators will be employed. Expedition members will be asked to take part in the planning and will so gain valuable experience. The expedition subcom will however provide assistance, guidance and coordination. The duration of this expedition will be approximately one month including travel time. Members will be able to extend that period for as long as they like. The most suitable time will be December 2016 to February 2017. The exact time will be determined according to flight costs and members’ preference. The total cost is difficult to estimate at present and will depend on the development of the Rand. At the present rate of exchange the flight to Santiago will cost around R16 000 and landed costs, including over land travel, food, fuel and minor expenses, should stay below R15 000. The expedition will be self-funded by members. The MCSA will endeavour to secure some sponsorship and, depending on money available, will try to support some members. If you are interested let the expedition sub-com know. Please indicate your level of interest by giving a rating of 1 to 5 where “1’’ means ‘’vaguely interested’’ and ‘’5’’ means ‘’almost committed’’. You will be added to a data base and informed of developments. Please send your reply to ukiefer@icon.co.za https://sites.google.com/a/mcsa.org.za/mcsa/home/MCSA%20125y%20expedition.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

For more information about the Lago O’Higgins area of Patagonia – general geography of the Southern Patagonian Icecap, history, maps and possible site for a base camp: https://sites.google.com/a/mcsa.org.za/mcsa/home/PROPOSED%20MCSA%20NATIONAL%20EXPEDITION%20further%20information.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

 

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7)  ALUMNI UCT MOUNTAIN AND SKI CLUB JOURNAL ARTICLES

 

UCT MSC is planning to publish their Journal again – the last one was published in 2010 so they’re planning on doing three publications:  2011/2012 and 2013/2014 towards the end of this year, and 2015/2016 during next year and this is an appeal from Alex Weiss, UCT MSC Journal Editor, to Alumni to please submit contributions!  

Alex writes:   “What we are looking for is an account of your fondest memory while on a UCT MSC excursion. Whether it be on a hike, climb or expeditions. We just want to share the heritage of the Mountain and Ski Club with current members. Articles can be written under your own accord. It can be written in a light-hearted or a stern tone (though with the MSC, it’s likely to be light-hearted!).  If at all possible, please provide a photo or two.  Please include your name (obviously) and the year/s you were a member of the MSC.

Please send your articles (in WORD) and images (photo format, viz: JPG, TIF, GIF) to this address and contact me if you want to get in touch for whatever reason.    Alexw032@gmail.com

 

Alex Weiss   - UCT MSC Journal Editor

 

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8) 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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9) CONGRATULATONS TO THE MOUNTAIN CLUB OF ZIMBABWE

 

Terry White has sent the following letter congratulating the Mountain Club of Zimbabwe on their 60th Anniversary.

 

It is with great pleasure that on behalf of the MCSA I congratulate the Mountain Club of Zimbabwe on their 60th Anniversary.

 

Climbers from South Africa have climbed Zimbabwean mountains for years, and share your delight in all mountain pursuits. I’ve personally hiked in the Chimanimani mountains and have climbed Mount Nyangani (in the rain). These memories will live with me forever.

 

So for another sixty years of memory making and adventure, the MCSA offers their support and best wishes. http://mountainclubzim.blogspot.co.za/

 

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10)  INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY – 11 DECEMBER 2015

The theme this year is ‘Promoting Mountain Products’    International Mountain Day 2015 provides an occasion to highlight how mountain communities are protecting biodiversity by producing a large variety of typical products and providing crucial goods and services to all of us.  The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003, as they encouraged the international community to organize events at all levels on that day to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development.   http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/international-mountain-day

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11) UIAA

 

11.1)  2015 UIAA GENERAL ASSEMBLY: A REVIEW

The UIAA confirms changes to its Statute – the updated version will be available soon; announces a partnership with the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF); presents details of its – and the Nepal Mountaineering Association’s – support to the WFP programme.

KTK-BELT Studio is presented with the Mountain Protection Award for 2015. Created in 2013 as a response to forest loss, habitat decrease and a drop in biodiversity, KTK-BELT is a platform for farmers, teachers, designers and environmentalists working together to build community-based biodiversity conservation strategies in the eastern region of Nepal. Full details on the 2015 Mountain Protection Award winner are available in a dedicated news story.

Both organizations will work with the goal to improve their respective positions in the international sporting environment, in order to become stronger and achieve greater opportunities through the union of common interests. The partnership will officially commence on 1 January 2016. http://www.theuiaa.org/

 

11.2) REMOTE ACCESS OPERATIONS: REACHING THE UNREACHABLE

Following the April earthquake that shook Nepal and left thousands of people stranded in remote locations beyond the access of roads and helicopters, the World Food Programme (WFP) set up a Remote Access Operation to reach survivors with life-saving food, medicine and shelter. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-305-Join-the-UIAA-in-supporting-the-World-Food-Programme-and-Nepal-Mountaineering-Association-s-response-in-Nepal.html

11.3) THE UIAA INTEGRATES RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS

The UIAA is delighted to announce the extension of its activities in mountain preservation through the recent addition of the Respect the Mountains campaign.

Over the past decade, Respect the Mountains has acted as a guardian of the mountain world raising awareness through the practice of seven cardinal rules: book smart; travel wise; support sustainable practices; be a respectful and responsible mountain tourist; ‘leave no trace’; reduce, reuse, recycle & upcycle (RRRU) and spread the word.

 

Respecting the needs and wishes of mountain communities will continue to be a core component of the project in parallel with research, innovation and educating young people about preservation to ensure mountains continue to captivate future generations. As part of its strategy for the future the UIAA will organize educational projects during the ski season and clean-up events in the summer months.   mountainprotection@theuiaa.org www.theuiaa.org, @UIAAmountains and facebook.com/theuiaa

 

11.4) COP 21 –PARIS DECEMBER 2015

In December, Paris will host the 21st session of the conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), an event gathering around 40,000 participants, including country delegates, observers and civil society members. This conference is crucial to find a universal, legally binding agreement to effectively mitigate climate change and boost the transition towards resilient, low-carbon societies and economies. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-290-COP-21-Time-to-take-action-.html

 

11.5)  MĖMENTO MONTAGNE ĖTĖ ENGLISH RELEASE!

 

The popular Mémento Montagne été with the help of the Alpine Club of Canada has been translated into English. This handbook, with the support of the Petzl Foundation, was intended as a reference book for trip leaders and instructors of clubs and federations within the UIAA. It has been compiled by consultation with experts from many countries participating in the UIAA Training Standards, and has been "field-tested" on numerous courses world-wide.

We are delighted to announce that the English-language version of the Mémento Montagne été, called Alpine Skills: Summer is now available in paperback.

Alpine Skills: Summer has four modules that focus primarily on summer activities including Basic Knowledge, Alpine Hiking, Climbing and Alpinism.
 
The handbook price is CHF 8 (excluding delivery) and is available exclusively to UIAA member federations.  Alpine Skills: Summer is a not-for- profit Handbook and meant for distribution to leaders and instructors within the UIAA member federation family. Federations are invited to purchase quantities of this highly acclaimed handbook for distribution to students on their training courses.
 If you wish to order handbooks for your federation, please contact Agnès Semelet: 
agnes.semelet@theuiaa.org. We recommend that you order immediately in order to avoid disappointment, as we have limited stocks.

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12) 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: www.mcsamagalies.co.za

‎Namibia:  http://www.mcnam.org/                                               

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

South Cape: https://mcsasc.wordpress.com/

 

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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13)  SECTION NEWS

 There is no section news.

 

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14) SNIPPETS

14.1) PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

 

The search for a volunteer to take on the task of Public Relations Officer on behalf of the National Committee continues. If you are interested please contact Daniel Reinecke: daniel.reinecke@gmail.com

 

14.2) CAN ANYONE HELP!!
 In 1975 I was the helicopter pilot on board the naval ship SAS Protea when we took a team of 6 SA climbers to Kerguelen Island to climb Mount Ross. Does anybody have any information on this unsuccessful attempt? Climbers names etc.  Crow Stannard‎ 

 

14.3) BMC INTERNATIONAL CLIMBING MEET 21-31 JANUARY 2016

Toit Honiball from Magaliesberg Section and Douard Le Roux from Johannesburg Section have both been accepted to attend the BMC International Winter Climbing Meet, Glenmore Lodge, Cairngorms from 24 to 31 January 2016

 

 

14.4) HIMALAYAN CLUB E-NEWS

The Himalayan Club E-Letter which includes Climbs and Explorations, The Himalayan Club, News and Views, Awards and Obituaries.  https://www.himalayanclub.org/downloads/e-letter/elv32.pdf

 

 

14.5) HIMALAYA FALL 2015: UELI AND COMPANY TURNED BACK ON NUPTSE

 http://theadventureblog.blogspot.co.za/2015/10/himalaya-fall-2015-ueli-and-company.html

 

 

14.6) PhD POSITION IN BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY

The PhD candidate's research will focus on the impala antelope. This
ungulate will serve as a model species to understand how human disturbance
and land cover change may influence the species' behaviour, physiology, and
movement. The research will be conducted in the Serengeti National Park and
the adjoining Loliondo Game Controlled Area, Tanzania.
Application deadline is 15 November 2015.
http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/118230/phd-position-in-be
havioral-ecology

14.7)  AFROMONT

The Mountain Partnership’s international petition on Mountain ecosystems and peoples affected by climate change needs at least 5 000 signatures to be presented at the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2015. We have already collected 1 900 signatures from individuals around the world, but our deadline is fast approaching–we only have until 29 November 2015. http://chn.ge/1Lm8Fpk

 

14.8) MOUNTAIN RESEARCH INITIATIVE

 

The Mountain Research Initiative's Experts Database is an excellent resource for identifying other experts working in your region or field of expertise.   To date, the database comprises 9 600 entries of people involved in mountain research, management, governmental and non-governmental institutions and the private sector. The MRI database is part of the ProClim Info System on Climate and Global Change.      http://www.proClim.ch.

 

14.9) NATIONAL INVASIVE SPECIES WEEK

South Africa celebrated National Invasive Species Week 10 - 17 October – 2015. The celebration aims to raise awareness of the 559 plants and animals that needs to be regulated and controlled in the country.  Cape Town City is asking residents to control invasive plants on their properties. This year’s fire season is only months away, and it is important that property owners work to control invasive plants now to avoid potential loss of property and livelihoods during the approaching fire season. www.invasives.org.za

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 QUOTE

Sadly mountaineering, particularly big-time climbing in the great ranges has changed as it has gone commercial...  The line between sport and professionalism has disappeared.

 

Dr Charles Snead Houston 

 

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15) 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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