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2015-12

MCSA NATIONAL NEWS DECEMBER - 2015

Good Day! MCSA Member

 

In this bulletin:

1)  Message from the President

2) MCSA-British Mountain Council Trad exchange Meet - 2016

3) Kloofing mini-camp – 2016

4) Annual War Memorial service – 2016

5) The MCSA Supertramp Award – 2016 winners

6) Proposal for a National Expedition in 2016

7) 2016: 125 Years of the MCSA!

8) Limited special edition MCSA125 Anniversary original buff® 

9) MCSA 125th Anniversary T-Shirts

10) Olive Nieuwoudt’s book – My Cederberg Story

11) UIAA

   11.1) UIAA Global Youth Summit events:

   11.2) UIAA statement regarding proposed restrictions on Mount Everst

12) facebook and web pages

13) Section News

14) Snippets

15) Any newsworthy items

 

 

1) MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

I had a meeting with Mr Moemi, the Director General of Sports and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) in November. Apart from discussing a number of initiatives, including the SRSA funding of MCSA development activities, he did mention one thing that I thought applies to the MCSA as well. He said that SRSA hasn’t been focusing enough on the “R” in SRSA: Whilst they concentrate on sports federations and ‘formal’ sports, they are missing out on recreational activities and support of these. He also said that attracting young people to sports is getting more difficult – “they seem more interested in playstations and malls”.

So SRSA is busy re-evaluating its role, and trying to focus more on young people who do not take part in formal sports. Mr Moemi sees the MCSA as an agency that can attract young people to outdoor activities, and offered SRSA help in doing so.

One of his proposals was to initiate a “9 peaks challenge”, where we or the SRSA challenges youngsters to ‘climb’ the highest points in all nine provinces within a certain period of time. Mr Moemi, suggested that the SRSA might sponsor this challenge, and also sponsor a prize (he suggested an expedition somewhere). But it’s now up to the MCSA to come up with a format for such a challenge and propose it to the SRSA. So the MCSA Exco is looking at it, and will be including all sections in the project in the near future. Watch this space.

Terry White

 

2) MCSA-BRITISH MOUNTAIN COUNCIL TRAD EXCHANGE MEET - 2016

Many moons (~15 years) ago, the MCSA and the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) held an exchange trad-climbing meet in which knowledge was shared, muscles were bared, beers were drunk and relationships were formed. It was so much fun that Ed February and Snort have decided it is high time for another.

The idea is for 10 BMC climbers to come climb in SA for 10 days (26 February to 7 March 2016) and 10 MCSA climbers to then climb in Wales and the Peak District in the UK (22 April to 2 May 2016).

Costs to you: Travel and food in SA (and potentially bringing your car along for some bits) + your flight to the UK (potential partial sponsorship of some flights) + some rounds of drinks in the UK (don’t underestimate this!). The BMC climbers will have all expenses paid (accommodation, food and transport) once they arrive in SA and be hosted by the SA climbers. Just as we look after the BMC here in South Africa, they will look after us in the UK.

Criteria: Be an MCSA member, be able to on sight Grade 20+ on trad, have your own gear, be psyched, be free for the above dates.

If you are interested, send a short motivation to juliawakeling@gmail.com before the 7 DECEMBER 2015.

 

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3) KLOOFING MINI CAMP – JANUARY 2016

The Eastern Province section would like to invite MCSA members to its KLOOFING MINI CAMP to be held in January 2016.   We will be based at the Formosa Hut and tackle four Tsitsikamma kloofs nearby. These will be technically very difficult kloofs and are only for those with the necessary kloofing skills.

Contact: Magnus Wagener    mcwagener@gmail.com

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4) ANNUAL WAR MEMORIAL SERVICE - 2016

The Annual War Memorial Service will be held at Maclear’s Beacon on Sunday 28 February 2016. The service will be conducted by the Reverend Tim Attwell. This is a non- denominational service and commemorates members of the club who have died in the past year.

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5) THE MCSA SUPERTRAMP AWARD 2015 -WINNERS

The ‘Other’ 9000+ft East African Rift Valley Volcanoes

The team, consisting of Matthew Davey (MCSA Cape Town Section) and Margot Leger, aims to summit and explore the ‘other’ 9000+ft volcanoes in the East African Rift Valley. The six volcanoes that the expedition is targeting fall within the borders of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and include the five peaks of Mt Elgon, Ol Doinyo Lengai, Mt Meru and several others. Some of these are remote, relatively under-explored, poorly documented and pose serious trekking challenges. This four-week expedition will happen between November and December 2015, starting in Kampala (Uganda) and ending in Arusha (Tanzania). We hope to raise awareness about African mountaineering and trekking possibilities beyond well-known destinations such as Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya and the Rwenzoris.

A massive (and excited) thank you to the anonymous sponsor of the MCSA Supertramp Award 2015 and the Mountain Club of South Africa for supporting exploration on African soil!

 

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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) 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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8) LIMITED SPECIAL EDITION MCSA125 ANNIVERSARY ORIGINAL BUFF® 

In 2016, the MCSA will be celebrating its 125 year anniversary!  MCSA Magalies Section is offering for sale to all MCSA members nationally, a Limited Special Edition MCAS 125 Year Anniversary Original Buff® to commemorate this for R125.00. Click on the link below to read up more and to fill in the quick and easy Order Form.  http://www.mcsamagalies.co.za/index.php/2014-08-19-20-47-44/buff-info

Due to the festive season and with the printing industry closing for the year, we will have to close orders by Monday 7 December 2015.

We are hoping to receive final delivery of the Buff® in February 2016 and will   make arrangements to send the total amount of Buff® fully paid for by your respective members to your club house for collection. We will send you a full list of names and quantities purchased, by each of your members, with the parcel delivered: www.mcsamagalies.co.za

 

9) MCSA 125th ANNIVERSARY T-SHIRTS

The Johannesburg Section will be offering for sale special edition MCSA 125th year anniversary First Ascent t-shirts embroidered with the MCSA’s special logo. A limited number will be available. Further details to follow.

 

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10) 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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11) UIAA

 

11.1) UIAA GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT EVENTS:

 

PLEASE NOTE:    All applications to participate in any UIAA Global Youth Summit event must be submitted through the MCSA Youth Commission representative, viz: Jenny Paterson.  No application will be accepted unless it is signed off by her.  South African passport holders will require visa to travel to either of these countries so it is essential to apply early.

                                               

i) International Youth Ice Climbing Camp, Valle Varaita, Italy:

Location:  Valle Varaita is a beautiful valley in the Cueno Province that extends in north-west Italy where it touches the French border.

Dates:  06 – 10 February 2016.

Participants:  Youth Members aged from 15 to 19 years.

Participation will be limited to 10 Italians and 10 foreigners.

Price:  €200 payable on arrival to the organiser. Accommodation, full board and local transfer costs included.

Excludes: international airfare; cost of visa; personal insurance.

Accommodation will be at Rifugio Savigliano.

Registration deadline:  15 January 2016.

 

(ii)   International Youth Ice Climbing Camp, Guillestre, France:
Location:  Guillestre, Hautes Alpes, France
Dates:   21 – 27 February 2016.

Participants:  Youth Members aged from 16 to 26 years. Participants should lead climb at a minimum of 5b French grade and should be autonomous for managing belay. Numbers will be limited.
Participants younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult climber/coach, who is able to look after them during this Meet.

Price:   €200 payable on arrival to the organiser.

Accommodation, full board, leading and organisational costs included (except for one midday picnic.)

Registration deadline:  14 February 2016.

 

For more information on either of these events, plus possible financial assistance through the MCSA Centenary Journal Youth Fund, please contact:  jennyapaterson@gmail.com

 

 

11.2) UIAA STATEMENT REGARDING PROPOSED RESTRICTIONS ON MOUNT EVEREST

 

The UIAA fully supports the decision by Nepalese authorities to propose more stringent measures for climbers wishing to scale the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest (29,029ft / 8,848m). These measures will include individuals having to prove they have already scaled a peak in excess of 6,500m, eliminating the possibility of novice climbers scaling the mountain. http://www.theuiaa.org/

 

 

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12) FACEBOOK AND WEB PAGES

 

National: https://www.facebook.com/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.

 

 

13) SECTION NEWS

 

13.1) JOHANNESBURG SECTION

 

Things have been quite hectic in the last few weeks with the JHB section's move to new offices at CityROCK . Uschi is mostly retired but she is helping with info and loose ends.  There are no more mcsa mails going to her and we have a message on the 011 807 1310 number. Her private e-mail is uschi.magg@gmail.com

 

Jenny Paterson and Susan Klopper are manning the office.  Susan will be there on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Jenny on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Roland will be at the office on a random basis and can also be reached on the mobile number:  061 239 6272.    www.jhb.mcsa.org.za  admin@jhb.mcsa.org.za

Office Hours: 3.00pm - 6.00pm weekdays and Wednesday 3.00pm – 7.00pm.

Office Tel: +27 11067 0326.

 

 

13.2) CAPE TOWN SECTION

 

Seventy kids and several adults had an early Christmas on Saturday at the MCSA CT Outreach party. The youngsters, from Holy Cross and Marsh Memorial Children's homes and Kingdom Kids from Philippi and Lotus River, first went on a hike in Newlands Forest, and then the party got going in the picnic area with a braai, games and gifts. If you'd like to join Outreach, please contact Hanlie at: hanliegouwsrsa@gmail.com

 

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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) ADVENTURERS OF THE YEAR

For 11 years, National Geographic has combed the globe to find the Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her extraordinary achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, or humanitarianism.  Once again a South African features!  Over 120 days, South African biologist Steve Boyes led a team of explorers across a grueling 1,578 miles in dugout canoes from the headwaters of the Okavango River in Angola to its desert delta in Botswana, a sanctuary for the largest population of elephants and other wildlife. Their goal was to document, record, and broadcast the pulse of this Eden, one of the Earth’s last untouched wildernesses, to protect it for the future.   Steve and his team surely deserve a vote!  To do so, go to:  http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2016/

14.3) INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY – DECEMBER 11

 

The United Nations General Assembly designated 11 December “International Mountain Day”. As of 2003, it has been observed every year to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

Promoting mountain products is the theme chosen for this year’s celebration of International Mountain Day. Globalization offers opportunities for mountain producers to market their high quality mountain products, such as coffee, cocoa, honey, herbs, spices and handicrafts at the national, regional and international levels. Though mountain agriculture cannot compete with the prices and volumes of lowland production, it can concentrate on high value, high quality products to boost local economies.

14.4) 9TH INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHICAL UNION CONFERENCE

 

We invite you to submit Papers/posters at 9th International Geographic Union Conference organised by Department of Geography, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi, on Focal Theme: Land Use Change, Climate Extremes and Disaster Risk Reduction during on 18-20 March, 2016

 Please visit the website http://www.igusbsc2016.org  for further details of the conference and abstract submission. 

14.5) THE MOUNTAIN RESEARCH INITIATIVE

The commission of Landscape analysis and Landscape planning of International Geographical Union, with the assistance of Tbilisi State University and the Geographical Society of Georgia is happy to announce the launch of a new journal
"Geography of Mountain Regions”: conditions for publication: 
http:// www.caucasus-jour.ge

14.6) AFROMONT

INTERNATIONAL BARCODE OF LIFE (IBOL)

New methods in DNA analysis and computer storage and processing power mean that it has become possible to use a DNA-barcode system to quickly identify species, and share information on species, as well as easily access information on species through online linkages to publications, databases and other resources. As of early 2008, researchers from 25 nations have been involved in developing a large-scale project focused on the construction of a comprehensive DNA barcode library for eukaryotic life.

14.7) THE KEW GARDENS MILLENNIUM SEED BANK PARTNERSHIP

The Kew Gardens Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) in the United Kingdom is the largest ex situ plant conservation programme in the world. The Seed Bank focuses on global plant life faced with the threat of extinction and plants of most use for the future. The wild seeds are collected all around the world, to be saved as insurance against the risk of extinction in their native habitat, and against climate change. The Kew Seed Bank project works with a network of partners across 80 countries, and to date have successfully banked over 13% of the world's wild plant species, with aims to save 25% of those species with bankable seeds by 2020 (75 000 species. http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/collections/millennium-seed-bank/projects-and-partners

 

14.8) AFRICAN RESEARCH GROUP SECURES IMPORTANT UK RESEARCH FUNDING

An all-African research group secured funding from the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) UK programme which is supporting five major research projects to develop better climate information for Africa and to test how the new information could be used in decision-making. http://futureclimateafrica.org/

 

14.9) VIDEO: THE SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPES OF CANADA

http://theadventureblog.blogspot.co.za/

 

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QUOTE

 

Again I hear

These waters rolling from their mountain-springs

With a soft inland murmur – Once again

Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,

That on a wild secluded scene impress

Thoughts of more deep seclusion: and connect

The landscape with the quiet of the sky.

                                                Wordsworth.

 

 

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

  

 

 

 

“explore – discover – connect – protect”

"verken – ontdek – ontmoet – bewaar

 

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