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2016-03

Message from the President

1.1) AGM – MAY 7 – 2016

1.2   MCSA Annual General Meeting and Elections 

1.3)  MCSA National sub-committees and other positions

2) MCSA – BMC Meet the S A leg

3) Annual Dinner – 7 May 2016 – update

4) Buffs MCSA 125

5) July Camp 2016 – Details

6) Reciprocity agreement – MCSA and the NLMC (North London Mountaineering Club)

7)1-2-5...Climb - 8 October - 2016 

8) Supertramp - Feedback

9) Youth Adventurer on the move – Wild for Change Expedition

10) KTK-BELT - update

11) UIAA

11.1) UIAA Medical Commission; Zika Viral Infection

11.3) General Assembly – Italy –Saturday October 15 2016

11.4) Black Diamond issues voluntary recall of carabiners and runners

11.5) Exclusive video highlights: UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour #1 Bozeman

12) facebook and web pages

13) Section News

14) Snippets

15)  Any newsworthy items

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

The MCSA is run by volunteers. I think they don’t get enough thanks for their time, effort and problem solving skills. So let me thank all volunteers who contribute so much to the club.

 

Years ago I was talking to a Section chairman who was also a prominent member of his church. He told me that the church was having great difficulty with getting volunteers, and years later that problem remains a challenge for all clubs, and other organisations.

 

 So to all the committee members, the secretaries, the financial portfolios and others who do so much, thank you from the MCSA and all members. Special thanks should also go to the Outreach people – they are committed, effective and represent the best of the MCSA. And of course those members who are involved in search and rescue – these people not only train endlessly,  and get called out at all hours, but they more than any other group present the face of the MCSA to the public.

 

There is a danger of singling out any group, because there are so many groups who contribute so much. So I apologise if I’ve missed you as a special mention – thank you again.

 

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1.1) 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!”

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 1.2) MCSA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND ELECTIONS

 The AGM of the MCSA will take place on 7 May 2016 at the Cape Town Section Clubhouse. Nominations for the positions of the President, Treasurer and Secretary can be made by any Section by 7 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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1.3)  MCSA NATIONAL SUB-COMMITTTEES AND OTHER POSITIONS

 The MCSA has several national subcommittees and the convenors thereof will be appointed on 7 May 2016. Currently we have: Access (Roy Kendall), Expeditions (Ulrike Kiefer), IT (Vacant), Medical (Eckart von Delft), Mountain Protection (Maretha Alant), Search & Rescue (Rob Thomas) Public Relations (Marilyn Zimmerman) and Youth (Jenny Paterson). 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) and Jenny Paterson is on the Youth Commission.

 We have on communications: eNews editor (Bridget Carrick), Web &FB Editor (Werner Illenberger) and Journal Editor (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 convener or subcommittee member, please contact your Section or Daniel Reinecke (secretary@mcsa.org.za).

 Our most urgent needs are for members to help with administration, training, and sponsorships.

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2) MCSA-BMC MEET:  THE SA LEG

 

The MCSA-BMC meet is happening! The Brits who are coming to see us:

 

 

Ben Heason

Tess Fryer

Jimmy Marjot

Pete Robbins

Mikey Goldthorp

George North

Becca Lounds

Sophie Whyte

Emma Twyford

Steve Mcclure

 

The MCSA-ers who are hosting the Brits and heading to the UK:

Marianne Schwankhart

Julia Wakeling

Candice Bagley

Richard Halsey

Gosia Lipinska

Warren Gans

Sarel Jansen van Rensburg

Johann Lanz

Garvin Jacobs

Louis Louw

Clinton Martinengo (SA only)

 

The proposed itinerary (highly likely to change and updates will be advertised):

Date

Activity

Thur 25 Feb

Most Brits arrive in CT

Fri 26 Feb

The last Brits arrive in CT and we all head up to Tafelberg

Sat 27 Feb

Tafelberg for one night (no water, so we’ll have to carry our own). Walk down and sleep at Sanddrift

Sun 28 Feb

Wolfberg, sleep at Sanddrift

Mon 29 Feb

Wolfberg, drive back to CT

Tue 1 Mar

Table Mountain + MCSA CT clubhouse slideshow by Steve McClure and Ben Heason + bring and braai

 

 

Wed 2 Mar

Yellowwood – Stay at the MCSA Du Toit’s hut

Thur 3 Mar

Yellowwood / Table Mountain – stay in CT

Fri 4 Mar

Fly to Jhb, drive to Blouberg, walk up

Sat 5 Mar

Blouberg

Sun 6 Mar

Blouberg

Mon 7 Mar

Blouberg, drive back to Jhb. Bring and braai and slideshow (Steve + Ben) at the MCSA/City Rock in Jhb.

Tues 8 Mar

Fly home or explore South Africa

 

The vibe:

·         Anyone and everyone are welcome to join for whichever bits of the SA leg they would like to join for, just organise your own logistics.

·         If you would like to get involved in helping out at all, please let Julia (juliawakeling@gmail.com / 082 7557 123) know. E.g. if you would like to host any Brits in CT?

·         The bring-and-braais + slideshows at the MCSA in CT and Jhb will be great events.

·         The nights at Sanddrift will be extremely festive – come and climb and join the campfire!

·         If you would like to buy one of Steve Mcclure’s books (Beyond Limits: A life through climbing), please let Julia know before 15th Feb. He’ll only bring as many as he can pre-sell (finding out the price).

 

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3) ANNUAL DINNER - 7 MAY 2016 - UPDATE

 

The annual dinner will take place at Moyo’s restaurant Kirstenbosch on 7 May 2016 6 for 6.30pm. Book before 31 March and get the early bird special price of R250.  To book: contact Rose at: mcsacapetown@iafrica.com or call 021 465 3412

Don’t delay – numbers are limited to 100 people. 

 

The guest speaker is Dr Xavier Ledoux , one of the doctors who will be attending an International Mountaineering Medical Conference occurring at the same time.

Dr Xavier Ledoux is a renowned French anaesthetist (in France, they add re-animator) who has been involved for many years in mountain rescue in the French Alps, mainly in Chamonix and Grenoble. He is a founder member of the ANMSM (L’Association Nationale des Médecins et des Sauveteurs en Montagne, or the National Association of Mountain Rescue Doctors and Rescuers,) established in 1990. He became well known for his application of regional anaesthesia, a powerful technique of pain relief, for mountain accident patients, even in arduous circumstances.  He is currently based on St Martin in the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea, a little piece of heaven.  He has had an active and colourful rescue career including rescues and resuscitations in South Africa! It was on his recommendation that the MCSA is represented at ICAR in both the Helicopter and Medical Commissions.  

 

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4) BUFFS MCSA 125

 

Please note that the Buffs have arrived!  

All members from the Western Cape area namely, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Hottentots Holland, Paarl/Wellington, Tygerberg and Worcester will be happy to know your paid order's will be distributed soon as they have already been delivered to the Cape. The paid orders by members of the other sections namely, Amajuba, Eastern Province, Free State, Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal and South Cape, these will be posted from Pretoria from end February, to your respective sections and will be distributed at your club evenings. Watch out for your section's newsletters as to when you're able to collect.    Enjoy wearing it!

 

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5) 97th JULY CAMP 2016 – LOTHENI SATURDAY 2ND TO SATURDAY 16TH JULY 2016 - DETAILS

 

This year, July Camp will be held at Lotheni – a nature reserve in a remote and secluded part of the southern Drakensberg, or to give it its correct name, the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site. July Camp has been there only once before and that was in 1996, the year of the ‘Big Snow’, so 20 years later seems a good time to return!  This site offers wide vistas with striking views of Redi, Hawk and Tent and to the north stands Giant’s Castle. The name Lotheni means ‘in the ashes’ referring to the burnt appearance of the shale found in the Lotheni River. The area is well watered by a number of rivers. There are several waterfalls and pools to delight the brave who want to swim, or the photo-enthusiast who prefers to experience the Berg through the lens of a camera or the trout fisherman (fishing licences are available from the Office). Both the Little Berg and the Escarpment call to the hiker to come and explore them. Mountain-biking is an option that is permitted in the reserve.  Our Base Camp will be situated alongside the Lotheni River, in a part of the reserve that is well known for its grassland and marshland bird life. When we were at the Campsite on one of the recce trips, we disturbed a Reedbuck right at the Campsite. That seemed a very inviting omen. Application form and brochure will be posted shortly on the website:   http://kzn.mcsa.org.za/meets/july-camp

GEN. ENQUIRIES:   Rikki Abbott Wedderburn:   ronwedd@netactive.co.za

Cell: 082 538 5389         Tel:  033 2392 374

 

To acquaint yourself with the area, the relevant maps are the KZNatal Drakensberg Park Hiking Map nos. 4 and 5 which are available from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, P O Box 13609, Cascades, 3202 or customerservice@kznwildlife.com. Black and white MCSA Berg maps will be available in the Camp.

 

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6) RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT  MCSA AND THE NLMC (NORTH LONDON MOUNTAINEERING CLUB)

 

A Reciprocal Rights Agreement has been concluded between the MCSA and NLMC. MCSA members with valid membership cards visiting the United Kingdom will be given the same rates and privileges as the NLMC gives to its own members when visiting the NLMC properties. This will include access to the club properties and any discounted hut fees, but will require adherence to local rules.

 

The NLMC has a well-positioned hut in Snowdonia National Park in North Wales.  The ‘Hut’ is actually two properties, the Cottage and the Barn. The Cottage is strictly reserved for members and visitors whilst the Barn is regularly rented out which provides an income for the club. The Barn is suitable for large groups and is also available for members and visitors as long as it has not been rented out.

 

North Wales offers excellent opportunities for hiking and rock climbing as well as being a brilliant venue for winter ice and mixed climbing.  Any visiting MCSA member is required to first contact the NLMC Committee to arrange use of the club facilities prior to visiting.  The latest contact details can be found on the NLMC website: www.nlmc.co.uk

 

The NLMC is one of the most active clubs in the UK.  Our members have climbed on all corners of the globe from the dizzying heights of Mount Everest to modest buttresses of Stanage Edge.   2016 Climbing Meets include Saxony in German, Monta Rosa in Italy, Scottish Highlands, Fairhead in Ireland and many more UK-based meets. We would welcome any MCSA members along. Members meet on Wednesday evenings at the Mile End climbing wall, followed by the Palm Tree pub. If you're in London do come along - just ask at the climbing wall reception to be pointed to a NLMC member, or look out for the club's red T-shirts

 

 

7) 1-2-5...CLIMB  -  8 OCTOBER 2016 

 

The Mountain Club of South Africa is celebrating its 125th birthday on 8 October 2016. We would like all members to join up, invite friends and the public so as to climb at least 125 routes and peaks, especially on 8 October 2016, but also during the period of 1 to 16 October 2016.

 

We hope to raise awareness about our Club and our mountains as well as to mountaineer, climb and have fun!

 

Go Wild! Climb in one of the outlaying or unknown mountain ranges or on your doorstep; bag a first ascent or do the 100th ascent of one; climb our highest peaks or stroll up a hill; go alone or convince the town mayor (and especially some reporters or even TV crews) to accompany you or you can even maybe organise an outreach meet.

 

Explore – Discover - Connect – Protect: Hike or climb!

One Hundred and Twenty Five Years of the MCSA!!

8 October 2016

 

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8) SUPERTRAMP – THE ‘OTHER’ 9000+FT EAST AFRICAN RIFT VALLEY VOLCANOES -FEEDBACK

 

Team members: Matthew Davey, Margot Leger & Daniël Cloete

Three weeks. Five volcanic peaks. 18,800 metres total elevation. More than a thousand kilometres between them. Combining these lesser-known East African giants was always going to pose serious challenges – but we did not expect that the hiking would be the least of them! We tackled them in geological order, from oldest and grandest, to youngest and fiercest. Individually, these ‘other’ Rift Valley volcanoes were unique hiking experiences: Mt Elgon (4,302m, Kenya/Uganda) is superb for trekking, Mt Longonot (2,776m, Kenya) is a phenomenally scenic day out, Mt Meru (4,566m, Tanzania) is arguably a worthier mountaineering option than Kilimanjaro, and Ol Doinyo Lengai (2,962m, Tanzania), well, that one caters for a special strain of mountain madness. Combining them, however, was very tough. As we learnt, getting to the volcano is more dangerous than the volcano itself, and it always takes longer to get there than to get back. We left with a strong respect for these volcanoes, feeling privileged to have ventured across these majestic old and new lands.

 

This expedition owes a debt of gratitude to the Supertramp Award from the Mountain Club of South Africa and to a grant from the Irvine Fund at the University of Oxford. It was an expensive endeavour made possible by their support, and we are very thankful.

 

The Supertramp Award is generously funded by an anonymous donor through the Magaliesberg Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa. The annual award supports unique mountain adventures planned by young South Africans. For more information, please visit http://cen.mcsa.org.za/home/supertramp.

 

The Irvine Fund, established in memory of A. C. Irvine of Merton College (University of Oxford), who lost his life during the 1924 Everest Expedition, assists members of the university to go on expeditions to mountains in Britain or abroad. For more information, please visit http://users.ox.ac.uk/~acirvine/.

 

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9) YOUTH ADVENTURER ON THE MOVE – WILD FOR CHANGE EXPEDITION

 

Bernie Theron, youth member of Magaliesberg Section, teamed up with Wild Factor (http://wildfactor.co.za/ ) for this challenging undertaking! Wild Factor’s main goal is to successfully run the 2016 Wild for Change Project, raising awareness and funds for climate change projects in Africa. They partnered up with social enterprise Green Pop (www.greenpop.org) to achieve this (do check out their website – established in 2010, they have in the interim planted over 60 000 trees in South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania!)  Wild Factor plans to plant at least 22 trees in each country Bernie visits.  Duration: ± 9 months; challenge? Survival, paddling (550 km), hiking (900 km) cycling (13 000 km)!  Bernie received financial support from the MCSA’s Centenary Journal Youth Fund and extra from an anonymous donor.  Follow him on:

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/wildfactorsa/

https://www.instagram.com/bernie_theron/

https://twitter.com/wildfactorsa

 

 

10) KTK-BELT - update

 

Twenty days ago, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the creation of a 'vertical university' in eastern Nepal. Our aim is to create a continuous forest belt from Koshi Tappu (67 m.) to Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m.), to teach and conserve the 6,600 flowering plants, 800 bird species and 180 mammals found in this region. This year, we are seeking to create a belt between Kanchenjunga and Makalu, which will span 9 VDCs and create an important wilderness habitat for threatened species.

 

I'm pleased to report; we have generated $40,170 from 141 global backers, and a $30,000 offline pledge, which means we're 70% of the way there! However, since it's an all-or-nothing situation, we need to raise the remaining 30% in the next 9 days or else KTK-BELT will not receive any funds and pledges are returned.

 

Any level of contribution, big or small, would help at this point. Publicizing the link would also be helpful. Please consider contributing whatever you can to help us get to the finish line:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/verticaluniversity/creating-an-8000-meter-vertical-university-in-nepa

 

As you may know, last year, KTK-BELT received the prestigious UIAA Mountain Protection Prize, sponsored by Western University and Golden Rock. This has helped with the creation of the Sikti Forest trail, which is currently being mapped by local youth fellows. The prize also elevated the project globally and has sparked new partnerships with conservation and design organizations.

 

We'd appreciate any help you can offer. Several images of our 'learning grounds' within the 'vertical university' are attached. Thank you for supporting our work, and Happy Year of the Fire Monkey and St. Valentine's Day to all.

 Rajeev Goyal and Priyanka Bista

Co-founders, KTK-BELT

 

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11 UIAA

 

11.1 UIAA MEDICAL COMMISSION; ZIKA VIRAL INFECTION

 

The UIAA Medical Commission has released a new recommendation dedicated to the current outbreak of the Zika Viral Infection.  The document charts the background of the disease, its relevance to climbers and mountaineers and presents the UIAA Medical Commission’s current advice. http://www.theuiaa.org

 

11.2 GENERAL ASSEMBLY – ITALY - SATURDAY OCTOBER 15 2016

The General Assembly will be held on Saturday 15 October2016 with side events taking place on Friday 14th and Sunday 16th.Member federations are informed that the 2016 UIAA General Assembly will take place in Brixen-Südtirol, Italy.  http://www.theuiaa.org

 

11.3 BLACK DIAMOND ISSUES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF CARABINERS AND   RUNNERS

 Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), voluntarily issued a recall, subject to user inspection, of carabiners/quickdraws because of the possibility of defects in the gate that could cause the carabiner to fail or function incorrectly. http://www.theuiaa.org/news-358-Black-Diamond-issues-voluntary-recall-of-carabiners-and-runners.html

 

11.4 EXCLUSIVE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:  UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD TOUR#1 BOZEMAN

http://www.theuiaa.org/news-336-Exclusive-video-highlights-UIAA-Ice-Climbing-World-Tour-1-Bozeman.html

 

 

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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

 

 There is no Section News

 

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14) SNIPPETS

 

14.1) 4000m CLIMBING THE HIGHEST MOUNTIANS OF THE ALPS – DAVE WYNNE-JONES

   Dave Wynne-Jones new book, 4000m Climbing the Highest Mountains of the  

Alps will be published at the end of February.

 

This is a memoir of his quest to climb the 4000m mountains of the Alps, illustrated by the very best mountain photography and enriched by chapters on the distinctive features of alpine climbing. His words and photos grasp the alpine experience in its varied forms that were shared with each climbing partner over the years and which is open to anyone with the same commitment. Jenna Irvine  Promotions
Whittles Publishing, Dunbeath Mill, Dunbeath, Caithness, Scotland. KW6 6EG
: +44(0)1593 731 333 f: +44(0)1593 731 400  www.whittlespublishing.com

 

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14.2) I M F

Dr Anil Gurtoo, a member of the UIAA medical com, representing IMF is shaping up a Medical Committee. The first activity is to run an IMF Certification Course in Expedition Medicine for Mountaineers this summer. A plan has been drafted and feed back sought with the objective of improving its design, Structure and Processes. Any Critique would be welcome. vinod.chauhan@indmount.org anilgurtoo@yahoo.co.in

 

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14.3) VIDEO: YOSEMITE’S ANNUAL FIREFALL CAUGHT ON FILM

Each year in February, the sun hits the upper portion of Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park   http://theadventureblog.blogspot.co.za/

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14.4) VIDEO: EXTREME MOUNTAINEERING WITH REINHOLD MESSNER

A 45 minute documentary. http://theadventureblog.blogspot.co.za/

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14.5) M R I - LAND DEGRADATION IN THE DRAKENSBERG – SUE TAYLOR

www.blogs-mri.org

 

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14.6) MRI – CO-OPERATIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

 

Volkswagen Foundation's has announced Calls for postdoctoral fellowships under the Initiative “Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa”. The funding initiative aims at extending and strengthening research in the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. http://mri.scnatweb.ch/en/networks/mri-africa   https://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/funding/international-focus/knowledge-for-tomorrow-cooperative-research-projects-in-sub-saharan-africa.html?L=1

 

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14.7) AFROMONT – WORKSHOP ON INVASIVES – CAPE TOWN MAY 02 -06

 

  http://futureearth.org/events/capacity-building-workshop-global-change-impact-diseases-and-alien-species-expansion

 

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14.8) LOOKING FOR AN MSc IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION?

 

The Science Communication Unit based at UWE, Bristol, UK is once again recruiting to its popular MSc (http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/p90012/) and PGCert (http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/p90a4) courses. Based on extensive consultation with employers, practitioners, graduates and students, we are offering an exciting suite of ‘new’ optional modules for 2016 which will allow students to fully explore concepts and practice around digital engagement, sci art, and science communication in public spaces, as well as a range of other contemporary topics. If you’d like to find out more about the programmes, new international scholarship opportunities available for students at UW Top UK climbers, Ben Heason and Steve McClure  Ben has been involved in aspects of climbing at a high level. Big walls in remote places, E7 onsight solo on 'trad' and even a barefoot solo of a grade 30 sport route... He is also involved with coaching and motivational speaking. His talk will focus on the the first free ascent of Angel Falls. This is the worlds highest waterfall, in the deep jungle of Venezuela.  Steve McClure will talk about his autobiography and a life through climbing: from the very first project right up to his hardest red-point. He has climbed the hardest sport routes in the UK at 9a+, numerous new routes at the grade of 9a and on-sighted many at 8b+. You might also find him wiggling in wires on traditional routes or sleeping in a portaledge on a 1000m wall in Greenland.   Spread the word!xt TuesdayE, or how you may be able to achieve funding for postgraduate study in 2016 visit our website or contact Clare.Wilkinson@uwe.ac.uk

 

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14.9) ASSESSMENT OF SOCIAL VULNERABILITY TO NATURAL HAZARDS IN THE MOUNTAIN KINGDOM OF LESOTHO

 

University of the Witwatersrand, School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, Johannesburg, WITS 2015, South Africa  http://dx.doi.org/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-14-00087.1

 

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QUOTE

 

How to die in the mountains – S.A.Rs prayer

Seek no wisdom, leave no word.
Common sense is too absurd.
Take no extra food or gear
You’ll not need them, never fear.
Do not fret, if you’ve no skill
Birds like you are hard to kill.
We beg of you, before you die
Just pick a place that’s not too high

 

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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

  

 

 

 

“explore – discover – connect – protect”

"verken – ontdek – ontmoet – bewaar

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