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2014-04

In this news bulletin:


1) Montagu Mayhem 2014

2) MCSA National - AGM

3) Annual Dinner

4) July Camp

5) Peru Expedition

6) Roc Rally

7) National Meet

8) UIAA NEWS

8.1)  IMF Reduced Peak Fee

  8.2)  Ethiopian Conservation Project Winner

8.3)  Global Youth Summit – Youth Leader Training Course

9) Rory Lowther Memorial Challenge –Feedback

10) MDT Award System 2014

11) Section News

12) Snippets

13) Newsworthy Items

 

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1) MONTAGU MAYHEM 2014

 

If you haven’t already done so, book the dates for 12th and 13th April and register online asap!  You can find more information on the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/montagumayhem?skip_nax_wizard=true     https://www.facebook.com/events/249269141909602/?ref=5

Please contact: mayhem@rock-chicks.co.za for more information and to register.

 

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2) MCSA NATIONAL - AGM

 

The AGM of the MCSA will take place on Saturday 12 April 2014 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, Jenny Paterson (jpaterson@iburst.co.za), as from Monday 7 April.

Members are welcome to bring any issues not resolved by their Sections to the attention of the Central/National Committee: Contact Petro Grobler (petrogrobler@telkomsa.net; 073 401 7590) – MCSA President 2013/4.

 

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3) ANNUAL DINNER

 

This is to be held in Bloemfontein and will be at the A-Lodge on 31 May at 18h30. The cost of the dinner will be R230.00. The Guest Speaker will be Rose Gardner, a member of the Free State Section who has completed 4 of the 7 summits. Contact Charlotte Augustyn:  charlottea100@gmail.com

 

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4) JULY CAMP: 5 - 19 July 2014.

 

Once again we are privileged to have a new Base Camp Site this year, on a promontory at the junction of the Mkhomazi and the Mlahlangubo Rivers.  The reserve itself is very seldom visited partly because the Campsite has not yet been rebuilt after being gutted a few years ago. As a result, only the very occasional hiking party wanting to sub-camp at Rooibessiebos or visit Kaula or Bird’s Nest Caves tend to go there. So despite the fact that we are camping at a magnificent grassland site, albeit fairly close to the entry road, we still have the solitude we all so dearly love. Not only is there water a plenty, there are excellent swimming pools on the Mkhomazi both above and below the Camp for all those wanting to indulge in the Berg waters in July!

 

For further information, queries and additional forms: The Convenor, July Camp Sub-Committee, Rikki Abbott Wedderburn, Telephone: (Home) 033  2392 374 (Cell) 082  538 538 9  e-mail: ronwedd@netactive.co.za  Application forms and brochure: http://cen.mcsa.org.za/home/camps

 

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5) PERU EXPEDITION

Michael Schaff is leading an expedition to Peru in June/July 2014. They are first going to hike the Huayhuash Circuit, and then spend five weeks climbing in the Cordillera Blanca. They intend to start with Pisco, Yanapaccha, and Chopicalqui, before moving to other areas in the Blanca. Alpamayo & Quitaraju are also part of the plan. For the Huayhuash, they are now full, but can still accommodate more climbers in the Blanca. If interested, please contact Michael: mschaff@telkomsa.net

 

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6) ROC RALLY

 

The Roc Rally will be held around the weekend of 27-28 September at Waterval Boven: For further details:     Gustav Janse van Rensburg - rocrope@gmail.com

 

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7) NATIONAL MEET - October 2014: Bookings are open!

The Paarl-Wellington Section will host the 2014 National Meet during the October school holidays from 3-12 October. Hikes will take place in the Paarl/Wellington area and at PW’s wonderful Krom River Hut. There will be a braai on 10 October.

There will ONLY be 100 places available at the base camp on Olive Glen Mountain Farm at the foot of the old DuToits Kloof tunnel, Klein Drakenstein, Paarl. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Olive-Glen-Mountain-Farm/276871869076974) so jump for the opportunity to get one of them! It will cost R70 per adult per day to stay there.

Bookings have to be made through Avril Powrie: brucepowrie@gmail.com;  021 873 0960/ 082 921 4325 

 

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8) UIAA NEWS

 

8.1) IMF REDUCED PEAK FEE

 

In accordance with the Campaign “777 Days of Incredible Indian Himalaya” launched by the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, the fees charged by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) for climbing peaks in Indian Himalaya to all Foreign/Joint Expeditions (Foreign Climbers)  for the climbing season 2014 and 2015 have been reduced.  Details of the fee for the year 2014 and 2015 can be found at:   http://www.indmount.org/    More information from the MCSA Expeditions Convenor, Ulrike Kiefer ukiefer@icon.co.za.  “More expeditions from South Africa to India for climbing are welcome”.

 

8.2) ETHIOPEAN CONSERVATION PROJECT WINNER

The Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area (GCCA) situated in the northern highlands of Ethiopia is the first recipient of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award.http://www.theuiaa.org.  The MCSA’s Conservation Convenor, Maretha Alant, was on the assessment panel.

 

8.3) MCSA/UIAA GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT – YOUTH LEADER TRAINING COURSE.

 

This course was postponed from 2013.  Important details are:

DATES:    15 - 19 August 2014

VENUE:   Maretlwane Wilderness School

COST:      R2 500 per participants.

More information and a downloadable application form can be obtained from:   jpaterson@iburst.co.za; or from the MCSA website: http://cen.mcsa.org.za/home/youth

 

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9) 10th RORY LOWTHER MEMORIAL CHALLENGE – FEEDBACK

 

The competition was run over two days instead of one and the event extended geographically to include not only Appin farm at Swinburne but also Mount Everest on the other side of Harrismith, adding over 200 more pitches. This year 63 teams competed of which school teams accounted for 30. By the time the dust had settled on Saturday, a total of 1376 routes and hiking destinations had been logged by the 63 teams (105 on Friday by the Open and Masters competitors). This ranged from a low of 2, to a high of 111 (with a median of 18). More details of results at: http://therory2o13.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/results/

                   The Club provided sponsorship of R2000 for nine Free State climbers to attend the Rory Lowther Memorial Challenge in order to promote climbing in the Free State. 

          The Lowther family (Eric, Debbie, Gary, KC) “took leave” of the RLMC, at least as the formal organisers thereof so the future of this event is uncertain. The value of the event as a means of inspiring youth climbers is well established, as is its value in emphasising climbing safety. It would be a great loss if the event failed to continue.http://therory2o13.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/rules-and-format/.

http://therory2o13.wordpress.com/the-history-of-the-rory/ Full report at: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=bWNzYS5vcmcuemF8bWNzYXxneDo2NGQxMWEzMWJjZDliN2E0

 

 

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10)  PROPOSED NEW MDT AWARD SYSTEM OPEN FOR COMMENT


Please download the following documents to read with the introduction below:

1) MDT 2014 Proposed prospectus

2) MDT 2014 Instructors and Assessors Directives

 

The MDT decided in 2012 to introduce a new mountaineering award system to South Africa.  In the past there were few or no notes for instructors to follow. This will hopefully now be something of the past.  Both these documents are now open for comment from the rest of the MDT and members of the public. Any proposed changes or comments must be addresses to the Chairman, MDT, Gavin Raubenheimer: gavin@peakhigh.co.za 

             The main proposals in these documents are that there will in future be three types of MDT training courses. These are recreational courses with no assessment, leader courses with assessment and instructor courses with assessment. The mountain walking courses will also in future fall in line with the British equivalents.  Lastly the new awards will be shown to instructors by way of training workshops later in 2014.

 Comments can be made until 11 April 2014.   http://www.samdt.co.za/mdt-2014---hnew.htm

 

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11) SECTION NEWS

11.1) KZN CRANE FOUNDATION – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The KZN Crane Foundation in Nottingham Road is looking for volunteer help with their new wattled crane isolation rearing facility.  Wattled cranes are critically endangered in South Africa with only 261 individuals in the country, almost all of these found along the Drakensberg approaches (Giant’s Castle to Underberg, with a group near Karkloof.)  We are urgently looking for a small team of people with some rope and work-at-height skills.   We don’t have a budget but would be willing to supply food and some refreshments after we are done. I estimate the job to be about 24 people days (2 teams of 6 for 2 days).  www.kzncrane.co.za  nic@enviroed.co.za via google groups.com

 

11.2) CLIMBER CONSERVATION DAY - CAPE TOWN SECTION

The MCSA Rock Sub-Committee and CapeNature will be holding a Climber Conservation Day at the end of May at the Kliphuis Campsite.  More details to follow within the coming weeks. https://www.facebook.com/events/249269141909602/?ref=5

 

ROCKLANDS

CapeNature Fees: Following the meeting CapeNature had with its management, we have been informed of the following permit fees available from the Kliphuis Campsite and through CapeNature’s website:  R60/day per person - R270/week per person - R160/week per Wildcard Holder.

11.3) FACEBOOK PAGES – ALL SECTIONS

 

National: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mountain-Club-of-South-Africa/181163071916739

CapeTown: https://www.facebook.com/MountainClubOfSouthAfricaCT

Hottentotsholland: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mountain-Club-of-South-Africa-Hottentots-Holland-Section/385143928232942

Johannesburg: https://www.facebook.com/groups/141752442885/

Magaliesberg: https://sites.google.com/site/mcsamagaliesberg

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


We’re out there! (Not here? Please let us know the address)


11.4) VOLUNTEERS: On a national level, we are still looking for a web/Facebook editor and a PRO. Please volunteer! Contact: petrogrobler@telkomsa.net

 

11.5) WILGEPOORT DEEP WATER SOLO (DWS) COMP 

 http://cen.mcsa.org.za/home/climbing-opportunities

Sunday 30 March saw the first ever DWS comp in SA at Wilgepoort, near Bronkhorstspruit. The 

MCSA (Johannesburg and Magaliesberg Sections) purchased the land last year (Some other Sections and many members also contributed. Thanks again!). One of the aims of the event was to open up more potential 

uses for the location. For over 50 years trad climbers have been going to Wilgepoort, and the area 

boasts many outstanding multi-pitch trad climbs. The addition of deep water solo (DWS) here would 

mean sport climbers and boulderers can now also use what the MCSA has secured for the climbing 

community.  

                The original proposed date was on the 9 March, which had to be postponed until the 30 March because the Wilge River was in flood and the cliffs wet. Then on the second attempt after the first qualifier round there was a downpour, which only lasted for an hour but was enough to end the fun. However the short portion of the comp was a resounding success, very well-supported and enjoyed by all, with many of the climbers experiencing DWS for the first time. Hearts were pounding, climbers doing Sharma grunting, and big falls into the 

water.  

                Gauteng  - and other - climbers now have an awesome DWS crag!  

 

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12)  SNIPPETS 

 

12.1) FIRST ASCENT OF A NEW ROUTE – WATERVAL BOVEN 

 

A climbing video featuring climber Sasha Diguilian as she puts up the first ascent of a new route in Waterval Boven. http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/http://vimeo.com/88212759

 

 

12.2) DRAKENSBERG GRAND TRAVERSE RECORD BROKEN

 

Ryan Sanders and Ryno Griesel shaved almost 20 hours off the previous record.  They ran 204 km non-stop. Starting at the Sentinel Car Park in the north and travelling to the Bushman’s Nek Border Post in the south, Sandes and Griesel crossed through some incredibly difficult terrain.   www.afri-ventures.co.za/drakensberg-grand-traverse.html  41 hours 49 minutes!

 

 

12.3) ABSA CAPE EPIC – RESULTS

 

Robert Mennen and Kristian Hynek were crowned champions of the ABSA Cape Epic which finished on Sunday 30 March.

 

12.4) EVEREST 2014 - FIRST KENYAN TO ATTEMPT EVEREST TO PROMOTES SANITATION BACK HOME

The spring climbing season on Everest draws nearer.  Steve Obbayi, a 39-year old man from Kenya is looking to become the first person from his country to summit the tallest mountain on the planet. He hopes to raise awareness of the importance of sanitation to overall health in an effort to improve conditions back home.  The expedition is to support a non-profit organisation called Toilet Hackers.  http://www.expeditioneverest.org/

 

12.5) PIOLET D’OR - RESULTS

The Piolets d'Or 2014 was awarded in Courmayeur to two ascents: the NW Face of K6 climbed by Raphael Slawinsky and Ian Welsted and the South Face of Annapurna climbed solo by Ueli Steck. http://www.planetmountain.com/

 

 

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13)  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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QUOTE

 

Mountains, rock, ice - lovely shimmering ice. The lover of mountains must go to the mountains; otherwise he will cease to be a person, for others as well as for himself, and he will lose the very joy of life.

Kurt Diemberger

Summits and Secrets, 1971

 

 

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