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2013-09

In this News Bulletin:


1) Banff Film Festival

2) BMC Winter Climbing Meet

3) Cable Car for Drakensberg

4)  Stephen Venables lecture tour -Facebook page

5)  Rocklands Bouldering in Jeopardy

6)  Waterval Boven Roc Rally 2013

7)  Closure of  The Canyon in Kloof Gorge

8)  National Matters

9)   Section News

10)  Snippets

 

 

1)            2013 BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

 

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is back in South Africa. The South African leg of the 2013 film festival is hosted by Cape Union Mart in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

                Two highlights this year include the films, Crossing the Ice and Gimp Monkeys. Crossing the Ice is about the perilous journey across Antarctica to the South Pole and back again, completely unassisted. Gimp Monkeys reveals the accomplishments of three disabled climbing friends in their attempt to complete the first all-disabled ascent of Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan. Screenings are at

Ster-kinekor cinemas from 25 October to 1 November 2013    Banff.co.za

 

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2) BMC INTERNATIONAL WINTER CLIMBING MEET: 26 JANUARY – 2 FEBRUARY 2014

The BMC is pleased to announce that next year’s BMC International Winter Climbing Meet will be located in the Cairngorms (Scotland) which has some of the best winter climbing in Britain.  You are invited to put forward two representatives from each country to attend this event.  IF THE MEET IS OVER SUBSCRIBED PLACES WILL BE REDUCED TO ONE CLIMBER PER FEDERATION.  Preference will be given to people who have not attended a BMC International Meet before.  

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS:  27 SEPTEMBER 2013.    If YOU are interested, please contact MCSA Secretary (Jenny Paterson) via email to:  secretary@mcsa.org.za  for an application form.

                Mountaineering Federations will be advised by 18 October 2013 which applications have been successful. No travel arrangements should be made please until the successful applicants have been advised through their Federation.

 

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3) CABLE CAR AGAIN PROPOSED FOR THE MNWENI AREA IN THE DRAKENSBERG

 

City Press August 4:  Lightning strikes the Drakensberg about 100 times a year, but after a feasibility study released this week, government may finally go ahead with the project.  An ambitious blueprint for the cable car was unveiled where the cable car is likely to be developed over the next four months.  The new study (conducted by Graham Muller Associates) follows two earlier, less positive studies.

 

The Federation of Drakensberg ¬User Groups, found it extremely unlikely that any -cable car project could be sustainable in the area because of a number of factors, including the unpredictable and potentially dangerous weather, and the low number of tourists. The project requires 300 000 visitors a year – more than twice the current figure. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Drakensberg-cable-car-debate-is-back-20130804     http://www.scribd.com/doc/157872752/Pie-in-the-sky

 

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4) FACEBOOK PAGE FOR STEVEN VENABLES

 

A Facebook page has been created for Steven Venables' lecture tour 10 - 23 November 2013:  https://www.facebook.com/events/273440666129319/

 

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5) ROCKLANDS BOULDERING IN JEOPARDY

 

The relationship between boulderers and the landowners of Rocklands has reached boiling point. The prominent areas closed to bouldering as of 28th July 2013 are: Black Shadow, Tea Garden Roof, Tea Arch.

Rocklands is owned by five different landowners: four farmers and Cape Nature.   The private landowners have been allowing climbing on their land under the assumption that climbers would manage their climbing in the same way that they would for Cape Nature Land.  This has not been so and the environment has sustained significant and continuous damage 

                The Wild Card is no longer accepted for Cape Nature Land and the permit is R60 per day per climber.  The MCSA is scheduling meetings with CN to find a middle ground for this recent development.  Fortunately, CN has agreed to accept the Wild Card for the 2013 bouldering season.

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6) WATERVAL BOVEN ROC RALLY 2013

 

The Boven Roc Rally takes place from the 20th to the 22nd of September. Rock climbers migrate from all over the country to the small town of Waterval Boven for a long weekend of climbing, hiking, sending, sunshine and a hell of a party.  Rally climbers test their endurance against their own personal best performances. A handicap team system levels the playing fields and for the “pro” climbers, a separate difficult section allows the hard core climbers to perform individually.   Registrations open on 1 September   www.climbing.co.za

                     

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7) CLOSURE OF THE CANYON IN KLOOF GORGE

 

Climbers are reminded of the closure of The Canyon in the Kloof Gorge annually, from 16 August to 31 December.     Failure to comply with this restriction could result in the permanent closure of the crag.  Your cooperation is appreciated.   The Wahlberg’s have been observed for at least 40 years at the Canyon.. 2013 Update:  Both Wahlberg’s eagles have returned to their nesting site – the first one (female) was spotted as early as the 6th August and her partner was seen less than a week later. www.climbza/co/za  www.kloofconservancy.org

 

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8) MCSA – NATIONAL MATTERS

 

MCSA members are invited to bring any national matters of concern to the attention of Petro Grobler (petrogrobler@telkomsa.net;president@mcsa.org.za). It would be good though first to discuss your concerns with your Section committee.

8.1) 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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9) SECTION NEWS

 

9.1) NEWSLETTERS NEW ON THE WEB PAGE

KwaZulu-Natal Section last quarter 2013: http://kzn.mcsa.org.za/about-us/newsletters

(Ed.: If Sections would please let me know when their latest newsletters are posted, this will be covered in eNews and members of all Sections can then be alerted. 

 

9.2)   KILIMANJARO SUMMIT - Free State

Shortly after daybreak on the 21st of August 2013, two groups of the Free State section reached Uhuru Peak on Kilimanjaro. Suki Van Niekerk with her group of four climbers reached the summit successfully while five of the six climbers in the team lead by Nico Combrinck reached the summit. Due to health problems, the sixth member waited at Stella Point. The weather was excellent and the vistas from above very rewarding.

 

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10) SNIPPETS

 

10.1) KILIAN JORNET SETS NEW SPEED RECORD ON MATTERHORN

Ultra runner Kilian Jornet continues to demonstrate that he is amongst the best endurance athletes. This time he made short work of the Matterhorn, crushing a record that has stood for 18 years. This latest test of Kilian's athletic abilities also marked the final phase of his Summits of My Life Project. The speed attempt started and ended at the Church Square in Cervinia, Italy with the turnaround point being the summit of Mount Cervino, which sits at a height of 4476 metres (14,685 ft). The round trip journey covered 17.48 km (10.86 miles) with a total ascent of 2469 metres (8100 ft). Kilian was able to cover that distance in a time of 2 hours, 52 minutes and 02 seconds. That easily beats the previous record set in 1995 by Bruno Brunod, who finished the same route in 3 hours, 14 minutes, 44 seconds. www.trailrunningspain.wordpress.com

10.2) SIANAGH GALLAGHER , born 10 weeks premature, with just one arm and countless other complications, has become the first one-armed person to join Team GB's paraclimbing team. Only 16, she is now ranked fourth of all paraclimbers in Europe and the only person climbing with just one arm,

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2385330/Sianagh-Gallagher-1st-1-armed-member-Team-GBs-paraclimbing-team.html#ixzz2dSn4rBlM

 

10.3) NEPAL 8000ERS

Nepal with currently eight internationally recognised mountains above 8,000 metres will soon have 13.The UIAA will recommend official recognition for five peaks at their management committee meeting in October this year. The country claims there are as many as 16 peaks above 8,000 metres. www.thamserku.com

 

10.4)  CEDERBERG MAP LAUNCH - Cape Town

Over a 100 people attended the launch of Peter Slingsby’s new informative map of the Cederberg, at the Clubhouse on Friday 30th August.  Peter gave a short presentation showing bygone photographs of the Cederberg area. http://www.slingsbymaps.com/cederberg.aspx

 

10.4) BOOK COLLECTION OF NATAL DRAKENSBERG

Gavin Peckham’s book collection of about 60 climbing books on the Natal Drakensberg is for sale to the highest bidder.  The collection includes several rare and almost unobtainable volumes. Only offers above R 6000 will be considered. Contact Gavin (gavin.peckham@gmail.com) for a list and more information.

 

10.5) MONTAGU CLIMBING RESEARCH

Sean Kets (sean.kets@hotmail.com) will be doing an Honours in Geography at Unisa on the financial benefits of rock climbing in Badkloof, Montagu. He is looking for 180 climbers in total  that have climbed in Badkloof in the last 2 years and who have stayed overnight in Montagu, to answer questionnaires. Questionnaires will be confidential .

 

10.6) CAPE PENINSULA TRAD CLIMBING BOOK

New on the shelf is Tony Lourens’s “Cape Peninsula Select: A guide to trad climbing in the Cape Peninsula”. 320p, 380+ routes.

 

10.7) ITALIAN ALPINE CLUB (CAI)

CAI is turning 150 this year and is hosting a special conference: “Alpine Clubs in the 21st Century” in Udine, Italy from 20-22 September 2013. More info from Jenny Paterson (secretary@mcsa.org.za).

 

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"Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb."   

                                                                                                -- Greg Child

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Best Regards

 

Bridget Carrick

eNews  Editor 

 

                “explore – discover – connect – protect”

                "verken – ontdek – ontmoet – bewaar

 

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