The Club was delighted to welcome UIAA President, Frits Verlandt who visited South Africa recently. For more details and photographs go to Frits Vrijlandt visit
The January 2013 Newsletter has been posted with news about the new Mountain Protection Commission, which is a new platform intended to promote engagement and sustainability in mountain tourism. There is also an announcement about a meeting in Munich to discuss the dangers of via ferrata.
Via Ferrata Advisory
The UIAA (translated the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation) is the recognised international federation for mountain sports and the acknowledged expert on all international
The MCSA was invited to join the UIAA in 1995 and is one of only two bodies in Africa that is part of the UIAA. (The other coming from Morocco.)
Through its membership of the UIAA the MCSA is afforded many opportunities. Some being in the form on knowledge access to the UIAA commission, on which representatives of the MCSA also sit, and international expeditions and training initiatives. There are also youth meets every year. This year there will be a meet in Nepal. See Nepal 2011 for more details what was planned.
President Dave attended the 2011 General Assembly and reports on that below. Dave, along with his wife Fay and nine other members, did a trek into the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal. A report on that trek is also found below.
To find out more information visit the UIAA website. A conversation on the advantages and disadvantages of membership are now found in the two subpages below.