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Welcome to this weeks What's On.
I hope you got lots of time outside in the sun this weekend. The next two weeks hold many exciting reasons to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
See you on the trail.
Very sad news is that Dr.Jannie Graaf passed away on 6th January, and Tony Gibson on the 16th.
The MCSA extends condolences to the families of both these long standing members, and records that both made extensive contributions to the cause of Mountaineering.
Now a friendly invitation to all members from Pierre Hoffa:
The Agtertafelberg Hut in the Du Toit's Kloof Mountains is without doubt one of the best mountain huts in the Western Cape. Regular maintenance meets are held there, which are a wonderful way to get into the mountains, including for new members as it is a great way to get to know this club property. In addition, these meets are the only time that you get the opportunity to drive very close to the hut and avoid the long slog. Given its exposure to the elements and its wooden construction, it is a high maintenance hut. Your hut needs you!! So why not come along on the meet to be held on 31 January – 1 February? Everyone is welcome. Contact Pierre Hoffa 084 685 6205
In this news bulletin:
1) Message from the President
2) MCSA Journal – Call for submissions – Deadline 31 January
3) Journal Advertising
4) Annual War Memorial Service – 22 February 2015
5) Black Diamond Tradathon – 14 March 2015
6) Annual Dinner – 23 May 2015
7) Origin Mountain Festival – Umgeni Valley KZN - June 2015
8) 125 years of the MCSA - 2016
9) 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Johnson Hut – Feedback
10) Du Toits Kloof Hut – new access arrangement and new cell number
11) International Youth Climbing Camp at Ariege – July 2015 – Apply 28 June
12) UIAA News
12.1) BMC International Summer Climbing Meet 10-17 May 2015: APPLY BEFORE 10 JAN!
12.2) Athlete Registration for 2015 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup Tour
12.3) 2015 UIAA General Assembly dates set for S Korea
12.4) Marietta-Uhden was UIAA World Cup Champion in bouldering
12.5) William Lowell Putnam (1924-2014)
12.6) Bozeman cheers as UIAA ice climbing world tour presented by The North Face debuts in North America - Feedback
13) Section News
14) Facebook and web pages
16) Stirring the Billy by Scops Owl
17) Any newsworthy items
Welcome to 2015!
Hopefully your resolutions include spending more time on the mountains. See our calendar for details of hikes and talks happening this week, and the rest of the month.
Hope everyone had a lovely and blessed Christmas and wishing you a glorious new year!
You can start planning your 2015 calendar by having a look at what's on the MCSA Cape Town calendar. Lots of day hikes and week ends in the mountains await, and to kick off the new year there is a bring & braai on January 13.
Want to know more about the flowers on our mountains? Chris Walker discusses Roella, which generally flower November to January, as well as Agapanthus africanus and Watsonia tabularis, two common species that you'll see on your hikes.
All the best!
It's the season to be jolly and hopefully to get out and about a bit.
The calendar is a little thin at this time as MCSA members take a break, but have a look at the jam-packed list of upcoming events. Book your space!
Please not that the office will not be open everyday over the festive season, but Rose will be at her post again on January 5.
Have a very merry and festive time!
The holidays are here at last, and it's a perfect time to head to the mountains!
Have a look at the calendar and join us for a hike.
See you on the mountain!
An outage at the club on Friday evening, 5 Dec left all in the dark, including Geoff Dalglish and his presentation. We are going to have the presentation next Friday night, hopefully - ESCOM permitting -after the braai. (8.30)
"Rewilding the Soul" - Geoff Dalglish and Adelle Horler
Fri, December 12, 8:30pm – 9:30pm
MCSA Clubhouse - 97 Hatfield Street, Cape Town
This will be illustrated with images and video from some recent adventures (Geoff and Adelle will be fresh from Mabuasehube), and will focus on humanity's need for wilderness, wildness and wildlife, especially when so may these days are suffering what is being termed "Nature Deficit Disorder".
1) Message for the festive season – Petro
2) BMC International Summer Climbing Meet: North Wales, Llanberis Pass, 10 to 17 May 2015
3) MCSA Journal – Call for submissions
4) 50TH Anniversary of the opening of the Johnson Hut – 1964
5) United Nations Mountain Protection Day – 11 December 2014
6) Supertramp Award - 2015
7) Annual War Memorial Service – February 2015
8)) Black Diamond Tradathon – March 2015
9) Origin Mountain Festival – Umgeni Valley KZN - June 2015
10) Morocco Reunion - Feedback
11) Salmon Skyrun - Feedback
13) Du Toits Kloof Hut – new arrangement to access
14) Route Descriptions in KZN and other areas
15) Photos of Magaliesberg
16) UIAA News
16.1) UIAA Global Summit Mixed Climbing Competition – US – 30 December 2014
16.2) Athlete Registration for 2015 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup Tour
16.3) Climbers against Cancer T-Shirts Available through UIAA Office
16.4) International Youth Climbing Camp at Ariege – July 2015
16.5) UAAA is 20 years old
17) Section News
18) Facebook and web pages
20) Stirring the Billy by Scops Owl
21) Any newsworthy items for inclusion in MCSA National News can be sent to the Editor, Bridget Carrick: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where hangs the deep blue vault of Heaven,
Star-powdered, flashing gold,
Where sing our hills the same sweet song.
The tale is never old.
Where flaming colours speed the sun,
Where westering shadows glow,
Where everything in nature calls,
Oh pack your kit and go.
From the diary of A Jurgans, Cape Town 1911
Please note that it is International Mountain day on Friday 12 December and MCSA Cape Town is holding a bouldering meet and a trad climbing meet to celebrate the day. Also on the 12 December is our Christmas braai. Please book your space with Rose.
Have a wonderful festive season and see you in the new year.
Please take note that there will be a reunion of the 1994 Women's Centenary Expedition to Morocco on Sunday 30th November 2014 from 5.00p.m at the MCSA Cape Town Clubhouse. Participants and friends: Come and join us! Contact Annette Mason for more info: 028 271 5591 / 073 567 8954 email@example.com
A fire started above Glencairn in the late morning last Wednesday and spread to the mountains above the Fish Hoek valley. Helicopters were still dousing flare-ups as late as Friday so be advised and cross off Elsies Peak when you are planning your walking week.
Our Chairman unfortunately has this to report: A thief recently walked through our unlocked and unmanned front door of the MCSA clubhouse and stole the security camera.
To prevent any further instances of theft it is essential that the door remain locked at all times other than when one of our members is physically present at the door.
Anyone organising any function in the future has the responsibility to ensure that the door is never left unlocked and unattended. We thank you for your co-operation to ensure our members and their possessions are secure when using our premises.
Daniel Reinecke is recruiting for the last workmeet of the year at Du Toit's Kloof hut this weekend, 22-23 November 2014. He needs loads of volunteers to join him for a fun weekend. New members are especially welcome. Please also note we are wanting to paint the roof and still need a young rock climbing member for this. There will be a fire on Saturday night for supper. RSVP to the convenor, Daniel Reinecke, cell 079 6925 865 or office 021-483 2206.
Also please note that there will be a work meet the following weekend at the Agtertafelberg hut on the 29 - 30 November 2014 for which more volunteers are actively sought. Come on, get stuck in and help your club!
Happy hiking and helping (at workmeets)
Catherine Phillips has recently started working for the Cape Leopard Trust as the Environmental Educator. She is asking for members to volunteer to help with an art exhibition event at the Biodiversity gardens in town to raise funds for the Cape Leopard Trust on 15 November. All members are welcome to attend. If you are interested in volunteering or would like an invitation to the event please contact Catherine on firstname.lastname@example.org
1. UIAA News
1.2 Mountain Videos for World Park Congress – 12-19 November 2014
1.3 Mountain Protection Award
1.4 Athlete Registration – Ice Climbing World Tour 2015
1.5 Climbing Against Cancer T-shirts
1.6 Advice sheet on risks of drug use in the mountains
1.7 Member spotlight
2. Annual Meet of the Western Cape Sections - 8-9 November
3. 50TH Anniversary of the opening of the Johnson Hut – 1964: 6-7 December
4. Morocco reunion: 1992 Women’s Centenary Expedition to Morocco
5. Salmon Skyrun - 2014 – 22 November
6. Journal 2014 – Call for submissions
7. United Nations Mountain Protection Day – 11 December 2014
8. Supertramp Award - 2015
9. Black Diamond Tradathon – 2015
10. Origin Mountain Festival – Umgeni Valley KZN
11. International Youth Climbing Camp at Ariege - 2015
12. International Lead Climbing Competition - Feedback
13. Du Toit’s Kloof Hut – new arrangement for access
14. Route descriptions in KZN and other areas
15. Photos of the Magaliesberg
16. Himalaya Fall 2014 – Final numbers from blizzard – 31 October 2014
17. Section News
18. Facebook and web pages
20. Stirring the Billy by Scops Owl
21. Any newsworthy items
I love life during expeditions because you are at one with nature, have strong bonds with team members and life is so simple. You concentrate completely on just one thing: The Mountain. - Katja Staartjes
November is training month for members of the club.
On the 8th and 9th, new, potential and current leaders are off to Paarl for training, while Outreach leaders head to the Table Mountain Hut on the 22nd and 23rd for their specialised training to hike with kids.
There's also a talk about the Camino de Santiago to look forward to, and don't forget to diarize the Volunteer Wildfire Services' Open Day at Newlands!
Welcome to the November Mountain Ears. We aim to keep you up to date with all the happenings over October and some of the interesting events coming up in November.
Have a look at the What's On Calendar to find something to do out in the mountains and at the club house.
We have managed to catch up on the backlog of meet reports, so be sure to have check out what has been happening over the past two weeks.
Have a great week, See you on the trail.
We have good news for you this morning, The Table Mountain is offering a special signup rate for this week.
See the attached article for more details.
Welcome to this weeks What's On.
We have go a full calendar over the next two weeks, I'm sure you will find a lot to keep you busy and outside to enjoy the start of summer.
Some national events have been included as they are happening early next month.
On the international side a snowstorm in Nepal claimed the lives of 32 people with more still missing, you can get updates here:
Have a great week. See you on the trail.
Sorry about the lack of meet reports, there has been a small problem getting them into the weekly What's On. All submitted reports will be in next weeks edition, so please keep sending them in.
A reminder that you get information on the following sites:
Meets Calendar: http://mcsacapetown.co.za/calendar
Newsletter Archive: http://mcsa.briefyourmarket.com/
Meet Reports Photo Album: http://goo.gl/Y6TvE
Please note the floors of the TM Hut are being re-varnished and need to dry out properly.
No overnight stays are practical for the Wed 22nd until the Saturday 25th.
Members are respectfully asked to avoid using the hut during the days of Wed 22nd and Thursday 23rd October.
Our newsletter advertisements let you know what related offers are out there, while raising much-needed revenue for the club - so, do support our advertisers. Some of them offer great discounts to club members, but remember - no card, no discount. Want to advertise here? Please direct all queries and bookings to our office manager at 021 465 3412 on weekdays between 10h00 and 14h00, or write to email@example.com. Simply reply to this email with your compliments, complaints or contributions, or send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. UIAA News
1.1 Mountain Videos for World Park Congress – 12-19 November 2014
1.2 Mountain Protection Award
2. Journal 2013
3. Climb for a Life – Silvermine -12 October 2014
4. Banff Mountain Film Festival – 24-31 October
5. Annual Meet of the Western Cape Sections – 8-9 November
6. Morocco 1994 reunion – 30 November
7. International Mountain Protection Day – 11 December 2014
8. July Camp – Feedback
9. Supertramp 2014 - Feedback
10. Video of Youth Leader Training Course – August 2014
11. Black Diamond Tradathon – 2015
12. Rescue Operation to save trapped man in the Magaliesberg
13. Du Toit’s Kloof Hut – new arrangement for access
14. New access requirements to Hilton College Crags - KZN
15. Brandberg access – Namibia
16. Route descriptions in KZN and other areas
17. Drakensberg Cableway project
18. Reciprocity with UK & Rock Climbing Club
19. Spring Trail Run - 11 October 2014
20. Salmon Skyrun – 22 November 2014
21. Photos of the Magaliesberg
22. Section News
23. Facebook and web pages
25. Stirring the Billy by Scops Owl
26. Any newsworthy items
By more good luck than good management, Mountainears arrived in members’ letter boxes on all four occasions that it was published during the year under review. When one considers that there were supposed to be four issues during the year, the feat seems all the more impressive.
Sadly, it is only a small number of members who realise that reporting on mountaineering activities is no longer covered by the ‘official secrets act’. To those who did contribute, a special thank you for making the job of editing the rag so much fun.
We managed to report on a fairly full spectrum of life (from birth to ghosts) and succeeded in causing a few people to splutter in their tea. That is as it should be, for is not the pen mightier than the piton?
MCSA Journal 1990
Please forgive the lateness of this weeks edition, there were a few small technical problems followed by some planning problems.
I hope you find a reason to get outside this week.
See you on the trail.
Be sure to check the calendar for updates to meets or socials. Send comments or contributions to email@example.com or simply reply to this email. The deadline for newsletter contributions/requests is by mid-week before each Monday’s newsletter. Some of our advertisers offer great discounts to club members, but remember – no card, no discount. Want to advertise here? Please direct all queries and bookings to our office manager at 021 465 3412 on weekdays between 10h00 and 14h00, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
MCSA offers many meets and opportunities to members, but that's not all: there are also Friday Speakers.
Every Friday a knowledgeable member or other adventurer or specialist shares his/her stories at the clubhouse. See the calendar below for details, and have a look at the online calendar for updates.
Anyone is welcome at the public meeting regarding the management of TMNP tonight in Fish Hoek, where various issues affecting user groups will be discussed.
Have a wonderful week
There are two exciting training week ends in November: Training for new, potential and current hike leaders in Paarl and training for Outreach leaders in the Table Mountain hut.
This is great opportunity to learn from highly experienced MCSA members how to look after yourself and others in the mountains.
Contact the office to book your spot.
Don't miss it!
See you on the mountain
Mountain club members have making proper use of the lovely spring weather, with visits to Elsie's Peak, Silvermine and Noordhoek Peak on the menu. Read all about these hikes, or book your spot on one of this week's excursions, which include Table Mountain on the Camps Bay side and Sandfontein Peak.
And all new, potential or current hike leaders are invited to attend the training week end in November.
1) Watmough Book Tender
2) Journal 2013
3) Journal 2014
4) Boulder comp, Cape Town - 20 September
5) National Meet, Klein Drakenstein – 5-11 October – day walks too!!
6) FEAT, Johannesburg - 2 October
7) Reel Rock Tour, Cape Town – 3 October
8) Boven Mountain Festival - 3-5 October
9) Banff Mountain Film Festival – 24-31 October
10) Climb for a Life, Silvermine – 12 October
11) Morocco 1994 reunion – 30 November
12) South African National Lead Competition -4-5 October
13) Access to Hilton College crags, KZN
14) Brandberg access – Namibia
15) SA Mountain Magazine 50th issue
16) UIAA News
17) Section News
18) Facebook and web pages
20) Stirring the pot
21) Any newsworthy items
"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds."
In this edition of Mountain Ears you will find, not only your weekly fix of What's On, but also reports back on two Outreach hikes that happened in August. Check out the articles and pics to see what really goes on in the mountains with our Outreach kids. Having just returned from an all-Africa seminar on youth leadership in the mountains, I am proud to report that the Cape Town section of the MCSA is the only section that has a formal Outreach programme. We are doing wonderful things and if you would like to get involved and help please reply to this email.
Also in this issue is the ME Digest Sept 2014 - meets and socials and Circular 651.
Chris Walker showcases his much loved Flowers of the Month article and asks you for feedback: is it acceptable to submit an article without doing the footwork?
Also, the Cape Town section of MCSA is seeking a PR & Marketing volunteer. Should you be interested, see below for more.
Lastly, good news in the recently published regulations on Aliens and Invasive species. As mountaineers we can all help with reducing the Alien invasion. If you don't have a small saw in your rucksack, ask Rose how you can arm yourself.
Here is your weekly fix of What's going On in the mountains.
Don't miss this movie - compiled by a South African photo journalist who grew up in the Karoo and wanted to understand what impact fracking would have on the Karoo and its people. Catch it at the Labia from tonight at 6:15 - run ends on this Thursday, 28th August.
Please note that your club is seeking a PR and Marketing volunteer. If your are you a PR and marketing-savvy Cape Town-based MCSA member looking for a way to give back to your club then this position may appeal to you, even if for just a while. Assistance is available from other volunteers. Check out the article for further details and contact us today.
The Paarl-Wellington Section will be hosting the 2014 National Meet from 5-11 October. It will take place in the Paarl/Wellington area and at Paarl-Wellington's wonderful Krom River Hut, 33° 41.721'S 19° 6.842'E. A great menu of hikes has been put together. Application form, map and proposed hikes can be found at cen.mcsa.org.za/home/meets
Martin Hutton-Squire will be convening a fun Cederberg / Breekkrants work meet on the weekend of 29-31 August and needs volunteers to join him at Bakmakeersfontein to help eradicate some aliens which landed after the 2013 fire. See article for more info.
Our temporary special arrangement with CapeNature for access to Jan du Toits Kloof continues in the new summer season. MCSA has the first two weeks, including the first weekend or part-weekend in each month.
Banff Mountain Film Fest is almost upon us and now showing in Port Elizabeth as well. Check out the article for dates and venues.
The Peninsula mountains are resplendent in their colourful coating of geelbos and are busy shaking off all the wet weather we've been having recently. Next week looks to be more sunshine and less rain, so here's hoping for a brighter forecast, particularly on Tuesday and Thursday, for our meets.
Please note that hundreds of valuable, rare and collectible natural history books are available on tender on the MCSA Magaliesberg web site. The collection was bequeathed to the MCSA Magaliesberg Section by Dr Richard Watmough, an entomologist and long-standing member. The books are now available for purchase on a tender basis. For more information visit:
1) Johannesburg Section debate about the MCSA
2) UIAA Youth Training Seminar
3) National Meet - 3 -12 October
4) Morocco Women’s 1993 Centenary Expedition reunion
5) 2014 MCSA Supertramp did it! Iceland 2014
6) Rocklands Bouldering permits
7) Journal 2013 by end of August
8) International Mountain Day 11 December
9) Expedition to Peru - Feedback
10) Section News
11) Facebook and web pages
Any newsworthy items for inclusion in MCSA National News can be sent to the Editor, Bridget Carrick: email@example.com
Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!
William Butler Yeats
“explore – discover – connect – protect”
"verken – ontdek – ontmoet – bewaar
A pair of good quality woolen gloves with zips was found on the Steenberg Plateau path yesterday. If anyone has cold hands please email the Editor.
Don't forget the first Tuesday tomorrow in which Clinton and Gosia go to Morocco.
Welcome to the August Mountain Ears. In the Calendar we have 8 good reason to get out and about over the next two weeks, so there are no excuses for staying indoors.
Remember that our newsletter advertisements let you know what related offers are out there, while raising much-needed revenue for the club – so, do support our advertisers. Some of them offer great discounts to club members, but remember – no card, no discount. Want to advertise here? Please direct all queries and bookings to our office manager at 021 465 3412 on weekdays between 10h00 and 14h00, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week saw some heavy weather with two of the Thursday meets being cancelled due to extremely heavy rainfall.
There are lots of meets round Table Mountain this week to keep you busy and a great DVD this Friday evening.
Here is you guide to What's On over the next two weeks.
Remember to send your comments to email@example.com or reply to this email.
The deadline for newsletter contributions and requests is mid-week.
Have a great week and I'll see you on the trail.
I hope you made the most of the stormy weekend and spent some time searching for snow.
1) Beginner Ice Climbing Course – 6 August
2) National Meet - 3 -12 October
3) Morocco Women’s Centenary Expedition 1994 – Reunion
4) 2014 MCSA Supertramp is off to Iceland
5) Rocklands Bouldering permit
6) Tradathon – Feedback
7) Visas required for travel in Kenya
8) Local guides now required for trekking in Nepal
9) Brief report on UIAA Council meeting in Hong Kong 2014
10) The Himalayan Club E Letter
11) Peru Expedition –June/July 2014
12) Section News
13) Facebook and web pages
15) Any newsworthy items for inclusion in MCSA National News can be sent to the Editor, Bridget Carrick: firstname.lastname@example.org
The secret of the mountain is that the mountains simply exist, as I do myself: the mountains exist simply, which I do not. The mountains have no "meaning," they are meaning; the mountains are. The sun is round. I ring with life, and the mountains ring, and when I can hear it; there is a ringing that we share. I understand all this, not in my mind but in my heart, knowing how meaningless it is to try to capture what cannot be expressed, knowing that mere words will remain when I read it all again, another day.”
? Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard
This month, we welcome new members to the club and take a look at the flowers and plants of Sandvlei.
Our newsletter advertisements let you know what related offers are out there, while raising much-needed revenue for the club – so, do support our advertisers. Some of them offer great discounts to club members, but remember – no card, no discount. Want to advertise here? Please direct all queries and bookings to our office manager at 021 465 3412 on weekdays between 10h00 and 14h00, or write to email@example.com.
Simply reply to this email with your compliments, complaints or contributions, or send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a happy week!
Being in the mountains is a privilege, and our Outreach Programme is always in need of extra members to help share this privilege with various groups of children. Urs and Suzanne's meet report sums it up brilliantly: a fun time was had by all.
Please check the calendar and join us for the next one!
You can send comments or contributions to email@example.com or simply reply to this email.
Have a great week!
Be sure to check the calendar for updates to meets or socials.
Send comments or contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org or simply reply to this email.
The deadline for newsletter contributions/requests is by mid-week before each Monday’s newsletter.
Have a great week!