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Submissions to the Newsletter are welcome, so too are any queries about the newsletters, etc. Or click Help for more information. The deadline for Mountain Ears is around mid-month, and for the weekly What's On it's the Thursday prior to publication on each Monday morning.
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:
In this news bulletin:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
See you on the trail.
Welcome to this weeks What's On.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simply reply to this email with your compliments, complaints or contributions, or send to email@example.com.
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.
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Have a great week!
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Have a great week!