It’s simple: without leaders, there would be no ‘meets’ – that is no outings, walks, hikes, climbs or trips.
Club meets are a central part of the MCSA’s raison d’être, as it is through meets that a number of the Club’s objectives are achieved. Meets bring together like-minded members and prospective members with common interests to share their love of mountains and mountaineering with one another. Club meets
We are always interested in hearing from Club members who would like to volunteer to lead meets. See the qualities we look for, and “How do I become a meet leader?” below.
The safety of all participants on Club meets is paramount. Leaders should therefore be experienced mountaineers possessing, in general:
More advanced skills might also be required, depending on the nature of the activities to be undertaken on a proposed or scheduled meet. For example, should the meet involve walking where there is no established path, the leader should have more highly developed navigation skills, and might need to know how to assist members of the party to move safely on steep ground, either with or without a rope. And of course, leaders of rock climbing meets should be experienced and competent rock climbers capable of lead climbing and well-versed in self-rescue techniques.
Periodically the MCSA (Cape Town Section) offers training to assist those members who wish to develop their personal mountaineering skills and their leadership skills. This training also affords interested members the opportunity to acquire the qualities generally needed for leading meets.
Leaders plan and schedule trips, make any necessary access arrangements with landowners, coordinate meeting arrangements and communicate any special equipment requirements to participants. Ahead of a meet, they might screen interested participants for the levels of experience and fitness expected for a particular meet. During the meet, they undertake the route-finding and navigation for the group. Typically the leader appoints a co-leader to assist with various of these things ahead of the time or on the day.
Meet leaders (or their co-leaders) submit meet reports to the Club after meets have been held. The purpose of these is to note any access issues, interesting observations or experiences, unforeseen difficulties encountered, and response of participants to the particular area or route. This information helps with the planning and scheduling of future meets.
Meet reports shared as news items on the website also help to keep members enthused and inspired about what the MCSA-CT can offer them, and vice versa.
Contact the Meets Sub-Com or the Rock Climbing Sub-Com to introduce yourself and suggest a meet you might like to include on the Calendar, with some information on your mountaineering or climbing experience and familiarity with the route or area. Email Brian Lambourne for general meets, or Douw Steyn for rock climbing meets.
If you have recently transferred to Cape Town from another MCSA section, please include a short summary of your experience to date in managing groups of people in mountain situations.
It would also be helpful if you could indicate whether your preference is to lead meets that fall on weekends, Tuesdays or Thursdays.
If you are an approved leader you can submit your suggested meets directly to the relevant Meets Calendar Coordinator* for
Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details, and these will be passed on to the relevant coordinator.
Please submit your suggested meets as early as possible so that a programme can be planned with an even spread of meets, no duplication and no overlapping. If you are unable to commit yourself months in advance then you may submit any offerings as little as 10 days in advance of when you would like to hold a weekend meet, or a week in advance for a mid-week meet. Bear in mind, however, that the weekly What’s On emails to members include listings for the upcoming fortnight.