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National News, April 2018

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The Worcester Section will be hosting the dinner. The theme for the dinner is: ‘A Mountaineer’s Paradise’, this being the title of the rare booklet written by Stanley Field and Eddie Pells. The dinner will be held on Saturday 5 May 2018, 16:30 for 17:00 at the Kirabo Private Cellar, Rawsonville, Breede River Valley. The cost is R250 per person. Dress ‘Mountain Smart’

RSVP 06 April 2018 to Erika van Niekerk: for bookings and more information. There is limited seating for the dinner and accommodation at various other localities, including camping. Exciting hikes and excursions will be offered in and around the Worcester area.



This is a call for contributions for the 2017 Journal.  These can be sent to the Editing Team on . Please refer to the Guidelines and Style Sheet on the national website before you submit any contribution:



The Hottentots Holland section would like to invite you to the annual Joint Meet held at the Johnson hut in the lovely Hottentots Holland mountains.

Arrival 22 September, 3pm at Vergelegen Estate, Somerset West. Relax at the hut or dip in the pool while planning the next day’s activities. Bring n braai merriment while enjoying the sunset over Table Mountain and False Bay. Sleeping mattresses available in the hut (20 of) or sleep under the stars or tent.

On Sunday we offer:

  1. A gentle hike up the Landroskop gorge, with a variation into the Koffie Kloof. (2 A+).
  2. A more strenuous but interesting scramble up the Landroskop Needle (3C).
  3. A possibility to trad climb the Lang Klippie (4D).
  4. Hike up to Chipaway cave and spend the night (3C).



To find out more about the UIAA‘s important activities please go to

4.1)  UIAA Global Youth Summit

The French Alpine Club Federation, Toulouse, is hosting a Youth Climbing Camp from 7 – 12 July 2018 in Ariege, South of France, aimed at Youth Members between the ages of 15 and 25 and should be able to lead climb at a minimum of 5b French grade. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult climber/coach.

  • Registration deadline for South Africans who need a visa, the deadline will be 25 April 2018. A maximum of 12 participants (15 with climber/coach) is planned so priority will be given to early applications.
  • Costs: 30 EUR per participant/per night, payable on arrival to the organiser. Accommodation, full board, leading and organisational costs included (40 E for climber/coach)
  • Some funding could be available from the Centenary Journal Youth Fund which was established with the intention of supporting our youth members.
  • For more information and application form contact (Note please you may not go direct to the organisers).

4.2) Introducing the UIAA Alpine Summer Skills series

The UIAA Alpine Skills Summer guide was first published in 2015. Produced in collaboration with the Petzl Foundation, the guide and has been well received worldwide and is currently available in five languages. To mark the launch of a digital version of the publication, the UIAA is running a series of articles from the guide designed to help hikers, climbers and mountaineers develop their skills and knowledge of the mountain environment.





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Links for all the sections’ web pages are on the MCSA national webpage.



No sectional news has been submitted. Readers are encouraged to go to the individual section web pages.



7.1 Members are reminded that the Library (housed in the Cape Town Section Clubhouse) is a treasure trove of information and entertainment on mountains the world over. Of particular note are the complete collections of journals (MCSA, Alpine Journal, AAC Journal, etc.) which are a mine of information and a source of inspiration for those looking for mountain adventures.

7.2 The current drought in the Western Cape is obviously of serious concern from many stand points. The mountains are also severely affected and members are encouraged to be especially careful and avoid any risk of starting a fire. Equally, news on how the mountain fynbos is faring under the considerable stress will be welcomed by various researchers and members are encouraged to pass on information through the Club.

7.3 A link of some interest:

7.4 …and another one:



Please send any newsworthy items for inclusion in MCSA National News Editor, Ineke Moseley at

Quotable Quotes:

“Maybe Himalayan climbing is just a bad habit, like smoking of which one says with cavalier abandon, ‘must give this up someday, before it kills me” – Greg Child.


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