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MCSA National News 21 October 2021 National News, October 2021


This is a call for contributions for the 2021 Journal (No 124). Please download and familiarise yourselves with the Guidelines, StyleSheet and use the Photo Template on the MCSA National website, to be found on this link:

The deadline is 31 January 2022.

Please do take note that submissions are to be as WORD documents (not formatted), and please take note of the procedures for photographs.  Send to

Thank you and looking forward to some super contributions!


During the first week of October the Paarl/Wellington Section held the national Minicamp at the Hawequas Scouts Adventure Centre.

Thinking back on this exciting week filled with mountains, exploring and connection, I am filled with gratitude again for the amazing places we get to visit and the people I have met through the Mountain Club.

Some quick stats: 16 hike leaders, 21 day visitors, 53 campers and 3 Hut stay overs. We did 29 hikes (of which 3 were overnights), a tasting tour at Upland Organic Estate, and 5 camp fire evenings.

At the Annual Dinner on Saturday, which hosted 70 people, our new President, Paul Carstensen, gave a very appropriate and inspirational opening address. Dr Rik de Decker was a most entertaining guest speaker causing most of us to reflect on the risks involved in extreme sports. During the evening the UIAA awarded Greg Mosely for exceptional work and service to the UIAA.

During the week we asked Minicampers to enter their photos in our MiniCamp Photo Competition. The winners were:

First place – Wim Morris, for capturing the context of mountaineering, the greatness of the environment and the vulnerability of man with an element of spirituality given by the beams of light reaching toward the mountain. Prize – 3 nights for 3 people at Kromrivier Hut. This picture is included below.

Second place – David Newton, for a stunning simple macro of the diversity within our floral kingdom.  Prize – 2 nights for 2 people at Kromrivier Hut.

Third place – Paul Carstensen for capturing a beautiful panoramic with iconic Cape Floral Kingdom proteas in the foreground. Prize – 1 night for 2 people at Kromrivier Hut.

Thanks to Cleeve Robertson for judging! More competition photos at

Thank you to all who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this week possible, especially

  • Gaye Hosking (Minicamp Convenor),
  • Brenda Liebenberg (Annual Dinner Convenor),
  • Nardus Cronje (Meets Convenor) and
  • Kuba Miszewski (Camp Convenor).


The UIAA continues pretty well all of its normal activities with numbers of initiatives on the go. Members are urged to go to the UIAA web site – – for more information plus a load of other useful data.


The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – recently confirmed that its 2021 General Assembly, 23 October, will take place online.

It will be the second year running that the GA is held virtually. Owing to the continued impact of Covid-19, particularly on travel and the huge differences in the progress of vaccination roll-outs across the world, the UIAA made the decision that the safest solution is to hold the GA online. The verdict was made somewhat easier by the success both of last year’s GA and the recent online formats of Commission and Management Committee meetings and Mountain Network Series events.

The MCSA President, Paul Carstensen, will be representing South Africa at the General Assembly while past-President, Greg Moseley, will also attend the meeting as a retiring member of the Management Committee.

As soon as the situation allows, the UIAA looks forward to bringing delegates together in-person. The 2022 UIAA GA is scheduled to be held in Banff, Canada and hosted by the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC).


Many countries offer regular courses in mountain medicine. The medical commissions of the UIAA and ICAR, together with the International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM) established minimal requirements for a formal diploma course in August 1997 (Interlaken, Switzerland). Many course organisers adopted these standards and the resulting Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) has become a widely respected qualification. The regulations have been updated to reflect developments in mountain medicine, and to ensure that the high standard of the DiMM is maintained. It is the intention of the UIAA Medical Commission to bring these courses and training opportunities to all parts of the world, and possibly where such courses are not on offer yet. In 2022, MedCom is planning to run a dedicated course alongside its annual meeting, scheduled to be held in South Africa. It is due to take place in Stellenbosch with the intent to cover topics specific to the needs of the country.  


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Please send any newsworthy items for inclusion in MCSA National News Letter to Greg Moseley at:

These have been distinctly lacking over the last years – so please remember to send any items that may be of interest to the broader, national membership for inclusion here.


“In the mountains there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can’t.”

Rusty Baillie

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