In this News Bulletin:

  1. Journal 2010 contributions
  2. 2011 National Meet – QwaQwa, April
  3. MCSA Web Site:
  4. Annual Memorial Service – 27 February
  5. Paarl-Wellington Section Youth Meet – 13 February
  6. Club/SA Snippets
  7. Other snippets


Remember that the D-date for contributions for the 2010 Journal is 31January 2010. Contact the Editor, Cally Henderson
(; 011-326 3150; 082-600 8795). Incomplete submissions (see requirements below) will be returned to authors for
completion before being accepted.
1. Each article submitted must have a TITLE, AUTHOR NAME, FULL AUTHOR CONTACT DETAILS.
2. PHOTOGRAPHS, if submitted, must be submitted at the same time as the article (not months later).
– No more than TWELVE photos may be submitted and they must be submitted immediately in HIGH RESOLUTION, as jpg or tiff files (min 1 Mb per photo preferably).
– Photos must be accompanied by AN MSWORD TABLE WITH PHOTO FILE NAME, CAPTION AND PHOTOGRAPHER for each photo (There is a template: please do request it). If there are particular photos you feel it is essential be included in the article, please indicate as much. Photos are not to be submitted embedded in the Word document – they cannot print from such format.
3. All material can be emailed to the editor, so long as individual messages do not exceed 7 Mb.
4. Please use the 2006 Style Sheet as a guide to spelling conventions for mountaineering terms and especially for route description style and layout. The Style Sheet should be in the Journal section of the MCSA website, but if not, please request it from the Editor.
5. Route descriptions submitted which deviate significantly from the guideline format will be returned to authors for correction. Please be very clear in route descriptions – they often present many problems and much to’ing and fro’ing with authors.
6. ALL material to be submitted should be in electronic format: if you have prints or slides, please could you get them scanned (at 300 dpi resolution). Nonetheless, high resolution digital images copied to CD, prints (must be very good quality and sharp for use in publishing) and 35mm slides may be posted to: MCSA 2010 Journal Editor / C Henderson; PO Box 413828, CRAIGHALL 2024.

2) NATIONAL MEET 2011 – QwaQwa, April

The FREE STATE Section invites members of all sections to join them for the 2011 National Meet (Mini-camp) in the Maluti/Drakensberg area of QwaQwa in the Eastern Free State. The venue is approximately 350 km from Bloemfontein, 320 from Johannesburg, 1000 km from PE and 1350 km from Cape Town.

This area, where the Maluti Mountain range meets the high Drakensberg, is characterized by deep valleys and gorges, prominent basalt cliffs and peaks, beautiful sandstone formations, waterfalls, crystal clear streams and very few inhabitants deep in the mountains. It has a Drakensberg-like character and the altitude varies between 1800 m and 3200 m asl. The area is lesser-known to backpackers, but boasts impressive geographical features like the Kgotswane Gorge, Namahadi Valley and also the spectacular Sentinel/Amphitheatre area.

The camp will take place from Sunday 10 April until Saturday 16 April. On offer will be day walks from base camp through the valleys and gorges and to the Amphitheatre, and overnight hikes, from 2 to 5 days in duration, through the valleys and gorges and to the top of the escarpment (longer hikes). There are rock climbing possibilities on unclimbed faces, should leaders be available. There will be a welcoming function and dinner at the Basotho Cultural Village and a self-catering braai at the end of the camp.

The Base Camp will be in the Sekoto valley, to the south of the Kgotswane Gorge and will be on an open area alongside a stream, with some low shrubs and only a few trees for shade. There are no facilities besides a field toilet and some firewood. Water will be taken from the stream. The last 4 km of road to base camp is not tarred and is rough – only suitable for vehicles with a high clearance. It is a self-catering camp.
LIMITATION ON NUMBERS: 50 persons maximum.
CLOSING DATE: 4 March 2011
INFORMATION SHEET AND APPLICATION FORMS: See the MCSA web site next week, contact your section of the Mountain Club or contact Derek Odendaal ( Detailed information on the camp, directions, etc. will be sent out to all entrants in mid-March, after
the closing date.
CONTACT PERSONS: Derek Odendaal ( and Sheila Addison (


With compliments of Michael van Breda (Life Member of Stellenbosch Section), there is a new MCSA web site: Michael says: “It’s your turn to respond!! Any comments, thoughts, suggestions, ideas would be most gratefully received and may be sent to your editor at mfvb at me dot com. This website was created to serve you, the member of the MCSA, and you, the visitor wanting to know more about climbing opportunities in South Africa. The site is deliberately plain so as to be quick and easy to load — it pops up on a cell phone as easily as it does on a computer. It is intended to become informative rather than ‘attractive.’ Its purpose is to give you the visitor the information that YOU need. Please contact me and let me know your needs so that I might respond to them.”


The MCSA’s Annual Memorial Service will take place at Maclear’s Beacon on Sunday, 27 February 2011 at 12:30 pm. The service will be conducted by Anthony Ryan of the Baptist Church, Pinelands. For the benefit of new members (and perhaps a reminder to members of longer standing), this is a non-denominational service at which we remember those MCSA members nation-wide who have died during the past year. Organise a group of friends, bring your lunch and get there via your favourite route. Or team up with one of the Western Cape sections’ meets: check their web sites and contact them.


The Paarl/Wellington Section invites all young members (12-30 years-old; under-16’s to be accompanied by parents. to their youth meet to be held on Sunday 13 February. Various activities will take place: walking to Kromrivier Hut, swimming in mountain pools, boulder hop down Kromrivier, etc. To bring: shoes for river walking, food and snacks and lunch, swimming wear, sun protection. There is an option to overnight at the hut on Saturday at ordinary hut costs. Contact: Avril Powrie (082 921 4325, 021 873 0960 (h),


6.1) REEL ROCK TOUR 2010: A screening of the Reel Rock Tour will take place in Cape Town on Thursday 27 January 2011 at 20:00 at CityROCK, Observatory. Ticket cost is R50 p.p. Highlights: Sharma’s latest 5.15 first ascent; Lisa Rands & Peter Croft climb ‘The Hulk’; Dean Potter continues his extreme vertical explorations; Daniel Wood & Paul Robinson send V16; Ueli Steck solos the Eiger, then joins Alex Honnold for a speed ascent of ‘The Nose’. Fermented grape and barley juice will be on sale.

6.2) RORY LOWTHER MEMORIAL CHALLENGE: The Rory Lowther Memorial Challenge will take place at Swinburne from 4-6 March (

6.3) ANNUAL DINNER: Tygerberg Section will host the 2011 Annual Dinner on 2 April at the Encore Restaurant of Clara Anna Fontein.

6.4) 2011 MONTAGU ROCK RALLY: The 2011 Montagu Rock Rally will be held on 16 April. Writes Andy Davies on Cape Rock news: “So start getting fit and check out your ‘special’ wardrobe – its sure to be a blast . For all you washed out, exhausted, working parents; there is a handicap category (age, gender, work, kids) to provide a fun twist for all the old legends… ”

6.5) JULY CAMP: The 2011 July Camp will take place from 2-16 July. Contact person: Rikki Abbott ( 033 3303921(home), 082 5385389 –

6.6) JOURNAL 2009: The 2009 Journal had been available since December 2010 from Sections. Please collect your copy from your Section to save a lot on administration and postage. The Annual Reports Editor, Petro Grobler, regrets that the report of Stellenbosch Section had been omitted. It will be printed in the next Journal but can meanwhile be read on the MCSA Web Page:

6.7) MIKE’S PASS, DRAKENSBERG: Extensive landslides following the heavy and prolonged rains caused the closure of Mike’s Pass for the foreseeable future. You may still walk up to Cambalala House …(Cambalala Convenor: Alison Missselhorn (,

6.8) CHOSSPILE CRIME: In an incident on 29 Des at 11:00 climbers were mugged at Chosspile parking by 3 guys with knives, who tied them up with two watching and one going off to an ATM to withdraw R6000. Valuables were also taken. It was followed by another serious incident. Johannesburg Section issued the following statement: “Whilst we do not wish to create an atmosphere of panic among our members, we think it is our responsibility as a club to advise and warn members. We also think, that all incidents of any adversarial nature need to be reported to the local police and a local community policing forum (if one exists), so that they can begin to compile a profile of incidents.” A meeting will be held at 20:00 on 2 February at their clubhouse.

KwaZulu-Natal Section: December 2010 newsletter on:
Stellenbosch Section: For photo’s of Lydia Cilliers’family meets:

6.10) EAGLE MOUNTAIN RESORT (EVEREST) (Posted by Gerla Camp on KZNMail , 9 Dec 2011): “Met new owners at Everest (aka Eagle Mountain Resort). They have been owners for 3 weeks, and have no idea what they have bought. The campsite was a surprise to them, and he took 3 attempts to find 2 of the huts at the back end of the mountain! I suggested he look on the internet to find out what he had bought! Nice guy however. We were the first climbers he met, and in a weekend, saw 16 climbers in total. Good marketing for us climbers. He had no idea  what to charge for camping, so I paid him what we have paid for the last few years. It seems the previous owners (some sort of charity missionary organization) just up and left. When arriving at the gate, at least for a while, you may need to phone If you are going there, Neil (082 4169194) (Owner – lives in Barberton) or his brother Wim from the area who is ‘managing’ (082 8545678). Some climbers arrived after dark and had to climb over the gate to find the khela with the key! Unfortunately, they are doing the place up with the intention to sell. Who has got a few million stashed away?


7.1) International Mountain Day was celebrated on 11 December 2010. It focused on indigenous peoples and other minorities living in the mountains so as to highlight threats and challenges faced by these communities, and to acknowledge the invaluable knowledge they have and the contributions they can make towards overcoming global challenges of poverty and loss of diversity in a rapidly changing world. The message from ICIMOD’s Director General, Dr. Andreas Schild on this occasion: Special web site dedicatedto International Mountain Day 2010 at

7.2) Erratum MCSA eNews 2010/12-2: The provided list of SA summiteers of Everest starts off by mentioning that an SA-born Mallory climbed Everest in 1995. It was of course George Mallory (not John, his father), now resident in Australia.

7.3) POLAR RACE: There will be an SA woman on the team –

7.4) HINDU KUSH-HIMALAYAS: Norway will provide more than US$12 million from 2011-2015 to a consortium of partners led by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) to support a new programme in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas. Erik Solhem, Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development, made the announcement at a press conference held at COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico. will run from 2011 to 2015, coordinated by ICIMOD with The two Norwegian partners, will be CICERO and UNEP-Grid Arendal. Mr Solheim warned that people in the Himalayas must prepare for a tough and unpredictable future and needed committed support. “South Asia to me is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change’ said Solheim, Dr Madhav Karki, Deputy Director General of ICIMOD, spoke of the need for long-term adaptation, and stressed the importance of gathering good scientific information and knowledge in such areas as glacier mass balance, annual variability in water supply, flood management, and biodiversity degradation. This new and substantial support will fund long-term collaborative research. Specifically, the collaborative programme will help build robust scenarios on climate change/variability and make reliable projections on availability of water and other ecosystem services. Dr. Karki thanked Norway for this timely and generous support, which would make a strong contribution to filling the critical knowledge gap and building resilient Himalayan communities, especially focusing on women and marginalised people.

Best regards

Petro Grobler
MCSA eNEWS Temp Editor

“Truly it may be said that the outside of a mountain is good for the inside of a man”. George Wherry, Alpine Notes and the Climbing Foot,1896