National Meets

National Meet 2023 – Freestate

2024-05-27T17:06:24+02:00May 1st, 2023|National Meets|

Fifty to 60 hikers were expected to attend, and Balloch camp-site in the Wartrail area of Barkly East was seen as ideal for the camp. Situated in a long pristine valley in the NE Cape Witteberge, it is surrounded by spectacular sandstone formations, with high basalt mountains as a backdrop. It is also close to [...]

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National Meet 2021 – Paarl/Wellington

2021-10-18T14:07:04+02:00October 11th, 2021|National Meets|

During the first week of October the Paarl/Wellington Section held the national Minicamp at the Hawequas Scouts Adventure Center. As I think 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 [...]

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National Meet 2018 – Hottentots Holland

2018-11-12T16:36:14+02:00October 25th, 2018|National Meets|

We had two groups on this meet. One, with Ian Thompson as the leader, went up to Chipaway Cave in the Sneuukop Kloof and a second group stayed over night in the Johnson Hut and went for a hike up Landroskloof the next morning.

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National Meet 2017 – Chimanimani, Zimbabwe

2019-08-01T16:05:58+02:00October 3rd, 2017|National Meets, Pan African|

PRESENTED BY THE MAGALIESBERG SECTION, MCSA, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MOUNTAIN CLUB OF ZIMBABWE Chimanimani is a mountainous area situated in the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe. The region is distinguished by large quartzite peaks, carved from a rifted quartzite block, the highest reaching to 2,440 m and stretching for some 50 km, forming the border [...]

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National Meet 2016 – Cederberg – 125 Years MCSA

2021-10-11T09:06:33+02:00October 9th, 2016|National Meets|

The MCSA 125-year anniversary Meet  held at Sanddrif & Kromrivier from Friday 30 Sept – Sunday 09 Oct 2016 was very successful and enjoyable. About 70 people attended: hikers, mountaineers and rock-climbers. There was a huge variety of spring flowers after the good winter rains. The 125-yr buff was worn in most imaginative ways to [...]

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National Camp 2015 – Baviaanskloof

2018-05-16T22:10:58+02:00September 12th, 2015|National Meets|

The annual MCSA National Camp in the remote, rugged and magnificent Baviaanskloof has come and gone, and was a resounding success. There were over 100 participants, and the recent exceptional rains made the area a paradise. For more photos and commentary, see the National and  Eastern Province Facebook pages as well as

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National Meet 2014 – Paarl-Wellington

2018-05-16T22:12:01+02:00October 11th, 2014|National Meets|

MCSA NATIONAL MEET 2014 was from Sunday 5 October 2014 to Saturday 11 October 2014. The Paarl-Wellington Section was the host. There will be 3-4 day hikes per day from very easy to quite active. Provision will be made for children so parents can attend longer hikes.  Hikes will take place in the Paarl/Wellington area [...]

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Wilgepoort Deep-Water Solo Competition

2018-05-22T19:41:44+02:00March 31st, 2014|National Meets|

Last Sunday we had the first ever DWS comp in SA. This was held at Wilgepoort, near Bronkies. The MCSA purchased the land last year and one of the aims of the event was to open up more potential uses for the location. For over 50 years trad climbers have been going to Wilgepoort, and [...]

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National Meet 2013 – Sedgefield, South Cape

2018-05-16T22:30:04+02:00March 23rd, 2013|National Meets|

MCSA NATIONAL MEET 2013 INFORMATION VENUE Swartvlei Caravan Park: Large, flat camp site. Ablution block includes hot and cold showers. The turn-off to the caravan park is approximately 5 km west of Sedgefield (turn-off sign board reads Sedge Links) and another 3 km to the park entrance. The park is 300 m from the sea. [...]

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UIAA Global Youth Summit 2011 – Drakensberg

2019-07-18T13:22:57+02:00July 20th, 2011|National Meets, UIAA, Youth|

A Drakensberg Traverse, led by mountain guide and MCSA member, Rob Thomas. Fifteen participants from South Africa, America, UK, Swaziland and some invited privately sponsored ones were introduced to a winter traverse of the magnificent Drakensberg – the challenge: from Witzieshoek to Cathedral Peak Hotel! It was cold! A substantial sponsorship for this event was [...]

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