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1)      NATIONAL ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE - Sunday 25 February 2018

2)  CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 2017 JOURNAL – deadline is end of February 2018

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


4) MOUNT KENYA FESTIVAL – MARCH 2018 There may still be time to partake in this.

5) ANNUAL DINNER Worcester-section will host the National Dinner on the 5th of May 2018 in Rawsonville. Please note that this is their 125th Anniversary year.

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



9)       SNIPPETS



The national interdenominational Annual Memorial Service will be held at Maclear’s Beacon on Sunday 25 February. The service is to remember and commemorate those members of the MCSA who passed on during 2017.

CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 2017 JOURNAL – deadline is end of February 2018

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

  • Perry Refuge 60th Anniversary: Piet van Zyl Inviting Stories

    Piet van Zyl intends to write an article on Perry Refuge for the 2017 Journal, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the (original) construction of this shelter in the Hex River Mountains, over the weekend of 14-16 December 1957. Piet would appreciate input from people involved in the rebuilding of Perry in 2009 after the fire in 2006, and also extracts from the current Hut Book about noteworthy incidents recorded therein. Piet invites past visitors to Perry to write to him about their experiences of getting there, or being there. Please email Piet at    Remember the deadline!


Several African clubs have already established reciprocal membership and I am sure many of you will benefit from the warm welcome of other clubs. The MCU, in cooperation with MCSA, invited all clubs to attend a meet in Uganda in January of 2018. We await reports from this gathering shortly.

3)   MOUNT KENYA FESTIVAL - you are also invited to partake in the Mount Kenya Festival from 1 to 10 March 2018. We have negotiated a 50% discount on Park fees. Cost estimates are as follows:

·      4 nights on the mountain

o   Food, camp, Park fees, trekking guides and porters = 590USD/person

o   Minimum donation= 250USD/person

·      8 Nights on the mountain

o    Food, camp, Park fees, trekking, guides and porters= 742USD/person

o    Minimum donation= 350USD/person

Briefing in Nanyuki on 1st March/On the Mountain 2nd-9th March/Fundraiser Braai and live music on 10th March. The mountain festival is supported by the Kenyan Dept of Tourism, the Mount Kenya Trust, and African Ascents.

More information will be posted on Contact person: Garvin Jacobs,

4)   ANNUAL DINNER - 125TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORCESTER SECTION - who 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’

See the pdf for details, including types of accommodation etc

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.

5)   UIAA – this from the UIAA January Newsletter:

·         Dealing with eye problems in the mountains -  visual loss in the wilderness setting is potentially fatal. Firstly, it may be a warning sign of a serious systemic problem and secondly the patient may lose their functional independence and ability to respond to objective danger. The issues are discussed in the UIAA MedCom paper #20, Eye Problems in Expeditions.

·         Climbers Against Cancer - on 20 January, representatives of the UIAA were honoured to organise a special ceremony ahead of the Lead Finals at the 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. During the ceremony, the Swiss Cancer Research Foundation were presented with a donation of £25,000 by Climbers Against Cancer

·         2017 UIAA Climbing Film of the Year - The UIAA has awarded a Best Climbing Film prize at the Trento Film Festival for the past three years. The most recent winner – a 12-minute documentary featured the 2016 expedition to the Himalayas of Nepal led by David Lama together with Austrian alpinists Hansjörg Auer and Alex Blümel. The film charts the team in their feelings of fatigue, anxiety, exposure and ordeal during their five weeks attempting one of the world’s greatest, unsolved puzzles of alpinism: The unclimbed south-east ridge of Annapurna III (at 7,555m, the 42nd highest mountain in the world). Go to the link on the UIAA website to download the film.

·         The UIAA Youth Commission - has developed the calendar of 2018 Global Youth Series events with meets in France, Italy and Iran already confirmed. Registration details can be found on the UIAA website..


·         National: abbreviated link for the national MCSA Facebook page: 

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

7)   SECTION NEWS – no sectional news has been submitted. Sections are encouraged to submit items of interest.


·         Rockfalls - the science of rockfalls :

The article deals with Yosemite. In 2006 the cliffs were studied as part of a lawsuit against US National Park Service. A Valley-wide rockfall assessment was started, studying the cliffs in 2006. The Park Service. USGS, the Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection in Italy, and the Georgia Institute of Technology all participated in the research. The rockfall of September 2017 continued the research  and compiled a history of rockfalls in Yosemite giving various statistics of climbing accidents due to rockfalls, car accidents, drowning etc. Remarkably, only a small portion of natural rockfall deaths are climbers, although rocks dislodged by climbers have taken many lives.



Quotations   “Each climber loses one finger or toe once in a while. This is a small but    important reason for Polish climber’s success. Western climbers haven’t lost as many fingers or toes”. Wanda Rutkiewicz


“Frostbite? I consider that a failure”. Mark Twight, never frostbitten after sixteen years of mountaineering and ice climbing.