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1)MCSA Annual National Dinner – 23 September 2017
2 National Meet to Chimanimani, Zimbabwe: 25 September -3 October 2017
3)Start - IMS photo contest 2017
4) July Camp at Cambala – feedback
5) For Sale
       6.1) Trade of remains from expeditions
7) facebook and web pages
8)  Section News
9) Snippets
10) Any newsworthy items


Magaliesberg Section will be hosting the Dinner:   Save the date
please:  Yes! The invite for the annual dinner is out:  Please RSVP
either via the website ( or via email


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 with Mozambique.  It
is one of Zimbabwe's wildest and finest mountain wilderness areas and
a very popular hiking destination.  The nature is unspoiled and at its
best, with breathtaking and picturesque landscapes as you explore the
area. There are mountains to climb, valleys and gorges to hike, rock
paintings and waterfalls to feast your eyes on, and natural pools to
swim in.  Add to it forests, some unique plant species and wild
animals, and it becomes a nature lover’s paradise.

Chimanimani is known as Zimbabwe's best kept secret, but it needn't be
this way!  Come join us on this meet for the truly adventurous by
exploring its challenging overnight hiking trails and spectacular
climbs, by doing caving, potholing or kayaking, or just enjoy its
peace and tranquillity in a relaxed manner by taking leisurely day
hikes.  This meet has got some activities for all tastes!

General Provisional Programme:

Day 1 Sunday 24/9/17:  Arrival @ base camp, Chimanimani area.
Day 2 Monday 25/9/17:  Briefing & welcoming braai (late afternoon).
Day 3 – 5 Tuesday to Thursday 26 – 28/9/17:  1, 2 & 3 day hiking,
climbing & bouldering.
Day 6 Friday 29/9/17 Rest & recreation; caving / potholing; kayaking & dinner.
Day 7 – 9 Saturday to Monday 30/9 – 02/10/17:  1, 2 & 3 day hiking,
climbing & bouldering.
Day 10 Tuesday 03/10/17 Visit to Chirinda Forest & farewell function @
base camp.
Day 11 Wednesday 04/10/17:  Departure & own itinerary.

Added Bonus Event:  MCSA Annual Dinner 2017 presented by the
Magaliesberg Section!
On your way up to Zimbabwe, join the MCSA Annual Dinner on 23
September 2017 in Pretoria during which the Magaliesberg Section will
celebrate its 50th Birthday.

General Enquiries:
Etienne Step Tel +27 72 242 0864 Email:

Interested parties are requested to send an email to Etienne, giving
provisional personal particulars, contact details, type of activity
interested in, accommodation preferences (i.e. dormitory
accommodation, lodges / chalets or camping), mode of transport (i.e.
by road or fly-in to Harare), etc., so that provisional planning can
be made based on the provided information.



Kicking off as a side-event of the International Mountain Summit, the
IMS Photo Contest has become the greatest contest of mountain
photography worldwide. In its seventh edition, photographers compete
for seven awards plus the title: Mountain Photo of the Year. With six
different categories, we expanded the possibilities to submit mountain
photos once again. This year’s prize money will be a total of over €

“Over the past six years, more than 12,000 photographers from all
continents have been competing with each other in order to win an
award in one of the categories of the IMS Photo Contest. This great
commitment inspired us to develop the IMS Photo Contest into an event
of its own. That is why we built up a new platform and continuously
enhance the performance of the new website. We want to encourage
photographic performances, photo culture and start over with a
refreshing design and convenient functionality of the new website.” so
said the Contest President Markus Gaiser and Vice President Alex
Ploner on the launch of the seventh edition of the IMS Photo Contest.

The category Mountain Nature. Mountains may appear immutable. But
their interplay with nature creates ever new perspectives and
captivating sights.

The category Mountain Action is looking for the best shots of people
performing mountain activities.

The category Mountain Water may highlight the beauty - or the beast -
of the fascinating pair mountain /water but also how it is used by
mankind, from water reservoirs to energy production

The category Mountain Mobile Many people who spend their leisure time
in the mountains don’t want to take their heavy weight camera
equipment with them, using their smartphones instead.

The category Mountain Faces tell stories of people in the mountains.
The faces of people who live among rocks and fight against natural
forces – from climbers and mountaineers to those living in the

The category Team Spirit is looking for photos, which represent the
importance of team spirit in the mountain.

The members of this year’s Jury include, among others, Ray Demski,
international photographer with focus on action and adventure
photography. Also, part of the international Jury is Ulla Lohmann, a
German photojournalist and documentary filmmaker with a BSc degree in
Natural Resource Management who works freelance for clients.

Deadline for submissions: 31st August 2017. The Award Ceremony takes
place on Saturday, 14 October 2017 at the IMS Photo Night at the
International Mountain Summit (IMS) in Brixen/Bressanone, South Tyrol

Full article and more information:



Well, it certainly was a Camp with a difference as we knew it would be
from the very first moments after the decision was made!

It is unlikely that we have ever had a July Camp so close to a
permanent dwelling. True, in 2006, also at Cathedral, we did have the
Base Camp in the idyllic Research Catchment 8 between the simple,
small buildings that had been built to house the instruments when the
earlier research programme was active. They had been left standing
(and looked for all the world like very solidly built, brick
outhouses) and we sited the 2006 Base Camp close to one of them which
made an ideal, icy cold meat store.  It was good to see that these
little buildings have come back into their own, and that they are
being used for research purposes again.

Jump to 2016.

We were so anxious to return to the beautiful Catchment 8 site, but
now it is, judging by the number of vehicles going into it every day,
in very active use for a multi-disciplinary research programme. As a
result, very understandably but very regretfully, we were not allowed
to Camp there. So, we decided to break new ground and have the Base
Camp with a difference in the grounds of Cambalala, formerly a forest
foreman’s home, but now restored. The  KwaZulu-Natal Section of MCSA
leases from Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife and which members can

Yet another difference was that while the Base Camp infrastructure, as
usual and for safety reasons was sited on a mown grassy knoll,
literally in the back yard of Cambalala, the Campers’ tents were
nestled in clearings the Advance Party had made in the ‘nchi ‘nchi
(spellings vary) bush, also known as ‘ouhout’. I am a ‘nchi ‘nchi bush
camp addict, so for me this camp site was highly evocative bliss,
while for many others this was a novel experience. However, as the
bush wove its magic there seemed to be many new addicts. Birdsong woke
me us before the ever welcome call of “Coffee, please”!

Before lightweight tents were so readily available, often an
escarpment sub-camp party that was relying on caves, where possible,
would find that there was one spot without a suitable shelter, but if
there was a copse of ‘nchi ‘nchi bush marked on the map, one
considered one’s party very fortunate and hastened towards that
special place. Hence my fondness for the bushes, which in fact, given
time, can develop into handsome large trees.

Yet another different aspect of this Camp was that within minutes of
leaving the cars parked near the bottom of Mike’s Pass, one was
walking up to Camp along a beautiful Berg stream and into a pristine
valley - one immediately felt the stresses drop away and petrol fumes
clear from one’s lungs.  A few hours later, one arrived at Base Camp
having already enjoyed the first, and possibly one of the best hikes
in the area. July Camp had begun before one even had sight of Base
Camp or tasted the first of the ever-present cups of tea or coffee.

Our youngest camper, Roelof Hauman, chose that he and his very
obliging father, Carel, should spend all their three days in this
enchanted river valley. On the last day he commented to his father,
“Pappa, vandag was ons in die hemel.”

But now, the carefully phrased paragraphs give way a racing crowd of
memories all rushing and jumbling for preference:

·         The glorious, ever-present uninterrupted panoramic view from
Amphlet and Turret to the very end of the Cathedral Ridge,

·         Successful Escarpment trips, happy contour path sub-camps
and numerous day walks,

·         We found and happily used Roland’s Cave, but Botha’s Shelter
remained elusive

·         Brilliant red Natal Bottlebrushes in full bloom,

·         At night, the beautifully whimsical coloured solar fairy
lights draped in the bushes and marking Dave’s tent,

·         Brilliant starry nights and fascinating discussions led by
Andy as he took us across the Southern skies,

·         A dramatic full moon on the opening night which also
happened to be Tineke’s birthday,

·         Roelof’s accounts of his daily adventures and Carel’s
delight in having shared these precious times with his son,

·         Being able to alert the authorities to a dramatic arson fire
easily seen from our high vantage point, while still hidden from them
at the official buildings

·         Re-greeting friends last seen 10 or 15 years ago and finding
that though there were a very few minor visual changes, the real
person remained unchanged,

·         The hugs, the embraces and the bubbling joy of greeting old
friends and then meeting new ones that had, till then, been only
e-mail names and suddenly were real people, and kindred spirits, what
is more,

·         The eager delight which greeted the first fragrant
appearance of the famous pickled pork,

·         The enthusiasm with which the healthy salad and cold
meat–type lunch disappeared,

·          The groans of delight as walk-tired muscles were lowered
into the hot water of the old tin baths. All tiredness  and pain
forgotten in the healing magic of ‘one bucket of hot water and as much
cold water as you like’

·         The fragrant, dancing delight of firelight on those nights
we could have campfires

·         The singing and chatter around the fires

·         The joyful, helpful, ever present Scouts who were always in
just the right spot to render assistance. What a privilege and a
pleasure to have them with us. Please become an entrenched part of
July Camp. We welcome you with open arms. Your presence lowered the
average age dramatically.

·         The joy of the Scouts even when weather conditions forced
then to retreat from their second attempt on the Bell Traverse, and
they arrived back in Base Camp in high spirits and wiser for having
made the right decision under the circumstances.

·         The generosity of the Duracell bunnies, Hanlie and Peter,
who brought two buckets of macadamia nuts for us all to share and

·         Delicious sweet, juicy oranges.

·         The wind that came out of nowhere and devastated the Base
Camp infrastructure in minutes.

·         The commitment with which the KZ-N Committee, as a man,
leapt up to hang onto and hold down the gazebos while others struggled
to get the heavy duty covers off and managed to do so without any

·         The sight of the two conical army tents that we use as the
swelling and billowing; the one ripped from top to bottome and the
other one just gracefully sank down on top of contents. Both,
considerately did not damage the solar lighting.

·         Two Scouts holding onto me while I tried to hold onto the
equipment tent which was determined to blow away, but was prevented
from doing so. While this battle against the billowing once-white
canvas was playing out, Jabulani just carried on quietly and
methodically hammering in the tent pegs as they were wrenched out.

·         The laughable sight of fully laden lunch tables being blown
away side-over-side and scattering their loads in all directions.

·         The delight that not one of the Campers’ tents that had been
set up in the gentle sheltering embrace of the ‘nchi ‘nchi bushes,
only a few metres away, was damaged.

·         The inevitable cries of the ‘The bathrooms have gone’,
followed shortly by ‘The loos have gone’.

·         The miracle that next, day by lunch-, a totally different
order was established and the Camp was fully functional again.

And those are just a few of the memories of July Camp 2017.

Do yourself a favour and come to July Camp 2018 and collect your own
vivid scrapbook wonderful July Camp memories.  Every July Camp, is a
Camp to remember and recall fondly.



Pair of La Sportiva (mountain) boots. crampon compatible (photograph
can be sent if required. High altitude boots very rigid, more for
Alpine use... Designed to wear with very thick socks or thermal inner
boot. So, they would suit a size 9 or max size 10 shoe size). Used
once. Asking:  R 1 000.00 and a K-way expedition 3-man tent. used
once. Asking: R 2 000.00. Peter Blignaut +27(0)810422000

********************************************************************   6) UIAA


The UIAA is extremely grateful to its member federation Deutscher
Alpenverein (German Alpine Club), DAV, for bringing to light a
sensitive subject which will be of interest to fellow UIAA members and
the international climbing and mountaineering community.

Over the past few months, the DAV’s Alpine Museum has been offered
remains from expeditions collected in Pakistan. These refer
specifically to artefacts from 1934-1937 and 1953 and include papers,
pennants, film boxes, oxygen bottles and human remains.



National: abbreviated link for the national MCSA facebook page:

Links for all section's web pages are all on the national webpage.




Rocklands Bouldering Youth Camp – 14th to 16th July 2017

The Rocklands Bouldering Youth Camp was held over the weekend of the
14th to 16th July 2017 at Elizabethfontein School Hostel, Rocklands.
Twenty-seven children and sixteen parents attended.  The camp leader
was Delaney Carpenter (MCSA Cape Town Section Youth Programmes
Convenor) and assistant leader was Caleb Ashley Cooper (both coaches
at Top out Climbing Club.) The weekend was filled with a lot of good
climbing and great companionship and the kids experienced the
comradery of the bouldering community.




PhD scholarships due ~31st August 2017 (international applicants) or
31st October 2017 (Australian domestic applicants)
If successful, the awardee should look to commence the project in
January 2018. Applicants should have a 1st class Honours or MSc
Research Degree in a related field, demonstrate Band 2 English
language proficiency, and have preferably (co)authored at least one
scientific publication.

Newsworthy items for inclusion in MCSA National News can be sent to
the Editor, Bridget Carrick:

Quote: “The tops of mountains are among the   unfinished parts of the
globe, whither it is a slight insult to the gods to climb and pry into
their secrets, and try their effect on our humanity. Only daring and
insolent men, perchance, go there. Simple races, as savages, do not
climb mountains - their tops are sacred and mysterious tracts never
visited by them. “

Henry David Thoreau "Ktaadn" (1848), in The Maine Woods (2004) p. 65