Events

Youth Hiking (24-25 Sept)

Kings Trails, Mpumalanga. All welcome.

Stephan Isebeck 082 903 0327, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dome Piekestap (8-9 Oct)

Contact Pierre Lourens  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sederbergkloof sing-song, climbing and hiking

Date: 14- 15 October

Contact  Pierre, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Senotwan 1963 - 2016

Now a 1-2-5-climb! Trad climbers wanted - alive! 8 October 

While climbing at 'The Prow" north of Hanglip in December 1963 a few Explo members were excited to see to the north-west an isolated cone-shaped koppie with a very interesting looking solid central rock column of about 70 to over 100 m on top, and rock faces all around. They somehow found their way there the same evening, and next day climbed a route to the top. The owner of the property said the koppie was called "Senotwan" but also let it slip out that some call it "Pramkoppie". The climbers were very keen to explore more routes, and in February 1964 did two more very interesting routes to the top (2-3 pitch and E-F sup grading). Then they all graduated and went their separate ways with fond memories, but lost track of the exact whereabouts and route to the koppie. 

It sounded like a wonderful idea to register Senotwan as a 1-2-5-climb peak. By sheer chance and good luck it was re-located just then. This prompted an enthusiastic revisit by three of the original climbers and new friends, with a wish to make the place known to trad climbers, and romantic dreams to possibly re-climb it after over 50 years (during which probably nobody has made an ascent). Last week we eventually got permission for a group to camp under huge trees and use the old farm house over the weekend of 7-9 October. The property is now a game farm.

So - who is coming with us?? We need some young - and old - trad climbers to re-climb an old route or open new ones! One of the old climbs has near the top a magical bottomless chimney outwards. The route descriptions were published in an Explo booklet: Exploratio 1959 - 1964. Let us know if you want to have a look at the scanned pages about the place and details of the climbs done..]

We plan to depart on Friday after lunch, set up camp and climb on the Saturday. We have been invited to spend Sundayat the river on Maricke's family farm 'Klipkuile' just down the road, which is a fascinating place on its own and a swim would be really good!

 

Weeding day (extra) at Boekenhoutkloof

Date: 17 July

After a long discussion with Working for Water last Wednesday [a WfW team was to take over Boekenhoutkloof and Dome] we realised that the MCSA would need to jump in and do the work. We cannot let 10-12 years of work go to waste because they did/could not find the finances to do it.

So, as weekends are fairly fully booked we need to squeeze in two days: Boekenhoutkloof on 17 July

Please, all of you who chose to do weeding as your day to contribute to MCSA land, contact me asap! We need quite a number of people for the 3 main weeds at Boekenhoutkloof.

Please bring along: secateurs, small saw, old kitchen knife, split tip garden tool, garden gloves and or rubber gloves [lantana & bugweed need herbicide], old clothes,hat, lunch, water.

We can drive in part of the way to save time and effort; 4x4s needed [ONLY for weeding days] so please let me know if your 4x4 needs exercise ;-). We will depart Pretoria at 7h00 and be at Seremodi parking at 8h30, where we will try to pack all into as few 4x4s as possible. If you do not know the way there please contact me for map & directions

 

Please contact Otti Neser: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 082 451 9582 asap.

 

Click here to download the new list of weeding / working days. Please mark in your diary and commit to help!!

 

Club evening - Dragonflies

Datum: 26 July

JP (Lappies) Labuschagne gaan op Dinsdagaand 26 Julie ‘n aanbieding lewer oor naaldekokers en waterjuffers. Kennis van hierdie kleurryke en interessante insekte sal jou stap- en klimtoere inkleur. Die skakel na sy webruimte is: www.dragonflies.co.za

Hy som sy komende aanbieding so op:
Ons gaan kyk na waar naaldekokers vandaan kom en hoe die wetenskaplikes by hulle name uitkom,  Daarna gaan ons lekker kyk wat is die verskille tusen naaldekokers en waterjuffers. Ons maak ‘n draai by die invloed van naaldekokers in die ekologie. Ons gaan raak aan ‘n projek wat my na aan die hart lê en dit is die Virtual Museum projek. Ons ken almal die voël atlas projekte maar weet maar min van die ander goggas se projekte. Ons kyk na wat ons as amateur wetenskaplikes hier kan doen. Daarna begin die plesier van naaldekokers en waterjuffers kyk. Ons gaan so lank aanhou tot iemand my met skoene gooi. Ek dink daar is foto’s van so 60 spesies in die aanbieding met so hier en daar ‘n kort video oor die doen en late van hierdie wonderlike groep fotogeniese insekte. Ek is seker na die tyd gaan ons lekker gesels oor hulle.

Indië langs bergpasse in die Himalayas

Datum: Klub Aand - Dinsdag 16 Augustus

Klubhuis 19h00 vir 19h30. 

 

Kees van Dijkhorst gaan ‘n DVD vertoon wat hy self gemaak het oor sy toer deur Indië langs bergpasse in die Himalayas.

Dit beloof om iets besonders te wees.

National Meet (Mini Camp)

Date: 2016: 30 Sep - 9 October


The MCSA is 125 years old this year and will be hosting a 125-year Anniversary National Meet in the Southern Cederberg. Come celebrate with us from Friday 30 September – Sunday 9 October 2016.

Note that the dates have been extended and that it takes place in school holidays so families can escape to the Cape mountains!

Email Robert Breyer for details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Path restoration Castle Gorge

Date: 31 July

The new footpath up to Castle Gorge needs some touching up before it becomes a problem. Some sharp and eager helpers would be most welcome. 

Leader to be appointed. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the meantime if you are keen to join.

 

Youth sport climbing Waterval Boven

Date: 6-9  August

Will include Lost Crag of the Century & Security

Morne vd Linde 072 636 2779 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wilgepoort Jhb joint meet

Date: 11-12 June

Joint meet of Magaliesberg and Johannesburg Sections, as well as joint meeting of committees of Magaliesberg and Johannesburg Sections.

Hiking, climbing, and Sing-song around campfire on Saturday evening.

Leader: Pierre Lourens, 012 654 6366 (h), 072 207 1403, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Sing-song leader, Som Morkel (Jhb. Section), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 082 600 5418

Wolkberg - 15-19 Junie

Die beplanning is om Woensdag omtrent 16:00 uit Pretoria te vertrek en dan tot by die hut te ry.  Sondagoggend sal ons so teen 12:00 by die hut vertrek.  Dit is wesentlik om die langnaweek verkeer altwee dae te mis.  Die stap sal dagstappies wees, afhangende van die weer: klim Serala, stap na die waterval, wonderwoud, die glye en ‘n bietjie grotkruip.   Ons slaap elke aand in die hut.  

Mense wat wil saamgaan moet asseblief die klubaand bywoon vir die tref van die finale reëlings.  Om na die hut te ry moet ons vooraf toestemming reël.  Die aantal voertuie word ook beperk.  

Leier: Petrus Nel 0825789115

Climbing at Wit Umfolozi

Date: 16-19 June

Contact Henk Apello on 083 480 9971 (W)0114083557 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

A visit to the White Umfolozi River offers numerous attractions, including over 100 sport and 150 trad routes ranging from grade 8 to 27 on superb rock; swimming and fishing in the river; lounging on the river’s extensive sand banks; an amazing diversity of bird and plant life and a scenic gorge – an ideal family venue.

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