Grootkloof kloofing

Date: 28-29 November  
Depart: Saturday Morning. Camping overnight. Kloofing on Sunday. 

Contact Petrus Nel (c) 082 578 9115

The new Banff Mountain Film Festival movie is here!

The Magalies Section has made a block booking for 50 people.

Date: 27 October
Time: 20:00 at Brooklyn mall. 

We’ll meet before the film at around 18:30 for drinks and/or dinner.

Price per ticket is R55 and can be paid into the Magalies account. Use your name for reference and send proof of payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Where possible wear something mountain club-like.

Magaliesberg Wonderboom to Waverley Hike

Date: 25 October

“Friends of the Magalies” will take us on their hiking / cycle trail and
show us the work they are busy with. Experience the Maglies in the city!
Bring a picnic basket for a braai after the hike at the lapa.

We will leave 7h30 from the club house at Rietondale Tennis club or meet us
at the lapa behind Hoërskool Wonderboom at 8h00. 

Please confirm who is

Contact Eddie Harvey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 083 259 0542

Public lecture - Homo naledi

Public lecture by Dr Francois Durand of the Department of Zoology, University of Johannesburg.

Laerskool Pretoria-Oos (Pretoria-East Primary school)
After care center
209 Roper Street

Date: Thursday 22 October 2015.
Time: 19h00 (Come early to ensure that you get a seat.)
Topic: Homo naledi – a stem or a branch on our family tree?

Summary: Homo naledi is the latest addition to the human family tree. He will look at the evolutionary position of this newly discovered hominin species, discuss the probable age and look critically at the theory that the fossil accumulation was the result of burial practices.  Alternative theories about the death and deposition of the fossils will be presented.

Caving and the fossils of Homo naledi

Club evening - 29 September

Following up from last week’s talk on the Early inhabitants of the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve by Vincent Carruthers, Steven Tucker tackles the Homo naledi whoo-ha in our next club evening 29 September. Steven Tucker will be giving a talk on caving and the fossils of Homo naledi. Click here to download nine things that you need to know Homo naledi.

Wilgepoort Hiking & Family Weekend

Date: 7-10 August

Contact Petrus Nel 012 420 5983 (w) 082 578 9115 (c) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth meet - Waterval Boven

There is a youth meet to Waterval Boven this week over the long week-end (7-10 Aug), leaving Friday 15h30 CSIR, coming back Monday 17h00.  Anyone welcome, not only the youth. But all need to be able to lead climb. We still have places in the car. I would like to organize a guide at Roc and Rope to accompany us (for safety) to climb at the Last Crag of the Century. There are classic new long easy routes there.

Contact Stephan Isebeck (c) 082 9030327

Waterval Boven (joint meet Jhb)

Date: 23 -27 September 

We will be leaving from the CSIR AT 15h30 on Wednesday the 23rd of September and come back at 17h00 on Sunday the 27th of September

Magalies meet leader is Stephan Isebeck (c) 082 9030327

Northern Tibesti – seeing the sun rise on the highest peaks in Libya and Chad

Club Evening - 4 August

Karen’s lifelong ambition is to summit the highest peak in each of the 54 African countries. She recently travelled 3,615 km through the Sahara Desert, one of the harshest environments where water is always scarce in support of her dream.  This trip to the Tibesti mountains in both Chad and Libya took six weeks and culminated in her being the first woman to summit the highest mountains in these remote mountains.

The highest mountain in Libya, Bikku Bitti, is in one of the most remote, least accessible and least known parts of the Sahara Desert.  This region was selected by NASA as the earthly region most similar to conditions on Mars.  The area is unfit for human habitation and there are periods of up to 20 to 30 years with no rainfall.  There is no permanent human habitation, no roads and no tracks – just the great open void.  The closest water was sometimes over 800 km away.

The two mountains visited can easily be classified as some of the most difficult mountains to reach in Africa and she encountered several minefields, unexploded weaponry, snakes and scorpions on her way to the mountains.  Karen will give feedback on this epic adventure and will highlight the environment, people, and challenges faced along the way.

venture and will highlight the environment, people, and challenges faced along  the way.

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