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Bouldering at Ezemvelo Sunday 25 May 2014

Bouldering at Ezemvelo Sunday 25 May 2014

PHOTO: By Schalk Erasmus.

Bouldering at Ezemvelo on Sunday 25 May, just north of Bronkhorstspruit, between 1.5 and 2 hours drive from Johannesburg. Ezemvelo is the closest bouldering area to Johannesburg, with a good range of problems from 5A to 8A. See a map here.

Contact Darryl Margetts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and about arrangements to travel together from the Reserve's shop at the entrance to the bouldering area.

Watch Deep Water Soloing Comp at Wilgepoort

Watch top SA climbers competing in Deep Water Soloing Competition

Watch Deep Water Soloing Comp at Wilgepoort

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The likes of Alex Bester (current highest red point grade 30), Brian Weaver (33), Ebert Nel (33), Falco Filotto (31), Ivan Van Der Tang (31) and Jahne Theron (30) will be confronted with lines most have never seen before. The price for not onsighting is getting wet. And the prize for onsighting is also getting wet. Welcome to Deep Water Soloing. No ropes. No bolts or cams. Just shoes, chalk and a cool head when you fall into the water.

The girls won't be standing back either: Eran Waldeck , Gillian Bester, Illona Pelser (29), Tiffany Wells, Wiebke Toussaint and others will see who gets the first ladies DWS crown.

The comp is managed by sport climbers Andrew Pedley and Neil Margetts at Big Pool in Wilgepoort, the wilderness purchased recently by the Mountain Club of South Africa.

Wilgepoort is about 45km north east of Bronkies in Gauteng.

Come watch the top guys and gals in a spectacular setting!

Two vertical Comrade marathons in Nepal

Wednesday 29 January 19h30 at the MCSA Johannesburg Clubhouse near Melrose Arch.

Two vertical Comrade marathons in Nepal

On Wednesday 29 January, Eirini Kalimieri does a slideshow presentation on two recent trips to Nepal.

"We're a group of road runners and tri-athletes. In Nepal we found out that 3 km up can be just as challenging as the 90 kms Comrades route from Durban to Pietermaritzburg," says Eirini. 

"And when the Nepal Tourism Board adopted the logo 'Naturally Nepal: Once is not enough' they definitely knew what they were talking about. Our presentation covers two breath-taking trips, one in the famous Annapurna region and one in the less famous area of Ganesh Himal.

"We'll also talk about climbing the 5896m Paldor peak and the climate, nature and beasts we encountered.

"Along the way we'll cover the dos, don'ts and 'beaware of' we discovered, and the unavoidable funny stuff."

Where: Meet us at the MCSA Johannesburg clubhouse near Melrose Arch. It is easily reached from the Atholl-Oaklands exit from the M1. See a drawn map with driving directions here.

See the interactive Google Map here. "Pub side pitch" on the map shows where the MCSA Jhb club house is.

2014 climbing meets now available: January to March

We have another full year of trad and sport climbing, climbing orientation for beginners and hiking ahead. Most weekends offer something involving rock and wilderness combined. 

Some of the excellent reasons to work off post-festive season flab are:

  • Trad climbs in our gorgeous backyard, the Magaliesberg in North West Province.
  • Big wall trad climbing in Blouberg early February.
  • A First Aid presentation by MCSA Search and Rescue late February.
  • A weekend of deepwater solo climbing, slack-lining, trad climbing and lots of swimming in a huge river pool at Wilgepoort in early March.
  • A wild-flower hike in the Magalies middle March.

The entire meets list for January through March is available at "Upcoming Events" here on our website, in mobile-phone friendly format.

See you out there!

Extreme Climbing Film Show: Reel Rock

On Wednesday 27 November we're very fortunate to present a showing of the 2013 Reel Rock Tour at our clubhouse.

Reel Rock is a fantastic annual collection of short films about some of the best climbers in the world and their extreme adventures. This year's as hair-raising as usual, complete with footage of some really big falls.

Proceeds from the evening will go to our Wilgepoort Purchase Fund.

The Sensei: Yuji Hirayama and Daniel Woods

Extreme Climbing Film Show: Reel Rock

From the Reel Rock website: "Forty-three-year-old Yuji Hirayama is one of the great legends of modern climbing. Near retirement, he plans to complete a project, one of his hardest ever, at the spectacular summit of Mount Kinabalu, on the island of Borneo. But first he must find the right partner. Enter Daniel Woods, the young American boulderer who is one of the strongest humans in the climbing world, but lacks mountain experience. Daniel-San travels to Japan to prove himself worthy of Hirayama’s mentorship, and the unlikely duo team up for the expedition of a lifetime."

Spice Girl: Hazel Findlay

From the Reel Rock website: "The UK climbing scene is known for its strict traditional ethic, yielding dangerous routes and a competitive machismo among the driven young climbers risking it all to prove their boldness. It’s the last place you’d expect to find a nice little blond girl putting all the lads to shame, but Hazel Findlay is doing just that. The first woman to climb the British grade of E9 (super hard, super sketchy), Hazel is a connoisseur of loose rock, dodgy gear, and big runouts. Having mastered the scrappy sea-cliffs at home she teams up with Emily Harrington to tackle the massive, untamed big walls of Taghia Gorge, Morocco."

See the trailer here.

See the Reel Rock website here

Where: Meet us at 19h30 at the clubhouse near Melrose Arch on Wednesday 27 Nov, easily reached from the Atholl-Oaklands exit from the M1. See a drawn map with driving directions here. See the interactive Google Map here. "Pub side pitch" on the map shows where the MCSA Jhb club house is.

Fees: MCSA members with 2013 MCSA cards, and students with student cards cash at the door R40 per person. For others R60 cash per person.

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The Hell, climbing, hiking, car camping

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03.08.2014 08:Aug - 16:Aug
Orientation at Strubensvalley

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Hanglip - trad climbing, hiking, car camping

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