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The Johannesburg Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa actively fosters and facilitates mountaineering. This incorporates climbing, trekking, mountain walking and related activities, and promoting fellowship between people with these interests who are committed to the conservation of mountain areas.
CHANGE OF DATE: It's been raining buckets, and we're moving the Comp to SUNDAY 30 MARCH, all other details the same.
On Sunday 9 March Sunday 30 March thirty climbers will battle it out above a huge river pool in the first Deep Water Soloing climbing competition in South Africa. See why we had to change:
Andrew Pedley and Neil Margetts did some research and alas it seems like the proposed cliff at Wilgepoort is likely to be wet this weekend.
There is a fair amount of soil above which could feed seepage for some time even if the weather clears. Also according to a MCSA Search and Rescue report, the Wilge river is likely to be in flood which introduces an element of danger. So we have selected an alternative date, 30 March.
We will keep everything the same, format, times etc.
Apologies for the change in plans, but it never rains but it pours. So let’s go with the flow, otherwise we may find ourselves in deep water. This is water under the bridge, but come hell or high water, we will make it happen on the 30th.
Andrew, Neil and the big yellow mouthed (hungry) fish
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.
Wednesday 29 January 19h30 at the MCSA Johannesburg Clubhouse near Melrose Arch.
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.
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:
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!
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
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.
25 tickets left at 12h09pm on 13 Nov. Now cash sales ONLY to first comers at the Auditorium, which holds 180.
Mountaineer Stephen Venables is one of the most accomplished mountaineers and explorers of our time. He was the first Briton to climb Everest without oxygen and has summited many 5000+ metre peaks.
In this illustrated talk, Venables draws on his five expeditions to the sub-Antarctic island to South Georgia, bringing alive the story of Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated Endurance expedition.
Venables retraced that route twice, and made first ascents of several peaks on the island. With classic archive images, stunning modern photography and film, this is a must-see presentation.
Tickets: R100 per person, both MCSA members and non-members
Google map to Delta Park: http://goo.gl/maps/Pb8cQ
Sponsored by MCSA Johannesburg Section
07:Mar 15.03.2014 - 16:Mar 16.03.2014
orientation at Swinburne
16.03.2014 08:Mar - 17:Mar
16.03.2014 08:Mar - 16:Mar
Wild Flower Walk in the Magaliesberg
06:Mar 21.03.2014 - 20:Mar 23.03.2014
07:Mar 21.03.2014 - 18:Mar 23.03.2014
Kransberg, trad, car camping
08:Mar 21.03.2014 - 16:Mar 23.03.2014
06:Mar 29.03.2014 - 13:Mar 30.03.2014
NOW Sun 30 MARCH - NOT SUN 9 MARCH - Watch top climbers in 1st Deep Water Solo Comp Sun 9 March at Wilgepoort 45km from Bronkies
13:Mar 29.03.2014 - 16:Mar 30.03.2014
CHANGE OF DATE! Fun of the year at Wilgepoort