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Our Mission Statement:
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.
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
On Wednesday 11 September 2013 at 19h30, Chris Ziranek will present a slideshow at the clubhouse about his recent hike and climb in the fabled source of the White Nile in Uganda, the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the mountains of the moon.
Says Chris: The Rwenzori Mountains are situated in west Uganda and contain the 3rd highest mountain in Africa. For centuries, the source of the White Nile was lost in darkest Africa. It was only in the late 19th Century that explorers, Speke and Stanley, put this fabled area on the map.
In June/July 2013, Chris Prinsloo and I hiked this cold, damp, misty but beautiful almost magical area, with lofty peaks, huge bogs, giant lobelia, groundsels and permanent glaciers. We successfully summited the highest peak, Margherita (5109m), in true Alpine style, across mixed rock, ice and snow. Afterwards, we encountered the gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in SW Uganda."
Free entry to MCSA members and visitors.
This year's journal looks great and features a whole bunch of interesting mountain adventure tales, bound hardcover as usual. The stories include climbing and hiking in Antarctica, Trango Tower, Solu Khumbu, Nanga Parbat, Yellowwood, Greenland and several local mountains, all with fabulous photographs.
If you were a member in 2012 you get one copy of the 2012 MCSA Journal for free, including postage. If you were not and would like to buy one the cost excluding postage is R75.00. Please collect yours at a club evening or contact club administrator Uschi to arrange collection/postage.
Meet report: Big wall training meet at Waterval Boven, 9-10 February 2013
By: Andrew Porter
On 9 February, 10 climbers got together at Waterval Boven for a slightly different mission. Instead of joining the masses to go sport climbing, we pulled out a ton of big wall climbing gear. The idea behind the MCSA meet was to provide some training and to gain practical knowledge of some of the skills needed to climb a big wall. For the purposes of the exercise, a big wall meant that you will spend a night on the wall and need to haul your gear up with you.Read more: Meet report: Big wall training meet at Waterval Boven, 9-10 February 2013