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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.

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5 Aug Weds - Clubhouse - Prospective Member’s Talk

With the new membership process we encourage all members to invite people they know who would benefit from being club members to attend the prospective members talk.  Send us their names and we’ll send them and invite and reminder.

Upcoming Events

6-10 Aug - Ice Climbing - Giants


Marc Booysen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 082 495 7691


Giant's Castle has the biggest selection of ice routes in the Berg/Lesotho area and is a great venue for beginner and more experienced ice climbers.

Dates: 6-10th August (over long weekend):

6th (Thurs): Leave JHB early and hike up to top (Makhaza) - Tough day!

7-9th (Fri-Sun): Climb

10th (Mon - Public Holiday): Hike down and drive back to JHB

Beginner ice climbers are welcome but they MUST have rock climbing experience (i.e. be competent at abseiling, tying own knots, should be comfortable climbing/leading grades 16-18 on rock). The hike up to Giant's is hard and therefore good fitness levels are needed. Ice gear can be loaned/rented from the club.

Update: According to reports and some photos - conditions are starting to look good for August. Hopefully with a bit more snow on the way - we should have some good ice at Makhaza (Giants). We have some places available if there are members who still want to come along

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

8-10 Aug - Manoutsa & Goldrush - Trad and Bouldering

June Fabian This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 082 785 3579


Manoutsa offers over 100 traditional climbs on rock of excellent quality with very good gear placement.  Routes are between 5 to 7 pitches with stunning views of the Lowveld.  The climbing area is upstream of the Strijdom Tunnel on both sides of the road that leads down the escarpment towards Tzaneen.  The difficult nature of both path and route finding means that MCSA meet participants have an ideal opportunity to familiarise themselves with the area.


Gold Rush is a pristine bouldering area on a private farm along the Treur River near Grasskop, Mpumalanga.  It offers novices and experts a range of bouldering problems in a beautiful setting suitable for everyone, including young children.  As access is controlled, it is important to notify the landowners about intended private visits – see contact details below.


Upcoming Events

15-16 Aug - Mhlabatini - Weeding and Camping


Neil Grimmer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.'; document.getElementById('cloak8558').innerHTML += ''+addy_text8558+'<\/a>'; //--> 083 218 7233


Climbers needed.



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16 Aug - Sun - Bronkies - Sport Climbing

Ilze Wagener This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 083 327 1502


Bronkies is a single, long crag above the Bronkhorstspruit River.  It offers more than 60 bolted sport routes in the easy to moderate range in a pleasant, family-friendly setting.  In Summer the routes go into the sun after lunch time, so don’t leave home without sun block.

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16 Aug - Sun - Struben’s Valley - Orientation

Deanne Kieser This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  072 063 7905


This is a small crag near Johannesburg with an astonishing number of climbs - over 100 short sport routes and the odd trad line. Access is easy and grades range from easy to moderate, making it ideal for beginners and for training.


 

23 Aug - Sun - Mhlabatini

tbc


 

23 Aug - Sun - Fernkloof <-> Mhlabatini - Hiking

Kyle Meenehan

Upcoming Events

(29-)30 Aug - Wilgepoort - Trad

Claire Keeton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 082 336 1065


(Meetleader may only go out on the Sunday.  Members of course can go out for the whole weekend.)


Wilgepoort is a trad climbing area just over two hours’ drive from Johannesburg, which was discovered in 1966 and subsequently developed.  A few sport routes have recently been added.


Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

29-31 Aug - Thabaphaswa - Climbing, Hiking, Biking (Fun for the family)

Vaughn Cleminson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 083 457 3577


Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

5-6 Sep - Waterval Boven - Orientation

Deanne Kieser This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  072 063 7905


With over 700 bolted routes, Waterval Boven/ The Restaurant is South Africa’s prime sport climbing destination. There are numerous crags, all within an 8 kilometre radius of town, which cater for a range of levels – from beginner (grades 9-14) to expert (above 30).  Ease of access to most crags makes Boven an ideal destination for both adults and children. Although there are some quality traditional climbs, the area is known for its high concentration of excellent single pitch (between 12 – 35 metre) sport routes


Upcoming Events

 

 
 

 Below : Provisional Meets and Dates

         

 

       
 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER

Boven Rock Fest QQ

 

 

 

2 Wednesday

Club evening

19h30

Talk for prospective members

 

Sunday

5 – 6  weekend

 

 

 

 

 

6 September

Sport climbing. Orientation for adult beginners

Orientation

 

Trad

Boven

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kranskloof

Deanne Kieser This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

072 063 7905 MCSA Orientation Fee: Non members R140.pppd. Prospective members R100 pppd. MCSA members free

Grant Rens

 

 

 

9 Wednesday

tba

 

 

 

12/ 13 Sat/ Sunday

 

 

 

13 SEpt

Weeding

 

 

 

 

Sport climbing

Castle Gorge

Upper CG Gully

 

 

 

Kingskloof or Cable Way

Leader tba.  Jerusalem Kloof

 

 

 

 

Pierre Carter

Driving in and camping, crofton and others. Jerusalem Cherry

 

 

16 Wednesday

 

 

 

 

20 Sunday

 

 

19/20

Hiking

Interest

 

Annual Campfire meet

 

tba

 

Cedarberg

 

 

 

Som Morkel

 

 

 

 

 

 

23 Wednesday

tba

 

 

 

24 Thursday

Holiday

 

 

 

 

 

26/ 27 Sunday

Sport

Boven

Gareth de Beer

 

 

 

 

30 Wednesday

tba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Sunday

climbing

Dome Escarpment

Phillip Welchman

 

 

 

 

7 Wednesday

Club evening

19h30

Talk for prospective members

 

10/11 Sat/ Sunday

 

11 Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 Sunday

Weeding work meet

 

Orientation Sport climbing. Orientation for adult beginners

 

 

climbing

 

 

WIlgepoort

 

 

Bronkies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower Tonquani

Leader tba

 

 

Deanne Kieser This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

072 063 7905 MCSA Orientation Fee: Non members R140.pppd. Prospective members R100 pppd. MCSA members free

 

Donovan van Graan

Weekend , conservation

 

 

 

14 Wednesday

tba

 

 

 

18 Sunday

trad

Grootkloof

Naude Malan

 

 

21 Wednesday

tba

 

 

 

25 Sunday

 

 

 

24 / 25 Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24/25 October

Hiking

 

 

 

Trad  Day 1

Day 2

 

Orientation for adult beginners

 

 

Trad , car camping

 

 

Castle Gorge North Maretlwane

 

Cedarberg

Cedarberg MCSA members only

 

 

 

 

 

Kransberg

Oliver Oppler

 

 

 

Deanne Kieser This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

072 063 7905 MCSA Orientation Fee: Non members R140.pppd. Prospective members R100 pppd. MCSA members free

 

Roland Magg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 Wednesday

tba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER

 

 

 

 

1 Sunday

Trad

Hamerkop

Neil Lindsay

 

 

4 Wednesday

Prospective

 

 

 

7/ 8  Sat/ Sunday

 

 

8 Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Sunday

Work Meet Paths

 

 

Orientation

Sport climbing. Orientation for adult beginners

 

 

Trad

 

 

Wilgepoort

 

 

 

King’s Kloof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boulderkloof

 

 

 

 

Deanne Kieser This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

072 063 7905 MCSA Orientation Fee: Non members R140.pppd. Prospective members R100 pppd. MCSA members free

 

Martin Bruning

 

Joint with Magaliesberg section

 

 

 

 

11 Wednesday

tba

 

 

 

15 Sunday

 

Sport

Eagle Mountain

tba

 

18 Wednesday

tba

 

 

 

22 Sunday

 

 

22 Sunday

Hiking

 

 

Trad

Dome

 

 

Mhlabatini

Paul Carstensen

 

 

Herman van Zyl

 

 

 

 

25 Wednesday

tba

 

 

 

29 Sunday

Family and trad

Upper Tonquani

Andre Dalais

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER

 

 

 

 

2 Wednesday

prospective

 

 

 

 

6 Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Sunday

 

Orientation

Sport climbing. Orientation for adult beginners

 

 

Trad

 

Chosspile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trident

 

Deanne Kieser This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

072 063 7905 MCSA Orientation Fee: Non members R140.pppd. Prospective members R100 pppd. MCSA members free

 

Ken Thrash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parking R30

 

9 Wednesday

 

 

 

 

13 Sunday

Drakensberg

 

Norman Owen Smith

 

 

16 Wednesday

Holiday

 

 

 

20 Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 23 Wednesday

 

 

 

 

25 Friday

 

 

 

 

26 Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INFORMATION REGARDING THE CLUB:

Uschi Magg (Administrator)

Tel 011 807 1310 weekdays 8am – 10am.

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

www.mcsajohannesburg.org

Postal Address: MCSA Johannesburg Section, P.O. Box 1641 Killarney 2041


CLUBHOUSE AND CLUB EVENINGS:

Address: Waverley Girl Guide Hall, cnr Scott & Stirling Str. Waverley, near Melrose Arch.

Club evenings: Some Wednesdays from 19h30 – please check the meets list attached to the MCSA Jhb Reminders email every week, or "Upcoming events" on the website.

Directions: Meet us at 19h30 at the clubhouse near Melrose Arch, 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 Johannesburg clubhouse is.

Contact: Uschi at 011 807 1310 Monday to Friday 8-10am or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


REMOTE AREAS SEARCH AND RESCUE: 074 125 1385 or 074 163 3952

MCSA Search and Rescue for Gauteng, Free State, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga

National MCSA Search and rescue numbers and map: http://cen.mcsa.org.za/emergency-map-2013

If you call them, what do you need to tell them: http://db.rescue.org.za/db/index.php?MCSASARG

Emergency calls and SMS in the mountains: http://db.rescue.org.za/db/index.php?MCSASARG

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Life in Orange a slide show by Andrew Pedley

Life in Orange a slide show by Andrew Pedley

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

Click on the poster to enlarge it

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.

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