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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.


Life in Orange a slide show by Andrew Pedley

Life in Orange a slide show by Andrew Pedley

Stephen Venables Antartica Talk

In Shackleton's Steps: Retracing THAT Antarctica crossing on foot

Wednesday 13 Nov 19h30 at Delta Park Blairgowrie, Johannesburg - see Google map

25 tickets left at 12h09pm on 13 Nov. Now cash sales ONLY to first comers at the Auditorium, which holds 180.

Stephen Venables

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

Mountains of the Moon and meeting gorillas

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. Photo supplied by Chris Ziranek

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.

Photo supplied by Chris Ziranek

Get your 2012 MCSA journal

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

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
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