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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.
By Andrew Porter
The great thing about a mission into the mountains is that it makes you fitter for the next mission. For some, this was the first hike to prepare for a mini Drakensberg traverse, for another, it was just a way to get fitter for an even bigger mission the following week.
Of course, during the mission, you do actually get to do something worthwhile. Chris may have finally found his long sought after and very elusive cave. About half the party got to climb their first Drakensberg peak. For me, I finally managed to hike the Bell Traverse.
Read more: MCSA Easter Meet to the Drakensberg
Ulrike Kiefer is organising a climbing/trekking trip to the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The plan includes about a week of trekking in the remote Jetim Bel area, with two days set aside for ascents of mountains, and another week of trekking and climbing in the Son-Kul Canyons. With travelling in the country that adds up to three weeks there. Jetim Bel is a rarely visited area with lots of uncharted mountains. The Son-Kul Canyons are amazing 900m limestone cliffs. Some climbing has been done there, but a lot remains to be done. Approximate time is mid-July to early August. The costs are about R10 000 for the flight to Bishkek and R10 000 for almost everything in the country.
At approximately 8:00 on 18 March, 4 paragliders took off from a paragliding launch site on the Magaliesberg ridge 10km East of the Hartebeespoort dam wall. Unbeknownst to the other pilots, the last glider pilot was airborne for only a short distance and then crashed into the side of the mountain. The pilot (Cape Town based) ended up hanging upside down suspended from the glider lines and unconscious on steep terrain over a short drop-off (2m or so). Luckily a farm hand saw the crash from the valley below and heard the pilot scream (1.5km away) and raised the alarm with the other 3 paragliders. The rest of the pilots (having used a spotting scope to locate him on the slope after they landed) got to the Pt after an hour and took him down and started first aid and called MCSA Search and Rescue for assistance for their friend who was fighting for his life on the side of the mountain.
Read more: Search and Rescue 18 March 2012