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MCSA Easter Meet to the Drakensberg

An extended Bell Traverse

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.

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Kyrgyzstan 2012 Expedition

 

Kyrgyzstan 2012 Expedition

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.
If you are keen contact Ulrike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Search and Rescue 18 March 2012

 

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.

Visibly shaken fellow paragliders busy packing up the man's paragliding canopy close to where he impacted into the slope, after he was flown to a Netcare Hospital. Photo Mountain Club of SA Search and Rescue

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