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  • Hiking – Castle Gorge
    All day
    2020.03.01

    Meet leader: Sacha da Cunha tel:  072 277 6927  / email: magalieshike@gmail.com
    Castle Gorge is a hidden gem for hikers, featuring beautiful waterfalls, crystal clear pools and weathered rock formations,  that are great for swimming and photographing. While the walk-in to Castle Gorge is one of the longest, it’s also one of the most beautiful.  A fairly steep walk from the car (with plenty of shade to rest under) levels onto a sunny plateau before dropping into the Gorge.   The path is excellent which makes the going relatively easy and as such the hike can still be done in a comfortable hour.  The final descent into the Gorge is a little tricky and exposed.

    Numbers will be limited so pre-booking with Sacha is essential.

  • Castle Gorge Hike with Sacha
    All day
    2020.03.01

    Meet leader: Sacha da Cunha tel:  072 277 6927  / email: magalieshike@gmail.com  

    Castle Gorge is a hidden gem for hikers, featuring beautiful waterfalls, crystal clear pools and weathered rock formations,  that are great for swimming and photographing. While the walk-in to Castle Gorge is one of the longest, it’s also one of the most beautiful.  A fairly steep walk from the car (with plenty of shade to rest under) levels onto a sunny plateau before dropping into the Gorge.   The path is excellent which makes the going relatively easy and as such the hike can still be done in a comfortable hour.  The final descent into the Gorge is a little tricky and exposed.

    Numbers will be limited so pre-booking with Sacha is essential.

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  • CANCELLED : Climbing @ Lower Tonquani
    All day
    2020.03.29

    Meet leader:   Sarel Petrus    Cancelled due to Coronavirus
    Contact: sarelpetrus@gmail.com / cel: 073 799 8346

    Lower Tonquani is a beautiful, long kloof with crystal clear pools, shady spots and classic climbs congregated around the lower section of the kloof near Cedarberg/Tonquani/Boulder kloof junction.

    Access will be via Mountain Sanctuary Park where a parking fee of R60/car will be charged. As there is limited parking please try to share drive. MCSA members must have their membership cards plus valid 2020 stickers. All non-members must enter at the same time as the meet leader.

    Sarel will be camping out on Saturday night – discuss with him if you want to join him.

    Please contact Sarel if you wish to participate in this Meet.

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    • Message from National Search & Rescue:Notice regarding Mountain Rescue during the COVID-19 lockdown

      We are all aware how Public Health guidelines have urged the public to 'flatten the curve' of the COVID-19 virus, and our President's announcement of lockdown is a welcomed show of courageous leadership that South Africa needs at this time.

      The Mountain Club of SA's Search and Rescue teams support this approach categorically.

      WE URGE THE PUBLIC:
      1) If engaging in some last minute pursuits this week, please engage in ultra-low-risk activities only. Please also respect closures already in place by SAN Parks and Ezemvelo.
      2) Please respect the lockdown unconditionally.
      WHY?
      Because it is the right thing to do.
      ...and accidents do happen, no matter how expert you think you may be.
      The MCSA's search and rescue team make themselves available because we believe in the value of responsible enjoyment of the wilderness, and in supporting our outdoor colleagues and community.
      Where life and limb is at stake, our members may still come to your aid.

      HOWEVER, during this crisis:
      - Healthcare infrastructure must be reserved for only the most critical, necessary cases.
      - Your own exposure to the virus will be significantly higher while being rescued and receiving healthcare.
      - Our search and rescue volunteers are not 'essential healthcare workers'. Don't be selfish!
      If our members must respond to a call-out during the lockdown period, they invalidate their and their family's quarantine activities during this critical time and that may have an impact on their ability to return to work.
      - S&R response may in fact be limited - our approach to incident management will be to coach and support self-rescue, or to send minimum-team responses.

      We look forward to a time soon where we can all enjoy our wilderness and natural areas together, assured of the safety and well being of our loved ones at home.

      Thank you.
      MCSA Search & Rescue

    Reminder:

  • MCSA Office is closed.
  • CityRock is closed.
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    This Newsletter is our primary method of communication with you. Please notify us if your email or other contact information has changed: admin@jhb.mcsa.org.za.
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  • "It is with further consideration of isolation that all MCSA meets have been cancelled pending further notice" steve Hoffe. Chairman.