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  • Trad Clinic for prospective Trad Climbers
    All day
    2019.08.04

    With: Bennie de Wet on 082 850 0941  or email benniedewet@gmail.com
    Purpose: To introduce existing indoor and sports climbers to trad climbing. This is a practical introduction to traditional climbing.

    Prerequisites: Participant must be proficient in climbing sport routes at grade 17/18.

    Format and location: The trad orientation clinic will take place in the Magaliesberg Cedarberg Kloof and will be over one day. The clinic will focus on practical gear placement, racking up, anchor building, route finding and climbing (lead and/or follow). Numbers will be limited so subscribe early.

    Costs:  Free for MCSA members, R60 for non-members;  R40 parking fee.

  • Orientation @ Strubens
    08:00-14:00
    2019.08.04

    Meet Leader:  Alan Watson on 082 459 3241  or email corp-tech@iafrica.com

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  • Ice climbing @ Giant’s Castle
    All day
    2019.08.08-2019.08.11

    Meet leader:  Allister Fenton   tel  082 093 8562 / email: allister.fenton@gmail.com
    Note that Allister is planning on leaving on Thursday 8th . . . .

    Contact Allister if you are interested in joining this Meet.

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  • Ice climbing @ Giant’s Castle
    All day
    2019.08.09-2019.08.12

    Meet leader:  Allister Fenton   tel  082 093 8562 / email: allister.fenton@gmail.com
    Note that Allister is planning on leaving on Thursday 8th . . . .

    Contact Allister if you are interested in joining this Meet.

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  • Ice climbing @ Giant’s Castle
    All day
    2019.08.10-2019.08.13

    Meet leader:  Allister Fenton   tel  082 093 8562 / email: allister.fenton@gmail.com
    Note that Allister is planning on leaving on Thursday 8th . . . .

    Contact Allister if you are interested in joining this Meet.

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  • Ice climbing @ Giant’s Castle
    All day
    2019.08.11-2019.08.14

    Meet leader:  Allister Fenton   tel  082 093 8562 / email: allister.fenton@gmail.com
    Note that Allister is planning on leaving on Thursday 8th . . . .

    Contact Allister if you are interested in joining this Meet.

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  • Presentation: NINE PEAKS CHALLENGE Tiaan Liebenberg
    19:00-21:00
    2019.08.14

    DATE:   14 August 2019
    TIME:    19h15 for 19h30
    VENUE: CityRock presentation area

    In July 2017, four South African mountaineers (including our members Alex Harris and Sean Disney) and adventurers set out to set a new record for the fastest time to climb the 9 peaks – the highest peak in each of the 9 South African provinces. The record they were chasing was pegged at 4 days, 18 hours and 38 minutes. Months of planning marked the start date of the attempt on 12 July 2017. The four days that followed threw some of the most extreme winter weather SA has seen in a long time at them. Their journey was captured by a crew that followed them – for the most part – which resulted in the 9 Peaks Record documentary that is currently available on Showmax.

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  • Climbing @ The Hell
    All day
    2019.08.17-2019.08.18

    Meet leader:  Rob Cole   tel  083 327 9966 / email: rob@adelie.co.za
    This is a trad climbing area at the confluence of the Hellspruit and Olifants River upstream of Loskop Dam offering about 41 multi-pitch climbs, usually 4 to 5 pitches long. It is in a beautiful wild setting with an abundance of animals including fish eagle, buffalo, eland, giraffe, ostrich, crocodile, hippo and leopard. The area gets very hot, making it a perfect winter venue. Travelling time from Johannesburg is approximately two to two and a half hours, including about 20 km of dirt roads, which can be very sandy and rutted so it’s advisable to travel in a car with 4 wheel drive.
    There is no water available, so you have to bring your own in.
    Camping is on the cliffs above the Olifants River, which offer many shady spots. While there are long drop toilets, they are seldom used and never cleaned, so using the bush is a cleaner option – don’t forget a spade to dig a hole though.  There’s a good camp-fire area.
    The length and difficulty of the walk-in depends on where you climb, if on the cliffs below the camping then a short 5 minute walk.  However, if on the spectacular North and West faces of the Hell Gorge – separated by the Hellspruit – then the walk in is a much steeper hour or more, including wading the Olifants River.
    A guide for this area can be found on:  www.saclimb.co.za/mpumalanga/hell.html
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  • Climbing @ The Hell
    All day
    2019.08.18-2019.08.19

    Meet leader:  Rob Cole   tel  083 327 9966 / email: rob@adelie.co.za
    This is a trad climbing area at the confluence of the Hellspruit and Olifants River upstream of Loskop Dam offering about 41 multi-pitch climbs, usually 4 to 5 pitches long. It is in a beautiful wild setting with an abundance of animals including fish eagle, buffalo, eland, giraffe, ostrich, crocodile, hippo and leopard. The area gets very hot, making it a perfect winter venue. Travelling time from Johannesburg is approximately two to two and a half hours, including about 20 km of dirt roads, which can be very sandy and rutted so it’s advisable to travel in a car with 4 wheel drive.
    There is no water available, so you have to bring your own in.
    Camping is on the cliffs above the Olifants River, which offer many shady spots. While there are long drop toilets, they are seldom used and never cleaned, so using the bush is a cleaner option – don’t forget a spade to dig a hole though.  There’s a good camp-fire area.
    The length and difficulty of the walk-in depends on where you climb, if on the cliffs below the camping then a short 5 minute walk.  However, if on the spectacular North and West faces of the Hell Gorge – separated by the Hellspruit – then the walk in is a much steeper hour or more, including wading the Olifants River.
    A guide for this area can be found on:  www.saclimb.co.za/mpumalanga/hell.html
  • Weeding @ Grootkloof/Hamerkop
    All day
    2019.08.18

    Meet leader:  Theo Odendaal  082 563 0666  /  email:  twodendaal@gmail.com

    Please do join in on this meet , in our ongoing war against Crofton Weed and senna.

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  • Hamerkop Nature Hike
    All day
    2019.08.25

    Meet Leader:  Karin Spottiswoode 072 595 6991 or email kspotty@mweb.co.za
    For bookings contact Penny Ludwig 082 959 1112  or pennyludwig@mweb.co.za
    Karin is an MCSA member and FGASA 3 Field Guide and the day promises to be a fascinating exploration of the varied plant, insect and bird life of the Magaliesberg. The number of people will be limited to 20, so please contact Penny to book a place.

    In on our walk around Hamerkop Kloof, Karin hopes to create awareness of what an amazing ecosystem the Magaliesberg is, will point out all the living organisms you encounter when you walk in the Magaliesberg, talk about the important role each organism plays in the natural environment. She will also show you how our Magaliesberg plants and animals (particularly insects) are adapted to the harsh environment, the low nutrition of what little soils there are, the little rain, exposure, acidic rocky soils created by the quartzite rock, how plants and animals cope with veld fires which is a natural phenomenon on the Highveld. There is of course more soil, more compost, more protection from the elements  in the kloofs – learn what lives out in the open and what lives in the kloofs and how much life occurs underground. Find out how plants store water and nutrients and stop erosion and offer little nutrition to the creatures living in this environment. the important role of insects and other little creatures in the Magaliesberg,- how do these creatures cope? Discover the uses of the plants and animals to us humans (medicine, food), as well as the impact of alien invasive plants on our ecosystems and on us humans.

    We will meet at Hamerkop.   Travelling time from Johannesburg is about 2 hours.  Bring lunch and refreshments and some water. We’ll aim to be back at the cars by about 3.30.

  • Climbing @ Chosspile with Blake May
    All day
    2019.08.25

    Meet Leader:   Blake May 071 244 6801  or email blakemmay@gmail.c om
    Chosspile is a sport climbing area above the Hartbeespoort Dam, within an hour’s drive from Johannesburg.  It comprises of 3 climbing sectors with grades ranging between 11 and 32.  For beginners / children the Harry Potter sector (about 30 routes) is most suitable, while strong climbers will enjoy Lord of the Rings with its hard lines and futuristic projects. Booking your place with Blake is essential please as numbers are limited.

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  • Climbing @ Wilgepoort with Chris Ziranek
    All day
    2019.08.31-2019.09.01

    31 August – 1 September 2019:  Climbing @ Wilgepoort

    Meet leader:  Chris Ziranek  tel 082 373 5605  / email: cziranek@global.co.za

    Wilgepoort is a trad climbing area just over two hours’ drive from Johannesburg, which was discovered and developed in the 1970’s.
    The crag itself is in the picturesque Gouwsberg Valley on the banks of the Wilge River. Whilst appearing to be quite a small crag, it surprises one by having a significant number of high quality lines of up to 4 solid pitches. The crag is North facing and gets very hot in Summer, making it an excellent Winter crag.
  • Conservation: Weeding @ Castle Gorge
    All day
    2019.08.31

    Meet leader:  Christa van Schalkwyk tel 072 378 1669  / email: christa.wsec@gmail.com

    The on-going battle against alien vegetation – this one will be getting rid of crofton weed, bugweed and cherries.