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  • Climbing @ Hamerkop
    All day
    2020.02.02

    Meet leader: Steve Hoffe tel  082 411 9418 / email: stevehoffe@gmail.com
    Hamerkop Kloof is a long one, the lower part of which is owned by the Hamerkop Mountain Trust, while the upper part is privately owned so off limits unless you have a permit from the landowner. The kloof is home to over 200 trad climbs along its length, of which most are grade 18 and below. Many of the routes are also one pitch long, making the area a safe and fun venue for people starting trad climbing. Hamerkop has one of the shortest walk-ins of any of the Magaliesberg kloofs, making it a popular crag for families with young children.

    Please contact Steve to sign up and get more details

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  • Trad Clinic for Beginner Climbers
    All day
    2020.02.08-2020.02.09

    Contact: Bennie de Wet on 082 850 0941 or email benniedewet@gmail.com

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

    The trad orientation clinic will take place in the Mageliesberg Cedarberg Kloof and will take one day. The clinic will focus on practical and safe gear placement, racking up, anchor building, route finding and climbing with the focus on staying safe. Numbers will be limited so subscribe early.Format and location:

    Costs:  Free for MCSA members;  R150 for non-menbers;  R40 parking fee.

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  • Trad Clinic for Beginner Climbers
    All day
    2020.02.09-2020.02.10

    Contact: Bennie de Wet on 082 850 0941 or email benniedewet@gmail.com

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

    The trad orientation clinic will take place in the Mageliesberg Cedarberg Kloof and will take one day. The clinic will focus on practical and safe gear placement, racking up, anchor building, route finding and climbing with the focus on staying safe. Numbers will be limited so subscribe early.Format and location:

    Costs:  Free for MCSA members;  R150 for non-menbers;  R40 parking fee.

  • Climbing @ Mhlabatini
    All day
    2020.02.09

    9 February 2020 – Climbing @ Mhlabatini

    Meet leader: Allister Fenton tel 082 093 8562  / email: allister.fenton@gmail.com
    A beautiful steep and narrow kloof famous for its many crack climbs. Most of the routes in Mhlabatini are multi-pitch natural lines.  While grades vary from 5 to 27 there’s a large selection of higher grade climbs, making it a favourite for climbers wanting to push grades. Mhlabatini has about 140 trad climbs on excellent steep rock.  While there are easier climbs in the upper quarter (including plenty of 15s), the large number of climbs from grade 19 up make the kloof more suited to experienced climbers climbing higher grades.  There are no access or descent gullies in the climbing area apart from the top and bottom ends of the kloof.
    Parking is near the farmhouse of the farm adjacent to the MCSA property – cost is R40/car/day – pay at the farm, drop the cash into the Honesty Box close to the MCSA register which has to be signed. Do not arrive or leave in the dark! Please be quiet and courteous. And please don’t allow the farmer’s dogs follow you!
    Numbers will be limited so pre-booking with Allister is essential. Can we double up in cars, please?
  • Hiking Castle Gorge POSTPONED
    All day
    2020.02.09

    This meet has been postponed till 1 March 2020

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  • Dome wetland pompom rescue / Grootkloof
    All day
    2020.02.15-2020.02.16

    Contact:  Otti Neser  –  ocneser@gmail.com  /  cell phone 082 451 9582

    Very special double-date conservation weekend Dome wetland pompom rescue (a lot of pompoms had to be abandoned last week, too many to get out!) and Grootkloof pompom search party The new owner of the property directly west of Dome, Mr Mukesh, gave us permission to drive up to Dome top for conservation work.

    So we plan to do Dome Saturday, sleepover at Afrisun Camping at the start of the track up and go to Grootkloof on Sun. Special rate for us R50 pp for the night – own tents on grass, lapa for braai, ablution block, but no electricity. Need 4wds to go up… Volunteers please?  (this could be the opportunity for the new members who ticket Conservation box on their application forms, to get involved?)

    Please let OTTI know asap if you can help, as she would like to let Afrisun know how many people/tents. You are welcome to attend for only one day if not for the weekend.

    Bring the usual pompom ‘weeding’ gear: old clothes, water sandals or old boots for the wetland, a marked fork [to know which is yours] – a ladies’ fork works well – garden gloves and a plastic bag to carry out the flowers.

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  • Dome wetland pompom rescue / Grootkloof
    All day
    2020.02.16-2020.02.17

    Contact:  Otti Neser  –  ocneser@gmail.com  /  cell phone 082 451 9582

    Very special double-date conservation weekend Dome wetland pompom rescue (a lot of pompoms had to be abandoned last week, too many to get out!) and Grootkloof pompom search party The new owner of the property directly west of Dome, Mr Mukesh, gave us permission to drive up to Dome top for conservation work.

    So we plan to do Dome Saturday, sleepover at Afrisun Camping at the start of the track up and go to Grootkloof on Sun. Special rate for us R50 pp for the night – own tents on grass, lapa for braai, ablution block, but no electricity. Need 4wds to go up… Volunteers please?  (this could be the opportunity for the new members who ticket Conservation box on their application forms, to get involved?)

    Please let OTTI know asap if you can help, as she would like to let Afrisun know how many people/tents. You are welcome to attend for only one day if not for the weekend.

    Bring the usual pompom ‘weeding’ gear: old clothes, water sandals or old boots for the wetland, a marked fork [to know which is yours] – a ladies’ fork works well – garden gloves and a plastic bag to carry out the flowers.

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  • 100 PASSES PRESENTATION
    19:30-21:30
    2020.02.19

    Presentation by Jonathan Newman
    Venue:  City Rock presentation area
    Time:   19;30

    Jonathan has completed over 100 passes in the Drakensberg and will share the journey and photos with us

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  • 4 Kloofs Hike
    All day
    2020.02.23

    Meet leader:  Bennie de Wet – 082 850 0941 / email: benniediewet@gmail.com

     

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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.
  • Contact  
    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.
  • Communications will still be sent out via this medium.
  • "It is with further consideration of isolation that all MCSA meets have been cancelled pending further notice" steve Hoffe. Chairman.