Reminders 20 February 2017

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NOTICES and PRESENTATIONS

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

To be held on Wednesday 29 March 2017 :

Time:     19:30

Venue:   Presentation area, CityROCK

Your attendance is important - this is where the Chairman’s Annual and the Financial Reports are tabled; find out what happens to the money we collect.

Subscription Fees for 2017

Your 2016 sticker is only valid until the end of February 2017.

This is a reminder to those members who have not yet paid their subscriptions, that subs are payable on 1 January 2017. To those members who have already paid - thank you! We have posted stickers to the members who paid up to and including 2 February.

We now have a dozen or so members who have used untraceable references (MCSA subs, 2017 subs, etc…) please contact our offices if you think you are one of those members.

Prospective Members’ talk:  

Wednesdays 18:00  - MCSA Office CityROCK

22 February 2017 - New meet leaders presentation

Venue: City Rock

Time: 19h30 - 20h30

This is the event you have all been waiting for. Be brave and lead a meet, it’s actually quite simple… or is it? For those new members who indicated that they are prepared to be involved as meet leaders, please attend and find out more.

 

01 March 2017- Gear sale

Your gear and our gear, books too!

Contact us if you want to donate gear for the sale or want to sell your gear!

Venue: City Rock

Time: 19h30 - 20h30

08 March 2017 - Trad workshop

By Charles Edelstein

Venue: City Rock

Time: 17h30 - 19h30

Have you always wondered what Trad climbing is all about?

Join us for a two hours clinic hosted by Charles Edelstein on what a good rack looks like, what to do with your nuts and cams, how to use a nut scratcher…….

08 March 2017 - MCSA/AAC exchange meet presentation

By Charles Edelstein

Venue: City Rock

Time: 19h30 - 20h30

Come join Charles on an adventure!

15 March 2017 - Search and rescue

By Adam Griffiths

Venue: City Rock

Time: 19h30 - 20h30

For all the folks who are dying to get involved with Search and Rescue or those who would just like to know that they will get rescued, this is the event to attend.

Access at Grootkloof:

The access to Grootkloof from Sparkling Waters Hotel has been disrupted by the developments at the hotel. Parking is not possible on the hotel grounds anymore - it is now best to park at Bartletts and walk in from the north. Remember to get the gate code from Admin.

The MCSA has erected a gate on the path from the hotel on the MCSA boundary, where the old board was. If you need to enter via this route, please get the lock codes from Magaliesberg Secttion Admin beforehand - admin@mag.mcsa.org.za   A final new board will be fitted soon.

MCSA CityROCK night

Mountain Club members will only enjoy the half price discount on Wednesday evenings when there is a slideshow or other activity on, and only between 5pm and 7pm, as thereafter the members should be participating in the event. MCSA children will still receive their discount on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm -5pm.

 MEETS

25 - 26 Feb 2017 - Youth Trad climbing at Grootkloof

Facebook event:

Contact:Dion van der Riet on 082 776 7676 or kerryvdr@gmail.com

Grootkloof is a shady, attractive kloof with a running stream, clear pools and unique rock formations, including a huge suspended chock stone with trees growing on it straddling the whole kloof midway between Sonderbroek and Trumpet. The rock, which in places reaches 60 metres in height, is generally excellent, and the kloof has a good selection of climbs of all grades.

26 Feb 2017 - Sport climbing at Chosspile

Facebook event:

Contact: Chris de Beer on 083 645 0971 or cdebeer@imperial.co.za

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.

26 Feb 2017 - Tonquani 4 Kloofs hike

Facebook event:

Contact:  Bennie de Wet on 082-850 0941 or bdewet@sierramonitor.com   

The very popular and unmissable 4-Kloofs hike takes in some of the most spectacular kloofs in the Magaliesberg. We won’t be wading through water, unless there has been a recent downpour, but we will be negotiating huge boulders and tricky terrain while in the kloofs. Although we will be walking at an easy pace, you should be fit considering the nature of the terrain and duration of the walk. Take lunch as you will only get back to the cars about 16h30.  Numbers are limited.

 

Non-member fee of R 40 for adults, R 20 for children will be charged.

5 Mar 2017 - Trad Climbing at Dome Escarpment

Facebook event:

Contact: Phillip Welchman on 082 803 4353 or philip.welchman@draglobal.com

11 - 12 Mar 2017 - Trad Orientation at Upper Tonquani

Facebook event:

Contact: Wayne Potgieter on 082 853 6873 or wayne@digisky.co.za

Must be able to lead grade 16.  No under 16’s. Booking essential.  Non-MCSA members - R600.00 for weekend.

With soaring cliffs, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear pools and majestic old trees through which the sun dapples, Upper Tonquani is considered by many as the most beautiful and spectacular of all Magaliesberg kloofs.

11 - 12 Mar 2017 - Climbing Orientation at Boven

Facebook event:

Contact: Deanne Kieser on 072 063 7905 or deanne.kieser@gmail.com

With over 700 bolted routes, Waterval Boven/ The Restaurant is South Africa’s prime sport climbing destination. There are numerous crags, all within an 8 kilometre radius of town, which cater for a range of levels – from beginner (grades 9-14) to expert (above 30).  Ease of access to most crags makes Boven an ideal destination for both adults and children. Although there are some quality traditional climbs, the area is known for its high concentration of excellent single pitch (between 12 – 35 metre) sport routes.

12 Mar 2017 - Trad Climbing at Trident

Facebook event:

Contact: Ian Gebbie on 083 454 3036 or ian.gebbie@draglobal.com

Trident is an attractive kloof whose proximity to Johannesburg makes for a very pleasant day’s outing.  Route finding is reasonable as one can orientate oneself without too much difficulty.  Hiking is limited but pleasant with easy access up through the kloof to the upper reaches.  While there is no swimming there is permanent water in the lower part and upper reaches of the kloof.  There is good birding and some magnificent trees.  There are a number of nettle bushes so one needs to keep one’s eyes open! Access is restricted to Cavern Kloof only.

12 Mar 2017 - Conservation meet at Boekenhoutkloof.

Facebook event:

Contact: Otti Nesser on 082 451 9582 or ocneser@gmail.com

Removal of Bugweed and Lantana.

12 Mar 2017 - Youth climbing at Bronkies

Facebook event:

Contact:Andre Dalais on 082 457 1692 or andredalais@gmail.com

Bronkies is a single, long crag above the Bronhorstspruit River.  It offers more than 60 bolted sport routes in the easy to moderate range in a pleasant, family-friendly setting.  In Summer the routes go into the sun after lunch time, so don’t leave home without sun block.

14-27 Mar 2017 - American Alpine club/MCSA exchange in Cederberg.

Facebook event:

Contact: Charles Edelstein on Charles@CityROCK.co.za

After the second successful BMC/MCSA exchange in 2016 members of the South African trad climbing community are again invited to participate in a similar event in 2017. A group of America's best trad climbing talent will be visiting us here and a South African Team will travel to the USA later in the year around September 2017. If you are interested to participate in the local and/or offshore event then please send me a PM with your email address.

Younger enthusiastic keen climbers are encouraged to apply.

The local events will take place in the Western Cape and Gauteng

17-21 Mar 2017 - Joint hiking/climbing/botanising Mag section at Makgabeng plateau.

Facebook event:

Contact Reuben Heydenrych on 012 348 3078  or reuben.heydenrych@gmail.com

18-21 Mar 2017 - Climbing in Blouberg

Contact: Ulrike Kiefer on 072 254 8380 or ukiefer@icon.co.za

Climbing the huge (up to 350 metres) walls of Blouberg is an adventure generally undertaken by experienced traditional climbers wishing to put their abilities to the test. Stamina, strength and good orientation skills are required just to get to the base of the climbs of this remote, majestic venue, while the climbing itself can be mentally and technically very challenging.

Joining a meet to Blouberg is an opportunity for club members to access some of the best that traditional climbing has to offer while avoiding some of the walk –in “epics” that have become part of MCSA folklore.

25 Mar 2017 - Black diamond Tradathon.

Website link:

Register here:

Please note: Entries close on Monday 20th March 2017

Trad climbing is arguably the most rewarding form of rock climbing. The beauty of trad is the amazing depth and breadth of experience that it offers.  You are also not limited to hard grades in order to do something “worthwhile” and there is always opportunity for new routing or any level of adventure which you choose.

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST INFORM THE MEET LEADER IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN A MEET.  PLEASE INFORM THE MEET LEADER BY FRIDAY 13h00 IF YOU WISH TO GO ON A MEET.

Club Contact Details:

Office Number:  011 067 0326  Office hours will be 3-6pm weekdays (For Permits, membership, standard enquiries)

Email: admin@jhb.mcsa.org.za

Website:  www.jhb.mcsa.org.za

Physical Address: 173 Republic Road, Randburg, (entrance in Fourth)

Postal Address: MCSA Johannesburg Section, P.O. Box 1257 Fontainebleau 2032

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