Newsletters

Read about some of our latest adventures in our newsletters below

January 2024

As we embark on this editorial adventure, your stories will make it epic, so we need your adventures, escapades, and stories! Meet  Leaders, tell us about your upcoming hikes. Invasive species enthusiasts, share your knowledge. Social and conservation champs, send us your ads!

August 2023

As the first blossoms of Spring begin to adorn our landscapes and the air fills with the promise of warmer days ahead, we’re excited to embrace this season of renewal.  Relive the exhilarating moments of the GAT on page 3, or if you missed out, catch up on all the action and see what the…

July 2023

The July Camp already feels like a distant memory, and revisiting it through the articles makes me yearn to return. I hope all of you recognise how fortunate you are to have the Drakensberg so close by. From Gauteng, most of us can only look at your photos with longing…

June 2023

We are delighted to bring you another edition of our newsletter, filled with tales of daring exploits and community spirit. First, we’ll take you back to the MCSA and Cane Rats’ annual get-togethers at Amphitheatre Backpackers over the Youth Day long weekend in June…

May 2023

Welcome to the energising month of May a prelude to South Africa’s winter and a time ripe with adventure! I’m thrilled to present this edition of our Mountain Club Newsletter, overflowing with inspiring stories, forthcoming activities, and events designed to bring us all together…

April 2023

What a whirlwind April has been in the heart of our cherished Drakensberg! We’ve even encountered mystifying skulls (check out page 15). As always, our goal is to provide you with the freshest and most exciting news from the ever-thrilling world of adventure…

March 2023

This is the last newsletter with me editing, and I’m delighted that it has so much great content for everyone. Peter Surmon shares his cliffside adventures with vultures on page 3, and then imparts some rope protection wisdom on page 14. Amazing images from…

February 2023

Its all about cliff lines and alien scourges in this issue, but first Gavin Raubenheimer gives us a quick guide to all things Mount Kenya on page 3, with points that are both practical and fascinating. Karen Miller regales us with beginner rock climbing tales on page 7, matched with gorgeous

January 2023

The new year is here, and with it comes a new cache of adventures. That said, technically we didn’t have enough features to justify running this month’s issue (minimum three) – so I decided to pad it out by contributing a feature myself, for a change. You can read about my…

 

December 2022

Given how crazy things are this time of year, I was fully expecting this issue to be on the slim side. Instead, I had to cut our own section president’s contribution just to keep the thing from busting its seams! Dire. (I’m sure he’ll forgive me—especially after all those…

 

November 2022

This month our president has extended his reputation as a no-show. Not content just skipping club meets, this newsletter arrives without his customary opening letter. Where is he? I don’t know. Should we be worried? Maybe…? I made a Missing Persons…

October 2022

If your hiking boots are looking a little neglected in all the sudden rain, this issue will definitely inspire some extra longing for the hills. Trail runner Ruth Cozien shares her experiences in the Golden Gate Challenge, and Morgan Griffiths navigates an epic…

August 2022

Magaliesberg comes up a lot this month—first as the venue for the National SAR meet (page 3); again for some rad trad on MCSA lands (page 12—both pieces by Steve Cooke); and again as the spot where one of our new  members first began hiking, which later inspired her to…

September 2022

This issue is dedicated to our wonderful Karen Miller, who contributed no less than three articles! We had a few contributor no-shows, so her timing is impeccable—as is the quality of her pieces, which are each genuinely fun and informative…

July 2022

Would you believe it’s been a year now since I started editing this newsletter? Is this like a birthday? Do I get cake? Probably not. What is worth celebrating, though, is the K2-SA team’s incredible summit achievement—read about that from John Black himself on page 3…

June 2022

I put this issue together to the beat of a quickening clock. My thanks to all who so promptly provided me with images and words as I needed them. It’s no surprise some of you are on the Rescue team! My true gratitude for your swift responses. Herein, Jonathan Newman spins…

May 2022

We have two pieces here that are not for the month of Maythe Cathedral Rock rescue piece (April’s news, page 3) came late, but was too fantastic not to include (and I think you’ll all agree). Next, Elaine Bushell’s piece on the Mzimude North Pass (page 15) should’ve made….

April 2022

Dr Warwick Hastie shares his wit and expertise about what happens to cliffs (and people) when the world gets muddy (page 4). The incredible Kate Quin talks to us about the Ultra-Trail Drakensberg (page 8), and Liam King takes us to Kamberg to see some art on…

March 2022

A quarter of the way into the year, and this issue is full of new beginnings. But first we start somewhere pretty, with Graeme Bruschi telling us about the Otter Trail on…

February 2022

There’s a lot of talk about mountains in this issue—even for us. Climbing them, bolting them, drawing them, measuring them, conquering them… it’s all here in these pages…

January 2022

Happy 2022, everyone! There’s a great mix of stuff to talk about here, in the first issue of a brand-new year. Our Search & Rescue Team get off the ground around Monks…

December 2021

The threshold of a new year often inspires us to try new things. And with those new endeavours come new adventures – as evidenced by this month’s content…

November 2021

There’s a definite theme this time round: cliffs and crags and the lizards that frequent them – with a heavy dash of bird power, just to keep things feathery...

October 2021

This issue is bursting at the seams. In fact, I barely have space to write a decent intro! So instead, I’ll thank you all for the fantastic reception this newsletter has received. It’s been pretty amazing, and I’m thrilled to watch this space grow…

SEPTEMBER 2021

While there’ll always be more happening than we can cover in just one issue, this month’s newsletter scopes a wide view of the many different types of adventure open to us in our wild and wonderful mountains...

AUGUST 2021

August was a month of ice and fire. With our Pine Busters revving their chainsaws in Drakensburg snow (page 4), and our rock climbers outrunning bushfires in the Free State (page 2), all we need is a handful of dragons and

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