Whether you are an experienced mountaineer or just starting out and in need of guidance, the club’s vast experience offers the opportunity to experience and share hiking and mountaineering with like-minded individuals who has a love for adventure and an appreciation of nature. The club offers its members access to a wide variety of breathtaking areas, well off the beaten track. These include access to its own and other MCSA sections’ properties and mountain huts (read more here).
Our mountaineering and hiking events varies from easy walks to real adventures. If you are interested please contact the relevant meet leader. This can be done either at the Thursday evening social before the meet or by phone/email. Newcomers, friends and families are welcome, but contact must be made with the leader well beforehand. Determining the size of the group and whether individuals has the suitable experience and abilities is the leaders prerogative.
There are enthusiastic groups of rock climbers in Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown and East London. Rock climbing happens every weekend. Motivated beginners are welcome to join us to experience climbing and learn to climb safely by apprenticeship. The Eastern Cape hosts more than 700 sport routes, thousands of traditional routes and some bouldering areas. New routes are discovered and opened continuously.
Climbing happens every weekend, Contact Us to find our more.
Because access in some areas has been a sensitive issue in the past we have not published detailed route guides and locality maps for all areas. Persons interested in climbing in areas not described in the route guides should please contact us.
See our climbing guides or contact us if you are interested in finding out more.
Our Search and Rescue team forms part of a national team and consists of volunteer club members. MCSA Search and Rescue team’s primary competency lies in dealing with emergencies in non-urban environments. Our skills include, but is not limited to:
Movement in difficult wilderness/mountainous terrain
Kloofing (Canyoning) rescue
Rope access and rescue
Steep ground evacuation
Search management and techniques
The team works closely with other organizations such as EMS, SAAF, SAPS, HAMNET, and others.
Team of Search and Rescue volunteers
We have an active group of volunteers who trains on a regular basis. However, we expect our volunteer members to be proficient in the basics, such as; rock climbing, personnel rope skills, mountaineering, map reading, etc. As well as be active in normal club activities before they become involved in SAR.
How does one do this?
Get involved in the club and the activities that it offers. There are meets every weekend ranging from easy walks to rock-climbing and mountaineering. Once you have gained the necessary skills and equipment to look after yourself and got to know our members, slotting into the rescue team is easy and seamless. Training is then taken to the next level.
Should you wish to obtain more information, please contact our Search and Rescue Coordinator. Thank you to all those who volunteer their time to Search and Rescue.