On 22 February 1951, as a result of a weekend climb, Desmond advertises that an inaugural meeting to form a Mountain Club will be held in the Athenaeum Club on 22 February 1951, Thirty-two people attended this meeting. On 3/4 March 1951 the first meet organised by the Club is to Fernkloof, and is led by Pop Magennis who had hiked and camped for many years in the Groendal area. And so the Eastern Province section of the Mountain Club of South Africa was started.
The (national) Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) was founded in 1891 in Cape Town, and is the only mountain club in Africa that is affiliated to the world mountaineering body, the UIAA.
The International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation is the recognised international federation for mountain sports and the acknowledged expert on all international climbing and mountaineering matters. It has 80 member associations in 50 countries representing over 2,5 million individual members. It is affiliated to the International Olympic Committee. The MCSA was invited to join the UIAA in 1995 and is the only member from Africa.