It gives the MCSA great pleasure to announce that Duncan Fraser (21) has been awarded the 2013 MCSA Supertramp Award. The award of R12 000 has been made to for an expedition to Madagascar in July together with his climbing partner, Leo le Roux.
This annual award is made under the auspices of the MCSA (Magaliesberg Section) to an under-25-year-old (not necessarily an MCSA member) to undertake an expedition. The award is funded by an anonymous donor who to date has provided funding to seven previous Supetramps.
Duncan’s dream was selected from six valid applications received. Duncan – a member of the Cape Town Section of the MCSA – plans to “acclimatise” on some of the existing routes in the area and possibly establish a new route on the Tsaranoro Massif in Madagascar.
Madagascar’s Tsaranoro Massif has steep granite cliffs ranging from 400m to 800m, and has been referred to as Africa’s Yosemite. The granite is extremely compact which means there is very little natural features for protection. This has led to a strong ethic of ground up bolting on lead. The climbing is bold, run-outs with thin technical slab and face climbing comes standard.
All the best to the 2013 MCSA Supertramp whom the Supertramp Selection Committee would like to remind of the slogan of the Supertramp Award: “Not all those who wander are lost” (JRR Tolkien).
- Alards Big Wall Climbing expedition to Tsaranaro Massive
- Adam Ondra is Tough Enough on Tsaranoro in Madagascar
- Big Wall Free Climbing in Africa’s Yosemite