MCSA Supertramp Award 2014

Supertamp Mitsinjoarivo madagascar summit photo

Benj, Duncan and Leo on the summit of Mitsinjoarivo, Madagascar.

The 2014 MCSA Supertramp Award of up to R15 000 is available to a young South African (no more than 25 year old by 31 December 2013) who either individually or in a group (the group should also be comprised entirely of South Africans who are under 25-years-old) will take on a mountaineering-related expedition / trip during 2014.

Previous winners of the award:
2005: Guillaume du Toit and his partner explored rock climbing possibilities in India
2006: Greg Borman could not undertake the planned rock climbing trip to Brazil due to the Brazilian airline going bankrupt and not refunding their tickets
2007: Donovan van Graan and his brother went on an alpine climbing trip to climb high peaks in Turkey, Armenia and Georgia
2008: Not a single application was received in time!
2009: Kyle Meenahan walked the circumference of South Africa. See:
2010: Michael Woodward climbed on Mt Mulanje in Malawi.
2011: Joe Mohle explored climbing in Morrocco.
2012: Alisdair Walton and Michael Potgieter will be climbing in Colombia in December.



The view of the Mitsinjoarivo wall: their route summits on the higher left summit. It follows a line to the left of the prominent black stripes and on the right hand edge of the large block.
It took us 7 days to bolt the route from the ground up to the top of the Mitsinjoarivo wall. We had a 200m static rope which meant that we could return to sleep in a cave at the base each night. Once we had fully equipped the route we climbed it free in one day. It was a fantastic feeling to summit together after the hard but rewarding process of bolting. Duncan

So if you meet the requirements (below) and would like to obtain funding for your next adventure, then be sure to make a submission!

Expedition award: Up to R15 000
Awarded by:  The Mountain Club of South Africa (Magaliesberg Section)
Eligibility (applicant):  South African citizens who are no older than 25 years as at 31 December 2013 who in 2014 will be participating in or leading an expedition of South African mountaineers who all are no older than 25 years as at 31 December 2013.
Eligibility (destination):  Any country — including South Africa — for any length of time.  Preference will be given to originality as well as to first ascents and/or unusual/remote destinations.
Closing date:  The prescribed application form (in MS Word) should be submitted by email, no later than 5 January 2014 for an expedition planned for 2014. Additional material can be supplied as hard copy or on CD by post.

Information and application documents are available from MCSA Sections or the MCSA Honorary Secretary at or

Photos from the 2013 Supertramp expedition:

Supertramp 2013 Trip Report

Leo leading a the spectacular fifth pitch.

Supertramp 2013 Trip Report


Supertramp 2013 Trip Report

Supertramp 2013 Trip Report

Leo leading a the spectacular fifth pitch.

Supertramp 2013 Trip Report
Supertramp 2013 Trip Report

One Response to MCSA Supertramp Award 2014

  1. Ebert Nov 4, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Really cool guys, inspirational, crazy psyched vibes by the looks of it, glad you made it home safely:)


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