Who should apply? 

Any MSC member or team of members is welcome to apply for funding of up to R15 000 this year. In the past, MSC members have traveled to climb in South America and the Himalayas, summited Mt. Elbrus in Russia, Mt. Kenya and opened new big-wall routes in Madagascar as well as destinations closer to home.

Deadline: 30 April 2015


The Mountain and Ski Club wants to promote world-class mountaineering, climbing and exploring at UCT. For this reason we have established a fund to support expeditions led and organised by our members. The ethos of the fund is one of exploration, adventure, pushing sporting boundaries, social and environmental awareness and the development of mountain related skills from which the club will benefit in future.                                  

Maximize your chances of receiving funding

The soul of this fund is one of exploration: opening new climbing routes, doing first ascents of unclimbed mountains or exploring little known and far-away areas. A strong emphasis is also placed on expeditions which show environmental and social awareness and commitment. For example, travelling by public transport or becoming involved in local communities. Furthermore, contributions to the club, through media coverage and active involvement and skills transfer are also given much weight in the decision making process. As the process is competitive, no funding is guaranteed in any one year and other avenues such as the UCT Travel Fund, the Mountain Club of South Africa and sponsorships should be pursued. 

How to apply

  1. Come up with an epic trip and get together a competent team.

  2. Carefully read through the MSC Expedition Fund constitution, available on Vula.

  3. Compile an expedition brochure, detailing the destination, dates, objectives and the likelihood of success of the expedition. Also include past or future contributions or benefits to the Mountain and Ski Club (e.g serving on the committee, expedition workshops, media coverage, leading club trips etc.) a detailed budget and brief profiles of the members and their relevant experience, as well as any other relevant information which you think will count in your favour  given the guidelines above.

  4.  Hand in a hard and soft copy of your application to the expedition fund convener.

MSC Members traversing a glacier on Mt. Kenya during the expedition of 2014.