MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - OCTOBER TO END DECEMBER 2006 - JKA     
## Chance to practice & train for backpacking & trails etc at this venue ## - New or inexperienced members should train before attempting trails or harder cave outings.
DATE HIKE / AREA APPROX. GRADE LEADER & CONTACT APPROX.
    DISTANCE   DETAILS COST
Sun  #Howick - Morning Hike - Howick Mini-Traverse (not to be confused with the Berg Mini-Traverse) followed by a "27 Riley Crescent Keith or Margaret Ashton No Charge
08-Oct-06 "Garage Sale" -bring items you would like to sell (10 % of sale to the club). Label items with cost & your name Howick" Tel 033 3303763 but 10% of proceeds to club
  Bring a picnic lunch to have in the Ashton's garden + folding chairs if you have - Tea & Coffee will be provided.        
Sat - Sun #Fort Nottingham - Weekend in Mark's Cottage at Lake Lyndhurst - Day hikes from cottage or relax on the 8 - 10 km 2 Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3302703 R50 per person per night
14 - 15 Oct 06 shores of a massive dam - do some canoeing, fish or swim. Road not suitable for normal cars. each day   Book early to secure your place  
Tue 17 Oct 06  Social Evening - Church of the Ascension - Hilton (Next to St Annes School)- 7-30pm - Digital Slide      Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No Charge
  Presentation by Keith Ashton's team on the 8-day Naukluft Trail in Namibia. Please note the Venue       Bring own snacks & drinks
Sun 22 Oct 06 #Harburg - Eagle View - Lovely area - ideal for new hikers - Day hike/s from camp site. Leader Graham 8 - 10 km 2 Graham Cullinan - Tel 033 3965514 R10 day entry
or Fri-Sun (& Grethe) are camping there Fri & Sat nights so an option is to camp Fri & or Sat nights - good facilities with each day   Cell : 082 221 9390 or R40 pppn camping 
20-22 Oct 06 hot showers etc. Please book with Graham asap if you wish to camp - or just come for a day hike on Sun.     (camp sites have electric points) R35 pppn pensioners camping 
Sun 22 Oct 06 #Boston/Dargle area - Day hike - Nhlosane (North & South ridges) - Long hike over rough terrain - no path -  24 km 4 Philip Grant - Tel 033 9971817 R 10
  Excellent views - Fitness essential & Booking necessary with Philip by Wednesday 18 October      Cell : 082 417 9163   
Fri - Sun ## Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully Equipped - Beautiful Area - Max 10 members 12 km  2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R100 total per person for 
27 - 29 Oct 06 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres). Book early & pay to secure your place    each day   Book early to secure your place Fri & Sat nights for members
Sun 5 Nov 06 #Bulwer - Day hike - Back of Bulwer Mountain - Meet at "Birds in the Barley" Pub at Bulwer at 09h00. Bring 12 km 3 Philip Grant - Tel 033 9971817 R 10
  day pack with lunch & juice & money for refreshments at pub afterwards - Lovely views - Fitness necessary      Cell : 082 417 9163   
Fri - Sun ##Monk's Cowl - Mary Clover's Cottage "Makulumane" - Champagne Castle/Monks Cowl area set high  10-15km  2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R100 total per person for 
10 - 12 Nov 06 above the Drakensberg Boys Choir - comfortable accommodation in lovely setting - day hikes from cottage.  each day   Book early to secure place Fri & Sat nights for members
Sun 19 Nov 06 ##Howick - Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve - Day hike - We will keep to the escarpments to avoid the heat in 10-12 km 2+ Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R 10
  the valley - beautiful views - plenty of game & birds - bring day pack with picnic lunch & juice etc.      
Tue 21 Nov 06 Social Evening -  Church of the Ascension - Hilton (Next to St Annes School) - 7-30pm - Line Dancing     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No Charge
  Join in with our talented ladies. - This will be another fun event - no previous experience needed.       Bring own snacks & drinks
Sat - Sun Giant's Castle - Backpacking weekend to overnight in Bannerman Hut - Option to climb Langalibalele Pass &  12-14 km 3+ Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2394563 R 30
25 - 26 Nov 06 visit the Carbineer's Memorial. Spectacular scenery & a good chance to hone your backpacking fitness. each day     inc entry fee & levies
Sun  KARKLOOF - CHRISTMAS PARTY AT MARK & MARY'S FARM - PLEASE DIARISE - Again this will be a      Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3302703 No Charge
03-Dec-06 fun-filled day with plenty of prizes in a fantastic setting - full details will be in November newsletter       Bring meat (braai) & drinks
Tue - Thur KENYA - Climb Mount Kenya - (Lenana Point 4985 m - 16355 feet) - 10 Days of scenic adventure    4 Allison Gunning - Tel 033 3471364 Approx
5-14 Dec 06 Please contact Allison to see if space is still available or for more details if you are keen - fitness required       R13000-R14000 per person
ADVANCE NOTICES - OTHER EVENTS FOR 2007          
Fri - Sun ## Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully Equipped - Beautiful Area - Max 10 members 12 km  2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R100 total per person for 
5 - 7 Jan 07 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres). Book early & pay to secure your place    each day   Book early to secure your place Fri & Sat nights for members
Sat - Sun Bushmen's Nek - Graham Cullinan's birthday backpacking trip to Whyte's Cave - Diarise for now - more details  10-12 km 3 Graham Cullinan - Tel 033 3965514 R 30
17 - 18 Mar 07 in later newsletter or get in early & book your place with Graham each day   Cell : 082 221 9390 inc entry fee & levies
  DRAKENSBERG 2007 GRAND TRAVERSE - Southern Africa's longest, most spectacular & most gruelling     Jenny Owen   
Sun - Fri mountain trip - this year from Sentinel to Bushmen's Nek (North to South) - Suitable for experienced      e-mail To be advised
1 - 13 Apr 07 well-equipped members who are strong & have a very high level of physical fitness & determination & can work 230 km 5 marschmal@mweb.co.za Later
  effectively in a team - no chancers. This is a Mountain Backpackers traditional event & will be undertaken in total      
  conjunction with MBC - It is pleasing to note that 3 determined MHC ladies have already requested places on     Contact Keith Ashton if you would  
  this fantastic event (they are also MBC members) - Fit & strong volunteers are required to assist & become      like to be part of the re-supply team  
  part of the re-supply team to take supplies up Bannerman Pass on Sat - Sun 7 - 8 Apr 2007.     Tel - 033 3303763