MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - 18 JAN TO END MAY 2008 + ADVANCE NOTICES - 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
Fri - 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 3432012 R100 pp for 2 nights
18 - 20 Jan 08  shores of a massive dam - do some canoeing, fish or swim. Road not suitable for normal cars. each day   Full - waiting list only  
Sat - Sun Kamberg - Backpacking to & overnighting in Sinclair's Shelter (cave) - lovely area with streams & waterfalls plus 10km 3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2395013 Entrance & cave fee R50 
26-27 Jan 08 game & rock-art etc. Cave sleeping numbers limited (8) so reserve your place early - or option to use tents. each day      
Sun - 3 Feb 08 ##Dargle area - Day hike up Nhlosane mountain via shorter route from base at "Mountain Park" 8-10km 2 Brian Henwood - Tel 033 347 1126 Entrance fee R15
Fri - Sun ## Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully Equipped - Beautiful Area - Max 10 members 10-15km  2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 R100 total per person for 
8-10 Feb 08 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres).Please book & pay asap to secure your place    each day     Fri & Sat nights for members
Fri - Sun ## Drakensberg Gardens - Stay in Swiman Hut or camp in lovely site & enjoy an exploration weekend with the Ashtons 10-15km  2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 Swiman Hut - R60 pppn
15-17 Feb 08 The Ashtons will be there all week (11-17 Feb) so please contact Keith if you wish to stay longer & really explore. each day   Please book & pay Keith asap  Camping R45 pppn
Tue 19 Feb 08 Social Evening-Slide presentation by Keith Clover -Transkei Wild Coast hiking -Church of the Ascension -Hilton 7-30pm tea/coffee from 7-00pm   Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No charge - bring snacks/drinks
Sun - 24 Feb 08 ## Richmond area - New Day Hike at Hella-Hella - Explore with entertaining leader Bushy 12 km 2+ Bushy Kirby - Tel 033 2123071 R20 day entry fee
Sat - Sun Giant's Castle - New weekend backpacking hike to & overnight in Dinosaur Cave - be one of the first from the club to 15km 3+ Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2395013 Entrance & cave fee R55 
1-2 Mar 08 see the dinosaur footprints in this cave - 8 max - contact Dave asap to reserve your place by paying your fee each day   Note :- Backpacking fitness required  
Sun 2 Mar 08 ##Bulwer Mountain -Day hike to summit, return via contour path -bring lunch -refreshments at "Birds in the Barley" later  12km 3 Philip Grant - Tel 033 9971817 R 10
Sat - Sun Bushman's Nek - Backpacking to & overnighting in Whytes Cave (very comfortable cave - pool very close) - visit Painters 12 km 3 Teresa Whitfield - Tel 033 3431769 Entrance & cave fee R50 
8-9 Mar 08 Cave & White Horse Cave en-route. Teresa's first leading hike to a cave - please support her. each day   Cell 082 374 1793  
Sun - 9 Mar 08 # PMB - Cumberland Nature Reserve - Morning Hike in lovely local reserve - followed by social braai 8km 2 Graham Cullinan - Tel 033 3965514 R 8
Fri - Sun #Lotheni - Cottage Weekend - New venue in comfortable cottage - Day hikes from cottage - Maximum 10 people 10-12km  2 - 3 Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3432012 R120 pp for two nights
14 - 16 Mar 08 Cost of cottage R600 pn (R60pppn if 10 participate otherwise slightly more pp) - please book now to secure place   each day   Cell 082 826 2526 based on 10 sharing
Tue 18 Mar 08 Social Evening -Slide Presentation by Tim Baynes "Climbing Mountains in Antartica" -Tim has already climbed 5 of the     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No charge
  worlds highest peaks - so don't miss this one. - Church of the Ascension - Hilton - 7-30pm - tea/coffee from 7-00pm       Bring snacks/drinks if you wish
24 Mar to Allison wants a different challenge in 2008 - Do you want to join her on a 550 km mountain bike ride on the 70--80 km  4 Allison Gunning - Tel 033 347 1364 R450 per day inc all meals
01-Apr-08 back-roads & tracks from PMB to Rhodes - if you do you should already be training now - or can you provide back-up ? per day   Cell 083 441 1951 Allison will provide more details 
SATURDAY CYCLE RIDES - Training for the big one above - venues to be announced - please contact Allison if you want to participate or for more details - all welcome - ensure you contact Allison to get onto her e-mail list for confirming
dates & times for these enjoyable training & bonding sessions. Tel - 033 347 1364 - Cell 083 441 1951 - e-mail - saints@iafrica.com . Allison will then provide weekly e-mails of forthcoming rides.    
Sun - 6 Apr 08 ##Richmond area - Day hike in Umkomaas Valley along game paths - quite a while since we were in this area so come along 10-12 km 2 Bushy Kirby - Tel 033 2123071 R20 - Bushy will confirm later
Sun - 13 Apr 08 ##Howick - Day hike in Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve - Lovely views & plenty of game & birdlife 10 km 2+ Selven Nyker - Tel 033 3304842 R11 per person
Tue - 15 Apr 08 Social Evening - Quiz Night - Snacks, prizes & lucky draw -Church of the Ascension -Hilton 7-30pm tea/coffee from 7-00pm   Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No charge 
Sat - Sun ##Monks Cowl - Camping Weekend - Lovely camp sites - Good ablution facilities inc flush toilets & hot showers 10-12 km 2+ Brian Henwood - Tel 033 347 1126 R60 pp or R65 pp with power point
19 - 20 Apr 08 Choice of many day hikes from the camp site or just relax & take in the awsome scenery - social braai on Sat evening each day     inc entry fee & all levies
Fri - Sun ## Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully Equipped - Beautiful Area - Max 10 members 10-15km  2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 R100 total per person for 
25 - 27 Apr 08 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres).Please book & pay asap to secure your place    each day     Fri & Sat nights for members
Wed - Sun "MINI-TRAVERSE" - but circular route from Sentinel Car Park, up the chain ladders to the top of the escarpment then 12 - 15 km  3 + Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2395013 To be advised later - contact
30 Apr - 4 May 08 on to Madonna area for 2 nights - total 5 days (4-nights) backpacking carrying tents - fitness required - contact Dave if interested each day     Dave if interested asap
Sun  ##Boston area - Nhlosane - Long distance day hike (North & South Ridges) - Very long hike over rough terrain. 24km 4 Philip Grant - Tel 033 997 1817 Please check with Philip
04-May-08 Excellent views - Fitness absolutely essential - Booking essential with Philip by the Wednesday before.     Cell : 082 417 9163 when booking
Sat - Sun GIANT'S CASTLE-GRAND TRAVERSE RE-SUPPLY TEAM - From Mike's Pass at Cathedral Peak area to climb up Organ Pipes  16 km 4 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 R55 per person inc entry plus.
10 - 11 May 08 Pass with re-supplies for the GT Team - overnight in tents at top of Organ Pass with the GT team. each day     R35 per vehicle up Mikes Pass
Sun ##Byrne Area - Circular day hike starting at Newborough Grange Farm. The route combines open grasslands & 12km 3 Dave Tighe - Tel 031 4649033 R10 pp donation
11-May-08 indigenous forest. Physical fitness advisable. Meet at Byrne Church adjacent to entrance to the Oaks Hotel at 09h00.     Cell 084 689 9384  
Sun - 18 May 08 ##Howick - Day hike - Amber Valley Circuit - Lovely walk around the perimeter of this new complex - Bring lunch & drinks 10 km 2 Margaret Ashton No Charge
  See how other members are getting settled in their new homes - tea & coffee etc will be provided after the walk     Tel. 033 2395023  
Tue - 20 May 08 Social Evening - Slide presentation by Brendan McGuirk - Hiking along the Kunene River in Namibia - Normal Venue 7-30 pm     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No charge - Tea etc from 7-00 pm
Sat - Sun ##Highmoor area - "Mountain Shadows" (near Glen Garry) - Cottage / Cabins / Caravans & Camping   8-12km 2 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R100 pppn Cottage & R60
24 - 25 May 08 excellent facilities - central indoor/outdoor boma with pool table & table tennis + DSTV - day hikes from base each day   Book early to secure your place pppn Cabins - R50 caravans
  Lovely spot - just relax & chill out if you wish. Please book & pay to reserve place- New routes also added.       camping R40 inc elec points
ADVANCE NOTICES
September Mark & Mary have discovered a lovely place to stay in Prince Albert in the Karoo - whilst visiting the area it is intended Total trail 3 Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3432012 To be advised later - contact
2008 to do the 7-day - 105km Outeniqua Trail (inland above & between George & Knysna) - Overnight in huts with bunks & 105km               Cell 082 826 2526 Mark or Mary for more details &
  mattresses + water & toilets provided - Please contact Mark or Mary if interested in order to assess possible numbers     Mary Clover Cell 083 700 6199 to show your interest